Saturday, April 12, 2014

Saturday's Critters: Foxy and Chippy

 There he was in March.
 There he was in April.
I know some folks think they are pesky little critters;  but I do love watching them play in my yard and even steal the walnuts from the trees. They occasionally sneak up on the deck for a bite of bird seed but not often. They run and scamper in the woods that surround us and it's perfectly ok with me.
"Foxy" has a safe place to eat and play. 
 Meet Chippy.
As far as I know Chippy lives under the oak tree in the back yard. There are posts forming a flower bed around the tree and I see him peeking out from under them.
He took his turn sneaking up on the deck as well. He didn't mind the mess the birds had made or the fact that the deck needs pressure washed after this very long winter.  
Linking to Saturday's Critters with Eileen.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Wild Birds Come To Call

Today's bird photos aren't crisp and clear portraits by any means; but they serve to record the wild bird happenings in my yard this week. Often we see and hear the squawking Canada Geese flying overhead to one or the other of the surroundings ponds of our neighbors. This past Thursday morning I was sitting in front of my sunroom window and saw this pair waddling down beside my row of Rose of Sharon bushes. 

I was hoping they would take a break but they kept walking. After taking this photo I had to retreat to the living room windows to catch a glimpse of them.

I was barely able to get this shot through a very dirty six paned window. They just kept walking in almost a straight line along my property. I believe them to be a pair. The one in front kept watch while the other one nibbled here and there. I was glad for their visit. On the bright side - green grass is peeking through.

This Northern Flicker has made a habit since fall of being just on the outskirts of a good portrait session.  As I watched the geese I saw him in the yard and watched him fly up in this hickory tree. Again he was a little too far and six paned dirty windows are not conducive to bird photography; but - I finally have proof he is here!!!!

Linking to Wild Birds with Stewart.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Song-ography: Happy

The morning glow of the sunshine makes me happy and makes me smile. It's a new day and a new beginning each and every sunrise. A chance to start over or pick up where you left off.  Just makes me feel good!

The glow behind the trees was the result this particular day of an early morning sundog. I admit I'm not always up in time to catch the sunrise but this day it was more than worth it to be an early riser.

This week's tune for Kathy's Song-ography is Happy by Pharrell Williams. I didn't know the song before this week but I must admit it has a catchy tune that puts you in a feel good mood.

Because I'm happy...
Come along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I'm happy...
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I'm happy...
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I'm happy...
Clap along if you feel like that's what you want to do
What makes you happy?

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Gateway to the Sun

Hubby and I had an appointment in Morgantown, WV this past Monday. As the appointment was late afternoon we were heading home when the sun began to set. I particularly liked the glow behind the bare branches of the trees.

We knew in minutes the sun would sink beneath the horizon before we went much further so I took one last shot while we could see it dropping in the sky.
On our way up to Morgantown I had seen one of these state markers off to the side of the road. I hadn't noticed it before so had planned to stop on the way back. In just a few minutes I recognized the spot and Hubby pulled off the divided highway onto a two lane road. This is the marker above. We still had a little daylight so Hubby said let's drive a couple of miles up this way. As we pulled away from the sign we noticed the road was unmarked. As we turned the bend in front of us I had to have him pull over.

This big old gate the size of well, Texas, was to our right. I had needed a fence or gate for the Good Fences meme this week and immediately knew this was perfect for my first entry and appropriate we were headed to Tollgate. The clover reminds me of my 4-H days many long years ago. Not sure where the road went. The photo has been lightened because it was almost dark up this country road. The light spot on the pole on the left is the Jeep's headlight. We drove a little further and saw what had been an old country store and a bit further a log cabin. We will definitely go back at a later date when we have some light to explore and take photos.

Linking to Good Fences, Skywatch, and Rurality.