Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Bald Eagle and a Bisque

A bisque is cooling down right now. In the kiln are strip stacked pieces, some with slip and stains and some not. The large bowl is also strip stacked. I am anxious to see how these wider strip stacked pieces fire. Hope they stay together. Please keep your fingers crossed for me for this load.

The other day on the way to the store we spotted a bald eagle on top of a telephone pole. I wish I had a better telephoto lens on my camera. These are striking birds to see in person.

Gary and I were also surprised to see a ring-tailed cat on a separate trip. I tried to get a photo and at one point I was hopeful because the critter stopped and stood on his hind legs looking at us in curiosity. But when I got out of the car to take a photo, the little guy quickly ran into the woods. Now we're looking in the same area each time we return hoping to get a photo. When I came home I read ring-tailed cats are not native to this part of the United States. I reported the sighting to the Fish and Game and they're hoping I can get a photo. They said Florida is home to more exotic animals than any other state. Some are escaped pets and some smuggled or illegal imports.

Yesterday was the first sunny day we've had in a week and the female gopher tortoise was briefly out of her den. It's been completely overcast every other day this past week which is unusual for here in Florida. The weather has been dry and mild and yesterday we could smell citrus trees blooming in the air. Have a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. Hi Linda, Hope that firing goes well. You have reminded me of the Bald Eagles I saw on a trip to Alaska years ago. I hadn't heard of the ring-tailed cat before.

  2. Nice photo and I keep my fingers crossed that the burning will go well.


  3. Good catch of eagle on post...would hope that ring-tail cat does come back. I am thrilled to be reminded of citrus blooms, an odor that can become overpowering if you live near a grove, but in hints is just sweetness.

  4. That's a lot of work there in that kiln! I look forward to seeing them after glaze firing.

  5. Several years ago I spent some time in Northern Wisconsin, we'd see Bald Eagles all of the time, even feed them when we were ice fishing. Little did I know I could go to a warm climate like Florida to see them also. Great shot.

  6. Not familiar with a ringtail cat. Hope you get a photo -- would be fascinating. Wildlife abounds in your state as does much of the Appalachians -- we are fortunate.

  7. Wow, you are getting a lot of wildlife around there!

  8. I love your blog. Reading it is like traveling.
    Hope your firing goes well and that you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. Fingers crossed for a good firing. Happy Thanksgiving, Linda.

  10. Hi Anna, thanks, I think Alaska has lots of bald eagles, they are great birds for fishing.

    Hi Elna, thanks, all came out fine, firing a glaze load now.

    Hi Barbara, thanks, the citrus here aren't too pungent because there aren't groves of them any longer, a big freeze in the 1800s killed most of them in this county and they were never replanted in the numbers they were before.

    Hi Gayle, thanks, it takes me a while to fill up that big kiln, almost have enough for another load though, all came out fine, glaze firing now.

    Hi Lori, thanks I most often see them down by the water, this one was a ways away; I wish I could get a nice clear photo though.

    Hi Michele, thanks, your finger crossing worked out fine, keep them crossed for the glaze load. Ha.

    Hi Barbara, thanks, I am always so thrilled to see wildlife still abounding around humans, they are so adaptable and just seeing them brings me great pleasure.

    Hi Dennis, thanks, fish for us today. Ha. Same to you, have a great one.

    Hi Ms. Sparrow, thanks, I am amazed at all I see here in Florida that's for sure.

    Hi Khnoum, thanks, I wish I could travel even more, one of these days, so glad you are enjoying the photos.

    Hi Charlene, thanks, happy thanksgiving to you too.


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