Thursday, August 26, 2010
Birds, Blooms and More Blueberries!
I am continuing today
with more photos
of the garden blooms,
one of my favorite birds
Coneflowers are fun to photograph because of their shape and texture!:
Their centers remind me of exploding fireworks:
They are great to snip off and bring into the house for a centerpiece:
We have several Flicker birds
in our neighborhood.
We hear them all the time..
but they are very shy here...
I have chased after them with my camera more than once,
only to have them fly away before I even get within zoom range.
I was weeding my garden and heard their familiar call....
and realized one must be
Sure enough..at the end of my driveway, sitting
in the grass...
was a Flicker!!!
I ran into the house and grabbed my camera,
figuring it would be gone before I got back out...
But to my surprise, it was still there in the grass, forging for food and not noticing me.
One of the things that I love most
is their little red patch on the back of their heads:
They have long yellow tail feathers, but unfortunately, I could not capture this in the photos:
I think this was a young Flicker....
so he hadn't learned to be afraid of humans yet.
But--he was GORGEOUS!:
One of my garden flowers:
And the rewards of going into the woods for a ride:
By the way, if you think my hand is rather masculine..
I DO ALOT OF GARDENING, people!!!
Who has time for a manicure????
this is my HUSBAND's hand...but I had you going there for a moment, didn't I?)
You DO REALIZE that you only have THREE DAYS LEFT
to enter into the August FREE PHOTO CONTEST,
The theme is:
Sunrises or Sunsets
So, get going RIGHT now and send in your winning photo
to me by midnight, August 31st following THESE RULES!!!
- The Retired One
- I retired in June 2008 and started my blog in November 2008. I worked at several jobs as a Registered Nurse prior to retirement. I LOVE being retired! Blogging has offered me a whole new venue to start writing again and to share new hobbies such as gardening, birdwatching and sharing my nature photography. If you like my blog, PLEASE click on "follow this blog". Having a lot of followers reading my blog gives me incentive to continue to do photography and to continue to write. I also LOVE comments, so I encourage you to leave me a comment after you read my posts. Thanks everyone, for taking the time to read me!!
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