Archive for the ‘Outdoors’ Tag

Mr. Meowgo vs. Lucky the chipmunk   5 comments


Our cat Mr. Meowgo is a hunter even as his food bowl sits full to the brim with tasty food.

He brings mice, voles, birds, lizards and sometimes cute little chipmunks to the front door for our approval.

 

A stone cold killer

A stone cold killer

 

I have tried unsuccessfully in the past to help the chipmunks escape his lethal grasp.

Today a chipmunk lives with minor injuries due to the quick action of my husband!

 

 

Lucky the chipmuck

 

The photo below shows the only injury to poor Lucky.

 

Lucky the chipmunk

 

 

Lucky the chipmunk making a run for it

I scoop Mr. Meowgo up and we go for a walk while Lucky makes plans for his retreat.

 

Bee feeding

 

Enjoy your day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken Delight with Eggs   17 comments


In the past few weeks the hens have provided us with over two dozen eggs and counting. I have made egg salad and even pickled some eggs.

 

I had to take a picture of our first two eggs!

 

Great chicken friends

  our first two eggs

 

Pullet eggs are great for pickling. I am going to try lots of recipes and create a few of my own.

 

My sweet feathered friends

The ladies and Big Bird watch me pull weeds from the garden for their midday salad. Big Bird demands attention with his loud crow along with the fifteen hens clucking at me.

 

Henny Penny enjoying a bit of scratch feed

 

 

The ladies are so very loving and loud when announcing the arrival of the newest egg addition. I know I am to blame for spoiling them but I care not. They feed us, amuse us, are great alarm systems, provide organic fertilizers, etc.

So for more entertaining photos…    Little B-Tips curious about the camera

 

 

Mr Meowgo likes the egg a little too much

 

Our trusted feline friend is not entirely pleased with our new feathered family. He is very curious and does watch over them.

 

 

Two hens in the box and one on her way in

 

Although there are eight different laying boxes, the hens only lay in the one box that I painted the word egg on…can they read? Or maybe it’s the classical music playing on NPR?  As you can see, two Rhode Island Reds are already in the laying box and a line is forming.

 

Room for three?

 

 

Henny Penny must be in dire straits to crowd with two other hens in the same laying nest.  Three hens sharing  I came back to find three eggs a little later in the day!

 

Love birds

 

 

Big Bird making some noise

Big Bird loves his special treats of sunflower seeds and cooked brown  rice.   Big Bird is the sweetest rooster  He loves to eat from my hand.

 

 

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Dragon Heat:Up In Smoke   18 comments


The weather is indecisive this time of year luckily we have cured oak for firewood.

Great flames with oak wood

As I watch the fire taking shape, a dragon appears in the fire’s silhouette.

Dragon Warmth on Fire

Fire Dragon Blaze Hair/Eye Glow

Tonight we have a blazing fire to help heat our living space.

Burnin' Hot Wooden Dragon

Fire Dragon Warms House

Enjoy your day!

Petal Power: Sweet Scent   11 comments


The smell of spring wafts in the wind.    Smell that Smell: Sweet

 

Here are a few of the aromatic blossoms in our gardens.    Popping Azaleas 

 

Gentle beauty

 

Red tulips

 

 

 

 

Yellow center Tulip in Red

 

 

 

Lingering tulip blossom

 

Enjoy your day!

 

 

 

 

 

Sunbathing Lizard   Leave a comment


A sunny afternoon is the perfect time for this little lizard to catch some rays.

Sunshine Lizard

I spy a lizard!

Shy lizard

After only a few photographs, Mr. Lizard tires with all the attention. He retreats to his rock house.

Hidden Lizard

Enjoy your day!

Eastern Eyed Click Beetle   27 comments


Yet another new insect for me to photograph! Eastern Eyed Click Beetle

 

This impressive guy is one of the largest members of the click beetle family Elateridae!  Click Beetle

 

 

Walk this way:Click beetle

 

 

Click Beetle stare Mr. Beetle is not very happy with me snapping photos.

 

 

He decides to play dead for minute or two in hopes of me wonder on to the next picture.

 

Playing Possum: The Beetle Way

 

 

X marks the spot:eastern eyeed click bug

 

 

Mr Beetle  It’s off to the next photo-op!

 

 

Enjoy your day!

 

 

Time To Bug Out Photograghy: February   20 comments


Details matter. Nature’s attention to the insect world never ceases to delight.

Round Headed Boroers Larva

While chopping firewood, the strange-looking larvae start to drop from holes in the center of the hickory tree. The birds seem to relish in the special winter delicacy as if someone lifted the top off an aromatic pot of soup.

Winter housing busted for round headed borers larva

The hidden larva is from the Cerambycidae family. The Round Headed Borers larva is a new species for me to observe.

Hickory tree feeders:The Round Headed Borers larva

The orange spots add great color.

All sized Round Headed Borers larva   The various sizes do not matter to the birds. A tiny wren took flight and dropped the fatted larva food about five times before settling in to eat.

Looking through the larva tunnal

Enjoy your day!

Color Splashes: Art from Art   36 comments


The painted chair is curing rapidly with the warm weather. Surveying the area I soon start finding the accidental art created from my project.

Art by accident:In color This is one of my favorite chair project by-product! The sun came out with perfect timing to capture the shadows from the grass blades.

 

 

Nature Painted Brightly

Paint splattered fun

 

Winter leaves in color  Layers of various paints make a beautiful fallen leaf brilliantly fun!

 

Colored by Art

 

 

Tiny Art: Big Color    I really like this small art piece!

 

Grounded Art with a Nut  Art on earth makes for great photos!

 

 

Paint Flow

 

I am still finding bits of art unexpected and have painted many leaves on this sunny January day. I am not sure what I will do with them other than enjoying the experience.

 

Enjoy your day!

 

Art Outdoors: Paint Fun   27 comments


As with most of my ideas/projects there is rarely an enforced timeline for completion. I started this painting project in December 2011.

Painted Wooden Fire Chair

I finished the majority of the painting this week.

 

Chainsaw Chair We use a large section from a fallen oak tree to cut the main body of the chair.

 

Fire Circle Wooden Chair The chair topper adds neat detail.

 

Paint layer on wooden chair  Day 1 of Chair Splash

 

 

Day 1 Paint Fun  Day 1 Bright Paint on Wood

 

Day 1 Blended Color  Day 2 Paint Fun

 

Day 2 Colorful Chair  Day 2 My Hand Print

 

Day 2 Rear Painted View  Day 2 Paint Lover

 

Now for some random fun paint shots.  Day 2 The Paint Falls

 

Day 2 Painted Scream on Chair    Day 2 Painted Groove with Texture

The most difficult part of this painting was keeping my hands clean as to not paint my camera during the two days of painting. I used all old paints that would have ended up in the landfill to brighten up our backyard!

 

Enjoy your day!

Bright Green Cocoon: Crab Spider   8 comments


It seems cocoons are in season.    Bright green cocoon formed by a crab spider

 

I notice a bright green cocoon on the back of a dead plumeria leaf.   Crab Spider cocoon on plumeria leaf

 

 

Crab Spider in web  In October I took the only picture I have of a crab spider. I wish the details of the spider herself were more visible.

 

Crab spider cocoon in color

 

Enjoy your day!

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