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See Green

Fountain

Spring is the time to see green! I took all these photos last April when the bright green color of spring was all around.

Now, its starting to look like spring again, with bursts of greenery signaling the arrival of the season! Happy Spring!

Sign of Spring

*posted in response to the daily post weekly photo challenge to share a gallery of green!

Suburb-The Changing Seasons V2 (Jan 2017)

Tightrope

Tightrope

Suburb Haiku (Tightrope)

Walking the tightrope
Between city and country
Conveniences

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This is my first 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 his 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 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.

I enjoy seeing everyone else’s posts. I love seeing your big city scenes. I love seeing your wide open country views. Like me, some of you live in between – the suburbs. That’s cool; I enjoy your perspective, too. I really think it’s the best of both worlds for me.

Looking through my pictures for the month got me thinking. At first, I thought that the picture I selected for this month would have been better if the bird was in the tree instead of on a wire. But then, I realized that this is a suburb bird. The utility wires are as much a part of his life as the tree branches – this is his natural environment!

I am going to start looking for harmony in the pairing of natural and manufactured elements common to my suburban life!

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!

Color Your World – Vivid Tangerine

Tulip Tree Flower High in the Tree

Tulip Tree Flower High in the Tree

The tangerine orange color splashes on the flower drew my attention to the tree.
I had, of course, seen the large tree many times. Howver, I had no idea of the surprise it would hold. It was a tulip tree and the evolution of the flowers was beautiful to watch!

Shaped like a Tulip

Shaped like a Tulip

The blooms really were shaped like tulips.

Starting to Open

Starting to Open

I wondered what it would look like when it fully opened.

Tulip Tree Flower

Tulip Tree Flower

So pretty! And to think, I had never even known there was such a thing as a tulip tree! Did you?

*posted in response to JNW’s Color Your World Photo a Challenge-Vivid Tangerine

Color Your World – Fuzzy Wuzzy Brown

Chip

Chip

Fuzzy Wuzzy was a – chipmunk! I spotted this little chipmunk on a walk in the park this summer. I had never actually seen one before; although, I was quite familiar with the cartoon Alvin and The Chipmunks! Isn’t he a cute little creature?

Posted for JNW’s Color Your World photo challenge – fuzzy wuzzy brown.

Along the Peaceful Path

Path

Path

Here is a literal view of a park path that I often take. I like to walk in the park on weekends. It’s an easy walk. I just stroll and take in all the sights and sounds of nature. The birds chirp and the creek babbles. The foliage along the creek changes according to the seasons. On the day of this photo, I was surprised to see pretty woodland sunflowers along the path. They seemed to have bloomed without notice and seemed like a gift!

Wild Woodland Sunflowers

Wild Woodland Sunflowers

I stay on the lookout for peaceful paths all year, paths removed from the tiring pace and common stresses of the world. I keep coming back to this same path. While it’s familiarity gives me comfort, I can also be pleasantly surprised to spot new birds and flowers along the way. Obviously, I like to take my camera along and take pictures of the sights.

Robin above the Creek

Robin above the Creek

This year, I discovered the real joy of birdwatching. I never understood the appeal until I took the time to notice all the special details (which continue to amaze me) of the different birds that I saw! I took lots of bird pictures, in the park and in my backyard, and shared some on my blog. You can click on the birds header at the top of the page to see pictures. I still have more to post when I get a chance. And, I plan to stay a birder in 2017. Birdwatching has been added to my list of interests, along with nature strolls, photography and blogging!

I hope to develop new interests in 2017 that bring me peace and joy! Positive suggestions welcome! Happy 2017!

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Posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge:
Path

September (Sunflowers)-The Changing Seasons

September Sunflowers

September Sunflowers

*V2 and V1 photo gallery*

September Haiku (Turn)

Walking from summer
Ambivalent September
Turns to face the sun

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I recently had a chance to go to the first annual Sunflower Festival at Beaver Dam Farm in a neighboring county. It was amazing to see so many sunflowers – 30 acres with around 600,000 black oil sunflowers in the fields! Set against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the magnificent sea of big golden flowers was beautiful and mesmerizing.

It really does make you smile to be around all those happy flowers!

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This is my Version 2 and Version 1 gallery 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.

Hawk Ouside The Window

Cooper's Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk

LOOK who I had to chase away this morning! I just happened to be doing dishes when it flew up right outside my window! So big! I’ve never seen one up so close before! It is beautiful but too fierce to be around my backyard birds and squirrels and bunnies! I’m glad my yard has so many hiding spots for all the little creatures! I have been watching a hard working squirrel move her babies from nest to nest this week- maybe she had already spotted this hawk and was working to protect them! I want my yard to be their sanctuary!

So Very Susan

Black Eyed Susan

Black Eyed Susan

I thought this flower was beautiful and took a picture. But, I had to look it up to find out what it was called. I typed in “yellow flower with brown center” and discovered it was a Black Eyed Susan after searching the images! I noticed the tiny hairs on the leaves and stems along with the golden yellow petals and dark brown center dome which lead to the identification. The beauty is in the details.

I also learned that this flower, a member of the sunflower family, attracts butterflies and bees. I learned that there may be medicinal uses for the flower. And, I learned that the symbolic meaning of the flower is justice.

I am posting this photo as my entry for the daily post weekly photo challenge: Details

Nature Walk-Redbud

Redbud

Redbud

It’s day three of the seven days of nature challenge. The redbud is one of my favorite trees. I love the color of its blossoms.

I also have a sentimental memory attached to redbud trees. When I was little, my dad planted a redbud in the yard for me. I can still remember standing at my kitchen door, watching him plant my tree as it poured down rain.

I was invited to participate in this photo challenge by Desleyjane of musings of a frequent flying scientist. Today, I would like to invite ghostmmnc of teleporting weena to join us. If interested, just post a nature photo each day for seven days and ask someone to join in!

I will likely post a photographic mix of birds, wildlife, flowers and other nature scenes. feel free to join in the fun!

State of Mind-Clarity After The Rain

Moment of Clarity

Moment of Clarity

After the rain stopped on Wednesday, there was a sense of clarity in the air. The air seemed fresh. Sights and sounds seemed more intense. I became aware of small details in my environment. My eyes were drawn to the tiny raindrops clinging to the branches of this tree. Each glistening droplet seemed more amazing and more beautiful than the next. A gentle wind urged the release of raindrops and they began falling toward the ground. Sharing the sense of urgency, I rushed to get my camera. I wanted to see the drops in even clearer focus. I wanted to capture the moment before it faded away.

*posted in response to the daily post weekly photo challenge to share an image where you see a particularly strong connection between what we see and what you felt as you pressed that shutter button on your camera or phone.

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