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Friday, February 24, 2017

In Taupe


The Mockingbird takes a break from his daily serenade.

"Taupe is a vague color term which may refer 
to almost any grayish-brown or brownish-gray, 
but true taupe is difficult to pinpoint as brown or gray."
  
-Wikipedia



Thursday, February 23, 2017

Common Grackle


"Common Grackles often nest in small colonies, and several males 
may perch in adjacent treetops to sing their creaking, grating songs."
www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/common-grackle

"common", with "creaking, grating songs"....ewww! So annoying! 
And yet, they are "endowed by their Creator" with such pretty color!




 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Identifiers


Because I like to know... "What kind of bird is that?" 
And sometimes I wonder where they nest, what they eat, what sounds they make, etc.
Of course, there are several great websites for birders and I use some of those too!
A tidbit of information here, another bit there... always learning something new. 



Monday, February 20, 2017

Critter Comfort


Who knew a critter could make a boy so happy?
Missing this little guy...sweet grandson. 

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines "creature comfort" as 
"something that makes life easier or more pleasant".   Close enough :-) 






Sunday, February 19, 2017

A Wow Factor?



It's one of those lil' fun things that intrigue me...
the blue ring 'round a White-Winged Dove's eye.
Why did the Creator, make it that way? 
Does it benefit the dove somehow?
Or was it maybe just to "wow" us? 

Whichever way it was, I am thrilled to know that God can do this. 
And to think, the Bible says "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, 
neither have entered into the heart of man, the things 
which God hath prepared for them that love him."
I Corinthians 2:9

Let me just say, He is worthy to be praised!!! 

 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Fresh, Pretty, Healthy


I'm loving having fresh lettuce in my garden. 
It's so pretty! And it's so good! 
And it's so healthy too :-) 





 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Favorite House Plant




I'm not feeling very successful 
with my house plants...
Seems like they're slow growers,
and my violets didn't even bloom 
this season. I'm trying to root
some of the leaves...we'll see. 

disappointing. My husband
brought it home late November,
and it still has the same bloom! 
A bit faded but still a beauty. 

So it's my favorite house plant
right now :-)  

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Bounty Of Buds

I walked around the yard with my camera to see what was coming up and bursting into bloom. 
There are so many things happening here in mid-February...too early! hold on! not yet!
A passerby remarked that the flowers are confused. And she's right! 
It's like they're shyly peeking out, unsure, and unprepared. 
Nothing is blooming in profusion yet...will it even happen this year?
Rhododendrons are splattered with color...here and there. Just random.
And I have so much I need to trim, dead-head, and clear out before Spring. 

This is a cluster of lemon buds. Seriously?
Look how many there are in this tiny space! Absolutely amazing!

 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Juicy Lunch



Warmer days bring the lilting songs of  Mockingbirds. 
One of the little pleasures of life!




 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Bird Bait


Well, my "bait" in this case was sunflower seeds. 
It drew the birds in so I could shoot them 
(with my camera, of course).


Friday, February 10, 2017

Marvelous Murmuration


"The song of the Common Starling is an unmusical collection of wheezy whistles, clicks, scratching notes and some mimicry of other bird calls."  
This is according to www.birdsinbackyards.net

But these awkward birds do have pretty detail in their plumage, and they do
make a most spectacular sight when they group together to form a murmuration.

Again, I stand amazed at the Creator of this creature.









Monday, February 6, 2017

Simple Yum


You could add some seasoning if you'd like....or not. It's all good!!! 


 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017

Diggings & Plantings


Why do I keep these? And why do they stir within me a longing to see something sprout? 
I'm ready to start digging and planting... Matter of fact, that's exactly what I did 
for a few minutes yesterday, and again for a few minutes today! 
I dug plants from one spot, and planted in another. 
I had my reasons, of course. 
It needed to be done. 



 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017