Well, it has been a bad year for gardening and growing flowers – due to storm after storm. I planted several types of sunflowers for the birds and butterflies this year. The storm Barry that roared through New Orleans and headed straight through Arkansas caused flooding and wind damage. The red sunflowers, which turned out to be every color – all went down in the wind last night. Discouragement is not worth my time – I just think – Oh well, a few sunflowers are nothing compared to those who lost their homes or their business.
The Gardenia bush this year was so loaded with blooms it touched the ground.
Blackberry Season has begun. So much work, but at least our vines have no thorns.
Gardening in pots – works much better this year.
Thousands of Reasons by Doe Zantamata
If every morning you can find a reason to say, “Yes, it’s going to be a beautiful day.” And every day, you find a reason to say, “Yes, it is a beautiful day.” And every night, you find a reason to say, “Yes, it is a beautiful day.” Then one day you’ll look back and easily say, “Yes . . . it was a beautiful day.”
Psalm 104:33-34 I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have being. My meditation of Him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the Lord.
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.
Took this photo in my backyard yesterday. Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Mexican Sunflower. What a beautiful world God has created!
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The earth delights to feel your bare feet. ~ Kahlil Gibran
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Sometimes, life is like that.
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