Friday, April 29, 2016
I find it difficult to take shots of lily of the valley as they are so low to the ground. I took a chance with this one lone sprout sticking up among the hosta leaves and the lily of the valley leaves. It had been raining so the water clings to the leaves. I know the flower likes to have plenty of moisture. The overlapping leaves makes the photo into an abstract shot.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
The honeysuckle is blooming. It is receiving a lot of rain and looks fresh and green. The flowers are almost all opened now. I didn't notice a fragrance when I took the photo but the wind was blowing so hard that the fragrance was headed towards the neighbors.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Monday, April 25, 2016
The tree calls out to me to take its photo on certain days more than others. Yesterday the sun was bright and the light was clear making the bark look so clean. Small sets of leaves are now forming on the branches.
The leaves that are just now forming make a blurred shadow at the ends of the smaller branches. The spiral tentacle shapes will be popping out soon, making some of the birds very happy.
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Saturday, April 23, 2016
The crab apple imitates the clouds shapes or maybe the clouds imitate the trees. The foreground lilac may have buds on them but those things are slow. Walking outside in the yard, the fragrance of the chokecherry tree and pear trees is strong and pleasing to smell.
Friday, April 22, 2016
Thursday, April 21, 2016
We are getting gentle rains and that does help everything in the garden to look better. No heavy rains to knock off blooms but some mud has to form for the dogs to walk through. I was near a flowering tree at church on Sunday and it was like standing in snow as the white petals were falling to the ground.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
The sun is bright, the "red one" comes for a drink and I grab the camera. It still doesn't mean the bird will ever look at me. It isn't like school pictures where the photographer grabs the student by the head and turns it to the direction and angle that they want the person to sit.
Monday, April 18, 2016
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Friday, April 15, 2016
He is a young one as he wasn't too afraid of much of anything. Barney would frighten him but he was curious about us people and would get close to us to see what was going on. Button couldn't see him but the squirrel thought him to be interesting also. I think he thought he was an albino squirrel.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
The sun shines through the leaves making the red leaves of the coral bells a special sight. I bought thi plant last fall and it seems to have wintered through well.
I have a bonus photo today of the sun causing the lilac to look yellow green. The cold weather does not bother the lilac as they seem to be one of the earliest shrubs to leaf out before they bloom.
Monday, April 11, 2016
Sunday, April 10, 2016
It is early morning and the small dog has me up and outside. I could smell the amonia from farm fields and a few Canada geese were flying in the sky. It had warmed up in the night and and it was a good surprise. The white bank shown is a cloud also but does look like a mountain covered with snow.
It was a great morning to see cloud formations in the east. The one maple tree seems cut off and yet it makes one think that the tree too was watching the morning sky.
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Friday, April 8, 2016
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
I didn't get the sock filled today so they will be hanging upside down to get see from it. The finches both house and goldfinch have been enjoying the easy pickings.I have never seen that red on the back of the bird before. I wonder how much of it is red when it raises its wings to fly.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Monday, April 4, 2016
I took many shots trying to figure out how to get a focus photo of the moon. It worked best with my camera by zooming in a little. There was enough scattered light from the sunrise that the camera allowed me to take the shot.
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Saturday, April 2, 2016
Before leaving the school yesterday I walked over to the south side of the building and took a few shots of these blooms with the phone. It was very cold out there and I wondered how crazy was I to be out there. The south side of a brick building is a great place to plant bulbs as the soil gets warmed faster there when the sun is shining. These daffodils line a sidewalk that is rarely used. Students can leave out a door near here but their parking lot is on the other side of the building. The flowers then are not seen by many. As I have blogged in the past the warmth along the building makes them mature quickly as my daffodils at home are just now in the leafed stage but no buds have formed.
I like this variety with the light yellow center. When looking at them from a distance they seem to be all white but the pastel centers show up when you get closer. I didn't know for sure if they were paper whites or what until I walked over there. The cell phone really takes a nice photo.
Friday, April 1, 2016
I showed birds yesterday and today I will show them again. I wanted you to see this bird at the bottom of the feeder. From what I can find in my research is that this could be a female goldfinch. It seems those who put out info about the goldfinch are only interested in the male bird. They show photos of the males repeatedly but do just a written description of the female bird. I would really like to know if the female does get to be brightly colored as the male or if it will stay this color all summer. I liked this photo most because of the bottom bird plus the positioning of the three of them.