Creek Haiku (Glow)
Glistening on the water
Around rough creek stone
Crossing over the footbridge, I saw that the creek water down far below seemed to be glowing! Perfect for the daily post weekly photo challenge: glow
Vision Haiku (Double)
I was certainly surprised to look out my kitchen window and see two deer gazing back at me! I live in a suburban neighborhood and wouldn’t expect to see deer so near to my house. I studied their beauty for a moment then ran to get my camera. They didn’t move from their spots, and looked right at me through the window. I didn’t want to scare them so I stepped away, peeking at them as they moved across my yard. Deer are such beautiful creatures and I felt double blessed to see two!
This is my ninth 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. Take a look around my blog if you are interested! Comments are welcome!
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?
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!
Inspired by the daily post one-word prompt: exposed
Home on Earth
Response to the daily post weekly photo challenge: earth
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.
Here is one more photo of a cardinal perched on a pole above the bird feeder in my yard. He’s a beauty!
*posted for JNW’s Color Your World challenge:red
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!
I had never walked this path before. I was almost back at the starting point when I unexpectedly spotted this magnificent bird wading in the water. I was shocked by its size since I had been watching for little songbirds. It was certainly a surprise to see this great blue heron take flight! It was also a surprise to realize I had actually managed to capture the moment!
Here it is standing tall, with its long neck extended, before it was surprised by me.
These last two pictures were taken later at a different nearby location, but it could be the same bird! I have now seen a single great blue heron standing near water at four different spots in my town!
Here is a view of its face and beak.
Isn’t this a cool bird? To see more about birds, you can click on the bird header at the top of my page.
*posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: surprise
Last September, I went to a local sunflower festival. We got there pretty early so we could find a place to park. The cloud cover was dense at the start of the day, but the skies cleared up some later, and the flowers in the dense sunflower fields stretched toward the sun!
Here is a sunnier view.
I invite you to take a look at my post, September (Sunflowers), to see a gallery of sunflower photos from that day! I had never seen so many cheerful sunflowers at one time. It was amazing to see!
*posted in response to the daily post weekly photo challenge: dense
This European Starling must have a great view from atop a perch in an old tree! Talk about a bird’s eye view; this bird can see it all! Sometimes viewed as a nuisance bird, I think the starling is interesting and beautiful in its own right. It certainly stands out against the clear blue sky.
Here is another picture of the bird, nesting in a tree cavity and taking in the view.
*posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: atop