Thursday through Sunday, January 28-31—Ending the Month on a Good Note

Light winds and warming temperatures were the order of the day on Thursday. After a round of pickleball (7 games), we made our way to the Riparian Preserve at Gilbert for more photo making opportunities. Several birds cooperated, but when I began processing, most photos were not as sharp as desired. When looking at the metadata, it was noted that the shutter speed had returned to one previously memorized after changing to capture some pelicans in flight. It’s lack of attention to details that cause me the most issues in photography. Regardless, a few photos made the cut.

Anna’s Hummingbird
American White Pelican
Northern Mockingbird
Great Egret
Roseate Spoonbill
Variegated Meadowhawk
House Finch
Snowy Egret
Black Phoebe

Friday was extremely windy, so neither Kay nor I played pickleball. We opted to play golf instead, and both had a pretty good game, playing only the back nine. Our Friday evening fish fry was canceled because of kitchen worker(s) testing positive for COVID.

A return to normal on Saturday brought pickleball back into the picture, but not much else. So, we enjoyed two relatively quiet days in a row.

We played golf Sunday with current and former Hot Springs Village folks here at Palm Creek. Both Kay and I played a bit on the rough side, with not enough good shots to feel positive about the game—not even “that shot” that brings one back to the course. However, the happy hour and BBQ dinner hosted by the Grahams at the Baggetts made up for the poor golf. 

January was a strange month, but certainly not a bad one; COVID has stripped us of any sense of normality. However, we are blessed to be able to spend winters in Arizona while maintaining a house in Hot Springs Village, both complete with lots of good friends.

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