|I took some grandchildren to Big Springs this morning. They thought it was cold. I thought it was wonderful.
Thursday, December 28, 2017
Sunday, December 3, 2017
|I have a grandson who loves nature, bugs, dinosaurs, everything interesting. Anything interesting. He's ten. He and I went on a walk on Thursday and he pointed out a thorn on a tree for me to see.
|I thought at first that he was messing with me, but on this morning's walk, he showed me several trees with these thorns.
|The entire bark of the tree is covered with these thorns.
|I searched for matching images on Google but didn't get a hit. No matter. I'll keep going on walks with this grandson, and he'll keep showing me interesting things. [Update: This is a Toothache Tree. The knobs have an analgesic property.]
Posted by Julie Markham at 9:44 AM
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Sunday, November 12, 2017
|The morning was so beautiful that I was distracted from my hurried Sunday morning.
|I hadn't realized there were berries on this tree, or that the birds ate them.
|They were flitting around, making it hard to find them through my camera lens, but this bird actually posed for me.
|Honest, there has never been a more beautiful fall morning.
Posted by Julie Markham at 8:30 AM
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
|I found myself distracted this morning when the sun came over the mountains.
|I planted these mums for an outside event last year and they barely survived. This year, however, they have thrived.
|Brush a distance away looked stunning in the morning light.
|Even dead plants are beautiful in the sunlight.
Posted by Julie Markham at 9:04 AM
Monday, September 25, 2017
Friday, September 15, 2017
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Monday, August 21, 2017
|When everyone with me began screaming that it was time, I began to panic. And then, all of a sudden, my camera focused. This is the first diamond ring as the eclipse approached totality.
|What my eyes were seeing was a little different than what my camera saw, but both images were exquisite.
|I knew the second diamond ring was going to appear at the top, at about 1 o'clock.
|I was beyond thrilled when I realized my camera was in focus.
|And then I cried.
|In what seemed like one massive heartbeat, it was over, but I was still crying.
Posted by Julie Markham at 1:55 PM
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Sunday, August 13, 2017
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
|A storm tonight was fast and furious.
|The hummingbirds couldn't wait for it to pass over.
|The wind was still blowing.
|The hummingbirds have a high tolerance level.
|My husband now has to fill the feeder several times a week.
|These are noisy, funny and happy birds.
|And all of us were glad the storm was over.
Posted by Julie Markham at 9:08 PM
Thursday, July 27, 2017
|I trimmed my geraniums this morning.
|The hummingbirds don't mind if I'm outside.
|My geraniums had to wait while I found my camera.
|For being such little birds, they can be quite noisy.
|This picture was taken without using the sport setting.
|This one was not.
|I walked down the stairs to turn on the hose to fill the cistern that waters my flowers.
|I spied another winged creature. We left each other alone.
|I'm delighted to finally be able to take pictures of birds at the second feeder.
|This scene might look peaceful in pictures, but when we're all outside together, the hummingbirds buzz both feeders and have a grand party.
|The only calm object I found this morning was the neighbor's flowers.
Posted by Julie Markham at 9:09 AM