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







Sunday, September 10, 2017

Dedicated To the People of Florida and Beyond~


~Hurricane Irma and more on the way~

This post entry is being dedicated to the state of Florida in the wake of what will surely be one of the most catastrophic tragedies to ever hit their state. 
My husband was born there, we lived there, my daughter and her husby live and work in Southeast Florida.
 My oldest daughter was married in the Keys,  she got her degree from FAU and her twin boys were born in Florida.  
We have family and friends that have stayed and I hope and pray that they will be safe
I want to also lift up the people of the islands that were hit so furiously by this storm and those coming in behind Irma~


I am certain that many of you are feeling the sense of foreboding as we watch and live many of the horrific natural disasters happening all around us.  From Hurricane Harvey in Texas that caused death and destruction, ruined thousands of lives for some a lifetime of saving, all lost.  The images of the children, the elderly, the care givers and emergency responders, families, friends, strangers all working together to help one another.  The many cats, dogs, horses, cattle and so many more being cared for, some thousands of miles from their home and family.  Many will never return, but be surrendered by their owners who may not have anyplace for themselves, let alone their pets now.  With all of the marches that took place just two weeks ago and the diversity of beliefs in those marches, now all pulling together to help each other, regardless of colour, race, or faith.
I called my daughter the other morning and told her that I was really getting concerned about the weather down where they live and what the forecast was for Hurricane Irma a category 5 hurricane that would reach them tomorrow.  I could hear the clear concern in her voice.  She got to work making plans, talking to her boss, her crew, making contact with her husband, landlord, family and friends as to what their were planning.  We are so very thankful that they left when they did in their evacuation zone.  They arrived at 7:30 on Wednesday morning, and beat the masses of people trying to flee.  They are near by now and surrounded by family, friends and safety.  
Three hurricanes working at this time, an earthquake, tsunamis, and forest fires in some of our states...all very distressing.
And for those who don't believe in Global Warming...good morning, time to awaken!!!
Please lift up good thoughts, prayers, for all of those in harms way.

This week's presentation will be on the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and White-tailed Deer and something I bet that you have never seen before...shhh you will have to wait and see~


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
                                              https://normandylife.blogspot.com/


Stewart for:


I have 6 Hummingbird feeders with multiple feeding stations on them, but we have terrible territory wars at the feeders every day, all day long.  
In this set you will see two hummers take one another to the ground.  Most don't get hurt, but easily could~



We have lots of juveniles this time of year as well as new birds coming down from the North daily on their migration route~






This one was defending it's feeding station~


An adult~



Juvie~






People will tell me they are surprised that hummers perch, they thought they were always in motion...now that would not be a good thing~














More from last month on Mannie and her twin fawns, The Thin One brought us a surprise, and something I bet you have never seen before~






OK, get ready, coming up very soon now, too adorable~


Mannie and her twins getting ready to cross back over the creek~


Then one of the two month old fawns leaped upon it's mother's back and rode as she walked a few steps, before sliding off from the other side ;)


The Yearling~


Starr is The Yearling's sister~



Starr~







The Thin One and her twin fawns was a great surprise.  One of them will come ahead of everyone for corn and gets very close to me when I feed them, while the Doe stomps around and gives her blowing warning~


Above is Mannie on left with her younger fawns and the Thin one with her two.
Below is the Thin One with her twins~


One of her fawns always comes very close to me, but I stay back, as they are wild animals~


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Dedicated to the People of Texas and Louisiana~




My heart aches for all of the damage that Tropical Storm Harvey has placed upon the people of Texas, Louisiana and beyond.  
Praying that the misplaced might feel safety and love until they can return to their homes, and their lives and normalcy...
Such great tragedy~

This week I am including 12 images/mosaics that I had published the month of August to also use this first week in September plus 38 new ones.  
Among the new ones I am thinking that those who view this post will see something that they might not have never seen before.  It was shared this past week on Facebook and was a real hit.  
You will need to scroll down to find it and then tell me what you thought...have you ever seen such before ;)

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
                                              https://normandylife.blogspot.com/


Stewart for:






The Black Swallowtails above and the young Groundhogs below were some of my favorites for this month ending of August.  
BTW, for those who may be wondering... After being missing in action for exactly one month and one day...two weeks ago Saturday these two rascals appeared and I was able to feed them their favorite treats...carrots once again, but I have no new photographs.
 All other Groundhogs remain missing in action, including the adult pair~


The final five favorites used from past August Post are of these cuties!
I love this one of the Chipmunk looking up to the face (which I was too close to get in my shot) of the Groundhog and probably wondering what it needed to do to get a nibble~




The Mississippi Kites were such a special gift for me, being able to visit the nest site, and get to know them a little bit.  
The birds are gorgeous and they LOVE insects, a Win for them and a Win for me, because I do not like insects.
In these images the adult has brought both young ones a nice meal of a large insect~





Several weeks ago I found this darling little female kitten and was able to easily catch her and feed her while trying to find the owners.  It was so friendly and sweet but no one ever claimed her.  I had to give her to the "No Kill" Animal Control here in our county.  She will get to go to the Humane Society, also "No Kill" soon where her chances of being adopted will be much greater~


The other day while standing in my garden, the Hummingbirds were warring over feeding territory when the songbirds came to their feeder nearby.  
This first very young female Cardinal was being chased by the Hummers and flew right into the window.  I can usually hold a bird in the cups of my hands and then release them several minutes later.  I would end up holding this sweet bird for an hour.  She still could not fly, but fluttered her wings.  She began to hop higher and higher until I would no longer be able to reach her if for some reason she would not be able to fly.  For a total of 3  1/2 hours I watched her.  She was in the top of a Cedar tree when I came in the house for a few minutes.  Once back outside, I could see a richly red coloured male Cardinal up in the tree with her.  He fed her three times... had to be her daddy.  After she finished the third food delivery, the male flew and she followed him.  I was so happy that she would be OK~





My right knee is really very bad again and I am struggling as to what I am going to do about it...more than likely I am looking at more surgery.  There will once again be no vacation journey for me this year which truly is very sad for me, as I love to travel and this is the third year straight that we are no going to trek out.  
One morning I decided that I was going to the Kentucky State Fair and take my grand-daughter.  As it turned out she was sick and could not go.  I went alone.  It is a huge fairgrounds with so much to see and do.  I decided to walk from the back parking lot and walk to the front, take photos of the Midway before the families began to arrive for a day of fun.  I went past the food shops, but never spent a penny.  If I had of, it would have been for an Elephant Ear...my favorite fair food!





I walked into the South Wing where the arts were hung and already ribbons had been awarded.  These were my favorites pieces~



The Kentucky State Fair is host of the World's Championship Horse Show, the world's richest and most prestigious horse show.
The show has over 1900 horses and ponies. No other breed, or show has that many horse to compete under one roof once a year!
The top award in the breed industry is the American Saddlebred "Triple Crown": winning the five-gaited championships at the Lexington Junior League Horse Show, the Kentucky State Fair World's Championship Horse Show, and American Royal horse show; a feat that has only been accomplished by six horses." 

When the announcer would say "Rack on" I am on the edge of my seat in years past, for there is something so amazing when they are in this gait all at the same time, the majestic beauty is something that everyone should get to observe once in their lifetime.
For my time there was in the daytime, I was able to sit for a couple of hours and just enjoy them practicing with these gorgeous creatures. 
Next year I am hoping to get to attend the Celebration of this wonderful event~





Then this past Saturday I got to attend the quarter horse show in Shelbyville, as my next door neighbor was going to be one of the competitors.  She took a third in one class of six participants, and a second out of 12 in the other class.  Way to go Megan.  Her friend Hannah also rode and took away a ribbon~




Red-tailed Hawk thought it was well hidden from me, but I saw it~



A Luna Moth on it's last wings...and it was in the wrong spot and could easily be taken and so I moved it as I watered the grass so I would not soak it.  I left it as it was in the last image of this mosaic~


Another Red-Tailed Hawk seen on my back road travels~


A new Burro on the block, or at least in the near by fields beyond our town~


Joe Pye Weed~


The last siting of any of the Mississippi Kites was a week ago Sunday.  The adults and the young have begun to make their way away from the Gilman Avenue location where they came to nest for the past 6 years.  I am so thankful to have had the opportunity of seeing them and photographing them.  The very early morning light created such a glow on them, but I didn't mind, I was just in awe of their beauty.
A Blue Jay was testing the Kite~











Eastern Tailed Blue Butterfly at Fox Hollow Farm~



In thinking that I may have to have more surgery soon and be laid up for a bit, I am trying to complete certain things that I have begun.  This is still on the "Raw" side, but I feel somewhat better about it.  This is the very back corner of our two and a half acres and it was WILD.  I have tried to shape it up a bit, planted grass seed and made wider paths.  It took nearly three weeks, a few hours a day and I feel good about it to this point and when I feel better later, I shall tackle it further.  
What kinds of things have you been up to?  
For me it was a busy two weeks, of DR appointments as well as doing some fun things as I found the time~


Above where I have been working and below, where it leads to and what it should look a bit like once it takes shape~