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My favorite month of the year is rapidly slipping away as I write this. October means cool enough for a sweatshirt but not bitterly cold, the summer haze is gone and replace by clear blue skies, grilling gives way to chili and soup, college football is in full swing (Go Southeast Conference!), and of course…

Photo Blog

Earlier this year while reading some updates from WordPress about photo blogs, I thought “Why not?” I decided to set up another blog to feature photos as another way to focus on improving photography skills. The nice thing about photo blogs is that they do not require writing – just posting photos. Some of the…

Wild Azalea

One of the signs of spring in this area, in addition to the many blooming trees and wildflowers, is the wild azalea, Rhododendron canescens. It comes in varying shades of pink ranging from a very light pink to a rosy pink. The blooms only last for a short time but add a wonderful touch to…

Rejected…. again

This year we were sure the Eastern bluebirds were going to nest in one of our bluebird houses. For the past several years, we have spent a fortune on mealworms, made sure there was always fresh water in the winter and pampered the bluebirds in every way we could in hopes of having a nesting…

2013 Great Backyard Bird Count

This weekend is the Great Backyard Bird Count sponsored by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. The four-day count is an opportunity for bird watchers from all over the United States and Canada to submit a list of the different species visiting their yards. Participants count birds for as little as 15 minutes…

Edge of the Storm

Our area just got the edge of the big snowstorm for another inch of snow. So far this winter, we have not had a major snowstorm but we are still just in February. When the snow comes through it is a great time to watch the birds… And to bake something good. And to think…

Water for the Birds in Winter

A source of clean fresh water is essential for the birds. During much of the year, they can find natural sources but as winter hits in many areas,  the creeks and puddles become frozen. During the winter, a birdbath will be very popular with the local birds. If you live where it drops below freezing…

Two Sparrows

There are two different types of sparrows sitting in our discarded Christmas tree (Christmas trees make great cover for the birds during the winter. After we remove the decorations, we move it to the patio for the birds). The upper sparrow is a song sparrow and the lower is the easily identified white-throat sparrow. Here…

The Pileated Feeder

The pileated woodpecker is a large, shy woodpecker that does not normally frequent feeders. Although, it usually stays in the woods, we are often treated to the sight of a pair of pileateds that live in the woods behind our house as they come to the edge of the tree line to feed. Though not…

Yearly Bloom

This is the flower of an amaryllis from my grandmother. She passed away over 30 years ago so I am not sure how old the plant is but each winter, it sends up the orange/pink blossoms and reminds me of my grandmother’s love of flowers and gardening.

The View from My Window

If you spend much time with four or five-year-old little girls, you are certain to hear the phrase, “That is my favorite.” It may refer to food, colors, clothes, toys, animals or anything. As I was buying groceries last week, a dad asked his young daughter what type of peppers did she want. The little…

The Drive Home

During the summer, my drive home from work looks like this. The green leaves meet over the road to provide a feeling of driving through a green tunnel. This time of the year, the green has changed to yellow, red, orange and all shades between. It is a delightful time to be out of doors…

Well, Hello There…

As I was cutting flowers, I ran across this big fellow. A quick internet search revealed it is a common garden spider called the Black and Yellow Argiope ( Argiope aurantia). They catch large insects such as grasshoppers and butterflies in their web. I decided I could pass on this flower and leave Mr. Spider…

Hummingbird Moths this Summer

The hummingbird moths were plentiful this summer, although they are disappearing now that the cooler weather is approaching. Here is one visiting a day lily that was actually still for a few moments.

Visitor in the Petunias

As I was walking by the flowers this afternoon, I looked up at a basket of petunias and came face-to-face with a very large frog who was enjoying his (or her) time in the basket. Being startled, I jumped a foot in the air but then I decide that it was a pretty interesting visitor…

Tiger Swallowtail – Male and Female

The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly(Papilio glaucus) is one of the most common and easily identified butterflies. With the bright yellow color and distinctive stripes, it even has an easy-to-remember name. This is also a butterfly where it is easy to determine the male and female. The female has a row of blue on the open…

Peaches

This is what you get from this… Yum…. sweet, juicy peaches!

Question Mark

Another butterfly taking advantage of the butterfly bush — the Question Mark butterfly seen earlier this summer.

Skipper

Silver-spotted Skipper, a very common small brown butterfly, stopping by the butterfly bush. More information about the silver-spotted skipper can be found at this link.