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

Thursday Doors-Simply Groovy

Simply Groovy

I can’t decide if I am in a peace seeking or resistant mood today. Can I be both? Perhaps I am a peaceful resister waiting to choose my battles. I think the groovy window art surrounding a transparent, unadorned, glass door strikes a balance that suits my double edged mood.

Today I am joining in on Norm’s Thursday Doors photo challenge. There is a door in my photo, albeit a plain one!

According to Norm’s blog post, “Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time), by using the blue link-up button” on his page. Think about joining in!

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?

Monogrammed to a T (CYW-Black)

Monogram

Today, the last day of April, is the last day of JNW’s Color Your World Photo Challenge with the color target of black. I like the black and white contrast of this stationary. And since the last day of April also happens to be my birthday, and therefore all about me 😉, a posting with MY monogram seemed fitting! Truly, I have received my share of birthday wishes today from family and friends. On top of that, it is a beautiful sunny day! I am certainly blessed!

Suburb-The Changing Seasons V2 (April 2017)

Delicate

Delicate Haiku (Peace)

Delicate moment
In striving to keep the peace
Think before you speak

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This seemingly delicate blossom is sturdier than you might think. Without any concerted effort from me, it sprouted up on its own in my backyard! Years ago, someone planted flowers in my yard. It is amazing how they still grow year after year!

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Peace is a delicate commodity, easily broken, and needful of our committment.

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This is my fourth 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!

Scarlet Beauty (CYW-Scarlet)

Scarlet

This puffed-up, rain-soaked, male house finch shows off its scarlet coloring. Beautiful!

*posted for JNW’s Color Your World photo challenge: scarlet
*to see more of my bird photos, click on the birds header at the top of the page

Home on Earth

Earth Bound

Home on Earth

Earth bound
Encompassed
Grounded
Retained

Reliant
Resilient
Resourceful
Sustained

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Response to the daily post weekly photo challenge: earth

Cardinal Red (CYW-Red)

Cardinal Red

Red feathering immediately draws our attention to the cardinal. We can’t miss it. It is a stand-out bird. I have been wanting to capture a picture of a cardinal in my flowering dogwood tree. The Cardinal is the Virginia state bird and the dogwood is the state tree. Finally, I got my chance! Here is the photo, recently posted on my Instagram.

Representing Virginia

Here is one more photo of a cardinal perched on a pole above the bird feeder in my yard. He’s a beauty!

Pole Position

*posted for JNW’s Color Your World challenge:red

Perspective

Nature Perspective

The way I see it, nature (and the ability to enjoy nature) is a gift. I really enjoy watching the creatures that grace my back yard. And, even though I don’t have a green thumb, I enjoy seeing the colorful flowers, planted long ago, that still bloom there every year.

It is a beautiful spring day, perfect for being outside. And, for me, today is extra special because it is Easter. I have been reflecting on my blessings, of which there are many!

Happy Easter! I wish you all a wonderful day!

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