Category Archives: Observations

Nature’s Bank

Silver Dollars

I always wondered what these cool translucent pods were and I finally got around to looking it up. They seem to be the moon shaped, paper thin seed pods of the lunaria annua, or the Honesty plant. The plant, originally native to South East Asia, is otherwise known as a money plant. According to my quick research, people sometimes call them Chinese Money, Chinese Coins, or Silver Dollars. I guess I have nature’s bank in my back yard!

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Posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: structure

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Visual Texture

Texture

I can feel the texture of this tapestry textile just by looking at it. Can you feel the visual layering of color, imagining the soft raised threads against your fingertips? This is a photo of a small section of the framed tapestry that I just had to buy when I saw it at a street fair years ago. I loved the captured tumble of books.

Here is a full view, complete with soft textile, rough brick, smooth glass, and wood grain elements.

Framed Tapestry

*posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge theme of textures

Carpenter Bee Collage

Carpenter Bee Collage

My blog, The Beespeak, is not a blog about bees. I do find bees to be interesting creatures, however. I first thought these were bumble bees; but, the spot on their backs proved them to be carpenter bees instead! I learned something new! Did you know the difference?

These large carpenter bees look pretty cool doing their work among the flowers. The pinkish flowers are rhododendrons, but I am not sure what the purple flowers are. Bees seem to like them; do you know what they are? Isn’t nature delightful?

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posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge:Collage
and the recent daily prompt: bumble

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Bee Delighted!

Delta Mystery

Delta Mystery

A big rain with flash flooding caused this creek to overflow. There was a lot of debris, including this rusted metal vessel, that lingered after the water subsided.

The large, weathered vessel certainly showed change from the ravishes of time. I wonder how old it is. I wonder where it has been and what it was used for. The mesh moon and star shapes intrigue me. Could it have been a fire pit of some kind? If so, who shared in its warmth?

Detail

Old items have stories to tell and this one seems a mystery.

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Posted in response to the daily post weekly photo challenge to post a picture symbolizing transitions,change and the passing of time: delta

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

Fresh Order

Order on Display

It sure looks appealing, doesn’t it? This display of produce at my local Food Lion grocery store drew me right in! The bright, fresh produce separated into individual baskets made for an inviting display. It made my eyes happy and my mouth water.

I love Mexican food, including guacamole! On the day I took this picture, there was a worker mixing these ingredients into spicy, fresh quacamole right before my eyes. And, she was giving away samples!

As you can see below, the recipe and shopping list were posted on the side of the display!

Recipe Order

Of course, I had to try the recipe out for myself. While I can’t guarantee that you will like it, I sure did!

*posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: order

Suburb-The Changing Seasons V2 (May 2017)

Tree Swallow in the Sun

Calm Haiku (Stoop)

Resting on the stoop
Sharing the heat of the day
Calms my anxious heart

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This beautiful tree swallow found a place to rest in between its swooping air flights. I love to watch these birds fly above the field in the park. I also love the rare chance to see one at rest and admire its vivid coloring. This is one of my brother’s favorite birds. Since his birthday is in May, this picture seems a perfect selection for my May Changing Seasons post.

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This is my fifth 2017 post for year three of Cardinal Guzman’s photo challenge, The Changing Seasons. You can post a photo gallery (V1) or a single photo (V2) that showcases your view of the month. You can check out the Cardinal’s page for the general challenge rules and join right in! His photos are fantastic! Like last year, I am planning to add a haiku along with my single V2 photo each month. Even though it has been said that a picture paints a thousand words, I like pairing pictures and words; both can still mean different things to different people.

All my previous Changing Seasons posts are in one place under the Changing Seasons header at the top of the page. And, I also have a bird header where all my bird pictures are gathered.
Take a look around my blog if you are interested! Comments are welcome!

Now Exposed

Red Bellied Woodpecker

This red bellied woodpecker has figured out how to use my bird feeder even though it is actually designed for smaller birds. In this photo, a faint red patch on its belly, which is usually concealed by surrounding feathers, is now exposed. This is a male bird, as you can see by its red forehead, nape and crown. I never grow tired of gazing at the striking colors of the amazing creature!

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Inspired by the daily post one-word prompt: exposed

Cardinal Brings a Smile (The Weekly Smile 70)

Cardinal

I happened upon a challenge called The Weekly Smile which runs Wednesday to Wednesday! So, I decided to join in. We can all use a reason to smile! The sight of this vibrant male Cardinal makes me smile. The sound of its song makes me smile too. The weather here has been perfect for sitting on my back porch and watching my backyard birds which, of course, makes me smile! Clearly, I am a fan of simple pleasures!

I hope you are having a great day!

Half Day Moon (CFFC-Sky)

Half Day Moon

Yesterday, I noticed that the theme of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge for the week was sky. Looking up, I found it to be a pleasant surprise to see the moon in the blue sky of day.

At times, the half moon had to peek through the soft clouds floating across the sky.

Day Moon Peeking

I always look for images in the clouds. This cloud formation struck me as a Phoenix rising in the sky.

Sky Phoenix

What do you see?

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