Friday, March 26, 2010
Birdseye Speedwell named for St Veronica and sometimes called persian wildflower has bright blue flowers with dark blue veining, a white center and one of the four petals is always smaller. The ones in this picture are about one quarter inch across. It is often used as an ornamental ground cover and blooms early spring to early summer. I think it is beautiful.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Wild onions are members of the lily family and are known by many onion/garlic names. The flowers are white, sometimes pink or purple. I never see the blooms as the mower is in operation before bloom time in this area. They are edible but first things first, do not eat any wild onion/garlic that has been sprayed with any chemicals and do take a stem and break it and smell, it should smell like onion. They can be used on baked potatoes , in soups and salads, try cooking them in a skillet with a small amount of water and a little bacon grease then add beaten eggs and scramble. They can also be frozen for later use. Another word of caution, do not overeat wild onion/garlic as it will send you to the "throne room". On the plus side they give a boost to your immune system and mosquitoes and gnats will leave you alone.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
There are many species of bitter cress. They are members of the mustard family. This one is Hairy Bitter Cress. Considered a spring wildflower as well as a weed, it blooms from early spring to early summer and is familiar to most of North America. In the spring it is a very petite plant with blooms that are about one eighth of an inch in size, they are very pretty and delicate looking.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Be Different...Act Normal has some interesting heart shaped rock art on their blog today and I remembered this piece I put together a few years back. These pieces were found when the pond was being done. The two fossils were found fairly deep in the digging and the portion of the arrow head found after the work was completed. I thought it interesting that when placed together they formed a fish which of course was going to be stocked in the pond.
Friday, March 12, 2010
This small home would be perfect for a young couple wanting to start a family. A plentiful supply of home furnishing materials are already on the property. It is situated at a desirable location in the country with several bird feeder buffets near by and worms available for the early bird, but only if he is ahead of the mole. A bird bath is in the vicinity and filled with fresh water daily. There are lots of line free air space for flight training lessons. Applicants need only arrive in feather.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
A Red Fox ? The size is larger than an average fox and I have not seen one with this much grey coloring in it's fur. It has been seen hunting here for several days now and I have no complaint with that as we are overrun with voles and moles. Foxes are found in most of the U.S. and Canada. They are omnivores, eating fruits, berries, grasses, insects and small mammals. They mate between January and March and usually give birth to a litter of two to ten kits. Except for breeding they do not usually use a den and sometimes will sleep in the open with their tails wrapped around their nose for warmth. Photo compliment of SDG.
Monday, March 8, 2010
A lone duck very different in color from other ducks that frequent this area. I am judging it to be a Lesser Scaup there is also a Greater Scaup and the differences are in the head shape and neck coloring. The Lesser Scaup having a purple color and the Greater Scaup more green. I feel certain it is migrating to it's home in the north after a winter vacation in Mexico or northern South America. For more information visit ducks.org. Thanks to SDG for getting the shot.
Monday, March 1, 2010
I am thinking green. Green and spring and warm breezes, blue skies with fluffy white clouds. This winter seems to me a long one and I am ready for the greening of the land and trees. Rebirth, new life and blessings for us all. The small baby robin in the picture was receiving flying lessons from his parents last year. Both parents do participate in this endeavor and will let you know if you are too close to the precious one.