Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Blue Eyed Grass

Blue Eyed Grass is a small and dainty wildflower. A member of the Iris family, it grows from four to twelve inches in height, the leaves are grass like and the beauty of it is sure to steal your heart when you first see it. There is a small clump growing on the bank by the driveway. The first time I have ever seen it so the birds must have brought it in or maybe all the dampness this spring has brought it out of years of dormancy. I only hope to be able to save some of the seed to have more of it next year.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tiger Beetle

Not the best shot of a Tiger Beetle but it was on the screened in porch and I captured it in a jar. He/she is a beautiful iridescent green with six white spots on it's back. It can run fast and fly and will bite you if you try to handle it. But, on the good side it will eat ants, spiders and other small prey, which I consider a good reason for release.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Blackberries & Winter

The wild blackberry canes are loaded with blossoms as the photo in the header shows.  These blooms are gorgeous and there will be plenty of berries for someone this year, maybe me but the birds will enjoy most of them. And the short cold spell we've been experiencing known as blackberry winter is about at it's end.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

As I See It

I  have been near-sighted most of my life. In the past five years I have had four eye surgeries and two injections of steroids into one eye to stop internal bleeding in the eye. Two of the surgeries were victrectomy, a procedure that removes the jello-like substance (vitreous humor) inside your eye and replaces it with a bubble of gas which is absorbed by the body as the eye regenerates the vitreous humor in the eye. I describe the vision I have now as 'wiggly-squiggly' for I no longer see straight lines. While sitting in the car during a drizzling rain and having a phone conversation today I realized that what I was seeing through the windshield was so very similar to my actual vision that I had to take a picture. Everything has an 'impressionist' look to it and the blades of the ornamental grass which are actually straight and smooth look 'wiggly-squiggly', the prescription in the lens of my glasses does take most of the distortion out. Luckily for many of us that have experienced a macular hole, vitrectomy surgery keeps us in the 'seeing' world and that is a miracle which did not exist just a few years ago.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Vacancy Filled

New residents ! 
Mama bird at home today with two 
beautiful blue eggs. 
This home has been constructed on a precarious site. 
Isn't that part of the robins'  house building fame ? !
Sitting a little less than half way down a woven
wire fence makes this new home more 
accessible for loss of content.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

New Homes & Vacancies

Features of this new high rise include a fabulous view.

This newly constructed home is occupied and
preparations are being made to welcome
new additions.

New to the market is this small single family dwelling.
It is available for immediate possession.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Star of Bethlehem

Last year I found one Star of Bethlehem wildflower. This year a few more appeared and chose an open and shady area under a Hackberry tree to produce their show. The inside of the flower is a beautiful waxy-white and the outside of the petals are green. It blooms early in the day and closes its' petals by noon. It is a member of the lily family and was imported from Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Dry Spot

These little fellas' have got it right.
Keep your umbrella in your hand.