Light Rays

Early morning sunrise pictures with silhouettes are one of my favorite pictures to take.

Capturing the sun’s rays through the tree makes the beauty of a new day even more special.

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Lazy Day Squirrel

I love my squirrel visitors most of the time when I see them they are in my bird feeders.

Last Friday this one decided to have a rest while he was in the bird feeder. I was 6ft from him and he never budged. He stayed in there for at least 30 minutes if not longer.

On this particular day he was my lazy day squirrel he has done this before but I missed it. The grandkids told me that they saw him in the feeder laying down taking a nap.

This squirrel all laid out reminds me of Fuzzy our pet squirrel our dad brought home to us when we were younger.

When I see squirrels I always think of my dad I know this was his way of reminding me he is always watching over me.

 

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Eye on you

This heifer’s eyes allow you to see her personality.

When she was put in the pasture beside us she was very standoffish, shy, and kept to herself.  She did not even stand with the other heifers.

A few months later I gained her trust and now she is the first one to the fence to greet me.

A heifer’s eyes show you deep into their soul.

When you win her trust that is when you can form a beautiful friendship.

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Blooms, Succulents, and Sedums

This is our well shed and I enjoy changing out what’s hanging on the walls.

This was my hanging herb planter but it is now for succulents & sedums. This is on the right side of the well shed from the back. There is a pink crepe myrtle and white plumbago.

On the backside are the window frame, planter box, and stars accented with dianthus, wandering jew, and pink chi – chi bushes.

Chi – Chi’s is a cousin plant to the purple showers which you have seen on my blogs in the past.

On this particular morning, the humidity fogged up my lens so that gives the images a softer look than normal. I was going to redo these pictures but I and decided I liked the look.

I love all the plants blooming in all the colors it makes me very happy.

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Sunflower morning

We mix chicken scratch and black oiled sunflower seeds together to feed the birds in our area.

We have all kinds of birds, blue jays, bluebirds, red birds, mockingbirds, woodpeckers, dove, chickadees, wrens, house sparrows, brown head cowbirds, black birds,  black bellied whistling ducks, hawks, buzzards, grackles, crows, & ravens then we have quite a variety of seasonal birds that hibernate in our area for the winter.

This beautiful sunflower glistens in the morning light on the back fence line as it reaches for the morning sun.

There were two bird nest one wren and one house sparrow in my hanging baskets off the back porch. One had baby birds the other had eggs and I did not get pics of either one because birds fledge so fast 12 – 15 days from eggs to flight.

When the bird’s plant seeds for us I think it’s their way of saying thank you for feeding them.

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Barbed wire fences

Barbed wire has quite a unique look with its spikes and twist of the wire.

It is used most often for cattle fencing but some people use it to keep others off their property.

When it starts to get loose it’s often twisted around another piece until it can be repaired.

The cedar fence post is aging its curves and textures accents the color and spikes of the barbed wire.

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Calf time

This baby calf is right next door and he was about 3 days old in this picture last Saturday.

Most of the new calves next door to us come up to me on my first attempt to call them to the fence. Gotta love it.

I was able to grab a few pictures and this one has the cutest eyes and a crazy hyper personality. He takes off running and kicking like he is a few months old.

Country Life at its best!

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Morning Glory Bush

About  10 – 12  years ago my mom was on the county library board in our local town.

She made some great friends and had a really good time with these ladies.

One lady had a beautiful yard well landscape and thought out and her yard had lots of pocket type gardens. She wanted to have a garden party so everyone could see her yard so all the library board ladies went over to her house for a garden party.

She had the morning glory bushes all over the place so when the garden party ended she gave everyone some cuttings from some of the plants. It was her way of sharing something from her beautiful yard.

My mom gave me a few stems to transplant and from that, we have had many many more. You can root them in water rather quickly and grow lots more plants.

They die back every winter but come back every spring and grow like crazy. We have some right now that are 8ft tall x 5ft wide and full of blooms. You can keep the cut back for a more compact bush of blooms.

We have several rooting in a 5-gallon bucket so we can transplant them in different areas.

The flowers grow in clusters like in the picture they are the size of a small saucer. The stalks are hollow and easy to trim.

They bloom in the morning and new blooms open up each day at sunrise. They do need some sun to produce these beautiful blooms but can get by in partial shade.

There is something special about the beauty of these lavender blooms and my memory of how much my mom loved these flowers.

 

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