The day started out in the high 30s, but settled down to 50 degrees by noon. I enjoyed taking pictures with my new eBay purchase, a 5 megapixel Polaroid camera I got on eBay for 12 dollars or so, shipping and handling and all. My theory is that early digi-cams are the lomo for a new generation.
Here's some of the snaps:
Here is a cool list of some of the 40something bird species we saw:
1.northern harrier, red-shouldered hawk and red-tailed hawk;
2.Fox, white-throated, and swamp sparrow;
3.a very vocal spotted towhee, who lingered very nearby;
4.downy woodpeckers, red-bellied woodpeckers and yellow-bellied sapsuckers;
5.mallard and gadwall ducks;
6.cormorants and a ring-billed gull;
7.cedar waxwings and Carolina chickadees;
8.American robin, mockingbird and northern cardinal;
9.crows and red-winged blackbirds;
I had a really good time. I was excited, too, to get so much exercise—absent a birding walk, the cold weather might have driven me in earlier.
My wife, having slept in, went with a friend to the Scandinavian store the Wooden Spoon, in nearby Plano, for a Scandinavian Christmas celebration. I went instead to the Allen Historical Guild event at the town's heritage village. In the old Christian church, four folks (at least three professors) from Collin [community] College played chamber music [2 violins, a viola and a bassoon] versions of songs like “silent night”. The last song was played solo by a Polish/French professor. She explained that in Poland everyone sings this one carol. She did not have sheet music for it for the quartet, so she played the song solo. Then she gave a lovely recital on violin of the song I believe is called “"Lulajże, Jezuniu".
This was a perfect kind of Christmas day.
As the evening advanced, I tweeted about hot air balloons in outer space, the current socio-political situation and the poetry of images (and vice versa). Then we went and got me pancakes.