Simple Saturday – Nature in my Yard

Simple Saturday – Nature in my Yard

Today, I have a need to just post some simple photos of the evolving aspects of nature in my yard. There are reasons for this simpler post. While glancing at my social media feed this morning, I saw several articles and posts that irritated me. I do not wish to be irritated, so I will leave you with visions of happier more beautiful things that are right in my own backyard!

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Bleeding Heart

 

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Apple Buds

 

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Apple Blossoms

 

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More Apple Blossoms
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Home Fruit Orchard

 

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One of our five blueberry bushes.

 

Rose Milkweed plants behind our barn.

Seeds started by my garden club students in 2015.

We have Rose Milkweed, Swamp Milkweed, and Common Milkweed in our Yard.

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Many of the 101 new Fraser Fir Trees we had planted in our yard this spring.

Enjoy nature today & leave the annoying posts behind. We’ll all be better off.

Here’s to a Simple Saturday!

Wild Life Wednesdays Without Words #2

Wild Life Wednesdays Without Words #2

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Painted Turtle
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Bumble Bees on Coneflowers
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Swallowtail on Butterfly Bush
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Early Morning Spiderweb
What a Hoot!

What a Hoot!

Friday, my boys were off from school for the Easter holiday break.  About mid-afternoon, I looked out our back window and saw a white patch in a tree at the edge of the field behind us. The landscape is slowly greening up but the trees have not leafed out yet so seeing something pure white mid-way up a tree was odd.  I wondered what it could be so I got out my binoculars and look a long look.  Ah, it was still too far away.  We have another pair of binoculars – a “real” pair, not the child’s pair I was using initially, so I dug those out of their resting place in the front closet.  Back at the window, the white “thing” was still in the tree, but its shape had shifted.  Now, I knew it was alive, just as I thought!

Staring, dialing in and out of focus using the binoculars, I stood at our living room window for 10-15 minutes, looking for clues about what was in that tree behind our house. This also required a lot of blinking, as my contacts did not respond to being shoved up against a glass lens as I peered into the eyepiece.  In the meantime, my fifteen year old asked what I was up to. When I told him, I spilled what had been on my mind.

“I think there might be a snowy owl in that tree back there, by the edge of the field,”  I told him, excitedly!

“Seriously? Mom.”  he replied, shaking his head. But, he got up off the couch to take a look.  My boys are used to my nature–based escapades and frequently indulge my thoughts, if only to prove me wrong, as time permits. At this point, I went to get my camera to try to zoom in close enough to prove it was indeed an owl, a snowy owl!

The camera didn’t help, but then my son said, “Do you want me to go out there and take a closer look?”

“Sure,” I said. “Take the binoculars with you.”

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A few minutes later, he was waving to me.  I went outside, taking the camera with me, hopeful.  He shouted something. I couldn’t hear it.

“What is it?”  I shouted back.

“Well, it’s not an owl, mom. It’s our neighbor’s cat!”

A half hour spent – looking, wondering, snapping photos, enlisting the help of a reluctant teen and hoping, just to find out the white patch in the tree behind our house was our neighbor’s cat!

What a hoot!

Oh, yeah. Our neighbors do have a white cat. Obviously, I was hoping for something more exciting.

 

 

Wildlife Wednesday Without Words

Wildlife Wednesday Without Words

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Monarch Butterfly
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Bumble Bee on Wild Romance Aster
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Seal on beach sunning himself on the Island of Kauai
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Monarch Larva – Fifth Instar
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Crane at Bird Rescue on Florida Keys
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Swallowtail caterpillar