June 19, 2021


Today was the first national celebration of Juneteenth, a new holiday celebrating the 1865 end of slavery in the United States. The holiday was approved by the Senate and House earlier this week and was signed into law just two days ago. Many of us were surprised by how quickly this moved through Congress.

Well, hooray for freedom! We don't always live up to our ideals but it is important to appreciate them. 
The Bird D'Pot

Do you see the little birds on the porch roof? They have a nest nearby. 

Here's another picture you may have to peer into or enlarge. There are turtles on both ends of the log. The river was high and muddy after two days of rain. 

Do you think it looks better in black and white? 
Weekend Reflection / Saturday Critters

The American Robin visits my yard frequently. It is a delightful bird, in my opinion.

Today's final photo shows decorative fish in a pond. I believe they are goldfish, but they could be koi, which are quite similar. Both are a variety of carp.


  1. It is important to appreciate whatever freedom we enjoy because we will never know when we might lose it. Cute birds and turtles. Beautiful goldfishes.

  2. Hello,
    I say hooray for freedom, for all! I found the turtles, they love to line up in the sunshine. Love the pretty fish, they have fancy tails. The robin and sparrows are cute, great captures. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Sunday, have a great new week ahead. PS, thank you for visiting my blog.

  3. ...good things seem to take forever to happen.

  4. I always like b/w photos. For some reason, depth is intensified.

    Loved the Robin!! As for the holiday...as long as it's observed for the initial observance & not just an excuse for another government worker day off with pay!!

    And, as always, your linking up with us birders is greatly appreciated! Thanks.

  5. Hooray for Juneteenth. But at the same time as Juneteenth is being celebrated it seems that so many states are enacting restrictive voting laws, and resisting teaching about the history of African Americans as a vital segment of the school curriculum.

    1. I know. I hope that cooler heads will prevail. Our history is full of contradictions.

  6. I like robins. They always seem sio busy.

  7. Great photos!
    Yes I do like the B/W version
    Have a blessed day!

  8. I saw the little bird before reading your text. Like the nice colorful fishes.

  9. I love the little turtles, and I do like the black and white image better! :)

  10. Yep, the B&W is a good choice...so we don't notice the muddy water! Pretty fish.

  11. I like black and white photos very much, others too. I am not sure why I don't do more of them. Hooray for freedom, couldn't agree more and I was happy to see Juneteenth made into a yearly national event.

  12. I needed that black and white photo to find the turtles.

  13. Nice pictures! I never see robins around here.
    Making Juneteenth a holiday in a time where freedoms seem to be diminishing seems a little ironic.
    However I'm glad my ancestors were freed and I've enjoyed equal opportunities during my lifetime.

  14. Nice to see the American Robin :)

    All the best Jan


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