Here’s a puzzle I made this past week; or I should say, finished, as it took me more than a week to put together!
This is a watercolor pencil drawing of my back patio overlooking the woods and lawn. In a few months my little garden should be aburst with color – couple of hibiscus, rose bushes, Cape daisies, gladioli, and ornamental grasses and hosta.
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.
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).
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.
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!
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!