Monthly Archives August 2014

Sunning, Preening, Feeding, Waddling

Categories: Down by the Bay and Out and About.

A walk down by the bay is always a relaxing treat with so many photo opportunities.  The water is calm and the water birds are plentiful. It was the perfect day to relax on a bench and look out over the water.   The ducks were enjoying the water and the grass. They always cluster in this spot as folks will throw bread and crumbs to them. Ducks, cormorants and gulls were perched on the rocks enjoying the lovely day. The still pond was almost covered in lily pads and there were several beautiful blooms open in the sun.  Turtles
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Okra

Categories: Plants and Vegetables.

 This is the first time I’m trying to grow okra seed in my veggie container garden.  The seeds were given out at Canada Blooms, which we visited last March. This isn’t a veggie that is on my shopping list and I did some research on it to see how it grew and what it could be used for.   After all that I’m still not certain I’ll add it to my shopping list but it is a learning experience to try different things each year.  Okra is native to Africa and is related to hibiscus, cotton, and hollyhocks.  After blooming it produces
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Ready or Not, Here It Comes

Categories: The Garden 2014.

We have had the odd day that is warning us that Autumn is approaching.  The nights are cooler and the daytime temperatures aren’t very high. There is still about 4 weeks left of summer on the calendar but there are signs the next season is slowly starting to creep in.   The changes are subtle, but if you look you can see them.  Some mornings are foggy and folks are starting to wear sweaters for part of the day. The evening primrose is turning red,  The bleeding heart is fading right away.  The Lady’s Mantle and Iris leaves are browning
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Feeding in the Rain

Categories: Birds.

The feeders have been busy places while the rain has been pouring down.  There has been lots of young birds in … perhaps filling up on food for the long flights ahead of them in the coming weeks.  We have had quite a few rainy days this past week … some just light rain and some with heavy downpours. I’ve been trying the different options with the programs I have that create mosaic or collage photos. The birds in these photos are young grosbeak, house sparrow, downy woodpecker, goldfinch, young blackbird and dove. The above one was done with Fotor
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Make a Mini Flyswatter

Categories: Kid's Crafts.

Here is a fun gift to make and give, made from plastic canvas.  It is also a great little craft to do with the kids and grandkids. This little craft was originally and idea I used when I was a Girl Guide leader.  Here is the original photo that was on the website. From small pieces of 7 count plastic canvas cut a piece that is 14 holes high, and 6 holes wide at the bottom.  The bottom square of the fly swatter is 6 holes x 6 holes.  To make the handle just cut away the edge pieces so that
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The Antics of Little Red

Categories: Lens Friends.

Little Red gets up to all sorts of antics in the garden.  The past week there have been two of them … siblings? partners? or friends?  They had a great time at the feeders. They were on the pole feeder … one sitting and one hanging. It even appeared they were chattering to each other. Perhaps this one thought it was a ride at the amusement park as he sat in the coconut feeder and enjoyed the seed. This one was a contortionist and took all sorts of poses. The American red squirrel is found across most of North America
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Taking a Long Drink

Categories: Lens Friends.

A white admiral butterfly decided to take a long drink from the oriole feeder.  I was lucky enough to be in the right spot at the right time with the camera. Thank goodness for rapid fire buttons, automatic focus and a great zoom lens on my camera. You can see the proboscis extending right into the nectar in the feeder. The markings on the top were lovely … blues with red dots, blue and white stripes, and white sections that stand out against the black wings. It remained on the feeder for a few minutes. With the wings folded up
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