Sunday, August 26, 2012

Birds & Blooms

I am linking up my Birds & Bloom post to Today's Flowers and   Mosaic Monday   and Our World Tuesday

These are some of the current blooms I have in my yard this week. I have been enjoying the hummingbirds and will miss them when they migrate south. My male hummer has already left and I am seeing the female and the juveniles.






Above Crepe Myrtle, impatiens, Ruby-throated hummingbird, American Goldfinch and the hibiscus.



The female has taken over the duties of being the guardian of my hummingbird feeders. She is chasing away some of the other hummers that enter her domain.





My Goldfinches still have their bright yellow colors, they are one of my year round birds.


The impatiens are looking beautiful and was a good choice of an annual for our garden.




The Gray Catbirds are a summer visitor to my yard and a breeding bird in Maryland. They also should be heading south soon.



Above morning glories, Gray Catbird,  butterfly bush, hibiscus and a White-breasted Nuthatch


The butterfly bushes have been beautiful this season. Attracting many different species of butterflies to my yard.



The Crepe Myrtle is really growing tall and has pretty pink blossoms.


To see more beautiful photos and mosaics please visit Today's Flowers , Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday

Thanks for stopping by to see my post and thanks to the hosting group at Luiz's Today's Flowers and  Mary the host of Mosaic Monday and to the host of Our World Tuesday: Arija, Gattina, Lady Fi, Sylvia and Sandy. I wish everyone a safe and HAPPY week ahead. 

55 comments:

kulasa said...

the birds and blooms gave me my daily dose of huge smiles...all the pink flowers look so lovely and the angle of the butterfly shot is so beautiful! the wings are captured in such way that I would love to have wings to spread beside it too! and yes the bird shots are so cool to the eyes...nothing like nature to calm the spirit after a tired day...thank you for giving me such eye calming treat after a tiresome day today...

Cloudy said...

Schön sind die Aufnahmen, so sommerlich frisch. Bei uns regnet es gerade Nudeln vom Himmel...:-)

Servus und Carpe Diem
CL

Carol said...

Our goldfinches have been beautiful & plentiful this summer! Lovely pictures!

grammie g said...

Hi Eileen...So stunning the Butterfly bush on your header ! I want one...saw one at Lowe's yesterday and it was covered with butterflies right there at the store : }!! Wish I had my camera with me lol!!
Very nice photos ...the catbird is so cute I can never get close enough to them without them flying of!!
Hope your day is great!!
Grace

Linda said...

We saw a goldfinch in the yard the other day - I thought they were gone for good! Still hoping for hummers, but I think it is too late this season. Your flowers are just gorgeous - a bird and butterfly paradise!

BlueShell said...

Great photos and colors...

Mama Zen said...

All of these shots are so pretty!

Loredana Donovan said...

Gorgeous shots and colorful mosaic!

Lynne said...

Beautiful photos . . . love the hummingbird photo!

Sue said...

Love them all, Eileen! So a great time of year, isn't it?

TexWisGirl said...

our hummers have been swarming this week, getting ready to head south. i like your glories and your butterfly bush.

Carletta said...

Beautiful mosaics!
I love the butterfly shot and that catbird!
Hope you've had a wonderful weekend!

Barbara F. said...

These photos are just gorgeous. Things I rarely get to see in person. Nature is so wonderful, thanks for capturing it! (and thanks for the follow, I am following you back). xo

Jo said...

Beautiful images Eileen. I LOVE the butterfly on the butterfly bush! Your world certainly is colourful now. We're still so very dry here in East Africa. Winter is ending and we 're hoping for good spring/summer rains. Have a wonderful week. Jo

Bob Bushell said...

Lovely collages Eileen.

Jen said...

Wow your yard is gorgeous!

SM said...

beautiful photos

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

So gorgeous! Your yard is like your very own nature park. I love that butterfly bush and it sure is working.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Great photos! Thanks for sharing your pretty flowers and bird shots with us. I have never had much luck photographing birds - not patient enough I guess. Only thing I have left in bloom are some pitiful looking impatiens and wax begonias.
Have a great week.

SandyCarlson said...

The goldfinches look so proud and strong. Beautiful shots, Eileen. I sure do love the colors, too.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Your garden is looking very good. We do not have Crape Myrtle here. It looks lovely. The hummingbirds in our garden are getting feisty at the feeders now. Valerie

Vee said...

Everything looks so beautiful and I am particularly smitten by the butterfly. I just noticed this morning that our little chickadees have finally changed their tune from the spring and summer "phobe" to the easily recognized "chick-a-dee-dee-dee." I have not begun to think of the birds leaving us yet, though it is getting to be that time, isn't it!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Love the butterfly on the butterfly bush!! That is a perfect shot!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful place with such lovely birds and flowers. Love that yellow bird.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You've had a beautiful flower garden this summer. We'll be watching for the hummers to come to FL soon!

Beth said...

Eileen, Your bird photos are tremendous! I love the goldfinch. Love your butterfly bush too. You are a very good nature photographer, Eileen!

DIMI said...

Beautiful photos full of colours!!Nice collages Eileen!Have a great week!
DIMI...

diane b said...

You have a beautiful yard full of birds and lovely flowers. I like the hummingbird's long sharp beak and the bright yellow of the Goldfinches. The butterfly shot is magic.

me (maria) said...

I love all your photos but the one with the butterfly is my favorite!!
Have a nice week!

Mary said...

Beautiful mosaics and great capture of your hummer! They are always too fast for me~ I miss seeing them when they migrate too :)

Karen said...

Beautiful photos! I'm crazy for butterflies and your picture with the butterfly is wonderful. Hopefully we'll start seeing the Monarch butterfles flying through our area (deep south Texas) soon.
Thanks for your visit and comment.
Have a wonderful week!
Karen
Ladybug Creek

Stewart M said...

The butterfly bush is living up to its name - we used to have them in the village where I was born - different country, but same effect on the butterflies!

Visit of guests went well, normality returns!

Stewart M - Australia

Carol said...

Beautiful gardens, Eileen, and what lovely sights and sounds you have all summer. Stunning shots, I always enjoy them! Have a great week.

Dan Huber said...

Wonderful photos Eileen. Love the colors in the butterfly shots.

laura.forestdreams:) said...

PINK!! i lovelovelove your header picture!! AND all the birds & blooms collages. my favorite is the butterfly...a painted lady?!!

DeniseinVA said...

Oh my gosh these photos are great Eileen. Thanks for sharing them.

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Lovely photos, Eileen! Do you have trouble with your butterfly bush re-seeding everywhere? I had a couple of them at my last house, and I was constantly pulling up seedlings. I do miss how they brought the butterflies in droves, though.

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

Absolutely Beautiful Pics! I enjoyed them!

Carver said...

Lovely shots of the birds, flowers and butterfly. Always a treat to see the hummers. I find them hard to shoot.

Montanagirl said...

Terrific post and beautiful photos.

beyondwandering.com said...

Beautiful flowers, butterfly, birds, and mosaics!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Wow! Amazing birds and photography is excellent ~ ~ Carol (A Creative Harbor)

Genie said...

Your shots and your mosaics are absolutely beautiful. What a lovely tribute to Mother Nature. Such an awesome collation of captures. genie

Island Rambles Blog said...

Eileen your garden looks so lush and green and big!! Your butterfly bush is amazing. Love how you do the collages..I must learn this...have a wonderful week.
Oh I like looking at that catbird.

Barb said...

All those pink blooms - no wonder the Hummers are enthralled!

Sylvia K said...

Lovely, colorful flowers, beautiful birds and butterflies!! What delightful captures for the day, Eileen!! So much beauty!! Hope you have a great week!

Valerie said...

Marvellous captures as usual Eileen. (I have nominated you to participate - if you wish - in Capture the Colour competition; see my blog of today for more info).

ladyfi said...

Such a lovely set of birds and oh my, those hot pink blooms!

Indrani said...

The butterfly on Lantana is too good. Fantastic captures.

Kerri said...

Oh so pretty..... birds and blooms are two of my favorite subjects :)

Reader Wil said...

How wonderful to walk with you in your environment. Thanks for sharing the beauty of nature. I hope we can all enjoy nature for a long time.

Fun60 said...

What a beautiful mixture of birds and blooms. I love the journey you take us on through your garden. Thank-you and have a good week.

Gary said...

Great series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Always very delightful seeing what you have been up too.
I apologize for being so late and yet I have arrived;')~

Spiderdama said...

Great post. I especially like the bird with the long beak, never seen it around here..
The picture with the butterfly on flower is beatuiful.

Hope you have a happy week!