Wednesday, November 30, 2011

~Once in a lifetime...

jealousy would be wrong...
 but just to think my duck hunting guys get to see this
 ~ I am a little envious ~

the above picture was the first view my eyes rested upon
when we arrived at the duck blind last Friday morning

every second the view was changing
because of the fog on the river
The boys had been wanting me to go for quite some time.
I agreed, but almost backed out.
45 degrees & 4:30 a.m. - not my favs
We were in Louisiana at our son's home for Thanksgiving.
I heard the oldest & youngest along with their dad
getting suited up in the living room.
Putting on their layers of clothing while dad broke
the news "mom just don't think she can do it".
In a split second,
I had a change of mind ~ just like I'm prone to do.
But, I must say when I loaded in the boat, with help,
 at the launch on the Red River,
I wished my toes & my nerves had still been resting
under the warm covers back at the house.

I covered my stocking cap head with a blanket
and never peeked until we pulled into the duck blind.
~Words I could hear through the layers wrapping my head~

Dad, I can't see the tree line.
you are on the other side of the buoy where the rocks are
turn the light off I can't see anything with it on
what was that?
there should be another marker - I don't see it.
oh my, there's the port - almost turned in

I had a wonderful prayer time on the 15 minute boat ride.

Mom looked for beauty all around

~when the ducks don't fly

I posted the pictures in order of the morning events.
Fog would thin and then thicken.
The ducks could not see where to fly into.
So needless to say - no ducks, just decoys.

The sun had a really hard time burning through.
A breeze started blowing and blew the fog out.
Or at least that's what the guys said.
I enjoyed every minute ~ even savored my morning coffee.
Just don't think I'm cut out for riding the river.

The oldest son had prepared me for his change in appearance
before we arrived last week.
He had started growing his duck hunting beard back in September.
The shaving date is set for February!
 Oh, my!

The youngest tried to grow one for the week. :))
~the duck hunting make-up is lacking alot
I didn't even give it a try.

Such beautiful pictures painted
 just for our eyes to behold and enjoy.

So glad I did not miss it!

Dad enjoying his time off and time spent with his boys.
  The ride home!

Joining the others for Outdoor Wednesday


Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

Your photo's are AAAAAAmazing!!!! Oh my..the water..the ducks....I would love to be there too!!!!

Have a blessed day.

Anonymous said...

Your shots are so beautiful! Great job!

His Doorkeeper said...

Wow! Karen, I am so impressed by you! The early hours and the cold weather.....for ducks?? Don't you just love your men!! I think your pictures were so beautiful and made it worth the trip! What memories!!

Unknown said...

Karen -- what a great experience with your men -- glad you didn't miss it and thanks for sharing with us -- so tranquil :)

CHRISTmas Blessings!

Sr Crystal Mary Lindsey said...

hi Karen, The photos are beautiful, so serene and peaceful. Your three great to see them doing stuff together...too cold for me. Hugs

Anita Johnson said...

These pictures are BEAUTIFUL! The mist is something you would only see early in the morning. I'm not a hunter, but I see all the deer stands in the trees and think they must see some beautiful views of the deer grazing. And congratulations on your 25th wedding anniversary. We had our 30th this June. So glad to reconnnect with your blog.

Angel said...

Karen, the photos are awe-inspiring and praise-inspiring. God's creation is so beautiful. So glad you did not miss it and that you shared it with us. Blessings!

Carolyn said...

Your photos are amazing! Where did you put in on the river? The first picture looks so much like Cross Lake. I am so glad you were able to join the guys and share these beautiful pictures with us.

Glenda said...

Oh, I love this, Karen . . . the wonderful photos and your description of some priceless family moments! My husband and son were deer hunting this past week, but I wasn't with them when Andy killed a monster deer that my husband had named Big Boy and had been trying to get! I admire your ability to get out of a warm bed so early . . . but just look at what you enjoyed! The scenery is spectacular! BTW, I live in Louisiana - and our younger son lives in Mississippi. said...

Beautiful photos, but I don't think I could have stood the cold!I am definetly a warm weather person!

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

Enjoyed your beautiful pictures, Karen. I must say you are braver than I would have been. Those pictures of your men will be precious to you as a reminder of special times together.----------- Shannon

Ruth Hiebert said...

Judging by these pictures,I'd say this was time well spent.With a camera in hand it doesn't matter if it isn't good hunting weather,your hunt was successful.

Calypso In The Country said...

Your photos are beautiful! Thanks for your recent visit to my blog too!

Pamela Gordon said...

Your photos are just stunning. I really enjoyed visiting and reading about your duck hunting trip. I hope you'll pop over and visit me. Blessings, Pamela

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

Karen, what wonderful photos. They have such a calmness about them.

Anonymous said...

You ARE a trooper!! I don't think I would have gotten up, but the pictures do make it look worth it! I think it is so cool that they wanted you to go!


Lori said...

I'm sending this post to my son-in-law who duck hunts. Now I know why he goes. So peaceful and beautiful.

Kathleen said...

Beautiful photos! They reminded me of one of my favourite films, On Golden Pond. 4.30 a.m. start - you really are a trooper. said...

Well I am not the only one who loves this post...this momma of boys just cheered through each part...God gave them such a wonderful mom. Your pictures are just priceless...and you very daring...what memories you will cherish for years to come.

Now I am going to get on my son's motorcycle and ride with him....I need to be more daring and make memories.

Debbie said...

This entire blog post is like a work of art within a work of art. The photos are stunning, and the narration is just wonderful. I'm envious of the outing.

And tell the son that his duck hunting beard is a work of art all in itself. LOL

deb mills said...

your photography is always so enjoyable and beautiful. this indeed was worth braving the early rise and the cold. oh...happy anniversary, too!.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi Karen, you are such a trooper. I'm glad you went a long for the ride. Oh my goodness your shots are incredible, they truly belong in a magazine. What a memory you all made that day.. I'm so glad you shared this post. hugs ~lynne~

Mary Bergfeld said...

Karen, these are beautiful photos. I really enjoy
visiting your blog. You've created a beautiful spot for your readers to visit.I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Jana Endris said...

LOVED these photos! You are an amazing photographer. I chuckled at the prayer time you had...I would have been doing the same. You are one brave momma! Love ya.

elizabeth said...

You're a braver woman than I! The photos, however, are beautiful! Love your header photos too.

Trish said...

Karen...may I say that you are a real trooper! I would never ventured out that early. But what a blessing to spend such a sweet time with your men. And the photo's are breathtaking...

Anonymous said...

wow, so glad you got to experience that! that is so sweet that the boys wanted you to go!! :)

mountain mama

S. Etole said...

Splendid scenes ... glad you braved the elements1