My Love Affair

Those of you who visit my blog with any frequency are well aware of my love affair with my yard.  Most especially, I love my feathered friends.  They delight me throughout every single day.  Their lovely songs, especially in the early hours of the day, drown out any human sounds that tend to invade the air.  Their antics bring smiles and laughter to me.  The gorgeous array of their colors is exhilarating and sometimes downright intoxicating.  On very rare occasions I even get to touch them.   That is usually when one is injured and requires a little TLC from someone who cares.

This year is no different than any other with one exception.  I have a real camera.  And that has opened up a whole new world to me.   I can zoom in or out and then crop on the fly.  It is a rare time that I am outside without it.  I am not much of a photographer but when it comes to snapping shots of nature, I am very avid about it; enough so that I will just keep on taking shots until I get it right.  And, it is so much fun.  (:^)

I have folders and folders of pictures I have taken in the last few weeks, so as usual, I want to share them here.  With you.   Hmmmm.  Where to start.

Grabbing a sip

Well, how about my little hummingbirds?

Here’s one at the feeder.  And one perching on a branch in one of the maples.

Closeup

You will have to zoom in and see if you can find it.  If not, here is a crop of it.   

Out hopping about around the chicken coop, was a rather large rabbit.

 

Bunny Rest Stop

And, we can’t leave out the squirrels, can we?  We have a herd, almost.  Uh, yeah.  A LOT.  Ha Ha

Yeah. I’m watching you.

Playing in the pines

And then there are all the woodpecker varieties, included here are the red-bellied, a downy and maybe a hairy.

Mom and young fledgling red-bellied

Young red-bellied

The last two are REALLY hard to tell apart other than body and beak size, but at a distance, it isn’t easy.

And here, a Downy

 

Maybe a Hairy?

 

 

 

 

Dad red-bellied

 

In that same branch where the humming bird was perching, there are a lot of birds that hang out there as you can see.

This cardinal has a male buddy. Guess all the females are taken this year! Ha ha

 

Gorgeous bluebird. His house is right behind this tree and brood number two is on its way.

 

 

 

 

This robin was just a-singin!

Great crested Flycatcher. Top of his head fluffs up but not always

 

 

 

 

 

Check out these goldfinches that were chowing down on my sunflower.  Pretty cool, huh? 

Male Goldfinch

Male and female

 

 

 

And, I just have to throw in this picture of the echinacea at the bottom of the steps to my deck.  Can you believe all the blooms?????   BLOWS MY MIND.

Echinacea “Purple Coneflower”

Well, that is it for now.  I hope you enjoyed these as much as I did taking them.  And don’t forget, if you click on the pictures, they will open up for better viewing!

Another day has just dawned.  I was just out on the deck as the sun came up and all of my birds are filling my yard with their songs.  So pleasant.  Father blesses us abundantly with his creatures.  That joy it brings wells up inside of me every single day.  Wow!

 

About forrealone

If you hear the birds in the morning and smile, greet each day with a bowed head of thanksgiving, and believe Our Creator is a loving, forgiving Father; you are a lot like me! I have lived all over the world and am now settled, (or should I say nestled?) In beautiful North Carolina. I spend my days in careful contemplation of all that is around me but most especially my precious Father. I have a beautiful family whom I love and who loves me. And, don't even get me started about my grandchildren! If you would like to contact me, my e-mail address is: forrealone@earthlink.net
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