We moved into this cookie-cutter, everything looks the same, huge apartment complex less than a year ago. We chose it for the location, the swimming pool (that we've used maybe 3 times), the on-site playground, and the work-out facility (that I used 5 times... better than nothing). I can't wait to get out of this apartment and into our new house, but as that day rapidly approaches, I realize how much I'm going to miss the pond just behind our building.

I have watched deer grow from yearlings to adults. I'm looking out my window now as I type and watching a groundhog (or something like that) make its way across the grass. I watched an Eagle and a Hawk battle in mid-air. I laughed at the ducks engaging in a mating ritual that made me feel bad for that poor female, only to get teary eyed as I watched her lead her ducklings all around the pond months later.

And I have a new found love for birds of all types, but especially the red-winged blackbird, who escapes my camera lense at all costs. I cannot capture an image of that beautiful bird for anything. I've been trying for a month now. And maybe that's why it's my favorite. Because it is swift and eluding. I love watching it land on a blade of grass that dips almost immediately into the pond, requiring it to take flight once again. The beautiful, red-winged black bird rarely rests.

And with that... I'm off to work on moving out of this apartment, that I will miss more than I ever dreamed I would.


Sally's World said...

its so hard to leave places we love behind, but it is the memories that you get to keep, to cherish.

the photos are lovely!

Sarah said...

The first photo reminds me of Monet. The colours are gorgeous!
Having your own house will be fantastic. And that terrific backyard - the kids will love it.
But I can understand - we still drive past our first little house and I feel sad.
So many adventures to come...

My name is Erin. said...

Thanks, Sally! Thanks, Sarah! You're actually the second person to say that photo looks like a Monet. It does kind of, doesn't it. Maybe Monet thought of his paintings as "reflections" of the world around him.

Fidgeting Gidget said...

Isn't it funny how things like that work out? It's one of the things I love about's completely unpredictable and you gain important insight and experiences in the most unexpected places. Great photos....good luck with the move!

tippyrich said...

I actually had a Monet print that was very similar to that first photo. Very nice. Shutterbugging is such a talent.

You're probably all settled in by now, new place and all. You'll make it your own and it will feel like home in no time.

Best to you!