Archive | March 2013

Spring is here! Time for the birds and the bees and spiders

            SPRING LEAVES

Green leaves so soft, so bright, so tender,
Emerging in the first blush of spring,
Bringing forth the newness of life,
So fragile, so frail, ever so gentle
With the first bloom of life,
Just waiting to strengthen their
Sensitive young growth into glowing
Strong armours of emerald delights,
Swaying amidst the elements of love,
Both seen and unseen, sharing with nature
The joys of being.

L. Grimley

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I decided to hang a few birdhouses in the backyard, but didn’t have the right hanger,  so in the meantime set them on top of the hot tub cover and filled them with some bird seed.  It turned out to be the perfect place for them – we could enjoy watching them while sitting in the kitchen.  And Sunny, our cat, is amazing!  She will spot a bird feeding from way in the family room, jump onto the back of the couch, leap over to the love seat, top of the love seat and down into the windowsill which is about six feet from the hot tub.  She runs as fast as a roadrunner!  Then she sits (sets?) there swishing her tail, making chattering sounds.  I’m sure the birds can see her but guess they realize they are safe as long as Sunny is behind the glass.

So far there have been two different species feeding – a pair of mourning doves and a few small grayish-brown birds with black masks (I used to know the name but can’t remember).

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While I was taking macro shots of the orange blossoms I spied this cute tiny creature – I call them jumping spiders because they take flying leaps from one place to another.  It’s a fuzzy spider and is about the size of half of your little pinky nail.
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Sharing with Wild Bird Wednesday and Wordless Wednesday.

Macro Monday

There are about five Cassia bushes in my back yard.  This is the first time in about three years that I can see clearly (without cataracts) with both eyes.  It is absolutely amazing the brightness of these yellow flowers!   They really are a pleasure to look at. There is no scent to speak of, but at the moment I have a citrus tree in bloom so there is a heady fragrance coming from the orange blossoms – which I love as long as I can smell them and go in the house.  It is such a powerful aroma that too long is too much!

For more close-up macros and mosaics or collages visit Macro Monday and Mosaic Monday.




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Cassia Shrubs and Cassia close-ups.

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Above is my neighbors Palo Verde tree that hangs over my fence – which I don’t mind at all because it is a beautiful tree and attracts different species of chirping birds. It is the state tree of Arizona.


Below are the orange blossoms.  It looks like a goodly crop of them, but you never can tell; if the wind blows hard enough and strong enough it may end up bearing only one or two fruit.  I hope it produces at least a dozen fruit!

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Macro Monday

Moonlight, flowers and wine

On Drinking Alone by Moonlight

Here are flowers and here is wine,
But where’s a friend with me to join
Hand in hand and heart to heart
In one full cup before we part?

Rather than to drink alone,
I’ll make bold to ask the moon
To condescend to lend her face
The hour and the scene to grace.

Lo, she answers, and she brings
My shadow on her silver wings;
That makes three, and we shall be.
I ween, a merry company

The modest moon declines the cup,
But shadow promptly takes it up,
And when I dance my shadow fleet
Keeps measure with my flying feet.

But though the moon declines to tipple
She dances in yon shining ripple,
And when I sing, my festive song,
The echoes of the moon prolong.

Say, when shall we next meet together?
Surely not in cloudy weather,
For you my boon companions dear
Come only when the sky is clear.”
― Li PoThe Works of Li Po: The Chinese Poet

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This poem seems apropo   (no pun intended); DSH (S for sweet) is in the hospital with serious health concerns – prognosis, guarded.  The photo above was taken last month during a full moon.  Guess I’ll have to wait a few more weeks ’til the moon is full again.  But, hey, maybe dear hubby will be home by then. 🙂

 

 

I’m sharing this with Random Heart.  If you look closely there is a heart in one of the open spaces between the clouds.

Flashback to 1965 New York World’s Fair – Skywatch –

Remember the 1965 New York World’s Fair? I do. I lived in Hialeah, Florida at the time and Mom lived in Miami. When she heard New York was going to have a World’s Fair she applied for a job right away – and got one in Germany’s Rathskaller serving beer. After it opened and she had a brief vacation time, she invited me to come stay with her so she could show me the Fair and New York.

I flew up and stayed with her for several days. We took in the whole World’s Fair; I remember seeing “It’s a Small World” – the same one they have in Disney World. It was quite exciting! Also, Mother took me to see the Rockette’s in Radio City Hall and afterward we ate in Sardi’s Restaurant. I’ll never forget my dinner was turkey tetrazzini – absolutely delicious! It’s hard to believe it is close to fifty years since then!! Where in the world does the time go?

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Go to Flashback Friday if you’d like to see more flashbacks in history!

While looking for some old  photos for Flashback Friday I came across some negatives that I converted to digital prints – but had them on the wrong setting or something (can’t remember exactly how it happened to tell you the truth!) and ended up with negatives in my computer.   I had a lot of fun seeing what I could do with them.  If I had wanted to turn them into positive prints Picasa has an invert which will turn a negative into a positive – or vice-versa.

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Wordless Wednesday – or is it Thursday? – Oh! This is Hard!

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Primary Colors Plus Some – SHS

This is a last minute entry for Scavenger Hunt Sunday. All the photos were taken last week except the valentine. My friend, Pat, painted the cactus flowers and the blue butterfly pictures. The dragonfly mosaic was my second attempt at mosaic art; it has yellow in it – sort of yellow-green. And the hot air balloons I could have used for any of the scavenger finds, but it will represent Orange! Can you tell where I found the hot air balloons? (Answer below). And following that, is an illustration from something I “saw” in my spoon rest 🙂 which I’m sharing with Creative Every Day and Mosaic Monday.

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ORANGE
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Answer: It’s a twin size mattress 🙂




YELLOW?

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GREEN

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BLUE

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Sunday Sketches


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