Saturday, September 23, 2017

Late Summer flowers, early Autumn days. . . . . . . .




No real signs of Autumn here in the southeast yet. . . . . still very hot and dry.
Autumn greetings to you my friends - my favorite season of the year, even though
 I'll be a year older in colorful October. . . . . . . and hopefully much wiser!

Things are crazy around the cottage as we finish up the first week of the 
the big exterior project.  Lovely to have a quieter day with no hammering, 
drilling, sawing. . . . . . and handsome, young, muscular men (sorry Bob!)
 playing country music and guzzling an unbelievable number of bottles of
 chilled water from my refrigerator.
 It has been 90F each day so can't say I blame them. 
It will all start all over again come Monday morning of course!


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Hummingbird days. . . . . and the house project!


I cleaned out and refilled the feeder hanging on the front porch yesterday.
 It will be the last time for this year as these amazing tiny birds will be heading
 further south soon. . . . . also work has started on the exterior of the cottage
 so the feeder will have to be taken down. . . . . . . .more on that later.

We have a pair of ruby-throated hummingbirds flying back and forth - mostly when
 I pass the dining room window without a camera in my hand - of course! No other bird
 is as tiny, or flies backward like this one. It also hovers and flies up and down. I did
 manage to get these few half-way decent photos during the past couple of days.
Sometimes I sit outside on the porch but they aren't too happy when they see
 me and take off. They move so quickly, sometimes buzzing me with a soft
 chatter and whirl of those wings - they do not sing.
Weighing in at just 2-3 grams, it takes about five average-sized hummingbirds to
equal the weight of a single tiny chickadee! The heart beats an incredible 1,260 times
 a minute, it breathes 250 times a minute, and the wings flap 50-60 times a 
second.
Above and below - Mrs. Hummingbird
Iridescent green back among the wet oak leaves.
Mr. Hummingbird - you can just make out his ruby colored throat which ends in a lovely scalloped design. 
I took this photo, one of my favorites, a couple of years ago. This female loved the
 morning glories clambering up the porch, and perched on them often.
  I often wonder if it's the same pair returning each summer, or perhaps their offspring.

Do you have hummingbirds in your garden?
I hope so as they so pretty to watch - if you're quick!



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Scribble Picnic - Watch Out!


Watch where you're going!
Watch your step!
Watch your back!
WATCH OUT!


~ THE EURASIAN EAGLE OWL ~

So handsome, and always turning its head (270 degrees!),
watching with those amazing eyes!
When back in England a few years ago I visited the World Owl Centre
 (now called The Hawk and Owl Centre) at Muncaster Castle in Ravensglass, 
Cumbria, where I was able to take close up photos of the most beautiful birds.


For today's theme I immediately thought of the owl, always on the lookout, 
mostly for a meal of course!
I edited my photo back to a sketch in PicMonkey, then added color
 with watercolor pencils.
Be sure to visit Michael's SCRIBBLE PICNIC - I just know there will
be some interesting takes and great art for this thought-provoking theme.
Happy day!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Seeds forever. . . . . . . . .


Hmm! What's this I see?  Something new for breakfast.

Really amazing how one sunflower seed can grow into a strong, 6 foot tall sunflower with a
gigantic head full of another few hundred seeds - didn't stop to count but it certainly looks that many!


I've saved quite a few seeds which hopefully will germinate next summer - the
 remainder are feeding lots of garden birds and it seems the cardinals are really
 enjoying them the most.




Lovely sunflower season is over now. I've cut down all the tall stems and will
 look forward to planting again in that spot next year. 
They brought brilliant color and joy both to me, the neighbors, and even
 people just driving by.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Men of the World. . . . . . . . . . . .


You may recall, a couple of months back, I made a some collages
 of beautiful women I photographed around the world.
Today it's time to show some of the men I have also captured with
 my camera.

Remember travel can take you to wonderful places 
where you meet the most interesting people.
Bob and I had great conversations with many of these gentlemen
on our travels. Interaction with them in their homes across the globe
 certainly made each place even more memorable. 
 Kenya, Ireland, Sicily, Malta, California, Morocco.  
2016-17


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