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A Gift from the Wild Birds

Wandering around today outside my shack, I found this gift from the wild birds.

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I love sunflowers! My kitchen has a sunflower theme.

Thanks,  Birds!!!

*I’ll fill your feeders in the morning!*

I love sunsets

What a striking sunset we had tonight!

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Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Cheers,

Sue

FIRE!

Fire in the Sky Reflected

No, not in the building …

The fire is in the SKY! What a sunset!!!

Fire in the Sky

No, I don’t have a dirty sensor …

Somebody —- PLEASE make this #&($I*O&)* snow stop!!! I had six inches in 3 hours this morning! The snow is over my knees in some places. My van is snowed in and I am sick of shoveling to get my gate open or bring  firewood in for the night.

My roof has a 2-inch layer of ice under a foot or more of snow.

Cripes!

It is not pretty any more. I hate it. Anybody want to adopt me ???? (I come with a dawg)

I’m fed up with winter!!!

Weeds in the Snow

So … I was bored, depressed, disheartened and generally feeling blah …

What’s a girl to do????????????

TAKE PICTURES!!!!!!!!!!!

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It’s STILL snowing – we’ve had about 8 inches since yesterday and I am sick of it already.

Look What I Won!!!

One of my favourite websites is a gardening site with excellent information and photography on it. When I worked at the hardware store in the garden section, it was a source of info for questions my customers would ask.

A companion site, for beginning gardeners, ran a photo contest a few months ago, so I submitted two photos.

A couple of weeks ago I found out one of my photos won one of the big prizes – a wonderful book …

The cover …

Inside …

It’s 304 pages, hard cover and chock full of really great info like planning for max colour, groupings, pests that attack foliage, planting for neat textures, contrasting plantings, harmonizing beds, mixing foliage plants with flowering plants, etc. All very wonderful things to know!

Here’s my entry on the winners’ page … it’s the pink rose with the rain drops … it sure came out dark on his site …
http://www.beginner-gardening.com/ga…e-contest.html

The other picture I entered is on the sidebar on the right – its the 6th one from the bottom – the close-up of the amaryllis.

Picking Pears

The Bartlett pears are being picked now …

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These are all full-frame (no cropping) Some quick editing in PS7 for sats and sharpening, is all.

MY Bone

Buddy got a new bone today…

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Another test for this #%^&$#@ printer

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My Lazuli Bunting Came Back …

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Lazuli Bunting

Too cool, eh??? Not the clearest of shots – but I was shooting through my windshield AGAIN. As soon as I moved to get past that he flew away – and didn’t come back again last night. I waited about an hour for him, then finally gave up and came inside where it was warm

Hope you enjoy him – thanks for looking!

Female Rufous Hummingbird

Busy night at my hummer feeder tonight … I think this one is a female Rufous … the white tips on her tail say it is female – their size is so tiny, but they are real scrappers at the feeders!

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Lazuli Bunting

Oh, how thrilling this was!!! I was sitting at my kitchen table watching my feeders this morning and I saw a streak of blue. Jumped up for the camera (wrong lens) and dashed back but it had disappeared. I spent most of the day waiting for it to come back. From the fast glimpse I had gotten of it, I figured it was a Western Bluebird.

At suppertime tonight it came back and I managed to grab 3 quick shots before it took off. They are not wonderful and badly out of focus, but I realized this was not a Western Bluebird because of the black and white on its wings. So off to Peterson’s Western Birds Book I went – its a Lazuli Bunting – related to the finches. I had never heard of one before so this was soooo cool!!!

Here’s my very poor shots … Hope you think he’s as pretty as I do.

Lazuli Bunting

Lazuli Bunting

Lazuli Bunting

Mourning Dove

This spring, I bought a new pole to hang my bird feeders from – it has multiple options for hanging things. I had originally planned to hang a couple of flowering baskets with hummer-attracting flowers, but the weather was still too nippy for them, so hung my seed feeders instead. I have become very popular in my neighbourhood.

All the little birds feed at the feeders, but some of them are rather messy and chuck the food out onto the deck. I have not minded, because now I have the larger birds coming as well, who pick at the tossed seed. The other day I was sitting here at the puter (I can see the feeders from here) and there was a flurry of big wings and large tails right outside the window so I jumped up and grabbed the camera.

Here’s who came calling ….

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Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove

These are Mourning Doves. They have a very distinctive call and I hear them quite often in the orchard. You can hear their song here: http://www.naturesongs.com/falcstri.html#modo

Hope you enjoy this – thanks for looking!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day

More Yellow Rumps

Here’s another couple – taken at the Chichester Wetlands last Saturday. These ones clearly show the yellow rump

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Yellow-rumped Warbler

American Goldfinch

More birds at my feeder – this is a new one this year. I had seen them around town, but not at my feeders up here on the hill, so was really pleased to have attracted them.

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American Goldfinch

Yellow-rumped Warbler

These little birds were skipping around in a tree next to where I park at work. Had no idea what they were but I took pictures anyway.

Looking in my Petersen’s Western Birds book, it appears they may be the Western form of the Yellow-Rumped Warbler. If you think they might be something else, please let me know.

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Pretty things, aren’t they?

Thanks for looking

Today is my Birthday …

… and I have the day off work, too! The sun is shining and it looks like it is going to be a gorgeous day.

There’s a photo competition I want to shoot for, but my idea is a tad bizarre so it will take a bit of setting up. The deadline is tomorrow so I’ll need to get my act together if I am going to do it today. I am such a great procrastinator!

Stay posted – I may just get this done :D

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Several hours later … I got sidetracked … still no entry for the competition BUT …

The birds were singing out there in the sunshine …

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and then my camera saw this cool image …

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I’m still planning to shoot for the Comp :D

I am sooooo spoiled …

I have a few obsessions … and not a lot of money to feed them. One of my biggest passions is tools – I have a lot of tools and bits and pieces that go with them. I had them “housed” in about six toolboxes of various styles and sizes, but none very large and all too heavy when I got them loaded.

At work we had some Christmas leftovers that went on sale – and then on sale again, so I whined at the guy who prices them and managed to get myself a super buy – two rolling toolboxes with pull-up handles just like rolling suitcases! What a marvelous invention for someone like me! I paid $20 for one of them and $25 for the other!!! How could I pass that up????

Here’s my new “treasures”:

Toolboxes

Lots of little places for little “Things”:

Lots of little places for little “Things”

More places for little things:

More places for little things

And even a bonus little toolbox inside!!!!!!! Yahoooooo!!!

Bonus toolbox inside!

Now all I gotta do is fill them!