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Tracking Tom

Celebrating my Mother-in-law’s birthday last weekend, we met them at our favorite spot on earth: Cades Cove.  Smoky Mountain National Park is a very large park and we do sometimes frequent other spots.  However, because of our love of photography, well…Cades Cove calls us more often!

After days and weeks of unseasonably cold weather, Tennessee Spring is finally here.  No really, it is!  Even though it’s been weeks since the official first day of Spring, the warmth did not arrive until recent days.  The animals were out last weekend enjoying the sun about as much as we were.  Although the big bear we saw was from a good distance. 

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Continuing along the Loop Road, we see a whole flock of turkey hens and two males fighting over them!  Excited for this rare opportunity, I grabbed the camera and my Dad-in-law and I were out of the car, shooting as we went!  Tom 1 would flare out his tail feathers and chase Tom 2 down the slope.

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Not to be outdone, Tom 2 tried his best, but not once did I see his tail feathers bloom!

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This is where having a little patience finally paid off!  After years of waiting for the right moment, Tom 1 turned to look at me while I was shooting him!

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Just getting that last shot in really made my day and made the trip over a complete success!  Spending the afternoon with my in-laws, sharing a picnic lunch before heading around the Loop Road made for a wonderful day for us.  I can’t wait for the next visit!  Who knows what I’ll be able to shoot then!

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Jeffery Camera 2014–Cades Cove

These were taken on our recent visit over to the Cove just after our area had all that extra snow!  Most of the snow was gone and the roads were re-opened so we could get into the park.  It was cold but it was so beautiful.  I am always refreshed mentally and spiritually when we go to this little corner of Heaven on Earth.

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In a little while, Spring will be here and there will be many more reasons to return.  Until then…

Spring Peaks Through Winter

For the first time in many years, we experienced a little of that Artic Blast last week and I have to say, I have not been that COLD in years!  We saw temperatures below zero and with wind chill, it just cut through my bones like a knife.  Granted, we did not suffer as badly as some of our neighbors to the north of us, but it was still cold! Our ground was covered in snow and ice for a couple of days until the sun finally melted it all.

While I enjoyed it a tiny bit, a part of me was excited to see the birds arrive this weekend.  It only means that Spring is on its way and warmer temperatures will be here once again.  I will then be able to get outside and play in the dirt!  This year, I need to revamp my garden layout and make some big changes with what I want to do.  So I am looking forward to warmer weather!

My yard was just alive with birds yesterday…Robins, Blue Jays, Wrens, Sparrows, and Cardinals.  Following the snow we had earlier this week, it was a rainy, dreary day brightened only by the choir of birds that came by.  Since they all know I keep bird seed available for them, they always stop by for a visit.  I grabbed the camera and camped out waiting for them.  After refilling the dish with some bird seed, it didn’t take long before I was rewarded with a visit from my little feathered friends! 

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One that I haven’t seen in a very long time is the Blue Jay.  While they are quite annoying as birds go, I think they are beautiful and have some gorgeous markings.  And yes, he did chase off the other birds, but once he had his fill of the food, everything was fine and everybody came back.

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He was a little showman for me and in my excitement I nearly scared him off myself!

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Papa Cardinal arrived for his share of the feast.

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Not to be outdone, Mama wanted a bite, too.

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One last friend, the Mockingbird arrived and our visits were done for the day.

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Soon I’ll be out shopping for a new feeder as mine has seen better days and this year, I hope to capture a hummingbird on film!  Until then, stay warm and count the days until Spring!

The Buck Stops Here

How wonderful to be in Smoky Mountain National Park, once again, and see a whole group of young bucks living it up! As you know, Cades Cove is one of our favorite places.  It seems that every time we go there and just wait and watch and listen, we see something different.  I hope you enjoy these photos as much as we had fun shooting them!

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One by one, they quietly slipped out of the cover of the trees.  Just when you thought there were no more, another poked its head out!

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By the time they all emerged, there were about 6-7 of them!  All young, all frisky and ready to play.

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First a little snack to build up energy….

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What was that?

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I better go check it out!

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I though I heard something.

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Whoa! Sorry, you got in my way! This is FUN!

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I can run faster than you!

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Geez, I just don’t know which way to turn! Left, right, right left…..

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Did you hear that?

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Thanks for showing up at our Buckaroo Bash.  It was really fun!