Thursday, August 31, 2017
The glow of the setting sun cause the colors to blend onto the hummingbird's head. They are so competitive with each other that their feeding seems always frenzied. I have seen two of them on opposite sides of the feeder but have yet to get a photo. I guess if you can't see the enemy you don't have to fight with them.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Early Monday morning we were watching a male feed one of its newly hatched on the rod of this feeder. By afternoon a batch of them were on the feeder. This is the first for us to ever see. Having seen this I have many more questions about this bird. I did see on the net that a fledged group can be as large as this. I am wondering if both the female and male get to be full yellow or are these two both male adult birds.
I could retake all of these photos again as they are all back at the feeder again this Tuesday morning. Today we have young ones on the deck picking up seed that has fallen there while the sock was being filled. Because of my concern of losing the shot, I ended up with some bad shots. I did get to eventually take my time in taking the photos as they didn't seem too concerned about me being in the window.
Monday, August 28, 2017
I really don't know how many hummingbirds that I have but this one green female is easy to identify from all of the others. I have two, maybe three that are brown. I have seen a male with the red band on its neck only once. As the feeder is a popular place for them only a couple are willing to share the feeder at the same time. Others are very sensitive to sharing the feeder and spend most of their time chasing others away from the sweet nectar.
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Seeing a concert truck in the neighborhood does seem strange. We have two different neighbors that have backyard projects going on a few houses away. The photo is not our reality as the zoom flattened out everything to make it look like crowded suburbia. The house in the back is actually the next block over and can't be seen except with the camera zoom. The project going on this morning is a round slab of concrete being poured off their back door, making a patio. We can't really see any of it other than one little break in the tree branches. That family has a Boston terrier dog, two young boys in school and a set of girl twins that possibly may have started school. Again, we only know this from the slice of view that we have out our living room window. The kids and dogs run around so we get to see them play.
Friday, August 25, 2017
Thursday, August 24, 2017
The monarch does look best on this particular color of zinnia. I stopping painting on a shelf board and dashed out to get a shot of this visitor. It was there a couple of times but did not stay for vey long. There must be flowers that it likes better in someone else's garden. I like how they fly so high as the transfer from place to place. I just thought that maybe it is getting close to the time for their migration.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
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.
Monday, August 21, 2017
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.
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
Saturday, August 19, 2017
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
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
When I researched the kind of butterfly that this is, I found giant swallowtail was its name. It is a very large butterfly. It is a busy one that is hard to photograph. It continually flaps its wings while feeding.
The body on this one is whitish. I do think I have seen this variety before but I don't think I ever was able to get photos. I did a lot of blind shots, shooting without waiting to see if it was in focus, because it wouldn't stay put for very long.
Monday, August 14, 2017
Sunday, August 13, 2017
I hesitate to take pictures like this, as I can't ever really find a center of interest with a random pattern of things. In this case, after I took the photo, I realized that I did have a tiny little flower next to a weathered flower to serve as a point of interest. The weathering effect was compliments of the Japanese beetles.
Saturday, August 12, 2017
A green and yellow squash lays among the vines surrounded by the three muskmelons. At last count there are six muskmelons growing in my volunteer garden. I know that they sprouted out late in the season but I do think we will get to the ripe stage before the snow.
Friday, August 11, 2017
The platter of my Grandmother Brooks is on the wall, so we are officially moved. I don't know at what point my mother was given the ducks plate, but I saw it on our wall for most of my childhood. The piece made a move from the farm to my parents city house and then to a second home. I had it at the old house for ten years or more and now it is in our newer home, hung with honor among the golden oldies things.
Thursday, August 10, 2017
The sky is pretty much a clear one, early morning, and the jet lets off a vapor trail. By jet plane, Omaha, Nebraska is not so far away, but we do see their maneuvers often in our sky. The vapor trail that was being made was dissolving pretty quickly as he traveled by. Back when President Obama was around, our fleet was sent to another base. I have known and seen the Reserves practice with jets locally in our sky most of my life but now they only work with drones. At the old place north of here there were many patterns of flight as training continued in the sky.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Volunteer morning glory vines are always welcomed at my house. I didn't notice the vine being there except for the last couple of weeks. This is the very second bloom and only bloom on the vine for yesterday. I am thinking I will have two blooms today. I have blogger friends. like Jo, who have hundreds of blooms on their vines. I will take what few that I have with great excitement. The pollen from the flower has put out white specs on the flower.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Monday, August 7, 2017
The revival of the roses is great as they give us more good blooms. I had been watering them as the heat spell continued and now as the drought continues they get a refreshing drink once a day. All the roses are red in the front of the house and it seems to look good as a landscaping plan.
Sunday, August 6, 2017
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Friday, August 4, 2017
Three kings and a colonial citizen stack up to make a great old storage unit. I really don't know how many cigars my dad smoked regularly but we did accumulate a lot of cigar boxes. Having never smoked, I don't understand the differences in the product. I imagine he had to buy a Wm Penn brand because he was desperate. A lot of the most important papers of my parents were found in a cigar box in a chest of drawers. All of the envelops inside all had "keep" marked on them.
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Barnabas hangs close to one of either of his parents during the day. The living room chair is right there and the sun is coming in the window. He has adjusted quite well with the new house. He has problems with the hardwood floors as they seem too slick for him. He loves laying on them as they are cooler but getting up takes some work. He has learned that I can grab his collar and gently pull him forward and that solves the problem.