August-The Changing Seasons V2

Darning Needle

Darning Needle

August Haiku (Repair)

The darning needle
Knits August days together
Repairing summer

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This is my Version 2 entry into Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons Challenge. Check out his blog for other interpretations of the theme and think about joining us in the challenge! You can see my previous entries by clicking on the Changing Seasons header at the top of my page.

Free Frame

Framed Wren

Framed Wren

This little free bird, perched in the open frame work of the old clothesline pole in my yard, is a Carolina Wren. The distinctive white eyebrow makes it easy to identify as a wren. Here, it is patiently waiting its turn at the feeder.

To see more cool backyard birds, you can click on the Birds header at the top of the page. I can’t stop taking pictures of birds because they fascinate me! Each one is beautiful and amazing in its own way. This continues to be the year of the birds!

*Posted in response to the daily post weekly photo challenge: frame

Stand Out Sparrow

White-Throated Sparrow (White-striped Adult)

White-Throated Sparrow
(White-striped Adult)

What makes a sparrow stand out from the crowd? The bright yellow head markings, of course!

White-Throated Sparrow  (Another View)

White-Throated Sparrow
(Another View)

I am new to birdwatching, so I was amazed when I spotted the bright yellow brows on this bird. I soon learned that it’s eyebrows are actually bright white and it is the supralorals that are yellow. The bird is called a white-throated sparrow due to the contrast between its gray breast and white throat. Still, I think it’s the bright yellow that makes this bright, white-striped adult bird so identifiable.

I saw this bird in my yard back in April. My guidebook notes that it is a common winter bird in this area. So, it may have been a rare sight for spring. I never saw two of these birds together, only one at a time over the course of a week. Then, suddenly, it was gone. I hope it will be back this winter.

This week, the daily post weekly photo challenge, Rare, asked us to showcase something that stands out from the everyday. I think this little bird definitely stands out from the sparrow crowd!

Hands

Momma and Me

Momma and Me

I immediately thought of this photo when I saw that Cee’s Fun Foto topic of the week was Hands. I treasure this photograph of my mother’s hand beneath my own.

My mother passed away last August. It’s been a little over a year since I’ve felt her touch. But I can still remember the softness of her skin and the gentle strength of her hands. I miss her and long for the comfort of holding her hand again.

Hawk Ouside The Window

Cooper's Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk

LOOK who I had to chase away this morning! I just happened to be doing dishes when it flew up right outside my window! So big! I’ve never seen one up so close before! It is beautiful but too fierce to be around my backyard birds and squirrels and bunnies! I’m glad my yard has so many hiding spots for all the little creatures! I have been watching a hard working squirrel move her babies from nest to nest this week- maybe she had already spotted this hawk and was working to protect them! I want my yard to be their sanctuary!

Garnish Fun!

Garnish Fun

Garnish Fun

How’s this for a fun start to the weekend? I met a friend for lunch at a farm to table restaurant called Local Roots today. I think the vibrant garnish on my mason jar Bloody Mary shouts fun, don’t you?

We had good drinks, good food and good conversation! Then, we walked down the street and looked around in a cool consignment shop with vintage clothing and decor. I didn’t buy anything today, but it was fun to look.

WordPress reminded me that today is my two year blogging anniversary! Blogging has been a fun way to connect with different people from all over! My interest in photography has been inspired by so many fantastic photo bloggers! Bloggers are so open to sharing tips, life stories, words of praise and encouragement. Being part of a blogging community is great and I look forward to expanding my circle of blogger friends!

I will place my photo and post as a response to the WordPress weekly photo challenge:
Fun!

Palisade

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Look close, in front of the trees, and you will see all the narrow posts sticking in the ground. These posts, and the propped branch structure in the foreground, are remnants of a Native American exhibit at Explore Park off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. The posts circled the area and served as a palisade to fortify the replicated 17th Century Tutelo Indian Village. Large, curved, bark covered dwellings are long gone. I am not sure if the remaining structure was part of a quick dwelling (it seems too small) or a place for fire and cooking or something completely different.

Many other exhibit structures, such as a mill, blacksmith shop, and schoolhouse, are still standing, but the buildings are not open. In its heyday, actors guided visitors through the exhibits and shared historical information about the people of the times and their way of life. Now, the exhibits are all closed and the buildings seem abandoned.

People still go to Explore Park for the miles of hiking trails. The area draws causal hikers and trail racers. It’s a good place to spend some time outdoors. Someday, I want to go back and take pictures of the buildings that still seem interesting to me.

*posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge:
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July-The Changing Seasons V2

July

July

July Haiku (Benched)

July presses on
Forcing respite from the heat
Benched relief of shade

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Let’s talk about the weather. It’s hot. Heatwave hot. But I’m not complaining; I reserve that for the winter. I can handle the heat. Let me rephrase. I can handle the heat with a little help from a seat in the shade and air conditioning! Happy summer, y’all!

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This is my Version 2 entry into Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons Challenge. Check out his blog for other interpretations of the theme and think about joining us in the challenge! You can see my previous entries by clicking on the Changing Seasons header at the top of my page.

So Very Susan

Black Eyed Susan

Black Eyed Susan

I thought this flower was beautiful and took a picture. But, I had to look it up to find out what it was called. I typed in “yellow flower with brown center” and discovered it was a Black Eyed Susan after searching the images! I noticed the tiny hairs on the leaves and stems along with the golden yellow petals and dark brown center dome which lead to the identification. The beauty is in the details.

I also learned that this flower, a member of the sunflower family, attracts butterflies and bees. I learned that there may be medicinal uses for the flower. And, I learned that the symbolic meaning of the flower is justice.

I am posting this photo as my entry for the daily post weekly photo challenge: Details

Look Up-Look Out

Starling

Starling

When I look up, of course, I see birds! I love the iridescent coloring of this starling perched above me in my dogwood tree! The leaves of the tree seem to give enough coverage for the bird to feel safe in observing its surroundings. While I am looking up, it is looking out!

*posted for the daily post weekly photo Challenge:
Look Up

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