Feeling Better and…Thanks!

Well I’m feeling much better this week and I wish to thank you all for the kind thoughts, prayers, and comments I have received! Your continued and ongoing support and encouragement has meant a lot to me over what has been a difficult time. I now see light at the end of the tunnel and am feeling positive and optimistic about the upcoming summer months and all the wildlife activity that I hope to witness and capture.

I also thought what better way to represent that then a photo of our own dysfunctional yet beloved spoonbill from last summer Mr. Cranky!  If even our grumpy pink friend can have a happy look on his face then so can I!

I’m quite ready to get back out to the marsh and see what’s been going on and I especially want to check on those mischievous alligators who always seem to be up to something!

Thanks again my friends, you are the best!

Feeling Better




63 thoughts on “Feeling Better and…Thanks!

  1. Glad to hear your up and about friend, the Hog misses your comments and we all missed your great work. Any way keep shooting, keep the swamp safe……………………

    • Well thank you so much my friend! Alyce and I hope you and the lovely Mrs. Turbo can get down here for another visit soon. The alligators would live to have you, uh, I mean see you!

    • I appreciate the kind words and it does feel good to be back out at the marsh. I should have a fun series with a GBH and egret up for tomorrow. Glad you liked my pink friend!

  2. Glad you are feeling better! Hope Mr. Grumpy comes back this summer. I was down there last Friday and the Gators were out and about as well as the Anhingas. It’s such a nice place, just wish I lived a little closer.

  3. So glad you are feeling better Phil and back posting photos of Mr Grumpy. I love to see him! He and Grumpy Cat have to get together one of these days.

  4. YEEEY, way to go Phil!!! Sighing a breath of relief and praise! A new follower/fan here from the Osprey nests of Washington DC, and have been marveling at your majestic pictures especially the stories that go with them. Hoping you get even stronger and healthier in the days to come. And I can’t wait for what the marsh/ocean has in store for the days ahead!

  5. Sooo glad to hear you’re felling better, Phil, and feel blessed to have been given this shot of Mr. Cranky laughing his head off at you trying to look unobtrusive behind your camera! Now – just take it easy so there’re no setbacks – we want to catch up with all that wildlife in the swamp and marsh pond! 🙂

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed seeing our cranky pink friend and you are right about taking it easy for a while. I should get a live web cam set up over there so I know what’s going on. 🙂

  6. Phil – so good to hear that you’ve turned the corner, and feeling in the mood or a visit to the marsh. Looking forward to whatever surprises the denizens of the marsh have in store for you and your lens and your readers, and remember to pace yourself for your first outings there.

    • Oh good advice I don’t plan to rush into anything and get crazy, the alligators and herons will get their screen time I’m sure once I get back into the swing of things. Thanks very much for the kind comments!

    • Yes I do plan to take it easy for a while, I know the gators will be unhappy if they don’t get their expected screen time on the blog (and no one wants an unhappy alligator) but they will just have to live with it. I’ll be back out there bothering them all day as usual soon. 🙂

  7. Hi Phil! So sorry to hear you have been feeling poorly. I have been absent from my blog for a bit as life has been extremely busy with Spring activities, etc. I am happy to hear you are feeling better and wish you a continued speedy recovery. Fabulous image! Made me smile! Blessings, Robyn

    • Thanks a million for the very kind words and I’m very happy for your support it means a lot!
      I’m slowly getting back into the swing of these and hopefully will have new action from the marsh posted soon!

  8. I am happy to read that you get better and that you will return in the marsh.
    Have fun there and bring us amazing wild photo as always.
    Fantastic picture btw.
    Have a great day Phil

  9. So happy to hear that you’re feeling so much better, Phil. I’m sure Mr A and his entourage of beautiful birds have missed you almost as much as I have. Mr. Cranky always provides great entertainment, so I hope he’ll be in residence at the marsh very soon. Great ‘double trouble’ photo. 🙂

    • Thanks a million Sylvia, I’m happy also to be feeling at least somewhat better. It has been an awful 2014 and hopefully it will only get better because I can’t imagine it getting any worse.
      Hopefully I can get back out there and continue to provide some views of the wild antics in the marsh!
      Thank you also for your support.

  10. Glad to hear your feeling better!, wow what a shot, they are beautiful, are they only in your area? or are they all in the South? Beautiful Bird, never saw one even when I lived in Florida…and beautiful shot.

    • Thanks I am feeling better then this time last week that’s for sure!
      This spoonie pic was from last summer, we usually get them here by late June or July. They are likely in Florida now I expect.

  11. Glad you are well on your way to a full recovery, please don’t over do too soon! I am sure the temptation to get back to the swamp is great, wondering what has transpired while you have been out of commission. Bet you can just hear those birds and gators calling to you! We can all wait patiently for your next awesome photos – they are so worth the wait… rays of sunshine that brighten our days! Love the Mr. Grumpy shot – never managed to capture him smiling when I was there last year. Maybe this year will be different? 🙂

    • Thank you very much for your kind words of support I appreciate it tremendously!
      I do plan to take it easy but of course hate to be missing anything and you know the alligators all want their screen time on the blog. 🙂
      I’m hoping to see Mr. Grumpy again this summer and I bet we will be able to pick him out as well!

    • Thanks a bunch Edith, I appreciate it. This has been an awful year so far for me and if you had half a day, I’d bore you with all the details. 🙂
      Glad you checked in and I hope to be back posting scenes from the marsh soon.

  12. Glad to see you back taking on the world Phil (I always read your posts backwards – which means I didn’t spot you becoming unwell until you had recovered). This a beauty Phil topped off by a wonderful reflection.

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