Monday, August 19, 2013

Monday pics - Pelican



As I mentioned before, my son is a birder, a hobby/interest/obsession I would never have guessed he'd acquire. He's also a fairly proficient musician (guitar), loves SLAYER, and has tattoos; in other words, not who you picture out in the woods with a pair of binoculars trying to spy the Wood Thrush he just heard.

Anyway. We're talking about the Pelican today, as pictured above. My soon took that one in Florida back in 2011 I think. He's a Brown Pelican, and one of only two kinds of pelicans that dive into the water to feed. From Wikipedia: "When foraging, pelicans may fly a few feet or a considerable height over a school of fish and dive at high speed into the water, often submerging completely below the surface momentarily as they snap up prey. Upon surfacing they spill the water from the throat pouch before swallowing their catch"

Is that crazy or what? This pic is from Wiki.


Meanwhile, I'm busy revising THE UNSOLVED CASE OF KASSANDRA DYER, completely changing one of my character arcs, and waiting for my second round of edits to come back to me on my soon-to-be- actual-book that I can hold in my hands. One of these days I may even have an actual title to share with you guys...

Oh, and the lobster bake was fabulous. More on that Friday - have a wicked good week :)

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  1. My only experience of pelicans (these are the white ones!) are of seeing them in Regent's Park here in London! They are very friendly and perch on benches with people!

    All the best with your edits!! Take care
    x

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    1. wow, I'd like a piccie of that!

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  2. Love the pictures. And hope your revisions are going well.

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    1. they are going well, thanks :)

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  3. Your son is an excellent photographer. And guitar player - bonus!
    Don't worry, your book will have a title soon. And a cover. And soon the whole world will see it!

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    1. Yeah, he plays acoustic mostly. Looking forward to a title!

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  4. Great picture!
    Good luck on your revisions! Today I am home, recovered from jet lag, and I absolutely MUST face the first draft of Book 3 at some point today.

    At TPR tonight if not before -- but I should really start earlier.

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    1. loved all your FB pics from your vaca :)

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  5. they're such hilarious birds :) Almost as funny as penguins...

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    1. They are definitely quite silly looking.

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  6. We actually have white pelicans here in Colorado. It's very odd to see them in the middle of an inland prairie lake.

    And enjoy those edits! Can't wait until you have a novel to share with us for release. :)

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    1. How cool! And oh boy, I can't wait either!

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  7. In England they call bird watchers "twitchers" I believe, have a good one yourself Marcy!

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    1. I knew that and was almost going to mention it. I sometimes call my son a twitcher, lol.

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  8. I have never seen a pelican in real life. So cool! What beautiful birds.

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    1. I don't think I've seen one either - we don't have them here in Maine.

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  9. I've seen pelicans in Florida, too, east coast. We were on the 10th floor of a hotel, and they would coast by our balcony windows. I love watching their gliding on the updrafts.

    We got to watch them feed one day as well. We were in Daytona Beach, Florida. Hubs called them 'the boys' since we saw them every day. Love that 10th floor suite on the corner!
    Nice header photo, too!

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    1. According to Wiki they are graceful in the air but not so much on land...

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  10. Need your son here. There are a couple birds that appear, and I have no idea what kind they are. (Tried to take cell phone pic, but too far away.)

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    1. post a piccie if you can or send one and I'll see if he can't identify - of course, he knows east coast birds better than west coast but I'll bet he can find out!

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  11. Are you having fun changing the character arc?

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    1. yes and no. It's hard and it's challenging but it feels like the right thing to do. I think the story will be better for it.

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    2. I can relate to it being hard and challenging but also knowing it's the right thing to do for you. That is super cool.

      Yes, lunch was yummy. And the hot pepper added a nice kick.

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  12. Hey, Marcy,

    Glad to hear all is going well with the re-writes! It must be exciting knowing you'll have your book in your hands soon!

    I never knew you had a son.... Nice pics!

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    1. It is exciting but still a little unreal.

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  13. I have made it this late into the summer with no lobster! I may have to live vicariously through you!

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  14. I love to watch pelicans. Are you familiar with that old poem about them? It goes something like this:

    A wonderful bird is the pelican.
    His mouth holds more than his belican.
    He can hold in his beak
    Enough food for a week,
    But I'm damned if I know how the helican.

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  15. I love pelicans! They are real characters...
    I've always loved the poem Susan just put in her comment.

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    1. I'd never heard it before but it's a good one!

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  16. After the first paragraph of your post, I love your son. He sounds awesome.

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  17. I agree with Libby. Your son sounds awesome. I used to take pictures of birds, oddly enough I also used to name them all George. Weird, hun? (=

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    1. I like the name George for a bird. My son and his gf once rescued a seagull and named him Winston.

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  18. I'm a birder, too! It's such a fabulous hobby.

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    1. I'm becoming one by default, lol.

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  19. Sounds like the rewrites are coming together. Exciting times!

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  20. They are coming together tho I wish it was a slightly faster process!

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