Thursday, August 21, 2014

Around the Neighborhood_082014

Linking up with Skywatch Friday  and Good Fences  and NF Winged

 For this week's post I am sharing a hodgepodge of images.. Some for Tex's Good Fence's, also for Monica's NF Winged and more of hubby's photos for Skywatch Friday..



 For NF Winged I have one of my yard bird pretties..a female American Goldfinch.



From our walk at the local park another NF Winged shot a couple of moths. Or are they Red Admirals?  Edit: Karolina was first to mention my moths are actually Silver-spotted Skippers. Thanks to all who helped with id.




 For my entry for Tex's Good Fence meme,  I captured a two-fer fence. I tried so hard to focus on the Barn Swallows on the chained link fence behind the first wire fence. Focusing was not going to happen for me. :(


I like this shot for all the Queen Anne's Lace in front of the wire fence.


 I am pretty sure this is the Eastern Phoebe, but I could be wrong.. Ken from rosy-finch.blogspot suggest that my bird above is the Pewee.  I think he is right on with the id..


 Hubby is sharing his sunset captures at our lake..






I hope you enjoyed my hodge podge of a post and my photos. I always appreciate you stopping by for a visit and for commenting.. I am behind in sending some thank you emails, I hope you do not mind.. But, I do thank you all for the wonderful comments..


To see more pretty skies from around the world please visit  Skywatch Friday
and check more fence shots at Tex's Good Fences
and for anything that has wings check out NF Winged

Thanks to Tex @ The Run*A*Round Ranch for hosting Good Fences and to Sylvia, Yogi  and Sandy for hosting Skywatch Friday also thanks to Monica of NF Winged!   I wish everyone a safe and happy long weekend.

107 comments:

LindyLou Mac said...

What a stunning hodgepodge selection they are Eileen.

from Madrid said...

It's nice to see these wonderful photos. Make the world more beautiful!

Tomás.

✿ chica said...

Adorei a miscelânea e as fotos todas lindas e teu marido fotografou lindamente o lago ,com as nuvens e reflexos do céu! Adorei! bjs, tudo de bom,chica

Carole M. said...

I'm especially liking your American Goldfinch photo Eileen; cheers

DeniseinVA said...

Great photos Eileen and your husband's too. Have a great day :)

Mina fotostunder said...

Beautiful photos!

orchid Miyako said...

Oh, I LOVE your adorable yellow Goldfinch; beautiful Butterflies with flower♡♡♡ I could never catch them with flowers or trees p;)
Great sky pics with wonderful reflections from your husband♪

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

orchid Miyako said...

ps. forget to mention i love the wonderful fence pics with Queen Anne's Lace, Eileen♫♫♫

Mersad said...

I love the late sunset shots over, with the golden clouds reflecting over the water. Wonderful finds!

georgettesullins said...

Beautiful glass surface on the lake.

The happy wanderer. said...

Those sunsets are so peaceful looking. We had a good one tonight, but I was driving so no camera with me.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful scenes in the neighborhood.

Pix Under the Oaks said...

I like the Queen Anne's Lace in front of the fence too and the lake photos are very pretty! Lovely photos!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I actually love that effect of the blurred barn swallows!!

Roan said...

A very nice hodgepodge. I like seeing the wildflowers and weeds beside a fence. Nice winged critters, too.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I want some of your Goldfinches to migrate to Florida. Such pretty birds.

Love all those shots. Silhouettes over the lake are gorgeous!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

LOVE the very first portrait!! That is truly dazzling.

Sandra said...

the reflections shots are fantastic. and i like the blurred birds behind the sharp fences. i think the pink flower wings are a moth of somekind but not sure.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

You have a wonderful collection of shots, Eileen. The lake photos are so beautiful. I love the reflections in the water!

Annemor said...

Thank you for a great string of nice photos.
All the best.
Mormor

Montanagirl said...

Great selection, Eileen. I really like your fence shots!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I always love seeing the reflections in water. The smallish cloud looks so pretty reflected in the lake! Enjoy your day my friend! Good fences, too! Hugs!

EG CameraGirl said...

AH, I enjoyed your hodgepodge, Eileen!

TexWisGirl said...

i liked your through-the-fences photo! very cool! i think those are a type of skipper butterfly. enjoyed your photos all the way through. :)

bj said...

These, as always, are wonderful, Eileen.

Cranberry Morning said...

Eileen, I love all the images, but especially the sweet little birds!

thirtysevenandcounting said...

Loved each and every one of your images, and that was nice of your hubby to share his sunset images. The water is perfectly still for the mirror image!

Visiting from Good Fences #22.

Lindy

Debbie said...

your goldfinch is just beautiful eileen!! the skies have been so pretty, your images are made even more special by those mirror reflections!!!

Pat said...

Beautiful shots, Eileen.

Linda W. said...

Nice reflections on the lake!

George said...

I enjoyed this hodgepodge very much. Your photo of the Goldfinch is excellent, but your husband may be giving you competition as a photographer. His sky pictures are gorgeous.

NatureFootstep said...

those butterflies are not Admirals. It is probably a member of the Hesperiidae family. We have similar ones but not this one.

Felicia said...

I posted the same moth Eileen and I don't know what it is either. I'm pretty sure its not a red admiral, mine was smaller than that.

love your hubby's sunset images.

I have trouble focusing on images like this so I've been switching to manual focus, maybe you could try that.

beautiful images. love the fence ones.

Frank said...

A very lovely selection Eileen. Please thank Hubby for the glorious sunset.

Hope you both have a great weekend.

Karen said...

A terrific hodgepodge! I love the clouds reflected in the water.

Gail Dixon said...

The butterfly looks like the silver-spotted skipper. I could be wrong though. See what you think. Beautiful shots, all, but my fave is the goldfinch!

Willow said...

Loving the fence shots Eileen/
Your hubs sunset captures over the lake are absolutely gorgeous .
Nice share.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Lovely photos! The moths are beautiful. Have a great weekend!

Sue said...

Looks like there is TWO folks in your house that are good with cameras. Hubby did a fine job---and if you figure out how to focus with two objects--let me in on the secret. I have the same problem.....
Can you believe it's almost the weekend again? This summer sure is going fast..........
Have a great day, Eileen

MitchyLR said...

Hi Eileen!! Wonderful collection of photos. I really like the first two shots, of the bird and the butterflies. The shots of the lake are just stunning.

Meta said...

Så vackra bilder både på fåglar och natur.
Ha en fin kväll
Meta

Ileana said...

Another beautiful post. I love your birds! Have a nice day!

janiceadcock said...

So much simple elegance in the shots of the lake. All beautiful.

Ida said...

Yes I enjoyed all your photos very much. Such a sweet little bird. I liked the Queen Anne's lace in front of the fence, the capture of the bird on the fence and those gorgeous sunset shots very much.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Love the late summer flowers and goldfinch, Eileen. Queen Anne's Lace reminds me of Black Swallowtail butterflies whose larvae I collected as a kid. The Silver-spotted Skippers loved my grandmother's Sweet Pea vine. The flycatcher has prominent wing bars, suggesting a pewee or maybe Willow Flycatcher. Needs a closer look!

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

I have that same focusing issue! LOL! Great shots today, and I LOVE the last two- so calm and peace..beautiful!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Wonderful captures - love seeing all the beauty where you live! xo Karen

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!!
Gorgeous pictures!Lovely fences and beautiful birds!Great shot of the butterflies!I love the reflection in the lake!Amazing!Have a lovely week!Hugs!
Dimi...

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

Everything looks so calm and peaceful Eileen. Especially that mirrored lake. Beautiful x

Chris Rohrer said...

I love this time of year over in your area.....temps tend to cool down and the birds begin their migration. Enjoy! Gorgeous American Goldfinch shot!

HansHB said...

A beautiful SWF contribution!

totakeajourney said...

A great series of shots, your bird shot and hubby's sky shots are brilliant. Hope you have a great weekend.

Carver said...

I love your husband's sky and water shots and beautiful shots you captured of the birds too.

Brian King said...

Fantastic shot of the finch and I like the fence shots! You can still tell those are swallows. Your husband takes some great sunset photos!

Sylvia K said...

Gorgeous skies and reflections on the water!! I always enjoy your birds!! Have a lovely weekend, Eileen!!

Valerie said...

Glorious sunset captures.

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Looks like that fence has been around for a long time. Great accompanying photos too. Thank you for visiting my Appomattox fence.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Beautiful sunsets and reflections!

Jim said...

Terrific

carol l mckenna said...

Magnificent nature shots! Divine and love hubby's Sky shot ~ what a duo you are ~ Happy Weekend to you both ~ xoxox

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Diane AZ said...

They are all so beautiful! I love the sunset at the lake and the Queen Anne's Lace by the wire fence.

Gaelyn said...

Absolutely wonderful hodge podge and really like those sunset reflections.

A Quiet Corner said...

Great photos here, Eileen...loving the sunsets at the lake!...:)JP

Betsy Adams said...

Hi Eileen, I always love your posts --and especially the hodgepodge ones. Your hubby's sunset and that reflection on the water is fantastic.... But--so is your sweet little goldfinch.

Hugs,
Betsy

Stephanie said...

Nice series!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I bet I am even more "behinder" in visiting/responding than you could imagine being. Don't feel guilty -- you do so much for us all, just with your beautiful posts and hosting your meme-- your visits to us are just a wonderful bonus.

I love this whole post -- the variety shows so well what a wonderful nature place you live in.

Photo Cache said...

wish all hodgepodge are this wonderful.

Karen S. said...

What a proud lovely bird! Every shot is sensational. What a view over the lake too.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

The gold finch is so sweet and pretty! I like the wire fences--they look rustic but sturdy. And the reflections in the water are amazing!

ladyfi said...

WHat gorgeous skies and lovely nature shots.

AmitAag said...

Awesome skies and reflections!
http://amitaag.blogspot.in/2014/08/cloud-9-is-mine.html

thomas said...

A lovely and tranquil sunset.

Elaine said...

Beautiful collection of shots, Eileen. I like your two-fer fence shot. I've been in the same situation with focusing not happening--frustrating, but some things you just have to accept and move on. I really love your hubby's last sunset shot--well done!

Irene said...

A great series, Eileen. Love the first bird shot, it's a beauty!

Happy weekend!

Irene

diane b said...

Yes a nice hodgepodge...I like that word. The Goldfinch is beautiful and the fences were shown off nicely.

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely selection of photos!

Arija said...

Such lovely shots and sunsets by your hubby as well.

Gattina said...

Very beautiful pictures ! All of them !

Jan K. alias Afanja said...

Wonderful shots again, Eileen, the last one is my favourite today.
Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend!

Debby Ray said...

Eileen, these are all beautiful captures! I love seeing the gold finches too. Your fences are great shots...isn't it something how they add such character to the picture?! I hope you have a great Friday!

magiceye said...

Loved the goldfinch pic and the spectacular sunset pics the best!!

Noushka said...

Wonderful skies, Eileen!
Too bad you didn't manage to focus on the swallows behind the first fence... LOL!!
That happens to me oo!!!!
Lovely female goldfinch on pic N° 1!
Enjoy your weekend!

Debbie said...

eileen, you NEVER have to send me a thank you email. i know how much you appreciate our comments!!!

have a wonderful weekend and i will see you again tomorrow, i am all ready!!!

Helma said...


You can mine more often this kind of mash-drop lol
Beautiful birds, great panoramic vlidner flowers, but the best part I think you're airing. What are they anyway prchtige photos with brilliant reflections. Fantastic to see.

Ela said...

Eileen, your photos are wonderful !
I am delighted magnificent skies and reflections in the water. It looks like a reflection in a mirror !
Just gorgeous !!!
Have a nice day :)

My Little Home and Garden said...

There is nothing like a good "hodgepodge"! Fantastic birds and I like your husbands shots of the lake as well. It looks so calm and peaceful.

Marie said...

Gorgeous photos of both your and your hubby's! Beautiful. Love the fence shots and the birds... and the sky is amazing reflected in that lake!

Breathtaking said...

Hello Eileen!:) Sorry I'm a bit late in visiting you, and everyone this week. You put so much into your hodgepodge, and all your captures are great. Love the Goldfinch, Skippers and Fence scenes.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

I came for the fence, fell in love with the lake!

Mama Zen said...

Lovely series, Eileen!

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Marvelous photos of the nature around you. My favoritw is your last photo with this fantastic reflection.
Best regards, Synnöve

Justyna Kierat said...

I like that photo with focus on fence instead on swallows. There are many technically perfect photos of swallows, but yours is interesting! :)
The Phoebe or Pewee looks like our flycatchers. But surely it's only resemblance :)
Thank you for visiting my blog. I'll give the answer for the bird-quiz the next week :)

Powell River Books said...

Love the reflections in the last lake shot. - Margy

Christian Weiß said...

A wonderful series of photos.

Loredana Donovan said...

The goldfinch is beautiful! :)

Happyone said...

I like the fence with the Queen Anne's Lace in front of it. So pretty.
Wow you get a lot of comments!!!

fredamans said...

That last shot with the sunbeams reflecting took my breath away.

Al said...

A nice hodgepodge - that goldfinch is very pretty.

Susan (ABON) said...

Beautiful birds, fences and sunsets. I love the goldfinch, one of my favorite birds! Have a great weekend, Eileen!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

I really like those strong reflections! The last shot appears to have perfect symmetry!

Pearl Maple said...

Thanks for your kind comments on my post and sharing your delightful collection of photos celebrating summer

✿ chica said...

Lindo domingo! bjs, chica

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

The moths are as difficult as some birds!!!

Lynne said...

NICE neighborhood walk in pictures . . .
VERY . . .

Pat Tillett said...

A great mixture of gorgeous photos.

ladyfi said...

Gorgeous shots - love those rays in the sky.

Linnea said...

I can't believe how crisp and clear the reflections in the water are. It must have been a really still night. Beautifully captured! Thanks for stopping by.

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