Thursday, April 23, 2015

Birds and Snow

Mrs. Grosbeak is standing above a little snow/hail (mostly hail) that we got earlier today.  It melted quickly; afterwards, the ground didn't even look wet.  Very strange.  It's still cold and cloudy late this afternoon and there's a chill little wind ruffling the spring leaves.
The Grosbeaks have been back from their winter homes in Mexico and Baja California for about a week now.  It's always good to see old friends...although I think Mr. Grosbeak might be a little put out with the weather!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Purple and White


And lavender, too!  I wish I could send the scent of these photos to everyone who looks at them! The lilacs have been blooming for nearly three weeks here.
Usually, they only last about a week.
All my lilacs are covered with blooms, which is surprising to me since we've had so very little rain.
Only the white lilacs seemed to have a hard time producing blooms, but the blooms they did make were huge! 
I leave the windows open all day so at night the house still holds the strong scent of lilacs.  It makes for a wonderful night's sleep...

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Joys of Motherhood


Late yesterday afternoon I spotted a mama Scrub Jay and her baby in an ancient, nearly dead apple tree.  This is what I'm sure (imagined) I heard them say to each other:

"Hungry, mama.  Gettin' real hungry..."
"Well, I'll zip down here and see what there is for you to eat.  Be patient, honey."
"There...I think..."
"Mama, my tummy's growling!"
"Just a second, honey.  I see a nice, fat... 

At this point the mother hopped off the log and caught a large, beautiful bug of some sort and fed it to her hungry baby.  I'm sorry I didn't take a picture, I just couldn't bear to watch the baby eat the poor bug.  But, the poor mother.  Was the baby grateful?  This is what the baby said after eating the bug:
 "Well, it took you long enough!  Is that all there is?  I'm hungry..."

Poor Mama.  I'm certain I heard her sigh loudly as she flew to search for more bugs...

Monday, April 6, 2015

A Quote for Monday


"My breath would catch at the sight of violets, so common in the woods at home, so surprising in the mountains.  The violets' message was 'Keep up your courage, stay true to what you believe in'."  Jessica Stern

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter






I hope the Big Bunny was good to you!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

A Magic Potion

 

I didn't get a photo of the eclipse (it happened too early in the wee hours of the morning here) but I did get a photo of cherry blossoms in the moonlight.  The lilacs are in bloom right now too, and the scent of the air was intoxicating!  I had a headache when I went out but, after thirty minutes in that air, it was gone.  Cherry blossoms, lilac blossoms and moonlight...a magic air potion to cure what ails you, it seems...

Friday, April 3, 2015

Faeries Friday - Ravenwing Moonrider


She's a Faery to be careful around!  Very moody, she doesn't like rude people (human, animal or fae) and hates sunlight.  You can imagine how annoyed she was with me when I had to use the flash on my camera to get this picture.  You can see the irritation flying off of her in little blue sparks...I'm lucky I'm still here!
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