The southern US coast normally provides a warm climate for many birds to overwinter, however they may wish they had ventured further south with the recent cold temperatures. The day before I arrived along the Texas coast at Corpus Christi, a fairly nasty storm brought freezing rain and more than a half inch of ice to the area. The thermometer made its way into the 50’s during my day on Padre Island. It has been quite a while since I did any serious bird photography, so it was nice to spent a few hours at it again. Even better, I captured some shots of a couple new-to-me birds; Roseate Spoonbills and a Crested Caracara. Despite his vulture look, the Caracara is actually in the Falcon family, and is considered a ground-dwelling falcon. Below is a short slide show of these two birds, along with a Snowy Egret and a Great Blue Heron.
God wrought a brilliant close to a nice day in west Texas. The best part of today came at the very end! (As usual, click on the image to view it in a larger format.)
“God Bless America!” Something we hear fairly often, and sometimes even may say it ourselves. At one time in our history it may have actually been the earnest prayer of a reverent people. But now? Perhaps at best a trite wish of a people who don’t know God, and thus have no concept of His blessings. I am not a pessimist, and being negative is not at all my intent here. I believe that today I am being a realist. I don’t generally agree with our 44th president, however I believe he may actually be onto something in quote below. And if he is correct, then indeed our blessing is lost.
Is it too late? Are we beyond hope? “If My people who are called by My name humble themselves, and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” A quote from God in 2 Chronicles 7:14.