My Favorite View

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My favorite view is my backyard from my kitchen window that faces East.  Living in the country in Central Arkansas is wonderful.  The Spring rains have turned our half acre garden spot into a wet mess and has delayed planting.  My Yellow Delicious apple tree is in full bloom and is attracting several types of butterflies and bees.  The smaller Gala apple tree on the right  blooms several weeks later.

I stand at this window at dawn each morning watching the rabbits chase each other around the yard.  Numerous species of birds love to walk across the muddy tilled ground in search of worms and insects.  Each day I watch the fox squirrel leave the big oak tree to the North and venture through the garden and down to the Southeast corner of the property.  I am never sure why he makes this journey each day, but there must be something very interesting in that corner of the yard.

Our little Wren and his mate visit the base of the apple tree each morning looking for some small insect to eat for breakfast.  This pair of Wrens nests in my husband’s shop each year.  The small Wrens and the Bluebirds are my favorite birds.

The Bluebirds perch high on the power lines and swoop down to the ground for a bug or worm.  I often wish I had their keen eyesight.  We have several pairs of bluebirds that nest in bird houses that my husband has made and  placed on our 3 acre spot of land.

I never fail to be watching out my kitchen window during early morning dawn to capture a glorious sunrise in my camera lens.    I can view the little creatures that inhabit my yard through my kitchen window without disturbing them.

My husband and I often sit in the lawn swing and watch the garden grow.  On a warm day the sun warms our faces as we sit, swing and view nature.  On a very hot day the shade from the apple tree helps cool our brow.

The view through the window every morning makes my day begin with enjoyment and thoughts of what a beautiful world God has made for me to view.  I wish each person in the world had a private and peaceful place that brought them comfort and pleasure.

May God bless each of you with a happy, peaceful day filled with joy and contentment.  May you find a  place to escape the hectic world that swirls madly around us each day.

 

 

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Mexican Sunflowers

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.

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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?

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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Sunflowers

The first bloom on my Sunflower plants; in my garden.

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Sunflower Facts:

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.

Gardening

Well, it has been a busy garden year.  I am glad it is coming to an end.  Need a rest.  The last thing in the garden is the Okra and it never seems to quit producing.  Here are some pictures of my husband’s over abundance of Okra plants.

This is a photo of the Okra plants in early August, they were about 5 feet tall.

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These Okra blooms are beautiful.

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My kitchen table is covered with Okra every other day.  We have supplied friends and family with plenty of Okra to cook and enjoy eating.

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The bottom leaves on the Okra are falling off.  This is September and the Okra is taller.  My husband is 6 foot tall and he has to reach to pick okra now.  I hate to handle okra, it makes my hands itch so badly.  Love it rolled in cornmeal and fried.

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Plants Around The Garden

I am constantly taking photos around my yard.  My husband often reminds of the days of film.  He says my hobby would have been very expensive in the days of film.  I tell him to quit reminding me of my age. Lol

SEED PODS FROM GREEN LEAF LETTUCE

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CORN TASSELS

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DOYEL’S BLACKBERRY

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FREESTONE PEACH

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ROMAINE LETTUCE SEEDS IN BLOOM

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