A hummingbird? Perhaps a songbird, duck or bald eagle? Natural focal points for your desk or your living room wall? Please wander through https://docellentinsley.smugmug.com where you could get all your holiday shopping done. Maybe you would like to share some fine art with family and friends for the Holidays. In my gallery you can order a large variety of birds and landscapes as prints, framed wall art or desk art, or greeting cards! Thanks for your support and friendship, peace and grace, Doc Ellen
Definitely not at Jordan Lake! Grayced the Cat, my home companion, wanted to share with you some of HIS birds he watches while Doc is at the lake. This is a pair of House Wrens, cousins to the Carolina wren, getting the nest box ready for eggs and chicks. At this point in the process it is Momma wren that is doing the nest construction. Dad wren dashes about singing his territory song – I wish I could have shared his song with you but the little iPhone couldn’t capture the sound through the picture window. BTW Grayced the Cat has his own Facebook page where he and I occasionally post some of his adventures and good sleep wishes – you can visit his page at https://www.facebook.com/GraycedCat/.
Ever so often someone asks me: Doc, how did you end up at Jordan Lake chasing eagles. Here is the story of how Jordan Lake became a place of healing and refuge for both my body and my heart. Grayced was a starved and badly injured kitten that I found underneath a pickup truck at a boat ramp at the lake. This abandoned kitten and I, a veterinarian whose career was abruptly shortened by injuries, journeyed together as we re-learned life skills and grew contented with where our shared path has taken us. Companions on a trek toward healing – Grayced from his many injuries and me from the results of a serious vehicle accident. There are moments of light, laughter, veterinary medicine, tears of hurt and a lapful of cat purring the aches away. This is the beginning of Doc Ellen’s Jordan Lake Journey as I began building a life as a wildlife photographer and journalist.
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I will be making a ten percent donation of royalties from the sale of Jordan Lake Rescue to the NCSU Veterinary Medical Foundation. This program supports veterinary students at the veterinary college as they learn the skills needed for outreach programs such as spay and neuter clinics.
I had to have my knee repaired. Ouch! Sometimes I have to remember that I am not 12 any more….but, wait…I DO believe that I am 12, at least at heart, and in spirit The surgeon was very happy with the procedure. I am up and rambling about, slowly, but my steps are getting longer and that is a good sign. Sun bright and tempting here, but I have to be patient for a few days then back to the lake, the eagles and comfortable walking! And right back to being my 12 year old – long into several decades – self.
peace and grace and on the mend,