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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Beatiful, and, Ummm...not so beautiful...all in the same day!

We are starting to get out in the woods a little more 
not as much as I'd like yet (too busy, dang it!)
to get photographs.

But I was glad I DID get out one day,
what I saw!:
(A face only a Mother could love)

See THESE claws??:
(Let's just say that I did NOT attempt to pick him up for a picture of his backside!)

He was smack in the middle of the road.
I got out of the car to gently nudge him with my feet to the side of the road
so he wouldn't get run over.

But then I remembered I had SANDALS on....

(HE had other ideas about the whole "she's jabbing me with an unprotected foot thing".)

HIS idea was:

So I just said: 

And HE said:  NO WAY.

So, I did what any sensible Blogger would do.

I took many photos of him and got in my car and left.
(Luckily, on the way back through, his body was not squished in the middle of the road, so he MUST have finally crawled to the other side of the road).

That same day?

We also found something beautiful:

apple blossoms!:

You never know what beauty may show up in your day.

Just make sure you don't get distracted by the
"not so pretty" of your day.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Spring Into Summer...

More photos today of Nature's garden gifts.

Nothing purer than a dandelion in the summer!:

I can't tell you how THRILLED we were to see a Baltimore Oriole in our yard. He has made several appearances and each time I run for my camera:

I LOVED this had been raining and he had just shook his feathers hard and was a huge fluff ball!:

Blue Jay in the rain:

Tulip center magnified:

I loved the softness of this pink tulip shot. I think Heaven must have some like this:


Another tulip center:

Fresh growth:

New pine needle growth:



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Monday, June 27, 2011

Spring's Wonderful Bounty

Today, we will continue with some more photos
my spring garden's flowers....

We were very lucky when we built on this property.
There were two areas full of Vinca Minor vines that faithfully put out their violet/blue flowers
every year:

Red tulips enjoying the spring sun:

Double pink tulips and primrose after the rain:

Our property has HUGE boulders on it.
When we built your house, I had a bulldozer push them into some areas, forming a
semi-circle and then I put gardens into them...they make nice "backdrops" for
the blooming flowers.

A grouping of pink tulips:

I love buying a bag of "mixed tulips" and planting them in the fall.....
then waiting to see what colors come up in the spring.
One of my favorites is this two-toned yellow/red one:

Close-up of a Vinca Minor:

Our first tree to blossom is this plum tree.  We never get plums, but the birds LOVE this tree:

Yellow primrose!:

Tulip Drama
after the rain:

Nature doesn't fool around when it comes to beauty.....

Saturday, June 25, 2011

More Garden Blooms...

My garden in the spring has over 300 tulips blooming...

It used to have over 500 tulips, but our cold winters have taken their toll on them
the chipmunks ate some bulbs too. (Sigh)

But, the ones that are left, along with some other spring flowers
excite me and make me so happy.

These are primrose:

Pink double tulips against a background of red/gold primrose:

I love looking wayyyyy inside tulips.  These had white trimmed in purple inside them:

The double tulips this year were huge...they reminded me more of Peonies:

Nothing cheers me up more on a sunny spring day than a group of red tulips:

And this year, my orange with yellow bi-color tulips did well:

They reminded me of poppies with their black centers:

Stay tuned...there will be more photos of my garden flowers.....I had to capture them with my lens before they all disappeared into summer!
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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Blooms and one bird....

I just love watching all our Spring/Summer birds
that don't stay here year-round.

Especially the colorful ones.

Like this little goldfinch:

And of course,with Spring
comes spring flowers!

My primrose did especially well this year:

And the tulips were wonderful too!:

And the combination of primrose and tulips definitely sing SPRING!:

Lovely, romantic forget-me-nots:

Raindrops on tulip petals, oh MY!:

Yellow primrose:

Now, these tulips have all been through their life cycle and are only memories;
That is the only thing I don't like about Spring.

It is over before you know it!

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