Saturday, July 15, 2017

Feeding the Birds

I sent my grandson out to feed the birds this morning.

I followed with my camera.

This kid is great and loves to help out his grandpa, who is away for a couple days.

Feeding the birds took just a minute.  Taking pictures took a lot longer.

Mornings are the best time, for lots of reasons.

Taking pictures is a good reason.

I have discovered where the family of quail are living.  They are very safe, even from my camera.

The finches are not afraid of me.

I love the varied colors of these birds.

The hummingbirds were active this morning.

Grandpa will be home in time to fill these feeders.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Temple Flowers on a Tuesday Morning

The flower gardens at the Provo City Center Temple are gorgeous.

Everywhere I looked this morning, I saw beauty.

Color exploded.

And yet, some of the flowers look tender and delicate.

I'm always happy when my camera can spot a bee.

My mother loved snapdragons, so I do, too.

My ancestors wrote about making dolls from hollyhocks.

My father grew gladiolas.

I'm realizing that a love for flowers can come through our family lines.

Perhaps a love for sacred things can, too.

This is what families do:  Share what's important.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Broken Gate, New Flower

I stepped outside this morning to provide some aid to my husband.

I walked right back in and grabbed my camera.

It's not fall.  This is my red leaf maple.

We had a broken gate.  I was providing a small amount of assistance while my husband worked on the repair.

The repair went so well that we moved to the back to fix another gate.  My camera spied our bird feeder from a completely different angle.

I have given up trying to photograph the hummingbirds at this feeder.  My camera has refused to focus, until this morning, when the new angle made all the difference.

The birds were not bothered by the noise.

They were also not bothered by an empty feeder.

We have well-defined job descriptions in our household, and feeding the birds is not in my domain.

Don't worry.  The other feeder was full.

I was completely surprised this morning by this flower.  Big as life, there it was in my garden.  I have never seen it before.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Quail in the Garden

A family of quail is living in our front garden.  I see them at the most inopportune times, and by the time I find my camera, they are gone.  Today my husband saw them.  I grabbed my camera, and this guy was posing for all the world to see.  I'll stay on the lookout for his family.

I have Russian sage in a nearby flower bed.  I love this plant and see no need for anything else in my yard, although there are a few other plants growing.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Revisiting Fungus

I felt a need to revisit the fungus I photographed yesterday.
 
In studying this picture, I think there are two bugs, both near the center of the photograph. I'll have to show my grandson Ben, a bug expert, and get his opinion.

I zoomed the lens all the way back before taking this picture, maybe to emphasize how special my camera is.  The log with all this interesting action is directly in the center of this photograph.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Spider at 50 Feet

I took this picture from a bridge above a waterway.  I wasn't sure what the white stuff was on the log.  I used all of my 50x zoom to see that these were mushrooms.  Not until I got home did I see the spider.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Don't Wake the Babies!

I'm visiting grandchildren in Dallas.  This morning, one of them pointed out this mourning dove to me.  She is nesting in the rain gutter above their front door.  Everyone is careful and quiet.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Hanging Baskets

I think I'm smart enough to plant a hanging basket.

I don't know how to say this, but my husband doesn't agree.

We picked up three hanging baskets last week.

I am in love.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Spring Flowers at the Provo City Center Temple

I spent some time on the grounds of the Provo City Center Temple this afternoon.

The grounds are exquisite.

Tulips are still in bloom.

I counted four large beds of strawberries.

It's appropriate that both of Provo's temples have pink roses.

I stood a little west of this planter to capture mountains in the background.

Then I stepped a few feet north and captured this background.

I like the combination of blue and white.

This combination of the same colors was enchanting!

The flowers seem to attract bees.

My camera was in fine form.

These pink flowers looked plastic, but they were growing out of the ground.

I seem to be running into mushrooms more often, lately.

Please notice the bee!