Category Archives: Joy

Downy Woodpecker in My Rhododendron

Downy Woodpecker in My Rhododendron

Look at this sweet little Downy Woodpecker I spotted in my rhododendron. I love the little speck of red on his head. Glad he stopped by to make this bird nerd smile!

Bluebird in a Redbud

Bluebird in a Redbud

Spring Haiku (Savor)

Perching in the sun
Bluebird in a Redbud tree
Savors spring like me

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I’m so glad it’s springtime now for me! My favorite time of year is finally in full bloom. It’s a perfect day for birdwatching or just taking a stroll in the beautiful outdoors! I hope you all are enjoying your day too!

Happy 2019!

Chirpy


Happy New Year! Wishing you all a bright and wonderful 2019! Watching my backyard birds was a perfect way for me to start the year. Peaceful joyful, and amazing!

How did you celebrate the first day of the year?

Basset in a Blanket

Basset in a Blanket

Basset Haiku (Blanket)

With chill in the air
My basset in a blanket
Looks warmly at me

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Are you all ready for Christmas? When my dog, Pal, saw this blanket, he immediately knew it was his. So, it became his early Christmas present. His eyes lit up brightly, and he pranced around with his prized possession. His simple joy warmed my heart!

Wishing you all warm, simple joy this Christmas!

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Old-Timey Joy

I made this holiday greeting card after practicing with the concept of macro shots for Julie’s Sunday Stills challenge. The topic of Julie’s Week 3 Sunday Stills challenge was macro. So, using my iphone camera and the macro setting in Camera+, I took 3 little blocks and photographed them at different distances from the camera.

I need to go back and review Julie’s lesson. I changed my distances even though my phone app had a macro setting. Is that right? I tried to use the touch zoom feature but it seemed easier just to move closer. I also have a macro feature on my point and shoot camera with a zoom lens. But I was having trouble focusing; I do think the low lighting was a factor. My camera has a manual setting option, but I have yet to come close to figuring it out. For now, I’m hoping to learn concepts that can be applied to my simple photography.

As assigned, I selected one of the images as seen below.

Joy Distance 1

Then I fashioned it into a holiday card by adding text and a old-timey frame!

JOY

And, as you saw in the first blog photo, I added a little teddy bear into a shot to see how it would look. It may break the rule of having an odd number of items for a still life shot, but I think it’s cute!

Happy Holidays from me to you!

Transient Rainbow

Transient

Rainbow Haiku (Transient)

Look for the rainbow
Knowing it will fade away
Right before your eyes

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Everyone seems to enjoy the sight of a rainbow. Perhaps, it is because of its fleeting beauty that we are amazed every time!

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Posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: transient

My Pal

Portrait of Pal

(4 pictures.) Pal has been my friend for nearly nine years. We first bonded as I held him close on the car ride home. My brother and I got Pal from a breeder, but we say we rescued him from less than perfect conditions. With his blue eye, he would never have been a show dog, but we didn’t care. Turns out, Pal has had to take medicine for seizures since he was a pup. He is a trooper and just carries on his merry way. He is a sweet boy, and he loves to play, eat, and sit on your lap!

Pal is a curious basset hound and follows his nose. We have to watch to make sure that he could never accidentally wander away on a mission to follow a scent or chase a butterfly!

Pal On The Move

Pal is smart and knows a lot of commands when he is paying attention. It’s certainly easy to get his attention with food!

Sit and Shake Pal

Pal loves to be near his people. When he gazes at you with his pretty eyes, or rests his slobbery chin on your lap, you know you are loved!

Pal is a Good Boy

Pal is a good friend and part of the family!

*posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: friend

Tiny Birds

Tiny Hummingbird

Tiny Hummingbird

Hummingbird Gallery

I just love the tiny hummingbird! This year, the little birds graced my backyard from July 12th to September 15th. To be so small, they sure brought me big joy! Every sighting brought a thrill. To be able to watch the tiny birds zoom in and out of the yard in all their amazing beauty was a gift. The birds that come here to Virginia are Ruby Throated hummingbirds. Here is a sampling of the birds that came to visit this year.

These tiny birds, of about 3 inches in size, can fly as fast as 60 miles per hour and flap their wings up to 70 times in a second! They migrate to Mexico and return each year around the same time. To see more of my hummingbird posts, you can click on the hummingbird header at the top of my page! You can see some other birds by going to the birds header! Enjoy the view!

***posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: tiny

Open Your Eyes

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

The Brown Thrasher is often inconspicuous, foraging on the ground for food. I was lucky to spot him in my yard. His streaked underparts and bright rufous upper parts are magnificent to see. His yellow eyes are striking.

This bird is a single example of beauty on earth. Our earth is filled with so much beauty and we are often blind to it. Lately, I am realizing that my time is best spent in appreciation of nature. I make time to sit on my porch and take in the view. It’s a great way to shake off stress and rejoice in the day.

I will add this post to my May Bird series showcasing the beauty of birds. You can click on the Birds header at the top of my page to see other bird beauties!

*I am also adding this to the daily post weekly photo challenge:
Earth

Blue Jay Series

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I was overjoyed to see this beautiful blue jay perched in my dogwood tree last September. I am so glad I was able to showcase his vibrant blue feathers and jaunty spirit in this series of photos.

I am submitting these photos for JNW’s Color Your World-Blue photo challenge as my second entry today. What can I say? I love blue and I love birds. I will also place them in Lucile’s photo101 rehab clinic as my first entry of the year.

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