Thursday, June 4, 2009

Nature Notes Around The Yard

**Due to problems with Mr. Linky on the Sky Watch blog I couldn't change the URL from here to my photoblog. My Sky Watch post is HERE. Thanks, hope you'll stop by!**
This week the skies have been full of clouds and my little part of the world has been inundated with lots of rain. Everything is lush and green. I know it won't be long and hot humid summer weather will set in and I'll be wishing for cooler days. Although today we are experiencing a very cool and wet 55 degrees.
As I walked around the yard in between rain showers yesterday I was able to notice a few of nature's delights that made me smile. One was how the raindrops on the bleeding heart leaves were like little diamonds waiting to be plucked and treasured. Oh, if only it really did rain diamonds!

As I followed the flowerbed around the house a small pink and white varigated bloom seemed lost among the spent azaleas.

The yucca blooms are very tall and will soon burst forth with lots of white blossoms.




Wildlife still abounds in my backyard. I caught this little bunny among the Rose of Sharon bushes nibbling away at the grass. A couple of days I have seen a crow walking gingerly in the grass too. Both times he is accompanied by a bird that dive bombs him repeatedly. I haven't yet identified the bird but the crow doesn't get annoyed easily and the bird is usually first to retreat.

Last evening I was lucky to catch a glimpse of a doe and her fawn. It was raining softly and they were at he edge of a grove of trees. They were too far even for my telephoto lens but even without the photo it was a marvelous moment.

When it rains I always hope there is a chance for a rainbow to make an appearance. I was not disappointed this week. In the middle of rain showers the sun popped out and there outside my sunroom was a rainbow. Actually it was a double rainbow but I couldn't catch the whole thing on camera. Nevertheless, it made me smile.

Here's hoping you find sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows in your world.



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23 comments:

2sweetnsaxy said...

Great shots and I love the rainbow.
:-)

ROSIDAH said...

Beautiful shots! I love the time before and after the rain. It really smells good like you said. Have a wonderful day, Carletta :)

quilly said...

From gray skies to rainbows! You captured it all and tossed in a bunny picture, too! It sure is nice to have you back.

Thom said...

Boy you are back and back with a vengeance. I'm so glad. Raindrops as diamonds. Loved how smug the crow was. Pictures are excellent.Thank you so much for sharing this peaceful post. :)

Arija said...

With the wonders that you have around you it is no wonder you got a rainbow as well.

Kerri said...

Beautiful!! I wonder if that dive bomber is a mocking bird....they are known for that.

Ahhh....we are having LOTS of rain....wishing for diamonds :)

Neal said...

Great shots Carletta. Are you sure the problems were with Mir Linky and not the operator? :)

Yes, I'll make you a list of dos and don'ts if you go to Alaska. :)

Regina said...

Hi Carletta. Wonderful post!

Hildegarde said...

Your nature notes give evidence of a good contact with "mother earth". And your wish is so friendly, joyful and original (sunshine, lollipops and raindbows), that would be a great one for a postcard.

Rose said...

Nice post, Carletta. I always enjoy your Nature Notes.

MyMaracas said...

What wonderful photos and words! I feel as though I went along with you on your walk. There is always so much to see outdoors, and it's different every day.

Melli said...

I don't think I'll be seeing any rainbows today -- just the GRAY skies! We are slightly warmer than you are - about 63 today and very very wet! LOL!

These are beautiful shots from your garden! For some reason I just LOVE that shot of the yucca stalk! Lucky you to catch that bunny!

Pat said...

What beautiful pictures. The rainbow was great, and I especially love the raindrops on the bleeding hearts. I like coming upon an unexpected little pleasure like that. Thanks for sharing these photos and making me smile this morning.

Island Rambles Blog said...

Hi there..I love the trees framing the dark sky and the rainblow.. doing some quick catching up on Sky Watch and visiting your lovely blog as I have just returned...cheers.

Rambling Woods said...

Oh Carletta...beautiful Nature Notes post..It is so interesting to visit and see what is going on in different areas of the country or the world for that matter..I especially love the rainbow and the good wishes...
Michelle From Rambling Woods

aguthrieimages said...

Carletta,
this was a great trip to go on with you and to finish it up with that rainbow? I have never gotten a shot of one I am quite jealous!

Greyscale Territory said...

Love this collection of photos! Especially love the raindrops on the bledding heart leaves! Plus, of course, the soft rainbow!

Old Wom Tigley said...

Another beautiful posting Carletta, thank you for your comment on my new blog... I am always happy to see your name in my comment section.. and happier still to call here and see and read your posts too.. :O)

Tom
My blogs: Wiggers World and Pictures & Words

Janice Thomson said...

Ahhh...beautiful photos as always - love this post Carletta.

Twisted Fencepost said...

Beautiful pictures, Carletta! As usual. Especially, the rainbow. I always go outside when it is raining and the sun is shining, in hopes of catching a rainbow, too.

RJ Flamingo said...

Carletta, I feel like I just took that walk with you through your garden... Just lovely!

Bonnie Bonsai said...

I can do with lollipops and rainbow..and your rainclouds above your sky.

Thanks for leaving kind comment at Skywatch Friday #47.

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Carver said...

What a wonderful nature notes post. At first I thought your yucca was asparagus. I have an asparagus bed so it faked me out. You have so much going on in your natural world. This is a great time of year before it gets too hot.

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