Birdwatching

I noticed during the time we had snow, the birds looked hungry. So I decided to feed them.  And then I thought it might be fun to take photos of the birds that came. With the new camera that my parents gave me for my birthday, I can zoom in on birds without scaring them away. Or well… that was the idea. I forgot at first that I could zoom in that much so I tried to stay nearby. That’s how these two photos happened:

Oops. Sorry birds. 😂 Anyway, then I grabbed a chair and went to the other end of the porch to sit down so that they would not get so frightened. The photos got much better after that.

I think that cute grayish little guy is called a Tufted Titmouse.

And I thought that this was a black-capped chickadee, but it turned out to be a Carolina Chickadee. Maybe.


A few weeks later, I was at it again. I believe this is a White-Throated Sparrow. It was dawn, and the bird was too far away for the flash to help, except to make the bird’s eyes light up. XD

There was a bird that I couldn’t identify that steals my cat’s food on a regular basis, and I was determined to get a photo of it.

After getting the photo, I finally found out what it is: a Red-Bellied Woodpecker!

Here it is eating my cat’s food. Silly thing. That can’t be good for it…


Knowing that Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge – Birds was coming up, I went outside yesterday to see if I could grab any more photos of birds. Here’s what showed up for food yesterday:

This is a juvenile male Northern Cardinal. I was so happy to see him! I didn’t get a shot of his parents, but they attacked any other bird that got too close to their baby. 🙂

This is one of the birds who dared to get to close to the Cardinal – a Blue Jay! This was the best shot I took of him. He was shy and stayed in the trees. Couldn’t blame him – the Cardinal’s parents were really protective of their baby and took a lot of it out on him. 😂

I think this is a Carolina Wren.

I’m not sure about this one; it looks a lot like a Hermit Thrush, but there is a splash of yellow under the wings that it doesn’t look like a thrush has.

This one took a while for me to identify. I think that this is a Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker.

This is my first time seeing one; it was exciting!

And my favorite shot of him – here he is actually drinking sap out of a vine!

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A Walk Down Church Street

It’s week 56 of 100 Word Wednesday and here is the photo and my response. 🙂 If you’d like to join in the fun, just click the link! 😉

A Walk Down Church Street

Rain
Pouring from the sky
The umbrella tries
In vain
To keep me dry

Puddles
Form as splashing droplets
Collect with dirt on pavement
Muddles
My shoes, to my discontent

Reflections
Like mirrors on the street
I watch myself watching me
In the intersection
Glad that I wasn’t hit by a taxi

Misty morning
What a beautiful way
To start off my stay
Sojourning
Near The Gooderham Building today

Eager to explore
The city of Toronto
We should go sightseeing pronto!
I joyfully implore,
“Where next in Canada should we go?”

Wistful Wildflowers, Shadow Silhouettes, And Silent Sunsets

I took these last year when I went for a peaceful, quiet walk. And with these photos, I will participate in four different challenges all at the same time. 😄 First, I spotted some tiny wildflowers.

When in the garden later, I noticed that my bell peppers were starting to produce, and the dying flower petals are kind of close to the Granny Smith Apple color:

I stopped by my onion patch to take a photo, not realizing at first that my silhouette in shadow form was the main star of the photo instead of my onions. 😂

And later on, I saw this sunset, which seems to have most of the colors in this weeks installment of the Color Your World challenge – except for Granny Smith Apple green.

Share Your World – January 22nd, 2018

I’ve never done this before, but I’d like to give it a try. 🙂 Also, fourth post in a day? I’m not sure if I should apologize or not… 😅 Anyway, here is my first time participating in Cee’s Share Your World. 😀

  • List 2 things you have to be happy about?
    • God woke up this morning, so I have another day to live. 🙂 And my dad is feeling better – the congestion is gone. Yesterday, we talked for a couple of hours and it was nice that he felt up for talking again. 😀
  • Have you ever owned a rock, pet rock, or gem that is not jewelry?
    • Yes, I have a rock collection. 🙂 But today, I’ll spotlight the pet rock I had when I was a kid. It was big and brown and shaped like a potato. It actually looked so much like a potato that I would occasionally put it in the potato bin just to see the reaction when some unfortunate soul (typically one of my parents) came along to try to peel it… I was terrible. 😂 Sadly, I don’t have photos of it and the potato rock disappeared one day so I can’t get any photos. I think someone got tired of trying to peel a rock to make French fries and threw it outside into the woods. Can’t really blame them for doing that either…
  • Are you a hugger or a non-hugger?
    • Non-hugger, although when one of my best friends came to Arkansas from another time zone (we spoke online for 6 years prior to our meeting) I surprised both of us when I greeted her with a hug on the third day of hanging out. 🙂 So I suppose I’m a non-hugger unless I am close to the person. 🙂
  • What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week? Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.
    • Snow! I made a snowcat. I haven’t done many creative things in a while, especially after getting a cold, so when the snow became workable, I was inspired to create something and I appreciated the snow to do it with. ⛄

The Day Will Be Born!

It’s week 54 of 100 Word Wednesday, and here is the photo prompt and my response – on time, unlike last week! 😅 If you’d like to join in the fun, just click the link! 😉

**I wrote this before looking at the photo full screen; after getting a closer look, I realized that there ARE cars on the road. Oops. 😅 But I’m posting this as it is anyway.

Photo by Roman Logov

I glance down at a skyscraper
That reached up toward the clouds,
It was seen clearly through the foggy vapor
Because winds blew away the shroud…

I saw no cars or people on the roadways this morn.
It was almost time! Have they no clue?
The sun will rise, the day will be born!
I sang the song, “Hello sun, good morning to you!”

I fluttered on by, getting a bird’s eye view,
My vermillion wings catching the air;
I felt the wind in my feathers as I flew
Away; my job here, done. Time to sing elsewhere!

Faith of a Mustard Seed

This was supposed to have been posted for week 53 of 100 Word Wednesday, but somehow I messed up the scheduling. 😅 Anyway, here is the photo prompt and my response, even though I’m a week late.

Photo by Ivana Cajina

Look at the mountains before us
With the faith of a mustard seed
“God will move them,” said Jesus.

Plant the faith seed and let it grow
And don’t hide, for you need
To let the strong winds blow

Because that’s what makes
Faith stronger, for sure.
Yes, it is for your own sakes.

Now look at the water before us
With mere words, He calmed the seas
“Oh ye of little faith,” said Jesus.

Did He not create it? Will it not obey?
Oh, let your faith mature
And follow Him; He’s the only Way.

Walking Trees And Magic Sands

It is week 48 of 100 Word Wednesday, and here is the photo and my response. 🙂 If you’d like to participate, just click the link! 😉

This one ended up with an interesting structure; it breaks at such a curious point in the poem, and I thought about trying to fix it, but I think the timing of it is actually quite fitting.

Photo by Trevor Cole

Knarled branches reaching upward
Upward toward the sky
The sky that branches covered;
Covering the blue from my eyes…

My eyes can only see limbs,
Limbs with intentions unclear.
Unclear motives leave me wondering if on any whim,
On any whim, a limb could whisk me away from here.

From here to another world, another land,
A land far away from what I’m used to, where
To where walking trees and magic sands –
Sands of time float like snowflakes in the air!

With that, I exit the wood, my reverie broken;
At least they didn’t throw apples at me
Like they did in the Wizard of Oz, but then –
I laugh as I look back; those weren’t apple trees…