Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer







Monday, December 5, 2016

Much to Share With My Friends~


Hi there... I have been missing you all once again, but will try this week to catch up with many of you.  I had my last physiotherapy appointment last week as well as got a triple gel injection into my worst knee.  It should take a few more weeks to know if the whole of the process has done a good thing for me, but I am feeling confident. I hope that each of you are doing well and I can't wait to scroll down and see what everyone has been up to.
As I said in my previous post, goodness on November 11, where has the time escaped me...I would share our conifer trees that live on this land that we call home.  I have planted assorted Holly, Spruce, Hemlock trees on this land the past 35 years and they are doing well.  In fact I have a Holly tree this season that has fruit berries for the first time.  Only one out of some dozen Hemlocks remains...huge sigh.  Sometimes we have drought as we have this past season and it is just too difficult to drag connected hoses to some of the trees and they cannot thrive.


Remember to double click on the first image, to view a larger slideshow presentation after                                                                you have read the narratives~

I am joining in the fun with Eileen at:
Saturday's Critter

Anni at:
http://id-rather-b-birdin.blogspot.com/ 
I'd Rather Be Birdin'
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Maggie's  MOSAIC MONDAY
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Stewart for:




The Oak tree below is the largest tree on our land and I had a difficult time even getting the fullness of the height of it~


When we first moved here I planted Ivy around some of the trees and some of it has well, sort of taken over and this Oak tree is covered in it~


Some of the conifers~





My lonely Hemlock ;)~


Love my Norway Spruce...we have three~


Megan is my next door neighbor and she competed in her first horse show a couple of weeks ago.  She rode in a few classes and placed in each of them.  
I also watched a couple of the younger children who I just thought were too precious not to share~






Out and about the county, all taken from inside the car, as could not walk too far YET~


Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on Crabapple tree~




Amertican Crow~









European Ravens~





A special place to me~






A favored tree to photograph has fallen due to drought conditions and high winds~



A touch of red~





White-tailed Deer~







Friday, November 11, 2016

Last Autumnal Walk This Season on Tingsgrove...Home~


I love that on any given day, every single day that I have been blessed to reside on this land, there is always a surprise around the bend, the next bush, or tree.  Sometimes I get to capture them, other times, I watch and smile and place the moment in my memory bank.  This land that we have called home since August 22, 1981, nothing so great about it, or grand, and yet special to us.   It is not very well manicured, it is wild and yet cared for enough to make my way around in safety. We have had terrible storms, one was even tagged as a mini-tornado as the winds acted like a Tornado and followed a path of destruction that took out a couple of of our trees and many more down the lane. The most we have lost altogether in a single storm were 6 very large trees 2 years ago.  They fell like Dominoes.  Some may remember that last year a very massive tree fell against our home during our evening of sleep...how frightening a feeling that was.  This post will showcase some of my favorites, and yet all of them are, have been and will always be.  Shared here  are some of my most favorite Deciduous trees.   Conifers coming soon ;)



Remember to double click on the first image, to view a larger slideshow presentation after                                                                you have read the narratives~

I am joining in the fun with Eileen at:
Saturday's Critter

Anni at:
http://id-rather-b-birdin.blogspot.com/ 
I'd Rather Be Birdin'
 Linking to I'd Rather B Birdin'

    
Maggie's  MOSAIC MONDAY
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Stewart for:



Some of the wee little bird visitors and one of the largest... I am thinking the top image is of a Warbler...someone can please correct me if I am wrong, Chickadee and Pileated Woodpecker~








The hole in this massive tree has been home to Grey Squirrels for decades~








Sassafras Tree leaves~


The aviary that housed Birds of Prey for rehab and release for 4 years and then it became same for Opossums and Squirrels for another 8 years~


Tiny White Breasted Nuthatch, I usually hear them before I see them~


Last Spring many will recall that the season for the local Red-Shouldered Hawks claimed 3 failed nesting attempts. The final one being placed atop a hot transformer pole. The state capitol helped me intervene through their section that helps birds in such strained situations and the local utility company sent a special team out to redirect the wiring. That nest failed as well. At that time Frankfort suggested that should my husband desire building a nesting platform and placing it on our property, that might be a good idea. He built the platform and when I could not at first get a hold of our tree person, I walked across the lane to where some workers were cutting down trees. I asked if they could place the platform and many will remember they totally botched the job! My loss a perfectly good platform and $100.00 cash paid for them doing it wrong. I tried several more times to reach our tree person and left messages and was so happy when I heard from them. They are the BEST around here... I was told that they would be happy to place the platform, the second one that my husby had built and two weeks ago I received word that I had waited for...the climber was on his way. Paul has been climbing for over 30 years and after I showed him what had to be done, he wasted no time in getting the task completed. I have no idea if the birds will ever use this nest platform, or even the ill placed platform, but at least they have choices that would help them. It is in an Oak tree, it is exactly up to specs. It is right along a stream and it is right behind one of their favorite hiding trees, a huge Sycamore. Thank you so much Don and Nancy Crouch, and for your climber Paul. He was so thoughtful, very kind and professional. If they never use the platform, I know now that I did what what we could to ensure that they have a good chance to succeed~



I believe the little chap on the left is an Ovenbird along side a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and below that a Downy Woodpecker~




The huge Sycamore tree can be seen from just about any position on Tingsgrove due to the stark white colouration~



This old chair, one of two that we have, painted many times over different colours of paint.  They belonged to my parents and have been around for several decades~




We had a sweet little visitor, thinking it is a Golden-crowned Kinglet~



Once again, I apologize, just not my best at ID and would rather just say I am thinking one of the many species of Warblers...it was gorgeous~



The Sycamore tree, one of my most favorites~




Visiting Cedar Waxwings have just about finished their feeding of Honeysuckle berries and Juniper tree berries on our land, moving South now on their seasonal migration~







Sassafras, Cedar, and Buckeye trees~




The husby building the Raptor nest platforms~


It may look nice, however two men had been walked back to the chosen tree, and why they decided to place this nest platform only 15' high, instead of the requested 30' and in a tree at the gate to our dog yard is beyond me.  My husband paid them before realizing they did not do the job as they had promised...$100.00 out ;(



Love this mighty Oak tree that sits right behind our home.  I pray the 14 trees of the hundreds we have, that sit closely by our home, never topple, it is one frightening experience to live through~



This is a mosaic superimposed using 4 images~