Happy Fathers Day

Happy Fathers Day to all you dads out there including my oldest son and my husband.

My dad had a very big impact on my life but most of all he truly believed in me.

The wildlife in my yard reminds me of my dad because we both loved wildlife and nature. We loved feeding the wildlife in our yards.

He is always near and dear to my heart and will never be forgotten. I love you Dad.

 

 

Purple and Orange

I thought this orange butterfly looked quite striking on the Golden Dewdrop Duranta blooms.

We have a lot of things that bloom in our yard and it has made a huge difference in the number of butterflies we see. Somedays we see at least a dozen or more different kinds.

Natures beauty putting on a show for all to see.

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Baby Armadillo

We have a baby armadillo that roams our yard and it is always by itself.

Zoee seems to think it is here for her entertainment and she takes off running like a fool in the backyard to find its trail. She has not tried to hurt it but she barks at it and that gets a bit annoying. The baby seems to ignore her and just goes on digging and eating lol.

I can get close enough to get some pics but they mostly have their heads down so it’s hard to get their face. This was my 3rd attempt.

This one is fairly small I would say its body is about 10″ long at the most.

Armadillos are omnivores they eat meat and plants but their diet is mostly made up of insects, larvae, beetles, termites, etc. that they dig up from the ground. They are known for eating baby snakes and snake eggs.

They love to dig so you will find holes in your yard from them digging. We live in the country so you have to take the good with the bad.

I appreciate the fact they help keep down the snake population because I am not a fan of snakes.

Getting to enjoy the wildlife is what country life is all about. Taking pictures of the wildlife is like the added bonus.

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Ducks and social distancing

These black-bellied whistling ducks frequent our bird feeders. I can walk out there and they do not budge they are use to me and my camera.

We have lost several tala trees/ trash trees they have gotten some kind of disease. My husband hates these trees but we are letting them fall down on their own since the wildlife loves them.

The woodpeckers love pecking the dead trees.

The ducks are always in this particular tree I refer to it as the duck tree.

It looks like most are social distancing even the ducks can follow the rules its to bad most people can’t.

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Sunrise Rose

The morning sunrise kissed the petals of the rose and the dew sparkled like diamonds.

The bokeh is the glitter in this picture.

Orioles in the mulberries

I kept seeing a flash of yellow/gold and I could not figure out what kind of bird it was I was seeing.

Finally, after a closer look, I realized it was Orioles I have only ever seen 1 here before.

This is the first year they have invaded the mulberry tree. The mulberries have been getting picked for about 5 weeks and they showed up this week.

Normally it is the Cedar Waxwings that invade our tree in very large numbers. This year it was the Orioles in groups of 15 or so.

I was able to capture a few pictures but they are camera shy. They really are a bright-colored bird.

Nature is always putting on a show you just have to be in the right place at the right time.

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Macro of a Rose

I love photographing flowers with a macro lens and it is all the better when there is moisture on the flowers from recent rain.

This is a knockout rose in our backyard.

Flowers can brighten our days and give us great joy.

A couple of cardinals

I was walking around our backyard on one of my nature walks looking for something interesting to take a picture of.

You can always hear the chirp of a cardinal before you see them. Along came this male and female cardinal and they posed for me.

Life is full of color right outside in our own backyards. Nature and the wildlife never let us down they are always putting on a show.

 

Ready for Retirement

My husband will be retiring at the end of March.

He saved vacation to make his last 5 weeks left easy. He is taking off every Monday and Friday until the end of March he wanted to experience 3 day work weeks lol.

Last week was his first easy week and he really enjoyed it. We did accomplish a lot last weekend.

Once he is retired we get to decide what we are doing and if we are going to move and find our next forever home. I have to call this home our forever home #1 since we have lived here for 41 years.

We would like a place with 20 – 30 acres so I can have some goats and some cows. If we can find property next to a national forest we would not have to worry about a subdivision on top of us. I prefer a house to be there already with some minor updates needed.

The whole idea of being surrounded by nature is quite exciting. I could take plenty of pictures & feed the wildlife.

This all sounds so relaxing and if there’s water its all the better.

Life is pretty exciting when you are entering this stage and the only thing you are responsible for other than yourselves is the dogs, cats, and birds.

 

 

 

Eastern Bluebirds Nesting

Finally, the Eastern Bluebirds have decided to nest in our yard.

I am beyond excited we have been trying to get them to nest in many birdhouses we have for the last few years.

They are a bit picky when it comes to birdhouses. They do not like perches on therehouses, they do not want to be in a tree or above 5ft in height.

We will keep this in mind for the future.

Birding in our yard is priceless because I never know what I might get to see.

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