Jordan Lake. My very first day with my brand-new camera and lens that all of you helped me, in so many ways, to purchase.
I have a lot of learning in front of me! Using this camera is like learning to fly the space shuttle so hang in there with me. I will keep practicing and trying all the ways this camera can be used. Thank you all again for all of your support in oh so many ways.

Mom Godiva up high to left of nest; look for her bright white head
her two fledglings in the nest on each side of main trunk
red-headed woodpecker
osprey male
great blue heron

THANK YOU!!! My GoFundMe goal has been accomplished! I am misty-eyed and humbled by the expressions of care, concern and friendship from each of you – each of you in your own unique ways. I have ordered the equipment and it will be here this Wednesday. Then to Jordan Lake I go to do just as one of this year’s bald eagle fledglings is doing … seeing a brand new world. I look forward to sharing the Jordan Lake Neighborhood with all of you for many years to come. Peace and Grace, Doc Ellen

2022 bald eagle fledgling

Jordan Lake. If you have found yourself wondering over the last few days just where Doc Ellen might be… Well, I have been trying to get everything set up to bring my youngest brother up from South Carolina to live with me. It has been a very busy week so far. I am planning on being back out at the lake June 1. It seems like it has been forever since I saw the eagles and ospreys and the itty-bitty birds too. While I am away, if you have been thinking about my GoFundMe camera campaign and possibly making a donation, I am closing the campaign as of June 1. If you are interested in helping, here is the link. Hang in there with this eastern bluebird and keep an eye out for the reappearance of Doc Ellen very soon!

I have had a very unexpected but wonderful notification … and I need a bit more funding support. The camera store where I had back ordered and placed on hold the new camera, notified me that they have the camera back in stock, but not very many of them. Since there was enough funding in my account for the camera body, they wanted to go ahead and ship me the camera even though I don’t have quite the money to also purchase the lens that goes with it. We talked a bit. We decided to ship the camera to me and wait and see if I could finish raising the rest of the money for the lens that is especially made for the camera (they are holding one for me). I could buy the adapter ($200) that would let me use my present lens with the new camera but with that comes additional weight and the difficulty for me to use the adapter. I and the camera store decided to wait to see if maybe over the next few days my GoFundMe could raise the rest of the money to buy the new lens too. I need an additional $1500 to get the new lens. If you have already donated your time, your funds, your support to me, thank you! If you have not yet made a donation to my GoFundMe please consider doing so. The lighter camera and lens will bring much relief and ease to my fieldwork. I will be able to go to the lake, marvel in all that nature has to show us and then share my delight with all of you. I will be ending the campaign on June 1, 2022, with gratitude to all of you. Thank you, peace and grace, Doc Ellen

Bald Eagle Lady Lake and her Chick

Thank you! My GoFundMe campaign is at 80% fulfillment. Yesterday I got a note through the campaign web site from a high school classmate … we had lost touch with each other many years ago. She had received a share of my Face Book posting about the campaign and in a blink of computer time, we were connected again. Therein ensued a virtual blizzard of emails, texts and phone calls. When I set up the campaign I had no idea what to expect … and was startled and grateful for the responses from each of you. And, because of this campaign, in this world that often seems determined to separate each of us from the other and from our environment, I was given the opportunity to renew a friendship. May each of you today find a renewal…of friendships, kinships and loving kindness … My thanks for your continuing support through donations and the sharing of this post. Link to GoFundMe

On March 24, 1947, I came into this world. I once asked my mother what was I like – did I cry or smile – on the day I was born. She laughed and said you came in to the world singing. That revelation is startling: not that I was singing, but, because my mother had lost most of her hearing by the time I was born. I have spent my life in song, however over the last couple of decades, most of the singing has been simply for the ears of the animals that I work with, the birds that I photograph and the trees that I lean against.
I do enjoy singing but it is not the driving force of my life. Although, in a way, I feel I am singing as I satisfy my voracious curiosity and am almost driven to share my discoveries. Perhaps I do sing as I talk about soaring bald eagles, nesting blue birds, pennant dragonflies, American field pansies, ancient red oak trees, companion cats, patient dogs, horses I hug and attempt to heal and oh the smiles and the tears of all my friends.
I was asked a couple of days ago how my GoFundMe campaign was going. The nesting bald eagles have so occupied my time that I had not looked lately. So I pulled up the site and realized the campaign was close to the 3/4 of a century point … a 75, just as I am today. So I thought I would bring each of you up-to-date. There is still a distance to go for there to be enough funding for me to have the new camera and the new lenses. It’s been a year since I had a birthday gift to unwrap. Could you help me further unwrap my gift of singing the song of the birds through my photography and help me to continue to share my birthday gift with the world in brand new photographs? If you’ve already helped, my continuing thank you for your prayers and your funds. Please share this notice. If you’ve not joined in the campaign yet, would you consider doing so and as my mother would say: if it’s your birthday too, happy birthday and if it is not your birthday today then have a very happy un-birthday with me. GoFundMe

Doc Ellen 75th Birthday