Saturday, August 19, 2017

The dusky blue coo coo bird

Oh, you've never heard of that one? Me neither!


Well, it was dusk when I walked over to the pond and this Little Blue Heron looked 'coo coo'! hahaha! 


He went into the tall reeds and I got a better look of how blue he was. 


Then he flew into the Cypress tree and I got one more when he flew away.


It was a beautiful evening to walk, always something beautiful to see here in Florida.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Beautiful Elegant Osprey

I stopped at the library pond one day this week and saw this beautiful Osprey.


He flew from the pond to the pine trees across the street.


We see Ospreys often here in Florida.


But it's still wonderful to stand out in the blazing hot sun to photograph one! heehee!


It's HOT here and we have not had the rains that Southern FL has had. We could use a little....not a lot...just a little!


Just a couple more...


 after all...I did stand out in the hot sun for these! 

 
 How's your weekend weather?


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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Back to School "Wednesday Wee Ones"

I've had a different kind of week! Since it's so HOT, I've taken on an extra cleaning chore every day to get my house in better shape. Maybe you do this in the winter when you can't get outside. In Florida, we do it in the summer with the fans flying! lol  But all work and no play....we can't have that!!! 


 I dressed dollies this week too!


I made a little 'back to school' vignette!


Noel has her book bag and a cute little plaid jumper that I made last Fall.

Isn't it funny what you see when you look at your pics! I noticed the little yellow Winnie the Pooh books are upside down. She's got a lot to learn this year! 

These little dollies put on their painting smocks.



I hope my blog Sis, Linda has time to give them some art lessons this week! (I know it's HOT where you live too)

These two bookcases are filled with old children's books I've collected over the years.


They are treasures indeed!


And I found this precious little table and chairs WITH a big bowl of fruit at Hospice Thrift Store yesterday! Isn't it the cutest?


 Have you found anything fun this week or taken time to PLAY?

Happy Wednesday Wee Ones!!!

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Hummingbirds Hummin'

We have a few hummers coming to our feeder now but of course they don't share very well. It seems that one keeps watch from the trees and when the others come to drink, it chases them off.


But they are fun to watch! And one day I stood very still in our courtyard to photograph this pretty little female.

Of course I thought all of my photos were fabulous! haha


So I made a mosaic to share them ALL!


I even liked the one that was 'out of focus'. 


The Vincas look pretty in the pots but the hummers like the Mexican Petunias and roses better. We've had rain and everything is very lush and beautiful It looks like a tropical Paradise outside.


I've been busy this week and not on my computer much. 
I'll have fun visiting you all this weekend!
 
Do you have a fun weekend planned?

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Take TWO?

Who am I kidding? I had an idea to make postage stamps out of some of my photos and then make a mosaic out of those. But did I get it done in TWO tries? Maybe not! haha!


I love being creative and would like to be more artistic so I work and work at it! It doesn't come easily to me!


 Any guesses as to what this mosaic is? *answer at the bottom

Are you artistic?

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*It's two (photos) pages from a Navigation Atlas for Airplane pilots with an antique effect from Photoscape.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

The White Ibis and the big baby

Okay...it wasn't really a baby. 


Look what we saw in the backyard this week! A Mama Ibis and a Juvenile!


We weren't sure until we looked it up in the bird book but it is a young white Ibis (June -July).


It was easy to identify because of the mottled color of the beak.


We're hoping this one will come back again since it came as a young one. It's a pretty rare sighting for us in our backyard.


Come back...come back!!!

 
And I had some comments about the Crows in my photos. Some people call them Ravens here in Florida because they are so large. But when I looked in the ID book, the White Ibis is 23 - 27 inches and the Crow is 17 - 21 so there's not a huge difference.

This was our excitement for the week! Oh, and the hummingbirds! They finally found our Mexican Petunia so we hung the feeder out for them too. They are out there ALL the time now! (I'll TRY to get a photo soon!)

Do you have feeders at your house? We love our pretty birds!

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Florida Oranges at the Thrift Store?

Did you think I meant, the Farmer's market? No they aren't there at this time of year either! They are 'in season' in December and January.


But imagine my surprise when I came across this beautiful tea cup at the old thrift store!


I had just found a pretty one the last time I went, so I put them both on the library table.


Of course I had to buy these cute little ducks....who can resist?


And these are some of the books I have on the table in our library right now.


The cover on this one is so beautiful.


Have you seen the new Beauty and the Beast movie that is out on DVD now? Oh, it is SO good! 


This book was sweet...


and I loved the art inside.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

The Lavender Cottage

Let's walk out the front door and look at the flowers my sweet hubby has planted this year.


He has felt so much better and he really loves to garden.


We don't have a place for veggies here but he stays busy caring for our flowers.


And look at this Vinca that came up 'volunteer' in the culvert that runs under our driveway. 


We have a mowing crew that cuts our grass and they've been careful not to trim it when they edge the driveway.


How many of you grow 'knock out roses'? (we have doubles and singles...most of them red!) They sure are great for the hot humid conditions here. And for anyone visiting that might be new...YES, my house really is lavender!

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Moorhen Chicks +

Baby birds are always the cutest, don't you think?


It's 'common' to see the Common Moorhen at the neighborhood pond.


But it was a surprise to see the 2 chicks following along behind her in the water.


I think they felt like they needed to hide.


And it's easy to hide in the tall reeds that grow in the shallow part of the pond.

While I was photographing the chicks, 


a Great Blue Heron flew in.


And then when I turned to go I spotted this beautiful Eastern Bluebird.


Always something to see when you take an evening walk around here.

Have you seen anything special at your house this week?

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and I’d Rather B Birdin’.