I looked up the definition of Spring in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. It said: A time of season of growth and development. The season between Winter and Summer comprising the northern hemisphere. The months of March, April, and May or as reckoned astronomically extending from March equinox to the June solstice.
My definition of Spring: The time when the earth re-awakens and comes alive after it’s Winter slumber. The time God chose to fill our view with color and beauty. The period of the year when God let’s us know this is His world.
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.
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.
This big eyed fly on my Mexican Sunflower sat perfectly still and let me snap a close up.
An early morning sunrise. I thought the clouds in the lower part of this sunrise were quite beautiful.
I chased this squirrel away from my apple tree. He ran a short distance and jumped into another tree.
This little pest was back in a short amount of time – stealing apples.
The bumblebees seem to be abundant in our yard anymore. They do photograph well. They totally ignore me as I shoot close up pictures.
I love reflections in water so I will leave you with this photo.
I decided to plant a variety of Mexican Sunflowers. There are numerous types of these orange, red sunflowers to chose from. I chose the “Outsider Red”. The bees and butterflies love these flowers. They have numerous blooms on each plant. Here are some photos I took of Mexican Sunflowers that I planted in my garden.
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.
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.
The garden is covered with squash, cucumber, and melon blooms. The bumble bees love to venture to each bloom for nectar.
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.
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.
IF THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE SEEMS DULL . . . POLISH THE DULL SIDE.
This is a beautiful little city park near my daughter’s house with lovely flowers to view. We often see people having wedding ceremonies in this park. The walking paths are great if you wish to walk for exercise.
I have not been on the internet for awhile – I have cancelled my satellite service (which is all you can get in the country). It became too expensive for only 10 GB per month. My GB limit would be used up, halfway through the month, if I was not careful with what I chose to do.
Thus, I will drive to my daughter’s house twice a week to try to keep up with my blogging friends and Facebook pals. My daughter is able to get unlimited time for her internet service. I may not be able to view all of the posts of those I follow, but I still hope to interact with all of you wonderful bloggers.
My husband has enjoyed more of my time since I disconnected the internet in our home. More time to sit on the porch for morning and evening chats. It is funny, when you finally realize, the time you use to give your family is spend on the internet.
“What my eyes seek in these encounters is not just the beauty traditionally revered by wildlife photographers. The perfection I seek in my photographic composition is a means to show the strength and dignity of animals in nature.” FRAN LANTING
The Baby Rabbit who was not sure if I was a sunflower or a tree (because I stood so still).
The deer who stood still as if she thought she was invisible to me.
This squirrel does not need to climb my apple tree – the wind just throws apples at him while he is on the ground.
A trip to Beaver Lake where the Geese are very friendly.
This mother rabbit is quite tame and we often get within a few feet of her as we greet her for the day. I must admit her two babies are quite scared of us.
This Robin is slightly blurry – he fell in the bird bathe and now he is trying to shake himself dry – he is a little pitiful to view. Lol
Butterflies are beautiful creatures of nature and catching two face to face is unusual.
This Duck was at Beaver Lake and followed me trying to acquire some type of food.
Can’t forget the bumble bee, which seems to be on just about every flower I view.
The first bloom on my Sunflower plants; in my garden.
The Sunflower is a large inflores – which means it is a head made up of tiny flowers called florets.
There are 70 species of Sunflowers. The Sunflower heads can contain as many as 1,000 to 2,000 seeds.
There are 2 types of Sunflower seeds – Black which is used for oil and Striped which is used for snack foods. Both the black and striped are used in bird feed.
Mature Sunflower heads usually point in a fixed easterly direction. They generally rotate very little.
The Sunflower is a Native American Indian plant – first used by American Indians. They used Sunflowers for: food, oil, medicinal ointments, dyes, and body paints.
Kansas is called “The Sunflower State” and the Sunflower is their state flower.
Sunflowers are grown on toxic, contaminate soil – to cleanse the soil of: lead, arsenic, or uranium.
And of course we all know Sunflowers are beautiful and resemble the Sun.
We were out driving through the country the other day and there were daisies everywhere.
Daisies represent innocence and purity. A daisy is actually classified as 2 flowers. The white petals are one flower and the yellow disc of petals forming the center are another flower. The leaves of the daisy are edible and are good in salads. The daisy is closely related to the artichoke and is rich in vitamin C. Bees absolutely love the yellow center of the daisy.
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