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July 1 - August 31, 2018
3 Butterflies and a Bee on Echinacea
After reading how important planting native plants are to the health of bees, butterflies, birds, native animals and the environment, I am adding more native plants to my little "Mom's Memorial Garden".
Early Signs of Spring (Apricot Buds)
I am not very keen on cold weather. In South Africa, we are used to warmer weather, so this winter was particularly cold and unpleasant.
Loving a Chicken
I save my food scraps to take to my neighbor's chickens. There is one little hen that gets out of the pen most every day. When she sees me coming, she runs down the path to meet me and follows me to the pen. She lets me pick her up and put her over the fence back into the pen. She wants to eat too.
Baby Bluebird Peeking Out
This little guy didn't know that he wasn't supposed to be peaking out of the nest when mom and dad weren't there. The mom and dad were up on my roof, supervising and chattering, while I snapped this photo of their little one.
Bluebird Flying Into House
This is Papa bluebird flying to his house to feed his little ones. I was lucky enough to be outside and got several pictures of him on top of the house as well as sticking his head inside to feed his young ones.
Flowers in Singapore
This is a picture of some of the flowers being grown in an indoor garden in Singapore. It's like a giant glass terrarium and although being cold inside, all the tropical flowers were flourishing! It's a very beautiful place!
It was raining and these little hummingbirds decided they had better behave themselves if they wanted to fill their little bellies before dark. Our two feeders stay busy. They are drinking a quart of sugar water a day. They are usually buzzing around the feeders and it's hard to count them, but it's a bunch.
Orchids in Singapore
These are beautiful orchids with waterfalls in the background inside on indoor garden in Singapore. The garden is a huge glass dome where all kinds of tropical flowers are grown - absolutely beautiful! There is every kind of orchid you can imagine!
Stillness in Bloom
While visiting a garden in Olathe, Kansas this past July, the stillness of the statue amongst the movement of the flowers captured my attention. It was such a captivating moment as she peeked out of the flowers when I walked past her. I just had to take a picture.
Rescue of My Bee Friend
This sweetie was struggling to survive a heavy downpour in West Monroe, LA. I saw her fight to live, I put the end of my cane near enough to her so she was able to make it up the rubber portion of the tip. She climbed up and fell off twice. I was not going to give up so I laid the cane as flat as I could.
I took this photo of a line of geese thinking they looked like a lineup for a football team, and when I looked at it on the computer it looked more like a beautiful Monet watercolor painting.
Sun Slivers (Nebraska)
I love photographing skies. I have more pictures of skies than anything else, except perhaps my cats. Here you can see the outside ridge of the sun behind the clouds, looking like a disk of fire.
The Most Welcome Bees
Without bees, there would be worldwide, mass starvation. Their health and their abundance has been in jeopardy for years. I don't follow this issue closely, but I do make mental notes while I'm out gardening.
My Backyard (Lytle Creek, CA)
This is the beautiful view I have everyday in my backyard. I love to come out here and sit with my dogs, we sometimes even go for walks in that creek and follow it upstream, they play in the water while I look for cool rocks to put into my garden.
Room for One More? (Davis, CA)
Some mornings if I am lucky, I awake to the swishing sound of fire bringing a hot air balloon right over our house. This photo was taken on a very lucky day. I was ignored when I yelled, "come and get me."
Black Swallowtail Butterfly
Black Swallowtail Butterfly that I raised from an egg. 6-15-2018
Mother Bat and Her Pup
July 1st was a hot/humid day in Wisconsin. I noticed this mother and her pup slept out of the bat house very low to the ground where it was cooler. The pup is tucked behind her body, near her legs, close to the cedar. We have 34 moms in the bat house, it's a maternity colony.
Box of Blooms and Butterflies
My boyfriend and I bought some inexpensive seeds and had no experience with these flowers and little about starting them from seeds. This is the result! It is also the first of our boxes. It takes our breath away! The butterflies are just as enjoyable! Hope you enjoy it too.
The Hypnotist (Coneflower)
This simple flower turns into a hypnotic experience if one stares at it closely. Like an old-fashioned optical illusion, it starts to move and pull you in...truly inescapable! Now you try! Do you see it moving? Give it time.
Morning Entertainment (Toad)
Although it's not the most beautiful feature on my patio, it's one of the most entertaining. Even though I have always known toads are a good form of insect control, I'd never been very fond of them. That is until this little fellow I named Fred started showing up on our patio every evening and morning.
Euonymus Foliage with Three Colors
My little community has a lovely pond in the middle of the complex. We have gold fish, three little "waterfalls" and this unique bush. It has green, yellow, and green and yellow leaves. It's very peaceful to sit and just listen.
Mr. Red (Hummingbird)
This is one of our favorite hummingbirds, Mr Red, because he's the friendliest little guy of all the hummingbirds, I've ever seen.
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