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Great American Bald Eagle

Fool that I was, upon my eagle’s wings I bore this wren, till I was tired with soaring, and now he mounts above me.    ~John Dryden

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So I was minding my own business snapping shots of a heron as the tide was going out. A few baby ducks were swimming about the buoy when all of the sudden down swoops an eagle trying to snatch one of the ducklings. Birds and ducks scatter everywhere and the eagle retreats up into a tree. Right above my head. I say, of course “hey there, Mr. Eagle!” and he cocks his head and stares down at me.

The rain was pouring pretty heavily when I took these photos.  It was worth getting wet.

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Living Nativity Village at Discovery Baptist Church, Gig Harbor, Washington

 “For unto us a child is born.” Isaiah 9:6   

Peninsula Baptist Church, 4902 Gustafson Drive, Gig Harbor.

This is the first time I have ever been to a living nativity village.  It was easily the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while.   I am not a practicing christian but it was so neat to see a christian community come together to create such a very interactive, vivid representation.  There were sheep, goats, horses, donkeys, chickens, ducks…markets full of grains and shekels and candles and traditional clothing.  There were guards and shopkeepers and shepherds in full garb, and little children welcoming with “Shalom!  Welcome to Bethlehem” as I was invited to go into the stores to browse and sample their goods.

It was very apparent the amount of planning, work and detail that had been put into recreating old village Bethlehem.  Kudos to the Discovery Baptist Church for creating a real, authentic place for us moderners to experience.  If ALL christian churches made the effort to bring in sheep and donkeys to their programs I’d be more inclined to be interested.

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”  ~Corinthians 12:4-8

The angels watched their flocks by night.

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Bison Neighbors

Lots of people talk to animals. Not very many listen, though.  That’s the problem.     ~Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

Bison

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“Little Man,” the bull of the herd.

 

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They like carrots, celery and apples. Don’t feed them from your hand or you will lose fingers.

 

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It isn’t every day I can see my reflection in the eye of a bull bison.

 

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Still Still Still

Still, still, still,
One can hear the falling snow.
For all is hushed,
The world is sleeping

Dream, dream, dream,
Of the joyous day to come.
While guardian angels without number,
Watch you as you sweetly slumber.
Dream, dream, dream,
Of the joyous day to come.

~Austrian Christmas Lullaby

[All photos taken December 13, 2014 in the Key Peninsula, WA]

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eagle sig

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