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FRIDAY, THE NINTH DAY OF … SPRING?

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Well, I was starved for some spring greenery! I have a near golf course green lawn of zoysia grass, but the way the weather is going it probably won’t turn green until August.

QUICK BRING ON TODAY’S ORCHIDS:DSC09327

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OK, so I needed a triple dose of color today!

QUANDRY OVER THE LAUNDRY: In case I forgot to mention it, I did laundry yesterday.  And today I was busy folding and hanging and putting everything in its place when I discovered …DSC09470

Has anyone ever come up with an answer to the question … why does only one sock in a pair get a hole in the heel leaving the other sock in perfectly good condition? I always save the good sock on the perchance that it might some day match a missing sock from another pair. It has never happened and a have a drawer full of mateless socks.  There was a time when the lady of the house would darn the darn holed sock. My mother never would darn a hole in a sock. She said walking on the darned spot would cause blisters. The socks do make great cleaning rags that fit right on your hand.

 

THE ORIGAMI BIRD FOR THE NINTH DAY OF SPRING:DSC09472

I have no idea what it is. I call it a Gloomy Gus Bird. It was inspired by a flock of soggy birds sitting around their seed dish in the rain today. They were sitting around singing “SUNSHINE, SUNSHINE, NOTHING BUT THE GOOD OLD SUNSHINE!”

I just remembered! It was a Kiwi Bird!

 

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THE WORLD THROUGH MY EYES / TOTAL PICTURE

As I mentioned in today’s Weekly Photo Challenge, I bought a new camera and to become fully acquainted with all of its many functions and features I decided to spend the afternoon sitting the backyard under the shady trees just clicking away.

Here’s what I saw and photographed … if you run the cursor over the individual picture frames you’ll be able to read the captions. Click on the individual pictures for a bigger view.

And that’s how a spent the entire afternoon in back yard. Never did get to read my book. Hope you enjoyed the picture show though.

PICK PIC OF THE WEEK – WHEN BIRDS OF A FEATHER

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GET TOGETHER!

(Clockwise, cardinal, rare Eurasian tree sparrow and house sparrow.)

30 DAYS OF CREATIVITY … DAY 22: THE BIRD’S WORD!

Everything seems to be going to the birds today, since the 30DoC calendar theme is THE BIRD’S THE WORD. So I put my Origami skills to work to create a horny little owl that promptly took up residence in the lower branches of my 20-foot tall Colorado Spruce tree. Since I only had white paper available, the owl was hand tinted.

Naturally, the bird’s word was left over from Wednesday’s challenge.

30DoC – Day 22

The Bird’s the Word!

SLIGHTLY SQUIRRELLY AND SOMEWHAT FOR THE BIRDS

Yes, Virginia, the Dreaded Dome Of Heat is bad … but it does come with some good, too!

   

MISSOURI HOME GROWN TOMATOES — Ripe, juicy and RED in the stores!

Nothing can compare with tomatoes that haven’t been picked in a green state and shipped in from out-of-state or even country. I ate one for my breakfast on Monday as my morning fruit sliced on buttered whole wheat toast as a TOMATO SANDWICH. Pure heaven!

However, the rest of the Dreaded Dome Of Heat was pure sweat and swelter! Though the weather wizards say the dome cracked at 7:oo this evening. We’ll see tomorrow. When the run of 100+ days began a couple of weeks ago I started putting out a pan of water for all the critters that visit my yard. I was even nice enough to use ice water. And I filled the pan three times a day. After a couple of days every time I opened the back door, a flock of sundry birds would fly over a take their places in the trees.

And their drinking fountain was totally integrated, too. Like the sparrows, chickadees and robins in this photo.

Yes, some of them took a bath in their drinking fountain … and a couple even gargled with it like this show-off.

The cardinals and doves showed up, too. But this colorful character … was a no-show at the watering hole!

We don’t have any yellow finches in the neighborhood.  I took his picture at my niece’s birthday party in west county.

But I was surprised when a group of squirrels showed up for a drink, and they shared the pan with the birds. I ran and got my camera to take the picture, but when I opened the door they all scurried up the tree.

Or stopped to nibble on the stale corn bread I had crumbled for the birds.

I sort of felt like I was helping out Mother Nature  like a good son would. Well, a slightly squirrelly son.

(Technical note — most of the photos used in this post were shot through the sun porch windows that really needed to be washed. So the photos might be a bit fuzzy. Also birds seem to be in constant motion and refuse to watch the birdie when you take a picture.)