Monday, April 20, 2009

New River

The New River Birding and Nature Festival is just days away--

a long-awaited gathering,
to the mountains of West Virginia,
as spring brings hundreds together there—
birds and people.

And, this year, the bloggers.

New year, new faces,
new gear, new places,
new bugs, new birds, new peers.

New trails, new climbs,
new tales, new times,
new smiles, new laughs, new tears.

Though piles of things I’ll bring with me,
lie scattered about the floor.
What I’ll bring back, just days from now,
I know is even more.

New River.
New friends.

Sharing a house for the week,
the people behind these blogs:
Hasty Brook
KatDoc's World
Mary's View
Nature Remains
Somewhere in NJ
Susan Gets Native
Sycamore Canyon
Wrenaissance Reflections

And, more of the flock, just down the road,
these fine folks from:

And, of course,
our world famous
guides, authors, artists and friends
who blog, too!
Bill of the Birds
Julie Zickefoose
Ohio Birds and Biodiversity
Wil Hershberger
and more!

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Lynne said...

I'm looking at the pile on my bed...shaking my head...

Remind me again that there are stores in Fayetteville.


nina at Nature Remains. said...

I am feeling very underpacked--except for clothes.
Which I can't seem to decide upon...cold, rainy, hot, muggy, long, short...
but have swapped the small suitcase for the larger one. Uh-oh.

Elaine Dale said...

Hope you have a great time and great birding weather. Our resident mourning doves are working on batch #2 for this season already. Cheers!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I wish I had more t$me and $$ I would love to join this group. I will have to settle on reading all the wonderful reports of the activities. Have a great time.

photowannabe said...

Have fun on your nature birding time and come back with loads of pictures.

RuneE said...

That must be good News!

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

WOW it is going to be some hectic and great day, have fun!


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Leslie: said...

Have a great time - what a wonderful time of year to be outdoors reveling in nature.

naturglede said...

Have fun. I am looking forwards to your new photoes.

giggles said...

oh, do have lots and lots of fun...enough for all of us who can't be there!!!

spacedlaw said...

I just love the salamander in your side bar. Such a cute little critter.

Sylvia K said...

Look forward to seeing photos from your trip! Sounds like great fun!

Janie said...

The festival sounds like a lot of fun. Hope you have good weather and good viewing. You'll undoubtedly have good human company.

Rinkly Rimes said...

A great time coming up for all birds, feathered and human.

Babooshka said...

the cold, damp, wind and rain are all worth it once you view the birds. Enjoy.

Anonymous said...

By the time I pack all the gear, food, and electronics there won't be any room left for clothes.

I can't believe it's almost here.

Dave Coulter said...

Looks like a good time!

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh my gosh! I am so excited for you! I hope you have an absolutely WONDERFUL time! Blessings to you and your blogging friends!

Jay said...

A lot of 'new' things in there!

You'll have a great time! I've met up with Johnny Depp fans who I met on the internet. and it's always been great fun!

Nothing like pursuing a hobby with new friends, is there?

Pam said...

Sounds exciting Nina. Have fun!

Tumblewords: said...

How exciting! Have a great time!

Weeping Sore said...

Nina, thanks for the list of new blogs for me to surf. Hope the festival is grand.

Kathleen said...

I love your poem and I am thrilled to be meeting you and all the bloggers. I too am having great difficulty deciding on what clothes to take. I don't want to need raingear or a winter jacket, but I better take both! And I don't even have to pack for the week since I'm not arriving until Thursday night.

nina at Nature Remains. said...

Yes, Kathleen--both!
Spring is that great season that's a little bit of everything, isn't it?!

Pat - Arkansas said...

What a wonderful in-gathering of delightful and interesting folks. Wishing you all a fantastic time!

Endment said...

Wishing you a wonderful time -
How can it be anything else?
Sure wish I could go --- not this time :(