Wednesday, August 31, 2016

ABC Wednesday - H

Honestly!  This is one of my favorite shrubs.  There are many varieties of Hydrangeas. The following has been in my yard for a number of years.  I chose it for the very reason that it is somewhat unusual.  (Another is 'Pinky Winky' that does virtually the same thing, except the flowers have a completely different appearance - conical shaped!)

The following two shrubs are Hydrangea paniculata:

Here is a look at 'Quickfire.'  This photo was take in June 2016.

The following photo was taken August 25, 2016.

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Have a great day!!  Hug a Hydrangea!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

ABC Wednesday - G is Grosbeak

We recently vacationed for a few days with both "our families!"  This would be our daughter and son-in-law and their children and our son and daughter-in-law and their children.  All-in-all, there were twelve of us... and did we have GREAT fun!

We stayed in a wonderful (modern) "log cabin" in the woods.  There were birds all around, with bird feeders hanging from the main floor deck.  We saw our "usual" black-capped chickadees, nuthatches, goldfinches, (flocks of?) ruby throated hummingbirds, Baltimore Orioles, and Rose Breasted Grosbeaks, etc.

Imagine my surprise, when the first birds I spotted and photographed were the birds below!!  "What?" I wondered.

Guess what!  These are immature male Rose Breasted Grosbeaks!!  (The first clue that they were Grosbeaks was their bills.  Take a Gander!)

This is also an immature male Rose Breasted Grosbeak ... further along in his development.  I also was able to take this photo.

The following photo was borrowed from an internet search.  The photographer was identified as Gary Tyson.

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"Keep an eye out!"  You may also spot an elusive immature Rose Breasted Grosbeak!

Watchfully yours,

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

ABC Wednesday - F is for Felicificative!

Do you love it?  The word itself.   Just figuring out how to say it made me happy!  So, there's the definition:  Tending to make happy.  (I found this word online in a list of obscure, little-used words.)

Felicificative:  It tends to make me happy when I think of something to write about for this Meme.

Felicificative:  It tends to make me happy when everything works together in a timely fashion (i.e., our bathroom remodel.  It is nearly finished!)

Felicificative:  It tends to make me happy when I labor a bit from time-to-time towards a certain goal and I see progress as I work!

Felicificative:  It tends to make me happy when other "interested" people join me in the occasional maintenance of a local community garden!

Felicificative:  It tends to make me happy when some of you visit my post and leave a comment!  (Thanks!)

And perhaps now YOU feel Felicificative in seeing this post conclude!  lol

Have a great day!!

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

ABC Wednesday - C for Clouds!

A recent 9-mile drive home resulted in the following cloud "documentary!"  I thought the clouds were amazing... and even more amazing was the fact that the whole episode lasted 19 minutes!

Cirrus and ???  Can you have a Line of Cumulus?

and/or Cumulonimbus

Looking across....

Looking back, a little...

Looking ahead again

Whew!  A return to Cumulus!


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Monday, July 18, 2016

ABC Wednesday - B is for Butterflies!!

Well!  The usual wealth of Butterflies has not been the norm this year... however, there were QUITE a number of Giant Butterflies awhile back.  :-)

This is almost all of what I have seen this year.

Giant Butterfly

Giant Butterfly on Butterfly Milkweed

Pearl Crescent Butterfly

Eastern-tailed Blue Butterfly

Northern Checkerspot Butterfly

 White Cabbage Butterfly

Because I have a large number of food-source nectar flowers for all Butterflies - Monarchs included, and a quite a good number of Butterfly and commong milkweed plants (larval food), I am Bummed that I'm not seeing Monarchs in my yard... and I've only seen TWO Monarchs this spring/summer!

Before I go, perhaps you can tell me if you are seeing Monarch Butterflies??


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Mr. Shady's Beautiful Prairie; As It Looks Today!

I believe we've had this piece of ground for at least 20 years.  And over the years, he has worked on the prairie side planting grasses, forb seeds (forb is a word that stands for herbaceous plants other than grasses, sedges, etc.) and food plots for wild animals (deer, wild turkey, quail, pheasant, etc.) which makes for good habitat for songbirds as well as other wild animals.

We took a little trip out there today.  Here are some of my favorite photos!

The area below primarily contained gray-headed cone flower.

Here we have the gray-headed cone flower with Tick Trefoil

A close-up of Iron Weed.

And a closer look at Iron Weed flower brachts.

A beautiful sunny day... looking "up!"

Isn't this pretty?

 Gray headed Coneflower with Monarda and a few Purple Coneflower

Cream Gentian

 Partridge Pea

 Purple Cone flower with Pearl Crescent butterfly


Eastern-tailed Blue butterfly

a Load of Partridge Pea!

Bumble Bee on Purple Cone flower with Daisy Fleabane in the background

 Northern Checkerspot on Queen Anne's Lace (non native)

Tall Bellflower - Capanula americana

A nice day was had by "all!"  (Beautiful day, very humid with a wonderful breeze!)

Have a great week!