Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
On this one you can see the layer of ice that was first deposited on the sedum head.
We had so many visitors to the feeders today that it inspired my DB to get the camera out. This male Cardinal looks so pretty sitting on the ice covered branch munching a seed. In the background you can see a male House Finch. He can't quite compare with a cardinal even though he is sporting a nice rosey red.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Early this a.m. my DB shoveled out to the bird feeders and chunked away some of the ice so the birds could find some nourishment.
Today my little Snow Princess looks disgusted with it all. She seems to be saying "Aww Dad do you have to take my picture again. Can we go in now?"
Even the knot garden is looking a little lumpy today. The globe is barely showing. Yes, we had some snow.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Chicago, like Austin where they had the first Spring Fling, has wonderful garden centers, nurseries, Mortens Arboretum and private gardens of our dear blogging friends. Yes, there will some great places to see and experience. I hope to see you there.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
This became a difficult task for me. I don't think I would want to leave any plant behind. I wrestled with the thought and have decided that the first plant I would take would be the Butterfly Bush. If I were on a desert island I would like to watch and study the butterflies that were on that island and this plant is a sure magnet for butterflies. The second plant would be the hibiscus. Not only are they colorful but they attract hummingbirds and many islands have beautiful hummingbirds and I wouldn't want to miss any of them.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
On the gravel pit at the edge of town we found two Tundra Swans. They are the big white birds in the fuzzy photo below. They were pretty far out from the bank hence the fuzzy photo.
The big brown cow must have been the leader of this herd because when we drove up closer to get better photos it took off for the main pasture and the other two followed. I have seen several of these beautiful donkies around the area. I think they have such a sweet face.
I hope you all had a fun, relaxing weekend.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
"What a pity flowers can utter no sound!
a murmuring honeysuckle-oh, what a rare and exquisite miracle would these be!"
And isn't it funny that after you find one quote you like by an author you see several more not long after. I hope you read inspiring quotes during these freezing days while you have visions of singing, whispering, murmuring blooms in your head if not in your garden.
For more blooms go to Carol's May Dreams Garden.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Driving through Saunders Woods on our way to the power plant area we were delighted to see a Barred Owl sitting not too far off the road. He gave us the evil eye before he took off for a quiet place to rest for the day.
Standing sentinel as we entered the power plant area was a dapper Great Blue Heron. He is beginning to sport his breeding plummage as you can see the feathers out the back of his head and the feathers on his chest blowing in the wind that kept it cold today despite the sun.