My Backyard Bird List

Flying primary colors

Sometimes hidden in plain sight

Music to awaken you in the morning or lull you to sleep

Mourning Dove 2-18-2018

Melodic – haunting – beautiful

Male cardinal 3-22-2018

Female cardinal 2-18-2018

Currently I have 43 birds I’ve photographed for my yard bird list and 4 I have yet to capture. Some photos are less than perfect but You can still identify the bird. Just go to the top of the page and click on Birds observed in the gardens of Valley View.

Does anyone else have a yard bird list? 

Eastern Bluebirds 3-22-2018

Northern Flicker 2-18-2018

Red- headed woodpecker 1-7-2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American robin 2-18-2018

 

White-breasted Nuthatch 1-23-2018

All photographs taken since January 1st, 2018.

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Skunk Cabbage – the plant world’s modernism

Skunk cabbage Symplocarpus foetidus

Symplocarpus foetidus one of the first flowers of spring in eastern North America.

Skunk cabbage Symplocarpus foetidus

Every spring since I began photographing wildflowers I seek out the erotic skunk cabbage in the spring seep behind my home.

Skunk cabbage Symplocarpus foetidus

The shapes and colors are mesmerizing, reminding me of modernism art. 

Skunk cabbage Symplocarpus foetidus

Skunk cabbage Symplocarpus foetidus

Skunk cabbage Symplocarpus foetidus

The Last of the Winter’s Snow

It began as dusk descended, as fine as the sand on a crescent beach

The light from passing cars reflected their crystalline structure

These wind-blown diamonds struck my cheeks It felt as though a thousand pins had assaulted me

Soon the wind died and the snow crystals  were attracted to one another as the north and south poles of a magnet

They cascaded  bumping into one another combining to create snowflakes 

The night was no longer dark – White enveloped the landscape

I awoke to a quiet stillness

snow February 18, 2018

Snow 2 February 18, 2018

Snow 3 February 18, 2018 wind sculpture

Snow 5 February 18, 2018

Snow 4 February 18, 2018

Snow 6 February 18, 2018

 

sunrise snow February 18, 2018

More Than Ice

I love discovering new and unique things in the gardens.  An insect viewed from a different perspective or a non-traditional flower.

Lady BugJack-in-the-Pulpit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter offers an entirely new perspective challenge. Void of the rainbow of colors and abundance of life found in other seasons, winter’s gifts must be sought out.

Ice Crystals

I wait for the cold to envelope the land and snow and ice to fall.

Winter landscape of snow

When warming air collides with subfreezing temperatures, magic happens.

Snowy Winter's night

Beauty abounds.

Icycle on evergreen

Bluebifd in the snow on sumac

An alternate view of the world can be found at

Tootlepedal’s Blog A look at life in the borders.

Across a vast ocean he too looks for unique and unusual. Take a moment to take a bike ride with him

via his post Slow Progress

 

Kaleidoscope

From the moment they emerge and unfurl their wings their symmetry is unmatched

Whether muted or vibrant colors the intricacy of design is mesmerizing

I am always drawn to these gentle creatures

The following photos are of those who settled just long enough for me to capture the memory

MOTHS

Pandora Sphinx July 4, 2017
Pandora Sphinx July 4, 2017
Eight Spotted Forester moth August 15, 2017
Eight Spotted Forester moth August 15, 2017
Unknown moth August 20, 2017
Unknown moth August 20, 2017
Ailanthus Webworm moth August 24, 2017
Ailanthus Webworm moth August 24, 2017
Unknown moth October 21, 2017
Unknown moth October 21, 2017

BUTTERFLIES

Tiger Swallowtail May 24,2017
Tiger Swallowtail May 24, 2017
Spicebush Swallowtail June 4, 2017
Spicebush Swallowtail June 4, 2017
Great Spangled Fritillary July 1, 2017
Great Spangled Fritillary July 1, 2017
Question Mark Butterfly August 15, 2017
Question Mark Butterfly August 15, 2017
Hackberry butterfly September 19, 2017
Hackberry butterfly September 19, 2017
Cabbage White butterfly October 18, 2017
Cabbage White butterfly October 18, 2017
Monarch butterfly October 18, 2017
Monarch butterfly October 18, 2017
American Painted Lady October 21, 2017
American Painted Lady October 21, 2017
Buckeye butterrfly October 21, 2017
Buckeye butterfly October 21, 2017
Alfalfa butterfly October 21, 2017
Alfalfa butterfly October 21, 2017
Pearl Crescent October 21, 2017
Pearl Crescent October 21, 2017

I wonder who 2018 will bring to this space?

If anyone knows either of the two unknown moths please help me!

 

 

Beginnings

A new start – the source from which something new springs forth

I love caterpillars as much as I love butterflies and moths. Their shapes and colors are astounding. But even more miraculous  is how a creature that has a multitude of legs and appears to be nothing more than a colorful sac filled with fluff can emerge to become a creature with scaled wings that flies higher than any human can jump. Take time to seek them out and smile at what Gaia has created! 

Monarch caterpillar
Monarch caterpillar
Black swallowtail caterpillar
Black swallowtail caterpillar
White-marked Tussock moth caterpillar on Scarlet Honeysuckle
White-marked Tussock moth caterpillar on Scarlet Honeysuckle
Walnut Sphinx moth caterpillar
Walnut Sphinx moth caterpillar
Brown-hooded Owlet moth caterpillar
Brown-hooded Owlet moth caterpillar

 

 

Resolution

RESOLution – resolve “firm determination to do something”

reSOLUTION – solution “the act of solving or explaining a problem”

I’ve never been one to make a resolution. I’ve always believed if one wants to change an aspect of their life you do it whatever day or time it is. Something I resolved to do on a long past day and time was to appreciate the world around me.

Those I love

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Our oldest daughter’s wedding officiated by her father. Our younger daughter was matron of honor.

And the those I fear

Common Garter Snake
Common Garter Snake

The smallest of creatures

Pennsylvania native bee
Pennsylvania native bee
Pennsylvania native bee on Echinacea flower
Pennsylvania native bee on Echinacea flower

The tallest of buildings

Austin Texas
Austin Texas

Each day presents me with a gift

I only need a moment of time to find it

a series of photographs of ice crystals on the stream behind our home

                        A magical find

January 1st, 2018

Ice crystal

ice crystals

ice crystals

ice crystal

 

ice crystals

 

ice crystals