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Hi my name is Nora Flower and Welcome to my blog world. This is a nature and birding photo blog about Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada. I am trying to be a birder and I take photos of the birds and scenery I find. I hope you enjoy your time here and please come back again. PHOTOS WILL ENLARGE IF CLICKED. The photos are slide show enabled if you click on them. If you click on the top lighthouse photo it always takes you to the most recent summary list of my postings.

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Hello From Me on The Other Side



Yup it is me.  I am still here. Hello from the other side of blogging. I have just been reading blogs. I must have looked at my blog and thought about blogging a thousand times. I am sorry for not writing on my blog for so long. At least now I can say I tried. Hello from the other side of blogging. A little parody of Adele's new song. Adele actually wrote the song about reconnecting to herself. I haven't written in my blog for a year.




I hope all of you are well and enjoying the New Year.  We had a delightful visit from a Yellow-breasted Chat in our area lately. He is still here.


Delightful rare Yellow-breasted Chat above  (Delightful for ABC Meme at the letter 'D' and the Dark picture of Fisgard Lighthouse at the top with some red for Ruby Tuesday.)

Also we have had a rare Redwing in Victoria from Asia visit us. (above) People are coming from all over Canada and the U.S. to see it. It is not far from our house.


For Good Fences Thursday, the fence at Butchart Gardens. Cheers and I hope I hear from some of my old blogging friends.
Adele and James sing Hello.


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56 comments:

  1. Hi Nora, good to hear you are still around and watching nature.
    Yes that Redwing is a long way from home. We would normally get to see quite a ew in Winter but I have not seen any in this area so far.
    Although I have seen a few of its causing the Fieldfare.
    Hope you are keeping well. Kind regards Roy.

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  2. You had me very worried! So nice to see a post!

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    1. thanks so much Lori.

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  3. So GREAT to see you hear again, thrilling us with your amazing photos!

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    1. thanks so much ladyfi, your photos are more amazing than mine.

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  4. Welcome back to the blog world! Thanks for stopping by and reading my latest post. :)

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    1. Thanks so much Linda.

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  5. Welcome back to blogging, Nora. I hope you're doing well. Enjoy your week! Hugs, Gunilla

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    1. thanks for coming Gunilla. hugs to you.

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  6. Hello again Nora!! It was a very pleasant surprise to see you stop by and add your post to the linking tool this weekend at I'd Rather B Birdin'

    I wish I could travel...I'd be there in search for the rare birds. It's so fun, especially when you spot them and are able to get photos of them. I've seen a chat only once!! They ARE beautiful. Lucky you to have it visit your yard/area!!! Your photos are extraordinary!!!

    Thanks for stopping in...hope to see you again, real soon.

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    1. I wish you could travel here too Anni. Thanks for coming to my blog.

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  7. Hello, so glad you are well and posting again. I love the beautiful lighthouse and gorgeous birds. Happy February, enjoy your new week!

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    1. Hi Eileen, so nice to see all my bloggers again. Thanks so much.

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  8. Nora ~ glad to see you back and what exciting photos ~ love the all the meme photos ~ especially the yellow breasted chat, redwing and lovely fence shot ~

    Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

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    1. Hi Carol, really great to see all of you again. Thanks for your comment.

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  9. So wonderful to see a post here, Nora! I've been wondering about you and hoping all was well there. You have seen some very wonderful birds over the past year. It's funny that you should mention Adele's song, just last night I was thinking about listening to it (for the first time) and looking for the lyrics to see what it is about. I like the idea of reconnecting to oneself. Welcome back, blogging friend.

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    1. Hi Robin, thanks for taking the time to visit me. I missed the connection with all of you.

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  10. A big hello back to you! It has been a while and I hope you are well. How nice to see you enjoying the beautiful outdoors and capturing those special visual moments. I have been hearing about the rare Redwing in the news and it is a pleasure to see that this jaded world can still get excited about a little visiting bird. :)

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    1. Thanks so much for coming Penelope Puddlisms. Yes the Redwing is very close to my area but he is very good at hiding in the holly trees. People fly in from all over North America hoping to see it.

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  11. Gorgeous chat! Love both the bird photos and the lovely garden.

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    1. Hi Marie, so wonderful to hear from you again. thanks.

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  12. Hi Nora, Welcome back... You have such a beautiful blog --and live in such a wonderful part of our world... I'm glad to hear from you. I haven't blogged nearly as much as I used to... Am only blogging a few times a month now.. I was just spending WAY too much time on the computer trying to keep up with everyone. Now--I just blog when I want to and have something to say.

    Love that Yellow-breasted Chat... Gorgeous.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. Thanks so much Betsy. I have been off blogger and facebook for a year now. I will try to get back.

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  13. Good to see you again, Nora. I have been thinking about you and wondered how you were. Great shots of the birds.

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    1. Hi Stephanie, nice to see you again. Thanks for coming.

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  14. Beautiful pictures! I would love to visit the lighthouse in your photo. Seems like Adele is everywhere. Even my mom was telling me something about her.

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    1. thanks so much Ruth, yes, I love Adele.

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  15. Oh Nora...I am so relieved to see you posting. I left a comment a while back as I knew you had health challenges and then it was so quiet. I am so happy to see you and to see your wonderful bird photos... I haven't seen you posting on Facebook, but I became a grandma for the first time in April and there are photos I share of baby Blake... So HAPPY to see you.. Michelle

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    1. congrats to Michelle, yes I have been reading your blog and seeing you with the new baby! So exciting! Happy to see you Michelle. hugs.

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  16. Awesome shots here

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  17. lovely photos

    have a good Tuesday

    much love...

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  18. Love the chat and its sulphur breast. I hope everyone sees the Redwing. A fine looking bird and a common winter visitor here in UK.

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  19. So good to see your blog pop up and to look at your great photos.

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  20. Wonderful colours and composition.....love the sky,so atmospheric!

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  21. What a beautiful place - your certainly live in a lovely area.

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  22. wonderful birds and photo's

    Have a nice abc-day / - week
    ♫ M e l o d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

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  23. Beautiful and Delightful birds.
    Perfect capture.

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  24. I've thought of you often -- glad you are OK at least to read. Take care!!!!! So good to see you back again.

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  25. We had the pleasure of visiting your beautiful island this past summer. We've been there once before and every visit I fall in love with the island more! I posted about Butchart gardens this week...we are in the middle of winter here in Oklahoma and all those beautiful flowers do me good this time of year. Your photos are wonderful...I especially love the lighthouse!

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  26. Very pretty bird images. :)

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  27. Nice blog, I will add you to my follow list to see some canadian pictures! Gr. John from Holland.

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  28. You live in beautiful surroundings, inhabit by lovely birds! Your photos are beautifully coloured.
    Wil, ABCW Team

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  29. Very happy to see you again! Fantastic captures! Happy WW!

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  30. I missed you! welcome back.

    ROG, ABCW

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  31. Oh dear! I didn't miss you since it's my first time here. ;)

    Hope to see you more frequently. :)

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  32. Am not a birder, but I remember your blog theme. Glad everything is okay with you! Cute pics from the yellow breasted Chat:) So welcome back to blogland!

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  33. Hope my comment got through?

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  34. Glad to see you back, I have done a little blog break myself!

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  35. I'm not familiar with the chat or the redwing. I like their pictures!

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  36. Beautiful photos. The first in particular is quite striking.

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  37. Hi there and welcome back! I really like that opening image of the lighthouse.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  38. Welcome back from across the Strait. - Margy

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  39. welcome back to blogging, and thank you for linking in, too! some beautiful photos to kick it back off with. :)

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