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.

IMG_4166

IMG_4277

IMG_4240

IMG_4199

IMG_4227

Advertisements

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.

IMG_3022 (2)

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.

IMG_3717 (2)

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

IMG_4842 (2)

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.

IMG_3792 (2)

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.

IMG_4182 (2)

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.

IMG_3105 (2)

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

IMG_3166 (2)

A baby Wren on the blade of the ceiling fan.

IMG_3113 (2)

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

IMG_3074 (2)

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

IMG_2664 (2)

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

IMG_2839 (2)

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!

IMG_2985 (2)

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

IMG_2983

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

IMG_2886

IMG_2887

I see that sneaky look in your eye!

IMG_2891

 

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.

IMG_5127 (2)

IMG_5153 (2)

IMG_4812

 

 

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.

IMG_2465

IMG_2568

IMG_3140

IMG_3447

IMG_3844

IMG_4139

IMG_4209 (1)

IMG_4522

IMG_4632

IMG_4432

IMG_4049 (1)

IMG_4633

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

IMG_4306

 

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).

IMG_4250 (2)

IMG_4259 (2)

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

IMG_4338 (2)

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

IMG_3409 (2)

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

IMG_3920 (2)

IMG_3924 (2)

IMG_3934 (2)

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.

IMG_3661 (3)

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

IMG_4292 (2)

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

IMG_4320

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

IMG_3947 (2)

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

IMG_4238 (2)

Fountain of Life

Revelation 21:6  And he said unto me, It is done.  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.  I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

IMG_3879 (2)

Psalm 36:7-9  How excellent is thy loving kindness, O God!  therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.  8) They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shall make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.  9) For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.

IMG_2128 (2)

Proverbs 13:14  The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.  Proverbs 14:27  The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

IMG_2125 (2)

There is a song I love from church – “There’s A Fountain Free”  The first verse and the chorus are so inspiring.

“There’s a fountain free, ’tis for you and me, Let us haste, O haste to the brink; “Tis a fount of love from the Source above, And He bids us all freely drink.

Chorus: Will you come to the fountain free?  Will you come? ’tis for you and me; Thirsty soul hear the welcome call; ‘Tis a fountain open for all.”