Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year

2012 begins the third year of my blog.  In looking back I see that 2011 was not as prolific as 2010, but I've enjoyed reviewing the year. For me this has been a good year. The two most significant events were the birth of Owen Robert Whitaker on April 4 and my retirement on June 30. Lots of other good things happened, but those two are life changing.

I can't believe that I haven't posted since mid-October. Our month in Orange Beach was so wonderful: fishing, hiking, birding, walking the beach. Then family celebrations around Thanksgiving. I guess I was so busy enjoying that I didn't spend much time reflecting. Of course, December was a blur of holiday preparation and celebration. I'm looking forward to some enforced indoor time in January. When I look back to last December, I see that the weather was much colder with lots of snow. We are expecting a freeze tonight, but they have been few. Still eating greens from the garden today. The New Year's Day bird count at the feeders is low, probably reflective of the mild weather. Today I've seen Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Nuthatch and Crow - common birds, but few in number.

Here are a few pictures from November and December:

Bill's Big Fish

Coyote on the beach

Claire and Amand love the surf

Heron in the fog

Heron at sunset
Pelican waiting for fish

Pompano for supper
Owen's first walk on the beach
Hiking to Big Lagoon, Bon Seceur
Mimi enjoying the pool

Jane Clark's big fish

Owen likes the beach

Owen and Mimi converse

Cousins having a good time
Owen at Christmas

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