Thursday, March 31, 2016

Around the yard

I am linking up with Skywatch Friday, Good Fences, Friday's Hunt and The Barn Collective. I hope you can join in on the fun and share your fence scenes and pretty skies.

I am sharing some backyard scenes, skies and neighborhood barns. Maybe some birds too. We are going on 27 years living in this rural area, we see lots of farms and old barns no longer in use. It is sad to see these old farms and land turn into McMansions.


A Great Blue Heron flying over our yard.

Below are some drive-by shots of local neighborhood farms, barns and fences.





Another one of my favorite scenes and photos, a local horse farm.



A drive-by street with fences on both sides of the street and a nice red barn with a horse.


For Friday's Hunt.  Thanks to Teresa for hosting Friday's Hunt.
1. Starts with N
2. Week's favorite
3.  Vintage

 Above my favorite skywatch photo. From my deck a pretty view of the sky and contrail.


When my son was living at home he had his homemade backyard firepit, pull up a seat. Down the hill are our shed, redbud tree and some butterfly bushes and our neighbors fence.


So far, daffodils are the only blooms we are seeing on our yard.


for the letter N outside my window, I have a White-breasted Nuthatch looking at me.


Another week's favorite, I still have some of Goldie Girl's hair for the birds to use in their nest, check out the Titmouse with a mouthful.


My moon shot, another favorite.

Thank so much for stopping by and for the nice comments.
To see more pretty skies, fences, barns and fantastic photos from around the world please visit the memes below.


Thanks to Theresa @ The Run*A*Round Ranch for hosting Good Fences. Also, thank you to Sylvia, Yogi  and Sandy for doing such a great job at hosting Skywatch Friday.  Thanks also to Teresa Friday's Hunt    Thanks to Tom for hosting The Barn Collective

  I wish everyone a happy day and weekend ahead..

94 comments:

Marit Sønstebø said...

Hello!

Beautiful photos! The scene with the local horsefarm looks like Norway :)
Pretty daffodils too! Here they have not come yet, but soon.
I wish you a nice weekend ahead!

Crissi said...

Wonderful shots!!!
Happy day my dear
Crissi

Christine said...

Hello Eileen! You live in an idyllic rural area. Those farms are so pretty and I love the big red barn.
Lovely sky shots and especially of the moon.
Have a great day!

✿ chica said...

Quanto de lindo:céus, aves, flores.... Muito lindas tuas fotos sempre! Que teu dia seja lindo assim! bjs, chica

Noushka said...

Hahaha!!
I had a good laugh at the Titmouse picking at Goldie Girl's hair!!
The chick will feel quite comfy in there!!!
Naturally, I love you moon photo!
Lovely post, Eileen!
Warm hugs and enjoy your WE!

Mildred said...

Good Morning, Eileen. Very nice photos. So precious that Goldie Girl's soft fur will line the bird's nest this spring. Beautiful shot of the nut hatch and I love the horse farm. Enjoy your day.

Sue said...

Those daffodils certainly make a colorful "splash" , don't they? Love those first blooms of spring.

rupam sarma said...

Nice to read your post. Thanks for all pics.
Greetings :)

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Eileen.
Here we are on the last day of March and yet again you've given us a wonderful collection to look at.
How wonderful that the birds are still using Goldie Girl's hair for their nest,I do like the picture with the Titmouse.
Enjoy your day - Happy 1st April for tomorrow, and hope you have a lovely weekend too.

All the best Jan

Tom said...

one great yard!

Rose said...

That titmouse has so much, I don't see how it sees to get where it is going. Love your fence shots this week!

Gayle atMuldoon said...

Great variety of photos. Thanks for the reminder to put out some nesting materials. Happy Day.

Denise inVA said...

Enjoyed your photos Eileen. All great shots. Especially enjoyed the one of the Nuthatch. Beautiful sky, fences and moon and the heron flying over and neat one of the fire pit and your yard. Have a great day :)

Denise inVA said...

Almost forgot the daffodils, beautiful!

Ana Freire said...

A very beautiful place for living, indeed!
Wonderful captures, as always, Eileen!
Thanks for sharing!
All the best!
Ana

Linda Gross said...

Does the backyard firepit still get use? I love sitting in our back yard at the fire pt; so relaxing.

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

LOL! I would not have seen the bird if you hadn't said so- he was taking twice the limit there, wasn't he?! Love the red barn..that would make me happy to see on a morning's drive.

Sandra said...

i really like that red barn photo.. and if we had room in our back yard i would love to have a fire pit like yours.. if i could afford a mcmansion i would restore the old buildings and barns instead.

Breathtaking said...

Hello Eillen!:) You live in a beautiful area, with lovely rural scenes with fences. I especally like the one with the red barn, and love the flight shot of the heron. My husband was impressed with your cage full of dog hair. It's such a neat idea, and like that, the birds can take as they need it, but the Titmouse could practically make a nest out of all the hair he is gathering.:))That's such a great shot!
Have a happy day, and good weekend Eileen.

TexWisGirl said...

you live in a wonderful area. my favorite photos are 3rd and 4th. thanks, eileen! (and i like the fire pit, too.)

jandi said...

Hi Eileen! Lovely images! I especially like the horse farm and your stunning daffodils! Have a beautiful day!

Nancy Chan said...

It is a beautiful countryside. The local horse farm is vast and beautiful. Beautiful blue sky and I always love your daffodils and birds. Ha ha I could hardly see the Titmouse with so much of Goldie Girl's hair in its mouth.

KaHolly said...

Looks like you live in such a nice place. Wow, that's quite a shot of the moon! Love your header picture! xo

Cranberry Morning said...

Beautiful, Eileen! I especially like the fourth photo! And of course the one with the birdie with a mouthful. I used to brush my dog outdoors for two reasons: one, so that the abundance of hair wasn't on the living room floor, and two, so that the birds could use it - in the springtime, that is. GSDs really shed!! LOL

Cathy Keller said...

Wow, what an extraordinary photo of the Moon!!! And my favorite photo is the one of the nuthatch! Thank you! I do so enjoy visiting here!

Lynne said...

How sweet . . . the Titmouse . . .
You saved some of Goldie Girls hair . . .
I miss seeing her . . . bet you really do!

carol l mckenna said...

Neat fence shots along with other beautiful photography!

Wishing you peace in each day ~ ^_^

magnoliasntea said...

Beautiful fence pics, Eileen! And I adore the little White-breasted Nuthatch. We must be on the same wave as my post today has the same lil bird.
Have a gorgeous day!

Country Gal said...

Lovely photos . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

Tanya Breese said...

it was fun having a tour of your yard!

Cloudia said...

Thanks so much for another wonderful time together Eileen

Debbie said...

you live in a wonderful area eileen, lots to see in the sky and all around that area!!

your daffodils are so beautiful and do the nuthatches migrate?? all of a sudden i have been seeing several at my feeders!!!

i want a fire pit, mostly to make smores, which i don't even like ;)

Nicol Carm said...

You live in an idyllic rural area. Wonderful pictures.

ladyfi said...

What lovely scenery and shots.

Linda said...

Glorious captures, Eileen!

Liz said...

Fabulous skies, fences, barns, flowers and creatures! Have a lovely weekend!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

enjoyed :)

Small City Scenes said...

All wonderful shots. I love the little birdy with a mouthful (beakful) of hair. Sweet.
Have a good rest of the week
MB

Phil Slade said...

I never heard the word McMansions before Eileen. But I think I know what you mean about all the old buildings, ways of life and wildlife habitat being "modernised". Nice to see your daffodils - it mostly all we have at the moment.

Super shots of the White-breasted Nuthatch and it's good to see them in the throes of the nesting season.

Have a great remainder of the week. See you at weekend.

Jo said...

Hi Eileen, I chuckled at your word, MacMansions. Great one! I love the two photos of the white fence and horse barns. And the Nuthatch is so clear. And of course, the moon is a favorite of mine too. Have a great day. Jo

Bob Bushell said...

Stunning photographs, thanks Eileen.

FOREST SNAPPER said...

that looks a nice area to live near.

Linda W. said...

Lovely rural scenes and nice flowers too!

Don Wood said...

A beautiful collection of photos I love the Nuthatch and the Moon shot is beautiful (I love night sky shots) Thank you for sharing for Skywatch Friday

Janis said...

Great photos! The roadside flowers, the barns and homes are all just so lovely!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

My two favorites today...the nuthatch and that beautiful scene along the country road!!

Ida said...

Wonderful fence finds. I really liked the 3rd photo down. - Oh I forgot to mentione that was a great shot of the heron flying. - Fun to see the Nuthatch with the dog hair for it's nest.

ellen b said...

Hi Eileen, what wonderful photos. I never thought of putting out nest building materials for the birds. That was a great shot with the mouthful! Lovely fenced scenes! Hope you have a good end of the week!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That titmouse has a mouthful! What a sweet memorial to Goldy Girl -- adding to the pleasure of your backyard birds.

It really looks beautiful this Spring up around your place -- all those blue skies -- wonderful color; it has to be so nice to have it back again!

NatureFootstep said...

giggling, lots of great nature of course, but the little Titmouse with it´s mouthful is hilarious :) I´t will be a great and warm nest for the eggs and chicks. :)

Jim said...

Great shots of your back yard.
Sydney – City and Suburbs

RedPat said...

Thanks for the tour of your wonderful neighborhood! Love the shot of the Nuthatch, Eileen!

Merlesworld said...

Love that fire pit, and the seats are good too.
Merle............

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

Lovely Eileen...I have been searching the skies for herons but none back yet.

Happyone said...

Beautiful countryside. Love all your photos.
That moon once again - fabulous.

Mama Zen said...

All of these are really gorgeous, Eileen!

Photo Cache said...

You are on your way to a beautiful spring!

Worth a Thousand Words

Michelle said...

Sweet photos of the Titmouse and Nuthatch!

Indrani said...

Wonderful series of captures.
The moon shot is superb.
Happy SWF!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love the horse farm and barns...and oh what a neat photo of the moon! Enjoy your week. Hope you get to bird watch this weekend! Hugs, Diane

LV said...

You really give us a treat today. All the various sights are wonderful. You do very well with your photos.

pattisjarrett said...

I almost missed the titmouse with his Santa whiskers! LOL Lovely scenery and skies.

Debby Ray said...

Great shots, Eileen...beautiful country scenes! Have a great weekend!

Rajesh said...

Wonderful captures from the yard.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

My favorites are the local horse farm and, of course, the beautiful moon capture!!

Stephanie said...

The fourth shot is my favorite along with the moon and the birds!

Katarina said...

I enjoyed your post a lot. My favourite is the shot of the moon - fantastic!
Happy weekend!

handmade by amalia said...

Great photos, Eileen. The third from the top is my favorite, it looks like a work of art.
Amalia
xo

Anu said...

Wonderful series of photos. The photo of that little White-breasted Nuthatch is my favorite. I also give my dog Malla's hair for the birds to use in their nest.

diane b said...

It is sad to see the rural countryside eaten up by suburbia. That is an interesting way to recycle Goldie.

Crafty Green Poet said...

I love the photo of the titmouse!

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Belo trabalho e fotografias fantásticas.
Um abraço e bom fim de semana.

Amy Franks said...

You live in a lovely part of the world, hopefully it's thawing out for you there :-)

Bethany Carson said...

The horse barn looks pretty neat! Love your photo of the nuthatch, and it looks like the titmouse is keeping busy! Beautiful to see daffodils blooming! I'm looking forward to seeing them again here one of these days. :) Thanks for sharing all the lovely photos.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Lovely pics, Eileen. The nuthatch is one of my favorite birds.
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J said...

Such beautiful photos of the idyllic setting you call home. But my favorites are the birds. Amazing shots - and love the little one helping himself to Goldie's hair! I'm sure you'll be able to spot that clump up in a tree very soon!

Prunella Pepperpot said...

The little nuthatch is gorgeous! Have a wonderful weekend :)

carol l mckenna said...

magnificent moon shot!

Wishing you peace in each day ~ ^_^

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Great photos, Eileen! In this post all the pictures are my favourites. The one of the little bird with a mouthful of Goldie Girl's hair is priceless.
Wishing you a lovely weekend and a happy month of April!

Sandi said...

Hellllllooooo? Can anyone see my comment way down here? ;-) hahah. Love the photos. I feel a heavy sigh about McMansions too. I like the simple country life these days. They are building a new and huge subdivision near us and....sigh. I wish they were plowing out a cow field or putting up a barn instead.

Nora said...

I love the tour around your area! Thanks so much for your comments on my blog. Have a great weekend! cheers.

Our photos said...

Wonderful series !

Jan K. alias Afanja said...

Wonderful skies and landscapes, Eileen.
It's a pity small local farms are dissapearing, it's the same overhere. :-(
Enjoy your weekend!

amanda peters said...

Lovely photos, White-breasted Nuthatch is a nice looking bird.
Amanda xx

magiceye said...

Loved all the pictures so lovingly captured!!

Linda said...

Lovely shots! Yes, it's sad when farms disappear. Loudoun County is an example and some areas are so congested! Yet public transit is almost nonexistent, unlike in the city where you have an alternative to wasting your time behind the wheel. One good thing about the real estate slow-down is that areas like where I live (near Strasburg) got a reprieve from rampant development.

edenhills said...

Goodness. I almost didn't see the bird for all the fur in his mouth. LOL I want to use some of Llenny's wool for the birds in the future. Love the second farm scene! Thanks so much for sharing with Friday's Hunt.

Jim said...

Let's hear it for the Nutchatch, Eileen. A really good photo.
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Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Great series of photos for N this week, I shared some nuthatch photos too.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Catching up!!
All wonderfu shots!!
I do the same - when I shave Augie, I put his hair in the winter feeder for the birds to use!!!
GREAT moon shot!!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

You know Eileen, after I saw you putting Goldie's hair out for the birds I asked the dog groomer for some when Topaz was done last week. She game me a big bag of multicoloured fur and I think I have the same cage to put some out in. I meant to ask you, just hang it in a tree or should it be near a feeder for the best results?

Alexa T said...

Hello Eileen!
Love all the scenes...the gorgeous daffodils, the little bird and the fascinating moon in macro!! Of course, the image of the street with the barn and the horse...it makes me smile and reminds me of my road travel ... Always lovely to see through your lens!!
Best regards in April! Greetings in Spring!

Alica said...

I especially love the picture of the bird with a mouthful of hair for it's nest! Great idea!

Cath said...

Hi Eileen....I love the daffodils...I am just planting my bulbs atm for a spring showing! I was interested to see your goldie's fur being picked by a bird...I was putting our Labradoodle's beautiful soft fur out for the birds but none of them seemed interested!