Tuesday, June 19, 2018

A Study in Hummingbirds

I'm having one of those days.  You know what I mean.

A contractor is working on my AC, but he has the heat on.

I'm not asking questions.

I stepped outside for some cool air only to be bombarded by sawing from a neighbor's project.

The hummingbirds were undisturbed by any of this.

They were blissfully unaware of a sprinkler line that broke this morning, shooting water at high pressure under my front door into the house.

Until I found the source of the enormouse noise the shooting water was making, I thought a monster was pounding at the door.

I have been working for years to get my camera to focus on the hummingbirds.

This morning, I focused on the hummingbirds.

I became oblivious to the noise from the saw.

The air around me became peaceful and calm.

For just a few moments, I was peaceful.

I should do this more often.

Definitely.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Flowers and Friends

I love my geraniums.

Since my camera was out, I studied some roses which made their way into the house.  This is actually a long story.  A friend was replacing his rose bushes and had one new bush left over.  He set it aside for me, but I accidentally picked up an old bush.  It's plenty beautiful.

A new friend gave me a small petunia plant.  I think of her each time I see this, which is often, because I planted it in my kitchen.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Waiting for the Sun to Come Over the Mountain

The lilies in the front of my house are beginning to bloom.

I stalled eating breakfast so I could catch them in the morning sun.

These interesting little blossoms also caught my eye.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Starting out with Purple

Purple flowers in my basket caught my eye in the morning light, but I became preoccupied with the pink.

What catches my eye is not always appealing to my camera.

Mr. Goldfinch spied me.

He was unconcerned.

I have to be careful to never let the hummingbirds see me, and this morning, I was successful.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Fuchsia

I've been watching these blossoms, called fuchsia.  The morning sun doesn't reach them, and the afternoon sun hits them for only a few moments.  That was 10 minutes ago.

Company for Breakfast

The hummingbirds have been back for a few weeks.

These two chatted over their breakfast.

I stood outside, very still, for quite some time before the little birds decided it was safe to come in for a landing.

I don't bother taking pictures unless the sun is perfect.

And that certainly was the case today.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

New Baskets

My husband picked up our baskets from the nursery.

He doesn't trust me to plant the baskets, but he trusts me to water them and pick the dead heads.

I took pictures as the sun was setting over the house.  Then I watered.  These will be beautiful all summer.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Surprise!

This afternoon I was taken by surprise when I saw these beautiful blooms in my front garden.  I didn't plant them.  They must be volunteers.  Well, they are welcome!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Persistent Winter

It's possible I might be disappointed if I look for hummingbirds today.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Spring Shows Her Pretty Face

The birds were at the feeders this morning.

That was not new.  They have been enjoying our thistle all winter.

What was new was the sun was out.

I took these pictures through the window, fearing I'd startle the birds away.

I couldn't resist, and I stepped outside.  The birdies fled, but my zoom allowed me to capture the blossoms on my neighbor's tree.

The birds sat in the tree, hoping I'd go back inside.  So, I did.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Chirping Birds on a Snowy Morning

The snow is beautiful this morning.

Even my little friends think so.  Honestly, it sounds like spring outside with all the chirping birds, like they don't even notice.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Sad Day, Happy Day

A recent death in my extended family prompted a friend to bring flowers.  This is a thoughtful practice, for sure.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Beautiful Ice in Big Springs

I took six grandchildren to Big Springs this morning.

We were all fascinated with the ice.

I used the sport setting to capture the moving water around this ball of ice.

The morning was beautiful.

The ice was beautiful.

We all had a wonderful time.

Including my camera.