Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Spa Time



Nikki (my sidekick)
is off on her annual spa vacation
after another year of
hard labor

that,
as well as my mom visiting
has been keeping me busy
doing other things

i'll get back into the swing of things
in a couple of weeks

until then....
happy blogging everyone!



Friday, September 2, 2011

Which Way?


stay home
::
go to lake
::
stay home
::
so to lake
::
stay home
::
go to lake

dealing with this all week
 ~ which one will win ~

in either case...
wishing all of you in the states
a great holiday weekend!





Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Funky Do

Next to the hummingbird, this beautiful, big daddy of woodpeckers with its funky do comes in a close second on my favorite bird list, and whenever I see one my heart does a little jig.  Sorry the photos are not crisp, he was higher up in the tree than the power of my zoom could handle, but at least I was able to capture him.

The very first time I ever saw one was inside my living room.  It was sitting on one of the window sills (on the outside), and I was in awe!  It was an adult, and I was taken aback by its beauty.  Unfortunately, back then I was not into photography, but the image will be forever ingrained in my memory.

Mr. Pileated Woodpecker.....(I believe he is a juvenile because I've seen much larger ones)









linking up with
World Bird Wednesday



Monday, August 29, 2011

Along the Road




on our trip to the beach a couple of weeks ago....















   in the heart of Alabama....







































at 65 mph.

linking up with....
Our World Tuesday





Sunday, August 28, 2011

Weekend Exposure



This gorgeous butterfly I've never seen before
landed in front of me on our garden path.
I identified it as a "Gulf Fritillary"

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fab Friday!

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another week passes so quickly
i have to wonder where it went
scary sometimes
when you stop and think about it

this week the parties weren't quite as active as normal
and i have to partially blame myself for that
a party hostess must stay attentive at all times
 which i admit i've faltered with a bit
but i also know that august has its annual demands
 that keep us all scurrying about with other things
and since we are in the midst of the Dog Days of Summer
even our pets haven't been very active
 which was the theme at Party Random
maybe not the best timing for that theme

but even so
there were still a few 
partyers that made a hit
even though the party itself was a bit sluggish
party animals don't pay attention to lack of attendance
they have the uncanny ability to have fun and get noticed
 no matter if they're the only ones in the room!


clicking the actual image will take you directly to the original Flickr page

the theme was Hummingbirds
take a look at these babies!

Heavenly hummer
by Gail @ Louisiana Belle
magical!

Hummingbird feeding

above and below by Reena @ Missing Moments
she had them eating out of her hand!

Hummingbird in hand
was all about showing only a tidbit of themselves
and making the others figure out what they were

Can you guess what this is?  I couldn't.
April 30, 2011
by Lauri @ Life Accomplished

New Party Themes:
Party Wildlife: Soar!
Party Macros:  Cut Glass/Crystal
Party Random:  Beautiful Mistakes


I promise to be a better hostess!




Wednesday, August 24, 2011

An Artsy Mistake


this was a blatant mistake
but one i fell in love with the moment i saw it
 ~ just mildly edited ~



Tuesday, August 23, 2011

By George, I finally got one!

Just last week
I commented on someone's post saying
 I never had any luck capturing a hawk inside the box
and then....
only a couple of days later
I was talking on the phone on our back patio
and caught sight of one of our local hawks swooping through our yard and landing on a tree branch
this, in itself, is not unusual
it's just the lucky opportunity of having:

1. the hawk land within eyesight
2.  the hawk land close enough for my zoom lens to capture any clarity
3.  the luck of having my camera close enough to start shooting before the bird flies off again

I've just never had the good fortune of having all three elements lining up together
that is, until that afternoon

I abruptly ended my telephone conversation
ran inside and grabbed my camera
thinking to myself, he'll be gone when I get back outside
but to my delight was still sitting on the same tree branch I had sighted him on
which was a distance from our patio

I walked as slowly and as quietly as I could
to our garden shed which would be the only obstruction 
between he and I
I got to the shed and peeked around the side
and there he sat quietly

beautiful, isn't he?

then I crept a bit closer, trying my hardest not to make a sound
still no notice of me

then he looked around
but was still unaware of me
so I continued to take lots of shots
not knowing what would turn out

after a good five minutes or so 
he finally noticed me

and then the shouting started
which scared the begeebees out of me 
since everything had been so quiet
and I was THAT close to him!

here's what it sounded like
turn the volume  up to imagine what I heard right beneath him!

when he didn't stop ~ that's when I decided I better scram!

I know what those talons are capable of!

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