First the dedication:
To a wonderful photographer I met on spaces when I was new, October 2006.
Barb (or Anni) lives in Edmonton Canada, and we frequently compare notes,
notes on bird photography, which she excells at so much, and I have learned bunches from her,
notes on flowers, the many similar types and blooms in Alberta and Alaska,
and of course life notes, we are what I consider good friends through our shared experience.
She is no longer on spaces at the moment, but still on Flickr photo web site.
To Barb… Happy Birthday!!!
Now some more summer babies, from the Potter Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary;
Baby Mew Gull chick 

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Mother and Child

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Singing Lessons

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Big yawn

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Then Nap Time!

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Happy Birthday Barb

may this year take you to the road to Shambala


Now the song, written by Daniel Noore in 1973, the year I graduated from high school !

Wash away my troubles, wash away my pain
With the rain in Shambala
Wash away my sorrow, wash away my shame
With the rain in Shambala…
Everyone is helpful, everyone is kind
On the road to Shambala
Everyone is lucky, everyone is so kind
On the road to Shambala

performed by the group Three Dog Night
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22 Responses to Shambala

  1. Barb says:

    There is surely something to be said for sleepless nights especially when I
    landed here.. These shots made my morning!! I  giggled at the singing
    lessons and aww\’d at all the others 🙂
    Happy Birthday to Barb from Alberta  .. I loved living there
    Hope all is well in Alaska and with you Steve
    BE Well

  2. Kenneth says:

    Great song and great band  Steve, the pics impress me much.  "the yawn"….I think the chick is saying " feed me, feed me" lol

  3. Nozee says:

    Dear Sir,What a nice thought for your lady friend\’s birthday.Brilliant photo shoot too.Nature provides us with such beauty! (even if it is an ugly duckling)By the way I am sure you have meant to say 1973,or else I would have to get that youth potion recipe.C-ya.

  4. JoAnn says:

    What a wonderful dedication and Happy Birthday to a friend.  The photos are great too – not only that but a great song.  I\’ll have this spinning in my head the rest of the day.

  5. Cindy says:

    Wow Steve, You\’re really old!  I know you mean 1973…hee hee….
    Love the pics of the little gull.

  6. Sheila says:

    Oh! I am heading out on a week\’s trip of hiking in the smokey mountains and am so glad I stopped by, I want to wish Barb a very Happy Birthday! She has so enriched my life (like so many people here on spaces-you included. smile!).
    I am looking forward to going away, but I am also looking forward to coming back and seeing what I have missed here!
    love and hugs to you
    from a "running" late friend on the southeast coast

  7. Life's Like A Beach says:

    WOW wOw WOw wOW What a nice way to wake up to the day.  Thanks Steve for sharing the dedication to a wonderful friendship.  Happy Birthday Barb…Best Wishes for Many More….Also, thanks for sharing this song.  Definitely what I needed to hear first thing this morning.  Our Lord created a gift, in you.  May Peace And Blessings Be With You….footprints @ Life\’s Life A Beach

  8. Babblelot says:

    That is great to hear having a friend like that.Happy Birthday Barb! And many more!Thank you for giving us the bird. Pictures I mean, great!

  9. Beth says:

    Happy birthday to your friend.  Your pictures today are spectacular. 
    You are 2 years older than my daughter so I recognize this music. 

  10. Nae says:

    Music and great photos!  You rock!  My daughter wouldn\’t like the photos, but I love babies … all babies.  This was very cute. 
    I hope that your friend had a wonderful birthday — you are a good friend!
    God bless you and keep you,
    Nae  :o)

  11. Kuskulana says:

    Cindy and Snoop, thanks for pointing out that typo!
    Yes I graduated in 1973 NOT 1773
    I feel younger now LOL

  12. Kimmy says:

    Oh Steve I caught a few of these yesterday but I think I missed some. The one of the open mouthed baby is just adorable! I don\’t recognize the song but what a fun Summery song to ride along to with the top down.

  13. Lyn says:

    I was going to point out that you look really good for the 1773 thing, but I wont. Cute pics of babies. Im still watching my two fawns in the back pasture. They hide in the weeds during the day, so now I have an excuse not to mow that area. Happy Birthday to Barb too. Good song……I saw them in Portland doing this song too. Good memories.

  14. Barb says:

    My dear Alaskan Friend,
    How wonderful you are!  I love that you have given me the experience of Alaskan sunsets, Northern Lights, MOOSE (some day I will get one of them! lol) the beautiful and delicate flowers that pop up so fast and briefly fill the hills and mountainsides with their colour, the wonderful soaring Eagles and of course, Bonnie.  Now, to that list, you add these beautiful and adorable little baby Gulls – something I have never had the chance to see here in Edmonton. 
    And you will never know how appropriate that song is (well, yes, maybe you do) 🙂 
    Thank you, Steve, so much for this birthday dedication and very special blog.  I\’m glad you let me know about it as I have been avoiding Spaces and I would have been crushed to have missed it!
    Thank you, as well, to your readers that have left their wishes.  I\’ve had a lovely day with friends and this is the icing on the cake. 🙂
    Hug hugs from this tipsy birthday gal.  🙂

  15. T says:

    What a great photos.
    I would like to hear that singing lessons. 😉
    The baby is so cute and the mother is pure beauty.

  16. I says:

       These pictures are adorable! I really enjoyed the bear pictures you posted as well. The music posted on each post is a really cool idea!  Good Sunday to you, Steve. I hope your day is an enjoyable one.

  17. J W says:

    Yet another fantastic journey Steve.  Yep, we are both just softies when it comes to our friends (old and new).  This is obvious by your tribute to Barb\’s birthday.  Also, I agree with you about healthy competition.  It keeps us on our toes so long as it remains friendly.  And yes, that bike ride is never far from mind.  Now if I can just get the wife to agree!  I\’m sure it will take some serious compromise…grin.

  18. Marge says:

    Excellent photographs, Steve! I particularly liked the shot of mother and baby\’s singing lesson…
    I\’m in awe of the beauty which surrounds you in Alaska; the lupines and wild geraniums are gorgeous and the wild rose (the state flower of Iowa) was so realistic I could imagine its fresh scent!
    Your dediction on behalf of Barb\’s birthday was a lovely gesture and tribute to friendship which spans miles.
    I hope your friend has many, many more happy birthdays to come!

  19. Marge says:

    Oh–outstanding music, as well!!!
    Like JoAnn, I\’m going to have Shambala running through my brain the rest of the day!

  20. Gareth says:

    Hey Steve!!  Thanks for your kind feedback on my Night Photography.  If I am honest with you my images would look no where near as good if I was still using the Fujifilm S5600 which I had been shooting with for two years.  It is only because that I now have the Nikon D40 which works just as hard as I do.  Out of every thing in photography, i for one would chose Night Photography as it presents a real challenge to the photographer. 
    Again thanks pal!!

  21. wees says:

    If I sould have one wish I would love to be the eagle – strong and determined to pick up life.  Each of your photos unleashes thoughts that embraces life ……….

  22. JaeElle says:

    Awwww,  so cute!   I like birds and these pictures are  fantastic.  I like the one with the baby\’s beak open.   Looks like he\’s telling you to stay back,  or maybe he wants to eat.   I love the way you capture the animals. 

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