Birding along the Truckee River ~ Cottonwood Park ~ Sparks, Nevada

A few sights from my walk along the Truckee River bike path near Cottonwood Park in Sparks, Nevada on Saturday, January 3rd, 2015.

Bewick's Wren, Sparks Nevada, 3 January 2015

Bewick’s Wren, Sparks Nevada, 3 January 2015

Bewick's Wren, Sparks Nevada, 3 January 2015

Bewick’s Wren, Sparks Nevada, 3 January 2015

Goldfinch eating sycamore fruit/seed, Sparks Nevada, 3 January 2015

Goldfinch eating sycamore fruit/seed, Sparks Nevada, 3 January 2015

Goldfinch eating sycamore fruit/seed, Sparks Nevada, 3 January 2015

Goldfinch eating sycamore fruit/seed, Sparks Nevada, 3 January 2015

Goldfinch eating sycamore fruit/seed, Sparks Nevada, 3 January 2015

Goldfinch eating sycamore fruit/seed, Sparks Nevada, 3 January 2015

A tiny female Bufflehead on the Truckee River, Cottonwood Park, Sparks, Nevada 3 January 2015

A tiny female Bufflehead on the Truckee River, Cottonwood Park, Sparks, Nevada 3 January 2015

A tiny female Bufflehead on the Truckee River, Cottonwood Park, Sparks, Nevada 3 January 2015

A tiny female Bufflehead on the Truckee River, Cottonwood Park, Sparks, Nevada 3 January 2015

ice formations on along the shore.

ice formations on along the shore.

ice forming along the edges of the river.

ice forming along the edges of the river.

These Great Blue Herons were in UNR’s Main Station Fields along McCarran, between Rock and Mill.

Male Great Blue Heron in the fields along McCarran Blvd (UNR's agriculture farm)

Male Great Blue Heron in the Main Station Field along McCarran Blvd (UNR’s agriculture farm)

Female Great Blue Heron in the fields along McCarran Blvd (UNR's agriculture farm)

Female Great Blue Heron in the Main Station Field along McCarran Blvd (UNR’s agriculture farm)

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For Today ~ 29 December 2014 ~ A Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 29 December 2014

Outside My Window… More construction trucks dumping dirt loads. Empty bird feeders.

I am thinking… It’s the last Monday of the year, and I really don’t want to be here at work. Big sigh.

I am thankful for… My friends and family. All and all, it wasn’t that bad of a year.

From the kitchen… I’ve been cooking a lot lately, I’d like to go out…but that’s doubtful.

I am wearing… Tennis shoes, jeans, long sleeved olive green t-shirt.

I am creating… I still have two quilts to finish and two bracelets, but I’ve been resting my hands trying to get the CT flare-up to die down.

I am going… check out the red box for a movie, just was texted a free movie code.

I am reading… I’ve been rereading The Historian by Elizabet Kostova.

I am hoping… It really won’t be as cold as the weatherman says it will be.

I am hearing… My TARDIS refrigerator and someone clearing their throat constantly.

Around the house… House is pretty clean.

One of my favorite things… my new TWSBI Diamond 580 1.1 mm fountain pen all inked up with J. Herbin Stormy Grey 1670!

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A Few Plans for the Rest of the Week… Go to the movies, write with my new pen, take walks.

Here is a few pictures thought I’d share with you…

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Nevada at 75 mph ~ from Reno to Las Vegas

My sister and I, along with her two kiddos, hopped into a rented Ford Fiesta last Thursday and headed to Las Vegas to see our dad.

Reno, Fernley, Fallon, Schurz, Hawthorne, Mina/Luning, Tonapah, Goldfield, Beatty, Indian Springs, Las Vegas…mostly at 75-80 mph. With a few “I have to use that sagebrush! NOW!” stops.

I started taking photographs at Walker Lake. Hold onto your seat and wipe the bugs off your teeth. When you see the fuzzy dark spots…those ARE bugs as I shot through the windshield.

Will post pics on the way back from Las Vegas in another post.

Walker Lake.

Walker Lake.


Walker Lake…very low water level.

Walker Lake…very low water level.


Hawthorne Army Depot

Hawthorne Army Depot


Boundary Peak.

Boundary Peak.


Boundary Peak.

Boundary Peak.


Somewhere before Tonapah.

Somewhere before Tonapah.


Area with a cell tower to the right where we all grabbed our phones.

Area with a cell tower to the right where we all grabbed our phones.


Mountain range after mountain range after mountain range…you know you're in Nevada when.  LOL!

Mountain range after mountain range after mountain range…you know you’re in Nevada when. LOL!


Driving into Goldfield NOT AT 75 MPH!  Haunted Goldfield Hotel to the right.

Driving into Goldfield NOT AT 75 MPH! Haunted Goldfield Hotel to the right.


Goldfield Court House.

Goldfield Court House.


Joshua Trees.

Joshua Trees.


More Joshua Trees keeping guard.

More Joshua Trees keeping guard.


Twilight in Southern Nevada.

Twilight in Southern Nevada.


Sun setting.

Sun setting.


Full moon rising!  This was a sagebrush stop and shot the moon.

Full moon rising! This was a sagebrush stop and shoot the moon.

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Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area ~ Las Vegas, Nevada

My sister, niece, nephew and I visited my dad and Linda down in Las Vegas over the weekend. They live but a hop skip and jump from Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. After brunch and trip to a new mall (Tevana and L’Occitane YAY!) we all loaded up and did the 13-mile scenic drive with a few walking stops.

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This was taken when inside the van…probably at 30 mph.

This was taken when inside the van…probably at 30 mph.


The sun was blasting right at me…bad exposure.

The sun was blasting right at me…bad exposure.

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Wordless Wednesday ~ Last Night’s Moon

Panasonic Lumix FZ150

Panasonic Lumix FZ150


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11/04/2014 Sparks, NV around 5:10 pm PST.

11/04/2014 Sparks, NV around 5:10 pm PST.


11/04/2014 Sparks, NV around 5:10 pm PST.

11/04/2014 Sparks, NV around 5:10 pm PST.

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Happy Halloween!

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Wordless Wednesday ~ 29 October 2014

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"Mama?  Leo's eating the pumpkins."

“Mama? Leo’s eating the pumpkins.”

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