Before I left home this morning, I had looked at the weather forecast. I arrived at the lake before sunrise this morning, knowing it was going to be a very hot day, once again! The rising sun sure seemed to emphasize the coming heat. Take care, be safe. Stay cool.
Jordan Lake. Doc Ellen’s Natural Minute. This morning I quite literally saw the world in a whole different way. I was blessed to have cataract surgery on Tuesday. This morning, for the first time in many years, I could actually look about and clearly see the world around me. What a medical miracle indeed. Take care, stay safe. Be well!
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 https://gofund.me/9ba7f009
Jordan Lake, Christmas Day 2021.
peace and grace, Doc Ellen
Jordan Lake. Christmas Eve 2021. A sunrise full of light and tranquility. Take care, be safe. Stay well.
Jordan Lake. Every year I chase the opportunity to capture both a full moon and a sunrise at the same time. This morning I caught the last full moon of 2021 as it was setting and the rising of the sun for this day. Stay warm! #DocEllensNaturalMinute