Tag Archive | Nature

Flowers, Birds and other Critters

 

One of the things I miss most living in the house I sold in Arizona are the bird feeders.  Besides this rugged wooden one that the little sparrows and bigger doves loved, there were several long cylindrical ones that only the smaller birds could perch on.  For awhile I had one on the ground for the doves but then the pigeons moved in – and what a mess they made!  So I had to move it to an area that was not as accessible to the pigeons.  I used to love to watch and hear the little brown towhees underneath the purple sage bushes and the feathery cassia bushes.

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Here are some rare visitors – a bevy of quail.

 

Then I had one on top of the covered hot tub especially for the doves.  One year we went away for four months and the doves left evidence that they were awaiting our return right at the back door! Piles of it! (Unless they just wanted to get in because they could see the packages of bird seed setting on the table).

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These are the blooms of the feathery cassia bushes that you can see above behind the doves.

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Here is a critter you don’t see too often, as they usually live deep in the woods – a katydid.  This is the first (and only) time I’ve ever seen a katydid.  Really unusual looking!

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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

Sunday Sketch and SHS

Happy Sunday everyone!  I really didn’t think I’d be able to scavenge up enough photos to fill the prompts, but you decide if these fill the bill:

Nature




Vintage or Retro

This cake server is at least fifty maybe even seventy years old and belonged to my husband’s mother or grandmother.



Whimsical 

Sunny is all dressed up for Halloween!



Cooking

Here from my archives is a watercolor sketch I did a few years ago.  This was a still life set up in a watercolor class I was in.  That is a cake with an number eight candle on it;  so it should qualify for the cooking prompt.



Week’s Best

This sun ray plaque is hanging on one of my patio columns.  It’s my favorite this week, and besides being part of Scavenger Hunt Sunday, I’m sharing with Sunday Sketches, since I transformed my photograph into digital art.



Out-of-the-Garden II and a tanka too

Here is a mosaic of some of the vegetables out of my gardens from the past.  I simply can’t wait until the weather cools down and work can begin on my square foot gardens. I’m chomping at the bit – raring to go! When I look at these fine vegetables I wonder how and why I ever stopped gardening in the first place.

Well, I really know why – the dearth of growth the last two seasons because of the hot weather coming too soon in the season, like two seasons ago it was over 100F for two weeks in April!

And just when my tomato plants were starting to produce like crazy the Japan earthquake hit and then I started worrying that the Fukushima radiation may possibly be drifting into this area and affecting our gardens.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had set up monitors in different states where it was thought radiation might blow in with the Gulf Stream coming from Japan across the Pacific and into the United States

As I was preparing this post, I decided to double check some of my facts (like the monitors) since it’s been seventeen months since the meltdown in Fukushima, and what I came across dampens my spirit again and reminds me anew why I stopped gardening.  This article is in the VC Reporter and it indicates that there is really no USA or Japanese government investigation presently going on into the effects of the radiation coming out of the plant and the waters around the plant that are still traveling across the Pacific Ocean on the Gulf Stream currents.

Once again, human nature’s way of dealing with problems, if they are really big ones, ignore them, hide from them, pretend they are not there, deny them – until catastrophe strikes and the problem cannot be ignored! Oh well, now how do I segue into a better more positive frame of mind? How about a tanka?

Earth and ocean shake
Trouble brews across waters
As man bravely fights
Poison spills on land and sea
God and nature will redeem

This post is being linked to Mary’s Little Red House for Mosaic Monday and Smiling Sally for Blue Monday. Thank you Mary and Sally for allowing fellow blogger’s to link and share with one another!

Smiling Sally

Mourning Dove – a cinquain

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peaceful, quiet
nesting, resting, cooing
protective mother has a watchful eye
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These little mourning doves built their nest in the palm tree right outside my front door. They used that nest for about three years but then the tree started leaning more and more and they stopped nesting there. This is a photo I took a few years back that I will share with Wild Bird Wednesday

The poem above is my first attempt at a word cinquain – a five-line poem consisting of one word on the first line, two words on the second, three words on the third, and a whole short sentence on the fourth and one word on the fifth line, which should be a synonym for the noun on the first line. And the second line should be two adjectives describing the noun on the first line. The third line contains three verb words ending in -ing which describes the noun in line one. The fourth line one short, complete sentence about the noun in line 1. And fifth line is one word (noun), synonymous with the first line noun. Here is a link to a good explanation of a cinquain and several examples.