Friday, February 06, 2015

Birds of a Feather



A 10-minute walk from our hotel took us to a river estuary. The tall green reeds and grasses there were a direct contrast to the desert-like conditions elsewhere in Los Cabos. 

My camera worked overtime taking photos of the birds we saw there. The grouchy looking fellow in the above photo eyed us with suspicion as we stopped along the path. "Should I flee or shall I stay?" he seemed to be thinking.


Here's the same kind of bird, a Great Egret, with his lovely long neck extended. 
 

And away he goes, lifting off with sudden grace, long spindly legs trailing behind, extending a lovely double arch of feathers.
 

This brown pelican looks like he's doing a salutation to the sun, but he is just landing on a scrappy island in the middle of the estuary.

The editing of photos is going slowly. I've been working full days since Tuesday and have agreed to work full time until the middle of March, filling in for a teacher who has some family issues to cope with. Lesson prep takes precedence over blogging, I regret to say. Still, I hope to keep posting as time allows. 

My last class of the day is Home Ec 8 - the students are sewing aprons. What a bustling hive of activity. For all of them, this is their first introduction to sewing. What fun it is to help them, and what a great job most of them are doing. Soon we'll move to the foods unit. This is a half-term class designed to give them just a taste of sewing and cooking. 

 

25 comments:

ellen b. said...

Lovely photos. You are a busy lady with this full-time work. Sounds like they got the best sub they could!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Your photos are wonderful! And I remember learning to make aprons....I loved Home Ec! Happy weekend! Hugs!

Sheila said...

This sounds like a perfect position for you Lorrie. The students will benefit from your knowledge. Lovely photos as always!

Andrea Dawn said...

I so love birds! You have captured some lovelies here, Lorrie.

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

Those bird pics are exquisite. Lovely! Glad you had a moment to share.

Elizabethd said...

Teaching children to sew is so rewarding, and the skills won't be forgotten.
Egrets/Herons are such graceful birds, and I love to watch them 'take off'. Super photos.

Sara D.B. said...

Great photos! Have a lovely Saturday!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Lovely photos and learning to sew aprons sounds fun :)

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Lovely photos and learning to sew aprons sounds fun :)

newenglandgardenandthread said...

Beautiful photos A home economics class is such a practical way for students to spend class time. Now if they would add a financial component they would have a window into their future every day life. :-)

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Absolutely stunning photos - especially the ones with wings spread - I love that kind of photo.

materfamilias said...

Great photos! I remember my now-30-year-old son taking that same Home Ec class -- in fact, I think that apron is around here somewhere. . .

Cheryl said...

Oh, what beautiful photos of these birds!! A feast for the eyes!

Dawna Motz said...

What great photos you captured! I bet you would be the best home ec teacher ever!! I still remember the projects I made in Grade 8 class!

Sally Croft said...

Great photo of bird taking flight, Lorrie.
To this day. if I do dishes by hand, the instructions of hot soapy water and order, flash through my thoughts from grade 7 Home Ec. class many, many moons ago.

Sally Croft said...

Great photo of bird taking flight, Lorrie.
To this day. if I do dishes by hand, the instructions of hot soapy water and order, flash through my thoughts from grade 7 Home Ec. class many, many moons ago.

Charlene N.K. said...

Beautiful winged creatures captured wonderfully!

Gina said...

Lorrie, the egret is gorgeous! It looks very graceful.

Donna said...

These are terrific wildlife bird shots! ***applause***

Marilyn said...

How nice that there is a class with sewing and cooking available to them. I am not sure we would find that in schools here in my city. They need to know a little of these skills.
Love your bird captures. They are beautiful!

Vee said...

They have a certain elegance and they are striking, but lovely they are not. Fantastic captures! You are going to be a busy gal. Subs should be paid better as they get tossed into what is already happening and sometimes must carry forth for long stretches of time. A huge responsibility! I am thrilled that the girls are making aprons...that's a good sign.

Jojo said...

Your photos are beautiful!

aimee said...

I remember Home Ec :) Loved your second photo--what a gorgeous egret!
Blessings, Aimee

Amy at love made my home said...

What beautiful pictures!! xx

Anneliese said...

How wonderful it must be for you to teach Gr 8 sewing! I think starting off with aprons is so much more doable and rewarding than the silly cotton jumpers we made with a zipper to boot. I never went near a sewing machine again after that. Well, you know what I mean.