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Inedible Snake Berry

Snake Berry

This is a macro picture of a tiny berry in my back yard. Some people call it a mock strawberry or false strawberry. Others call it a snake berry. Since snake berries are poisonous, I certainly would not take a chance on it being edible! I say “do not eat!” It is pretty to look at though, especially close-up!

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Today’s daily prompt is the word edible; in this case, I say NOT EDIBLE!

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!

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

Christmas Bounty

It is Christmas Eve and Santa must be loading up his sleigh. Santa Claus is coming to town. When I was a kid, I could easily think of something to wish for and eagerly awaited Christmas morning. I was a lucky kid and always had a bounty of presents from Santa.

It was exciting to go into the living room and see all the amazing things that Santa had left. Santa did not wrap our gifts, so it was like a visual explosion of sights , and we were thrilled as we wondered what to look at first!

“Look at this!” Look at this!”┬áMy brother and I would call out to each other and hold up our gifts for display! It was an exciting time.

I realize how very lucky I was. Lots of love filled the room.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas filled with love and joy!

Bespoke-Beespeak

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***Her blog bespoke of her appreciation of the simple things in life.***

When I saw that bespoke was the daily prompt, I had to respond since my blog is called the beespeak! I hope that my appreciation of the simple things in life is evident when you look at my blog posts, many of which feature nature photographs. Of course, simple is a relative term, right? While simple in comparison to more fancy, expensive things, it is undeniable that trees and creeks and birds and flowers are exquisite in their beauty.

These simple rough woodland sunflowers, reaching toward the sky, made me happy. And it made me smile to see the little bee buzzing around them!

What simple things make you happy?

#beehappy
#beeappreciative

Opposites Attract

Opposites

Opposites

These birds are beautiful opposites! The smaller male House Finch on the left and the larger female Cardinal on the right share the same colors but not on the same parts. Just compare their beaks and wings and breasts and tail feathers! It’s amazing, right? They are such opposites that they almost appear the same at first glance!

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Happily posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge:
Opposites

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If you find bird watching a Pleasure like I do, you can click on the bird header at the top of the page to see more bird posts!

Across The Fence

Fence Chat

Fence Chat

Most of my conversations with my neighbors happen across our fences. We share small talk, mostly about our pets or the weather. It’s easy conversation, friendly banter, sharing obvious common interests. We forge a connection without deep expectations.

Neighborhood bonds seemed tighter when I was a youngster. Now, my neighbors and I seem content with a wave, a smile and a few kind words. I imagine there are different social rules in every neighborhood. What’s it like where you live?

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Posted in response to the daily post prompt:
Fence

Numbers Game

Hopscotch

Hopscotch

Walking around the park, it made me smile to see this game of hopscotch drawn on the park walkway. When I was a kid, we searched to find “chalk rocks” in our yard to draw squares on the sidewalk in front of the house! Searching and drawing was as much fun as tossing and hopping!

*posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: Numbers
and the daily prompt: Childhood

Bird Watch-Music To My Eyes

Elusive Tufted Titmouse

Elusive Tufted Titmouse

Bird of the Day-Tufted Titmouse

The sight of this bird was music to my eyes! I had caught glimpses of the tufted titmouse and had tried to track him by his song in my neighborhood and in a nearby park. I had tried to take a picture, but the bird would always turn its head and fly away. The bird was recently drawn to my new bird feeder and I captured a few pictures, but I wanted to catch a shot of him in a tree!

I can’t really discriminate between all the bird songs, but when I hear something that sounds different, I rush to look! That’s how I knew to look for him in my tree! I was happy to capture both his crest and the tuft of red-orange on his side!

I love listening to the morning chorus and the daily songs of all my backyard songbirds as they bring music to my ears.

I have started noticing so many different birds…. more than I ever imagined! I want to document them on my blog this month. I may not be able to make a post every day, but the birds do inspire me to share their beauty! To see more bird pictures, you can click on the Birds header at the top of my blog.

Are you a better bird watcher or bird listener?

I will also attach this post to the daily post prompt:
Music

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

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