Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Morning, Mourning Dove,,,

I have a mourning dove that hangs around my rock garden area.  It may be my imagination but I think there is a nest in the shrub which I have yet to find.  When I am out working in the front yard it hangs around, close, on the stone ledge and in the rocky areas.  In reality it probably is hunting for insects to eat and is a young bird. This was Sunday morning and I was busy watching for humming birds when I saw this beauty just sitting on the deck ledge. The sunlight was at just the right angle to cause the colors of the feathers to be browner that what is normally viewed.

The dove could have been watching the movements of three or more hummingbirds that seem to be fighting for the use of the feeder.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Solar Power.......

We had rainclouds that kept floating by blocking the view of the sun. I never saw the cover up but the light of the day was so strange.  Even though it is daylight, the light is so grayed. You can see that gray color in all of the cloud pictures that I did get.

Looking down the street as the sun starts to be more visible again.  We only had 90 percent coverage here and people had to drive out to different locations to actually see the eclipse.

During the time of graying skies I built a new and better ramp for Barney.  He is really have a difficult time with the steps.  I can lift him by his color to make the step and then he can walk up to the next step. It hasn't been covered with carpet yet but that makes it more user friendly. He gets frustrated with the stairs and I am hoping this will reduce that stress for  me and him  to a lesser amount. I bumped this project up the front of the list.  Each time I was taking him out and in I kept saying I needed to get this done.

I had three of these zinnias photographed but that one was a total blur. The colors of these flowers are so striking in color and unique. We hand another rain this morning that helps out the lawn being less dormant.

A different kind of day here but we are back to normal now. I appreciate you stopping by today.

Timid but Hungry......

I was sneaking around to get a shot and my motion would scare them away quickly.  I had my doubts at first that I would ever get a shot.  While my wife and I sat out on the deck Sunday afternoon we could see the hummingbird wars going on, as they chased each other out of the zinnia patch. I doubt I ever get a shot of one on a zinnia but it is fun to see them feeding there.

So last evening and this morning I was able to get some shots. I end up peaking around the edge of a window at a pretty close range.  I forget that the feeder is at a second story level abut that doesn't seem to bother them at all. We do look down from the back though and see them fly all their maneuvers.  I did see them trying to get nectar from the blooms on the basil herbs. I have yet to see one with a red band on its neck but there is still time.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Back to Front.....

After the rain the water drops remain. It is brighter already and the sun is shining.  We sure needed that rain.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

A Rose is a Rose.......

The buds of a "knock out" rose do look promising. They look like a full multi petaled rose. Once they are opened they are pretty but they are an abbreviated rose.

The "knock out" rose seems to do well here in our city as everyone seems to have a few bushes.  The business places landscape with it too. My next door neighbor has one pink one sitting between their red ones.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Young and Old..........

The young goldfinch is shedding his gray baby feathers to become a male goldfinch, like the one opposite him on the feeder sock.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Sunrise in Suburbia.......

The change minute by minute shows the sun coming up. The sun projects light that reflects off the bottom of the clouds. At a certain time it just isn't there and we have daylight.