Posted by: Debra LaValley | January 20, 2023

January 20, 2023


Who Cooks for You?

Yesterday, I was out looking for photo opportunities. I was doing my regular eagle loops to check on the local pair, and I always look for owls, deer, or other wildlife. I wasn’t seeing much where I was driving, so I decided to head toward Riverhill. As I was driving, my cell phone received a call from an anonymous number. I didn’t answer; but I did pull over and noticed there was a voicemail. It was from a local bird watcher alerting me of a Barred Owl sighting on Eel Street (very close to my apartment) along the Contoocook River. I headed there and sure enough, a beautiful Barred Owl was perched in a tree. I took a bunch of photos but did not go to close so I would not scare it away. The above photo is my favorite shot. I took this shot after lunch when I went back to Eel street and the owl had flown across the street and was perched on a limb above the river. I pulled over and hid behind a tree and snapped some photos. Not longer after I snapped this shot, a couple kids came down the street and the owl flew off. Unfortunately, I was not ready for a flight shot. The owl flew right by me into the trees across the street.

Kids will be kids. They were excited that there was an owl and made a little bit too much noise. I appreciated that I had the chance to see and photograph the Barred Owl. For those wondering why I entitled this post “Who Cooks for You?” – a Barred Owl’s call can sound like it is saying “Who Cooks for You?” It has been at least a few years since I have taken a photo of an owl. It is always such a pleasure to see one. Luckily, now that I am retired, I am more able to respond to bird sightings in the area!

Enjoy your day!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | January 5, 2023

January 5, 2023

Happy New Year!

Happy 2023 to All! 2023 – wow! The years certainly fly by. The local eagle pair have returned again, and I am looking forward to watching them and their nest this year. I will have more time to do so as well. Effective, 1/1/2023 – I am Retired! Right now, I just feel like I am on vacation. I am sure after a few weeks, retirement will sink in. I like the idea of my weeks being six Saturdays and one Sunday 🙂

I don’t have too much to say today – but stay tuned!

Best wishes of Health & Happiness to all for the New Year!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | December 24, 2022

December 24, 2022

Maisey is waiting for Santa! She has been a good girl (even though she climbs a curtain or two every once in a while! Busy days ahead. Please be safe out there. A very Merry Christmas to All! (At the time, I am writing this, I only have 3 more working days before I retire … but who is counting. The 28th, 29th, and 30th are my last days at Northeast Delta Dental. I have worked there for 37 1/2 years. It has been a fun ride.

Posted by: Debra LaValley | December 20, 2022

December 20, 2022

Five more days until Christmas and things are getting crazy! 🙂

So many things to do. I have wrapping to still do. I dislike wrapping. Maisey decided last night to scale the bedroom curtains. She is very naughty; but she is so cute – so she gets away with it. The light displays have been beautiful this year. I love seeing the lights. I need to get out and check our more. OH – I only have 5 1/2 more days of work before I retire! Yes, I am retiring! I will be officially retired 1/1/2023. I am looking forward to it. I will be able to write more in my blog and take more photos! Yeah! I am also planning on meeting up with friends who have retired. 🙂

Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | November 12, 2022

November 12, 2022

You are Never to Old . . .

About a week ago, I told my mother about a craft afternoon happening at Twiggs Gallery in Boscawen. They were going to be making pine cone turkeys. She said it sounded fun. Well, we went today and had a good time. There was another adult making a turkey with a grandchild, I think. Soon a few more children came in and joined us at the table. Their parents helped them. My mom noted she was almost 87 and brought her daughter. Everyone was enjoying themselves, and it was nice to see families coming together for some old fashioned crafting. I enjoyed hearing the parents tell their children that there wasn’t a wrong way to make the turkey. Everyone’s looked different. Some made them cone up and others cones on the side. It didn’t matter and all were cute and unique.

Posted by: Debra LaValley | October 10, 2022

October 10, 2022

Foliage Color is Popping!

There is nothing prettier than fall in New Hampshire! I took this in downtown Penacook on Sunday morning (10/9). It was 7:30 am, and I was heading to pick up my mother to taker her to church. I had to stop and snap a few shots from the bridge over the Contoocook River. I hope you all are enjoying the beauty of nature this fall! Take care, Debbie 🙂

Posted by: Debra LaValley | August 31, 2022

August 31, 2022

Sometimes – A Bad Shot is a Good Shot

I noticed there was only a sliver of a moon and decided to take a few shots without a tripod. I moved too much on this shot; however, I like it. Sometimes mistakes can be a good thing!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | July 2, 2022

July 2, 2022

Little Pond Across the Street from Long Pond (aka Penacook Lake)

It was another warm and humid day. I drove around in my air conditioned car looking for photo ops close to home. This little pond across from the large Long Pond aka Penacook Lake always catches my eye. You would think that I was up in northern New Hampshire somewhere. At least that is what comes to my mind. My iPhone 12s did a great job! I had my Nikon with me too; however, I liked the iPhone shots of this pond better.

I drove over West Parish Road. There is a great area at the high point with a lovely view of Mount Kearsarge in the background. The little garden with the “scarecrow ghosts” added to the scene. Another iPhone shot. I took a shot with my Nikon as well but figured I would stick with the iPhone shot for this shot too. 🙂

I hope everyone is well. Have a great day!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | June 26, 2022

June 26, 2022

Hot! Hot! Hot! Today! Yuck! Feels like July!

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised since it is almost July! I am sitting in a darkened living room with the AC cranking and fans going. Outside is humid and currently 90, and it is only 1:15 ish. Luckily, tomorrow the heat will break! I am having a very lazy day. I am going to head to the drug store to pick up some prescriptions, etc. Other than that – probably not doing much else at all! Have a great day and Stay Cool and Hydrated!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | May 28, 2022

May 28, 2022

Sentry Duty

Eaglet at the local nest is now 9 weeks old. He is practicing to flap his wings and in a few weeks or so should be fledging. I missed the dad flying in with lunch because a car drove by me, and I looked away for a few seconds. I love watching the nest activity! They are such regal birds!

Dad dropped by with lunch!
Junior spreading his wings.

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