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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Just A Hello

Just stopped by to say hello to any of my old blogger friends that may see this short post.  Am doing fine – will soon be selling my first book on Amazon.  Am writing my second book.

Here is my attempt to photograph the Super Blood Moon Eclipse on January 31.  Imagine 6:15 a.m., flashlight in hand, dizzy as usual – falling through the front red tip hedge and trying to dodge limbs in my view.  All this for a picture of the Moon.

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A sunset just because I love sunsets.

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Dragonflies

IMG_4922I recently read a book “Celtic Inspiration” by Lyn Webster Wilde, 2004.

The Celtics lived in Austria and Switzerland about 1,000 years before Christ.  They were a warlike people who were skilled in metalwork and horsemanship.They believed in the mystic realm, which centered around nature, the sun, moon, and stars

IMG_5123The following inspired Celtic thoughts could be applied to our lives today.

Retreat – Go to a new place for 24 hours or longer. No mechanical devices. Seek silence – consider what you need to let go of and visualize the future you desire. When you go home the world will seem different.  You will feel energized to make necessary life changes.

IMG_4924 (2)Walking by a river or stream, let the power of water, seen and heard, energize your spirit.  Let every ripple add its soothing blessing to your deepening inner calm.  Watch the qualities animals possess and imitate them.

IMG_5134 (2)Imagine that you are being pulled up into the stars; to a place where you can forget yourself in the darkness of space.  When you come back to Earth you will be different and very refreshed.

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Multiple June/July Sunrises

We have had multiple sunrises here in Arkansas in the months of June and July.  But we have had very few sunsets.  The clouds always drift away in the early evening; there is nothing in the evening for the sun to reflect its bright rays upon.  Each morning as I stand in the yard and photograph the great sunrise I think of someone I know who is suffering; or has lost a loved one – and I pray for them.  We have lost 2 wonderful older ladies from church in a week’s time (from very tragic accidents).  Their husbands have taken their deaths very hard.

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Following is the only good sunSET I have captured this month.

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Dignity of Nature

“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).

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The deer who stood still as if she thought she was invisible to me.

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This squirrel does not need to climb my apple tree – the wind just throws apples at him while he is on the ground.

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A trip to Beaver Lake where the Geese are very friendly.

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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.

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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

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Butterflies are beautiful creatures of nature and catching two face to face is unusual.

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This Duck was at Beaver Lake and followed me trying to acquire some type of food.

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Can’t forget the bumble bee, which seems to be on just about every flower I view.

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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.

Sunset Reflection

Sometimes the sunset is not in the correct place in the sky.  The sunset in the West was not colorful at all a few nights ago.  But – in the Southeast this beautiful cloud was floating high in the sky.  As the sun from the West reflected on this huge cloud, a glorious color began to appear in the Southeast sky.  I have seen this happen quite often and the results is spectacular; as you can see by the photo below.  This photo is not enhanced, this is exactly what my eyes and my camera lens viewed.

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