Trivia About Christmas

downloadThe song “Jingle Bells” was written in 1857 and was originally supposed to be a song for Thanksgiving, not Christmas.

The poinsettia plant was introduced to the U.S. from Mexico by Joel Roberts Poinsett, botanist, physician and U.S. ambassador to Mexico in the 1800s.

On Christmas Eve at noon in 1914, British and German troops staged an unofficial truce and sang songs and even exchanged gifts of cigarettes and plum pudding in “No Man’s Land,” the otherwise deadly area between each side’s trenches.

In Mexico and Guatemala, the poinsettia is known as “Flower of the Holy Night, Christmas Eve.”

                 MAY YOU ALL HAVE A HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON OF PEACE AND JOY

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Every Season Is Great

Each season of the year is great.  Nature never disappoints us.  With the busy holiday season upon us – stop and see God’s decorations in nature.  May God bless all of you this Holiday Season.

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The geese flew over  our house by the thousands – four different times this year.

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Capturing That Perfect Photo

I have tried for a long time to capture a hummingbird hovering.  I finally did, but it was not the perfect photo I wished.  But then how hard is it to capture a hummingbird at all.

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Capturing this foggy sunrise was a much easier task.  It amazes me how fog can make the sun look as if it were the moon.

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This big eyed fly on my Mexican Sunflower sat perfectly still and let me snap a close up.

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An early morning sunrise.  I thought the clouds in the lower part of this sunrise were quite beautiful.

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I chased this squirrel away from my apple tree.  He ran a short distance and jumped into another tree.

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This little pest was back in a short amount of time – stealing apples.

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The bumblebees seem to be abundant in our yard anymore.  They do photograph well. They totally ignore me as I shoot close up pictures.

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I love reflections in water so I will leave you with this photo.

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Outdoor Beauty

I am often amazed when the sun tries so hard to peek through the clouds or the morning fog.  The pictures I capture often create quite beautiful scenes.  This picture is early morning on a  very foggy day.

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I see such beauty in spider webs.  When the rain or dew covers these delicate webs the beauty is enhanced. This photo was taken on a rainy morning.

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The garden is covered with squash, cucumber, and melon blooms.  The bumble bees love to venture to each bloom for nectar.

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I have no idea what the name of this insect happens to be. It seems to like garlic blooms.  I have never seen this creature in my yard before.  Perhaps one of my blogger friends can name this unique insect for me.

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I will leave you with the sunrise from my back yard that spread across the sky this very morning.  Each sunrise contains a beauty of its own. This sunrise had an unusual array of clouds and colors, which I have never viewed in any other sunrise before.  Do you suppose God did this just for my enjoyment?  I will pretend that He did.

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Mr. Grackle

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Mr. Grackle

Oh, Mr. Grackle on the garden fence,

Your piercing gaze is so intense!

What message does your stare imply?

You ventured to my garden – I know not why.

Is mischief what you plan this fine day,

Or will you soon decide – just to fly away?