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

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Too Early to Mow, But, They Did it Anyway~

Cannot believe it, would you believe it, until Judith from Lavender Cottage explained it to me last week, I never knew about linking a post to a meme before~
I thought that all I had to do was do what I have done in the past, and never knew to hit the link button and fill it out...  
For 5 years of blogging and sharing posts on various memes...
I never knew that you had to do that! ;)  
You learn something new every day!
Thank you Judith~

Can anyone use their imagination and see anything besides the Catbird in the image above ;)

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

I will be linking up with Judith for:


Stewart for:

This should be the last week, where I will publish 2 posts back to back.
Thank you for your willing participation in helping me get caught up these past couple of weeks. 
There would have been a dew more, but yesterday while moving one set of images from Picasa into another folder to back up, our power went off.  
I have not been able to find those over 700 images since,  and not sure what all of them were of , but I had edited every single one of them.
A very huge sad sigh!!!
This will be the first of these two posts.
Thank you once again for your visits and kind words.
They give me great pleasure and encouragement.
 I may not get to your blog early, but I always finally arrive and I leave comments as best that I can with the time that I have, and would enjoy hearing from those of you that visit as well, for it is always such a pleasure to share.
I said to someone recently in a comment.
I wish that like on Facebook, there were some kind of "like" button at least to where if we are tight on time, we can let someone know that we liked what they shared.  
I do like very much what my blogging community of friends share.
This being said, the next couple of weeks, it may be difficult for me to make my visits and comments, but I will be back soon to work on that as best that I can.
In the meantime, thank you for everything~

The Cone Flowers above appeared to me, as if they were dancing...I really think they were~

An Amberwing~

A Gray Catbird taken along the Anchorage Trail~

My first ever Slaty Skimmer, near the lake at the Anchorage Trail~

Male Cardinal and Poke Weed~

Re-Earred Sliders sunning~

I am thinking a Sparrow, just not positive on the ID~

Two Northern Mockingbirds having a bit of a tiff over territory~

Male Northern Mockingbird, standing his ground ;)~

Yellow Swollowtail~
Beautiful wildflowers, now mowed to the ground...huge sigh...workers, landowners, whomever, in such a big hurry to mow everything and just as hundreds of birds would be coming through a migration many wonderfully nutritious seeds mostly gone to waste!
Red-winged Blackbird getting his fill, as the mowers are approaching~

These Monarch Butterflies are on such a decline and I hated seeing the mowers coming near this field, all of the wildflowers, all of the fields, taken out all in a day, acres of sad~


  1. 700 pictures gone, that is real bad luck Mary. Computers and electronic gadgets make life easy in so many ways but when they go wrong it is so terribly frustrating.I hope there is some way to get those pictures back.

    As to your question - Do I see an eye there on the left hand side of the Catbird? I loved the pictures of those Mockingbirds having a good old ding-dong. they really mean business don't they.

    I puzzled over the sparrow but is it just a very dull and worn Song Sparrow?

  2. Wow - you've taken so great pictures, so stunning!
    All the detauls, the colours, fantastic.

  3. Oh Mary how awful when they mow the wildflowers...a huge patch of butterfly weed was mowed and so monarchs could not use them and seedheads will never reason to mow many of these roadsides. Stunning images in their natural repose.

  4. So sad to learn that these dainty and delightful wildflowers were not welcomed any longer and mowed away, BUT thank goodness your timely arrival preceded this disappearing act and we were gifted such beautiful photos of this floral splendour!! Gorgeous mosaics of the birds that I first learned about in primary school, along with the always pretty flowers!!

    Wishing you a wonderful week!


  5. Well at least the wildflowers and visitors were ours to enjoy through your lens. Feuding male birds sure can get nasty can't they?
    Again thank you for linking to MM, glad I could help.

  6. what a lovely collection of critters! all so pretty. lovely color in the wildflowers ... so sad when they are mowed. Happy Mosaic Monday!

  7. All lovely...the dragonflies are just gorgeous but I got my smiles from those ticked off birds fluffing their wings and having a little wrestling match...reminds me of when my boys were young, ha ha! :)

  8. I'm so sorry about your lost photos. I love the dragonflies and the coneflowers.

  9. Commenting on both this post and the later one -- just so beautiful. "Like" wouldn't be a strong enough word for how I feel about your posts. I revel in what you see and I always learn something too -- about nature, about how to put a collage together (I wish I were a better pupil .... heck, I wish I had your talent. ) Thanks for sharing. I am way behind -- will catch up eventually.

  10. You continue to amaze me with your photo skills. They're all so amazing I don't know where to begin. I had to smile to myself as I viewed the territorial actions of the mockingbird, enjoyed the bright colors of the beautiful flowers and was in awe of your close up views shared of your dragon fly images.

    If you lost your photos from the storage site, I'd try and contact them to see if they could help retrieve them. It's worth a try.


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