Joelle (hyarmi_records) wrote in shouts_of_joy,

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It's been a nice weekend.

     Saturday, of course, was my big milestone with 2008 writing totals. The other treat was getting myself out to the movie theater to see the documentary 'Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.' It was a great delight. To think that I should sit in a movie theater and see something testifying against that bloated naked emperor, that colossus of lies that is Darwinism. Such a blessing! Also, seeing the computer simulation of the inside of the cell brought a lump to my throat. Science has advanced so much in that arena since I was in college, not to mention elementary school!

     Sunday morning brought another treat. The weather was finally half-decent enough for me to get over to the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary. Firstly, I'm grateful I didn't go any earlier this month--I'd have seen practically nothing! It was damp and gloomy and not terribly warm--far from 'pretty' there this morning. All I got on this trip, in terms of flowers, were:
An itty-bitty snow trillium
Going-to-bloom-soon hepaticas
and Weird and unique skunk cabbage! (I think it's my first time for those, for all I've read about them all my life...unless I saw them last spring and my depression wiped my memory again!)

     The lack of flowers was made up for by the abundance of birdsong. It was a real treat! For the 'common' birds, I got to see and/or hear: Northern Cardinal, Blue Jay, American Crow, White-breasted Nuthatch, American Goldfinch, Junco, Black-capped Chickadee, Downy Woodpecker, American Robin, Brown-headed Cowbird, Canada Goose (flying over), Double-crested Cormorant (flying over).

     Then there were the extra-special treats:
Brown Creeper (I generally see just one a year)
Ruby-crowned Kinglets on migration (the size of a hummingbird, they spend their summers farther north)
Veery (a shy drab thrush I rarely spot)
Pileated Woodpecker (I think the second time in my life for him--it was wonderful! Big bird with a loud mouth!)

     Annnnd, book 4, chapter 22 is finished!

     Going to be offline for a while--see you toward the end of the month!
Tags: birds: other, book 4: writing, flowers, movies, photos
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