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Hello! It feels like I’ve been MIA for awhile. We were in the Chicago Region for my Son’s wedding and extended our stay a few days to do a little sightseeing and birding.
They had both a professional wedding photographer and videographer for the day. Here’s one image of Big Baby Boy and the Dark Haired Beauty just after the wedding. May I present the Newlyweds!
#1 Grandson was the Ringbearer and what a handsome and stylish lad he was.
The whole wedding party were handsome and beautiful, and we’re so happy to been able to travel to be a part of their Big Day.
The following day I spent the morning birding around the Orland Park area. It’s a lovely area with lots of ponds, wetlands, and green!
I have to give a huge shout out and thank you to Pat from the Thorn Creek Audubon Society I reached out to them before the trip and he was very generous telling me about a few places to go to do some birding. I picked up a couple of bird lifers, and a dragonfly which I’ll share first. While waiting for one of the reserves to open He-Man and I stopped by a little fishing pond where I spied this beauty.
I think this is an Erythemis simplicicollis- Eastern Pondhawk. Don’t you love that color green and it’s common name? I do!
The evening we got home I started feeling pretty achy and stuffed up, and the next day I tested positive for Covid and the following day He-Man did too. Sigh. Today I am finally feeling like I’m getting over it. I’m still weak and tire easily but I woke up feeling more like myself than I have in a week!
I hope this finds you all well and having a great week!
Dragonfly- Fuji X-T-3| Fuji 100-400mm| PS CC 23.4.1
more to come…
48 thoughts on “Whatever Weds. This and That July 2022”
Amazing Post here. Sounds like you guys had a blast at the Wedding Ceremony, that’s good. I like style too so the line “What a handsome and stylish lad he was” is as if you are talking to me😊😀
All the best and nice photographs too
Aww, thank you so much, Mthobisi!!
What a happy occasion! I hope you are feeling better every day. I love the dragon fly. What lifers did you see?
Hope the young couple have many happy years together! So sorry to hear you got the covid, but glad to hear that it did not spread through the wedding party. Also glad to hear that you are getting over the worst of it, 🤞 keeping my fingers crossed.
And that is a fantastic image by the way 👍😀!
Congratulations on your son’s wedding, Deborah. And I hope you are feeling much better now after your bout of Covid.
Thank you so much, Sue! I’m still lightheaded but doing okay otherwise. Hopefully, I’ll be over it this week!
What a beautiful captures from the wedding, love them, Deborah! I just love the shot of your grandson, so handsome!! Great pondhawk shot too! Sorry to hear about getting covid, but GLAD to hear you’re feeling so much better now!! Hubby and I just had a close exposure three days ago, we are ‘waiting’ to see if we’re next, today/tomorrow will tell us. So far we both still feel fine.
Thank you so much, Donna!! I hope you and your hubby dodge it and don’t get it!! I’m keeping you in my thoughts. 🥰
Horsefeathers! Deborah, I’m so sorry that you and your He-Man are ill. Please be good to you and rest all you need.
Congratulations about the wedding. I’m glad you got to do some sightseeing. Hugs on the wing.
The wedding couple look so happy, and so does grandson the ring bearer. Isn’t that lovely animal a dragonfly? I hope you are on the mend. The only upside of getting Covid is developing natural immunities. Best to you, Deborah.
Thank you so much, Jennie! That’s the brightside I’m counting on …natural immunity. I hope it lasts a lifetime! I’m reading it may last up to a year. I’ll take that! I hope your summer is going well. 🥰
Any amount of natural immunity has to be a good thing. Summer is flying by way too fast, but I try to ‘stop and smell the roses’. Best to you, Deborah!
Was sorry to hear you got Covid, Deborah, but good to know you’re on the mend. Nice dragonfly and how wonderful that you got some lifers and enjoyed your son’s beautiful wedding. Thanks for the Thorn Creek link, I’m heading that way right now.
Thank you so much, Jet! I hope you have a wonderful time in IL! I hope you see a lifer or two as well. 🥰
The newlyweds have that glow and joy
And the dragon fly has such vibrancy
Oh and glad Covid wasn’t too hard on you two
I was down for a week with it
Day 10 for me today and I’m still lightheaded and weak. I am hoping this is the week I’m over it!
Thank you, Yvette!
I hope so too!
Congratulations to all! They make a nice-looking couple. Sorry to hear you had COVID. I hope you are already feeling better.
Thank you so much, Denise! 🥰
So glad you survived the travel experience to get to this special family wedding. Handsome couple, and what can one say about your grandson but smile from ear to ear. When my grandson was that age, he loved hats. As to Covid, well, I’ve lost count of people I know who attended a special life event and came down with Covid. I’m glad you’re feeling better each day. Now, if we only had some idea of where this was all going so we could plan accordingly. 🙂
We’re happy we were all able to go as well. Thanks so much, Judy! 🥰
Love the photo of the dragonfly. Hope that you and the rest of the family feel better soon. I know a number of people that have gone to weddings recently and came down with Covid.
So far we’re the only ones who caught Covid so for odds that not too bad!
The dragonfly was a nice find! Thanks, Robert!
Love the dragonfly! So many people, as they start to venture out, are getting Covid despite being vaxxed and boosted, and many who have already had it. I don’t blame you at all for wanting to attend your son’s wedding, I would have made the same choice. I hope you both feel better soon!
Thank you so much, Janis! So So far no one else that attended their wedding is having symptoms! That’s pretty amazing considering we all traveled to attend it.
Thank you so much!! 😀
So you were a pondhawk, too.
ROFL!!! I guess I was! 🤣
I’m glad you’re feeling better, Deborah!
Lovely photos of you family! Nice dragonfly shot too 😊
Thank you so much, Belinda!! 😊
I’m so sorry about your Covid encounter.
The firefly is fantastic, but your grandson’s hat is simply magnificent!
Get well soon ❤️🩹
Isn’t his hat awesome. We found that one for him to replace his favorite well worn Fedora. He refused to wear it to break it in until the day of the wedding. Now he says he’ll wear it all the time.
Thank you so much! 🥰😄
Love the shots and glad that you’re feeling much better. 🙂
Thank you so much, Janet! 🥰
PS; sorry to hear about your COVID infections; hopefully no long COVID symptoms! Take care and get fully well soon!
Thanks, Gordon!! We hope no long covid as well.
Happy Days! Congrats to the Wedding Couple and parents!
Thank you so much, Gordon!!
What a wonderful moment to see your son so happy!! Congratulations to the young couple. LOVE the stylish ring bearer. I am glad to that you are on the road to recovery.
Thank you so much, Rebecca! 🥰
Congratulations to the newly wed! Sorry about your Covid, Deborah. The dragonfly photo is stunning.
Thank you so much, Miriam! 🥰
I’m sorry to hear that you got Covid. They are a lovely couple. Your photos are beautiful, but I can’t get over #1 Grandson. Is this the same little boy that was playing with toy trucks (it seems like) last year?
I hope you feel better soon.
Thank you so much, Dan! He’s growing up so fast! Now littlest is playing with Legos and trucks well tractors. 😄
Sorry about the COVID. Your dragonfly photo is terrific.
Thank you so much, John!