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

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Bathing Robin, Cracking Blue Jay and Jewelweed for Sure~

The lovely apricot, coral and crimson flowers shown in this post are some of my best friends... Jewelweed... 
If you have been out taking bird photographs, or maybe just checking out nature, and you suddenly find yourself  rubbing up against Poison Ivy, Jewelweed can help.  I just break it off at the stem and rub it on the area that I touched the Poison Ivy with and if done in good timing, I don't rash out.  If I have no jewelweed nearby, I am in big trouble.  We have both on our 2 acres and the Jewelweed has always come in handy.  It is the last of the spring summer flowers to die off just before the freezing weather comes~

Robin bathing in our creek, and oh my that water has gotten very cold by now~

Ever since I cared 6 weeks for Bleu, the young blind Blue Jay, I have a fondess for these birds.  This one was checking out the acorn pile I presented into the backyard.  I carried 21 gallons from my deck and driveway into the yard for the wildlife.  From mid summer until this week, every year, we have tons of acorns dropping onto our deck that surrounds the house.  These tiny acorns can also crack a windscreen/windsheild of a car...we know~

Jewelweed, lovely and useful~

This was only my second encounter with the Summer Tanager for the season, and it was brief~

We enjoy many of these cuites, the Tufted Titmouse, around the grove~

Got to love the Nuthatches!

None of our trees get Mistletoe, and I always find their growth interesting to look at~


  1. the jewelweed is beautiful! and the tanager would have sent me over the moon to see! gorgeous shots, as always, mary!

  2. Cara Mary...You are truly an outstanding observer & a very talented photographer.....; THIS collection of your little feathered friends is so very beautiful; these little coloured gorgeous creatures are magnificient in nature; but you show them in such a sweet, lovely way.....SUBLIME SUBLIME...!!!

    I love your enchanting mosaics, a feast for the eyes & the heart!!!!

    ciao ciao

  3. Fabulous nature photos, thanks for sharing with us, the colors are outstanding

  4. lovely post. Great looking birds as well as plants. :)

  5. Beautiful photos. I'm glad we don't have poison ivy where I live, but mistletoe is deadly for the pine trees and eventually kills them.

  6. So beautiful!

    My Skywatch, have a nice weekend!

  7. Lovely birds, especially the Blue Jay, he is handsome.

  8. Another super mix of pictures and mosaics Mary. It must take ages to think about then blend all those images together to make such brilliant posts.


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