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Five Days ‘Til Christmas

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The little birds were so glad to have us home again after five months!  Easy food again!

 
 

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Sharing my little friends withCamera Critters and Saturday’s Critters. If you’d like to see other interesting critters go to Camera Critters!

 

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Beside the hanging bird feeder I have one on the ground for the two mourning doves that have been hanging around my yard for at least five years.  They like to lay their eggs in the palm tree right outside the front door.  When we came home after five months in Florida I found a pile of bird poop right outside the back kitchen door.  I couldn’t believe it!  They had never come on the patio and done that before!  After giving it some thought I figured it was either because they were looking for me – is she home? – is she sick? – where is she?    Or, it’s because I left a block of peanut butter suet setting on the kitchen table right next to the back door!    Of course, I’d like to believe they missed me 🙂

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Here is my touch of orange for Orange You Glad It’s Friday?. Sunny is wondering which present is her’s!
 
 

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Camera Critters

Twelve Days ‘Til Christmas

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My photo, taken with an iPad mini, doesn’t do this gorgeous sunset justice. I’ve never seen such a perfect blanket of rosy orange-pink before! I have become somewhat lazy about using my Canon camera since purchasing my iPad mini – its so convenient to use! But when I looked outside and saw this beautiful view I knew Orange You Glad It’s Friday would appreciate it.

Sunflower Montage

Sunflower Montage

Sure to brighten your day, a sunflower montage I did a few years ago when I had a garden of sunflowers of all different sizes and colors. I’m sharing this with Floral Friday.





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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

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Outside, Backside, Little Things, A Cup of ….., and Reflect.  These are the words for today’s scavenger Hunt on Ashley Sisk’s Scavenger Hunt Sunday.

Outside

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There are a few bushes still blooming.  These little tiny flowers are outside in my backyard.

Backside – and – A Cup of….   

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Here’s my cup of java.

The other day I was looking up the alt keys for the copyright symbol and came across a website that was full of alt key shortcuts for many different symbols, and on the sidebar was a picture of a cup with all the alt key symbols on it. So I clicked on the cup and it took me to her Zazzle store and I thought, “Wow! This will solve my problem of always having to look up the symbols for copyright, parenthesis, and ½ plus more.  The cup had a sunflower on the other side but I already have a cup with a sunflower so, since you can customize these products, I downloaded a photo of a wild burro that I took back in 2007.

An aside story: Just this past week someone emailed me to let me know that my burrow’s name is Jackie.  She sent me some recent pixs of Jackie and there was absolutely no doubt that her photos and mine were the same burro!  She continued to inform me that when there are too many wild burros in Oatman, Arizona the True Innocents Equine Rescue comes out and takes a few back to their shelter in Riverside, California.  So I’m very proud to know my little burro has a name!  She is one of the most popular of my selling art work.  It really depends on which hand you hold the cup in whether the symbols are the backside or the frontside 🙂

Little Things

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Here’s a little shadowbox I put up in my fixed up spare room.  The little girl and birds were painted and glazed by my mother when she was taking a ceramic class in the 80s.

Reflect

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When I go into our newly refurbished spare room I reflect over the past year, how the unpleasant experience of a flooded bathroom, hallway and closet led to new vanities, walls, and tile floors.  It took almost five months before everything was completed but we have much to be thankful for – it could have been a lot worse and we were able to upgrade our house!

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Zyzzyva – What you say?!

What is a zyzzyva? Well, zyzzyva is the last word in the dictionary. Yeah, so, what does it mean? A zyzzyva has the distinction of being a weevil in the southern hemisphere .

def: zyz·zy·va [noun] 1. Any of various tropical American weevils of the genus Zyzzyva, often destructive to plants.

Zyzzyva species

There once was a zyzzyva named Cree,
A wicked old weevil was he,
He chewed up the leaves
And flattened the trees
And left nothing behind but debris.
                                     L. Grimley

The only other meaning I could find for zyzzyva is the Zyzzyva Journal – a journal of West coast writers and artists established in San Francisco in 1985. I started reading one of their posts they have on their blog which sounds very interesting and have added the journal to my bookmark.

This is my first post participation with ABC Wednesday. For more zzzz’s go visit!