Monthly Archives: March 2016

Scarlet Cardinal

Scarlet Cardinal

Scarlet Cardinal

I love the scarlet red feathers, tufted crown and regal pose of this Northern Cardinal!

*posted for JNW’s Color Your World Photo Challenge-Scarlet

Looking Through The Gap

Looking Through The Gap

Looking Through The Gap

Isn’t this the cutest baby goat? Recently, on a visit to the country store where I buy my apple butter, I had a chance to go see the goats! I was warned by the storekeeper not to touch the fence because it was electric! So, I did not touch the fence! And, neither did this kid!

The little baby goat was very curious and it was all I could do not to reach between the gap in the fence to touch it. I really think it was smiling at me!

Here is a close up of its sweet face!

Baby Goat Close-Up

Baby Goat Close-Up

*posted for Hugh’s weekly Photo Challenge: Gap

Color Your World Red-Orange

Robin Red-Orange Breast

Robin Red-Orange Breast

I immediately thought of a robin when I saw that red-orange was a theme of JNW’s Color Your World Photo Challenge. I had always thought that the breast of a robin was red, but only recently learned that other people say it is orange. I can find references to both colors as well as the red-orange descriptor. So, for me, red-orange it is!

Color Your World-Red



Red Haiku (Alert)

Red blossom alert
Demanding of attention
Wild admiration

*posted for JNW’s Color Your World Photo Challenge-Red

Bluebird of Happiness

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Yesterday, while on a springtime walk in the park, I finally captured this photo of an Eastern Bluebird, just in time for JNW’s One Word Photo Challenge with the theme of Bird. Perfect timing! I have been trying to take a clear photo of a bluebird for weeks. I like to think this is the Bluebird of Happiness that I have always heard about.

I had never even seen a bluebird until this year! I am glad I started looking out for them so I could experience their beauty firsthand. The park I was walking in has nest boxes to encourage the population. The pretty little birds are fast fliers and I was lucky that this bird rested long enough for me to focus my camera!

Birdwatching is a relatively new interest of mine, so I will likely be posting more photos of other birds from time to time. It is refreshing to be outside and I really am in wonder of each little bird as I admire it! I love the challenge of locating certain birds and the challenge of taking an interesting picture too. Adding to my sighting list has been fun!

Do you have bluebirds where you live?

March-The Changing Seasons V2



March Haiku (Surprise)

March springs into life
Discontent with dormancy
Overnight surprise

Spring has sprung! Seemingly overnight, everything started turning green and flowering trees started bursting with color! It is a lively start to the season with vibrant sights, sounds and smells. The birds are chirping and the scent of hyacinths fills the air. There is a crisp wind blowing today, but the heat of the sun signals warmer days to come. It was a great day for a walk and I did some birdwatching along the way which has become a new interest for me. How do you like to spend a cool spring day?

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.

Color Your World Radical Red-Woodpeckers

Red Bellied Woodpecker

Red Bellied Woodpecker

Walking through the park near my house, I heard the peck-peck-peck of a woodpecker. Looking up, I saw this Red Bellied Woodpecker in a tree! I also saw a Downy Woodpecker in an adjacent tree! Lucky for me, I had my camera in hand and they allowed me to take photos before flying away! These birds with their radical red features are amazing!

Pecking Wood

Pecking Wood

Red Bellied Woodpecker Pose

Red Bellied Woodpecker Pose

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker



Enjoy the views!

*posted for JNW’s Color Your World Photo Challenge with the theme of Radical Red.

Window Into Time

Momma's Window

Momma’s Window

My mother looked out of this window as a little girl, pressing her nose against the glass and daydreaming about the future. Now, I gaze up at the window as her grown daughter, imagining her past. Looking at this window, I can feel the passage of time. I can feel the weight of time moving slowly backward and then rushing forward.

I discovered that my mother lived in this old house as a child. Other people and families surely moved in and out of the house over the years, making changes. But, her window remained unchanged.

I wonder what things she saw as she looked out into her neighborhood. I wonder what things she thought about. I wonder if she had big dreams for her life. I wonder if she dreamed about getting married and the children she would have one day, imagining her life with me long before I ever existed.

She would never have imagined the hardships and physical challenges she would face in life. I hope she imagined some of the happiness and joys that her life would hold. I like to think that some of her childhood dreams came true. She loved to smile and sing and laugh. I know she loved me and my brother with all of her heart because she showed us and told us so. I believe she knew she was loved by us.

Time flies. So, grab every window of opportunity to experience the world and to spend time with the people you love!

Happy Sunday to you all!

*posted in response to the daily post prompt://Window

Dance Partners



These house sparrows seem to be dance partners. I have seen them fluttering around each other, perched side by side and working together to build a nest. I have read that the little birds are monogamous and mate for life. They are quite a pair!

*posted for the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge:
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Sit a Spell

Stone Bench

Stone Bench

I have sat on this bench many times. I have felt the cool stone against my legs. I have heard the flow of the waterfall across the rocks below. I have breathed in the serenity of the calm spot, seeking to settle my thoughts, if only for a moment.

*posted for JNW’s One Word Photo Challenge: Bench.

*also posted for Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 17-Calm

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