DeWayne and Joy

DeWayne and Joy

Friday, December 10, 2010

McAlester Natural Wonders

It’s a slow and easy existence here in southeast Oklahoma and we’re looking forward to Christmas at Ginger’s house.  She is hoping to be off most of the week before Christmas and we plan to cook a great dinner, plus decorate and heat her garage for the big gathering.  All are invited that can make it and don’t have plans already. 

The home that we no longer have, was always the holiday gathering place for my family, so we now have to rely on other family members to house the gatherings.  Ginger has been elected this Christmas and, as usual, she is equal to the challenge.  Thank you, Ginger!

After posting on the blog Tuesday, I looked out the kitchen window that afternoon as all the base personnel were leaving for the day, and there was a herd of deer just running around next to the Famcamp.  This is unusual to see them so close, so I ran for the camera.  They were all moving around pretty fast and with my “super zoom” lens, it was really hard to keep the camera still enough to get pictures.  I ended up with three out of about thirty that weren’t a blur.
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Aren’t they gorgeous?  I feel lucky to get at least three pictures since it was getting dark at the time.  Thank goodness for software that allows me to lighten the pictures.

We woke up Wednesday to fog and a heavy dew, so this is what was outside the bedroom window before the sun eventually popped out and burned it all away.
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We spent a leisurely day around the house.  Ginger brought Casey and Jana over after work for a while, then I went over to their house so us girls could watch “Eat, Pray, Love” on pay-per-view.  Jana had read the book, but neither she or Ginger had seen the movie.  Second time for me, but it was as good as the first time.  Great movie!

My biggest goal yesterday was to get the laundry done.  The laundry here at the Famcamp is my own personal laundry room since the only other occupied RV in the camp moved out several days ago.  We have the place to ourselves and it’s like having a huge yard to enjoy all by ourselves.  Plus the base personnel have put up lots of Christmas decorations and lights, so “our place” is beautiful at night as well.

Oh, and as for the wildlife, here is a picture taken outside someone’s office here on the base, not far from the famcamp, on Wednesday.
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Now, that’s a huge cat!  I’m not surprised they are here since this area is full of prey and a great food source for the cats.

I’ve managed to get a few pictures of turkey from a distance here in the Famcamp the last couple of days and they were “okay” pictures, but this morning, I walked in the bedroom and there in front of me were three turkeys, scratching around in the grass right outside our door!  Jackpot!
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Two of them wandered out of sight pretty fast, but one of them hung around long enough to get some good shots before he realized he had been left behind and hot-footed it back to the pack.
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The bedroom window is a great place to get pictures of the ever-changing conditions and critters outside, so I keep the camera on the dresser and ready to go at all times.  I was sure glad of that this morning.  FINALLY!  Turkey up close!

Other than a trip to Wal Mart, we don’t have any plans for the day.  It’s cloudy outside and there’s a cold wind blowing, so I’m not in a big hurry to get out in it.

That’s about all the latest from our corner of the world.  I’ll keep the pictures coming as long as I can find something to stand still long enough.  In the meantime…….

1 comment:

  1. Really nice shots Joy. That picture of the pine tree with the droplets on the tips is so nice. That is a "framer" for me. Beautiful. Thanks.