Cedar Waxwings

Cedar Waxwings are a particularly social species.  It is not unusual to see a row of them perched on a branch, passing a berry or an insect down the line and back again, bill to bill, in a ceremony that ends when one swallows the food.  The birds wander in flocks whose arrivals and departures are unpredictable.  They habit open forest, areas with scattered trees, wooded swamps, orchards, and suburbs.

A flock of about 60 Cedar Waxwings flew around my yard for two days and then they were gone.  Getting pictures of these birds is challenging, because they do not land for any length of time.

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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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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?

Birds Of Spring

It amazes me how many colorful birds God created for us to enjoy.  Spring is thrilling, because of all the baby birds.  A pair of Wrens built a nest in my husband’s shop.  A nest on a shelf, behind cans, in a small space, full of 5 eggs and then 5 babies.  It took the parents 4 days to get their babies to venture into the big world.

One baby Wren left in the nest.

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Here are the 5 baby Wrens huddled in the rafters of  the shop.

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A baby Wren on the blade of the ceiling fan.

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This baby Bluebird fell out of the tree and is wondering what happened.

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Seldom see this Roadrunner in my yard.  This is the best shot of him I could get before he went speeding away.

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Saw about 20 Indigo Buntings in my yard eating grass seed. This one has his mouth full of grass seed.

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The colorful Goldfinch has evaded being captured in my camera lens until this week.  This is Mr. & Mrs. Goldfinch. He would have to turn his back on me!

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But then he turned around and I captured a somewhat blurry shot of his face. What a great head of hair he has.

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The Mulch Thief

We have decided to do part of our garden in plastic containers this year.  We can get free mulch from the town’s parks and roads department.  Well, this little thief is digging in the pots and using what it gathers for nest material,  Here is that thief – The Mighty Titmouse.  Ah Ha

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I see that sneaky look in your eye!

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Look Deep Into Nature

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”  Albert Einstein

Painted Bunting with raindrops on his back.

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When a clematis bloom loses its flower pedals the center is still beautiful.

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“I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.”  Frank Loyd Wright

Fluted and Black Swallowtail Butterflies.

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The small lake near our home has been flooded by recent rains.  Trees are now standing in the water.

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Privet bushes grow wild everywhere and make fantastic hedges (trimmed or untrimmed).  In Spring they are covered with beautiful white flowers.

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“We see God face to face every hour, and know the savor of nature”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rain drops cover the plants and often make them shine like diamonds.

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“The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Water’s Beauty

Thanks to my blogging friend Kris from Panama – showing her trip to the lovely ocean – I had to go to the lake.  Ha

These baby goslings can swim and dive 30 to 40 feet under water when they are one day old.  These goslings will follow anything that moves – dogs, ducks, humans.  The adult Canadian Geese live to be 10 to 25 years old and mate for life.

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Paracelsus

What is Paracelsus you say.  He was an Alchemist  who practiced alchemy.  Alchemy is: The discovery of a universal cure for disease and the discovery of a means of indefinitely prolonging life.  Paracelsus was a medical chemical scientist, physician, and speculative philosopher. He was born in Sweden and lived from 1493 to 1541.  He died at the age of 48, so I know he did not find a way to prolong life.  But he did write the following quote.

“The art of healing comes from Nature and not from the physician.  Therefore the physician must start from Nature with an  open mind.”

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This little Female Wren came along and began singing to her boyfriend, who appeared in less than a minute.

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