Sunday, July 31, 2011

Double Luck Days

I never could search for and find four leaf clovers. 
They always seem to find me by jumping above
 the others with a  shout that says 'See Me' and
 these two did exactly that as I was pulling freshly
  washed sheets from the basket to hang on the line to dry.
  

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Grape Leaf Skeletonizer

The name says it all. Even though there are no grape
arbors here there are wild grape vines. I find him quite
fashionable in his black and near white, sporting a
beautiful red collar. He found his way onto the back
porch and I got him onto a piece of paper for his 
photo shoot.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Night Traffic

There is much activity at the pond and the 
raccoons are part of the night time traffic.
They have taken down and dismantled the
bird feeder that I hung at the pond for feeding
  the Red Wing Blackbirds. It was an effort to keep
the blackbirds away from the feeders for the finches 
at the house.


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Four Paws of the Family

A weekend with the granddoggies filled with fun
times outdoors and indoors, good naps and treats.
Angel is the oldest at seventeen and
was adopted by my son when Angel's
family needed to return to California and
couldn't take her with them. She has been
with us for several years and is a Shetland
Sheepdog.

Mini Pearl is the blue-eyed girl that
came running down my driveway one
November afternoon and had puppies
ten days later. She also was adopted by 
my son. She is about five years old now.
Mini is a small Australian Shepherd.

Lord Porkchop of Paris aka as Porky
is the newest member and his mama,
Tiff, is just crazy about him. He is an 
English Bulldog.

Mandy is actually a granddoggie that lives with me
full time and we are really good buddies. She is an older 
dog as well. Mandy is a Shetland Sheepdog. My son and
I have been partial to the Shelties for years. They are 
wonderful dogs.

Sophie is a 16-17 year old cat that came to the 
door as a kitten and said, 'let me in' and is a
marvelous companion. She looks serious in 
this photo because she wanted my assistance.
If you are a cat owner you understand this.

Blackie is my Dad's cat that I am now
caring for and he and I are becoming
good friends too.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Rock Fence

There are several stretches of rock fence near to 
where I live. Most of them are 'dry laid' which means
there is no mortar between the stones, a real art and
 real work. This one was in place long before I 
was born and is so beautiful.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Pancake Stack

Had to think of pancakes when I saw these. There 
were several old, old trees on the property when I
arrived here. Through the years storms have taken
most of them out.  The fungi appears from their 
their root systems.


Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Fairy Life

I was lucky to get these photos after some
of the rains we had in the spring.
I see this and think of fairies, dancing
the night away, actually wearing down
the tops of the fungi and look, are those 
not fairy wings among them?

And after a fun night of 
dancing what would be more 
refreshing than a dip into this
marvelous basin filled with dew.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Mimosa Day and Night

Mimosa Day

Mimosa Night

The Mimosa trees folds it's leaves for the night.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Obstacles on the Path

It seemed this Box Turtle was having a difficulty 
getting over an iron pipe and there was a stack of 
concrete blocks abutting it so, after taking his
picture I just helped (I hope) by heading him
in a different direction.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

A Good Fly

The Taxomerus Hover Fly does not bite or sting.
The larva feed on aphids and it is considered as
  important as the Lady Bug in controlling aphid populations.