Monday, October 3, 2022

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday!

Wishing everyone a great day and a happy new week! 


Elk seen near the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Great Smoky National Park in Cherokee North Carolina. 



"Animals are such agreeable friends, they ask no questions and they pass no criticisms."








"Animals have few rights, but they have every right to be here."


Mingus Mill, Cherokee North Carolina




"We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone."

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Saturday, October 1, 2022

Saturday's Critters # 459

Welcome to Saturday's Critters!

Hello and happy Saturday!

 If you love all God's creatures like I do and also like to blog about them and take critter photos this is where you can share your critter post. Link up your post and share your critters, join in with my critter party ! You can share any kind of critters the real ones, pretend ones, statues and paintings, a new or old post!

Again I am sorry to be late commenting and visiting your posts. I will be catching up with all your blogs as soon as possible. Thanks for the links, comments and visits. 


1. Sept 8th,  I am still enjoying the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in my yard and at the feeders. I just love these cute little birds, they should be heading south soon. 






2. Sept 8th, hubby and I took a walk on the local fire road. I could hear lots of Blue Jays, Crows and the Nuthatches. Walking back down our road I heard and saw my first of the year Red-Breasted Nuthatch. A lousy photo, the Nuthatch flew off the branch as I was snapping a photo.  You can make out the dark eye line and the white supercilium. 






3. Sept 8th, in the backyard, I am still seeing the Black Swallowtails, Monarch and Fritillary butterflies, the hummers are still here and the flowers are looking beautiful.






4. Sept 8th,  exactly 8 months the grand dogs are headed to their new home with my son and his family. See you next time, Nibbles and Winnie. 





5. Sept 9th,  Just hubby and I on this walk to the lake. The Slider turtles were out on a limb catching some sunshine.






6. Sept 9th, a Double-crested Cormorant found a perch in the middle of the lake. 





7.  Sept 9th, back in our yard, the birds are enjoying the berries on the Devil's Walking Stick.   Below are the Gray Catbird and Cape May Warbler.






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Monday, September 26, 2022

Happy Monday!

 Happy Monday!

Wishing everyone a great day and a happy new week! 

"Life is beautiful by the sea."




"Life is like the ocean. It can be calm or still and rough or rigid, but in the end it is always beautiful."



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Saturday, September 24, 2022

Saturday's Critters # 458

 Welcome to Saturday's Critters!

Hello and happy Saturday!

 If you love all God's creatures like I do and also like to blog about them and take critter photos this is where you can share your critter post. Link up your post and share your critters, join in with my critter party ! You can share any kind of critters the real ones, pretend ones, statues and paintings, a new or old post!

I will be away from my computer, I will be visiting your links as soon as possible. As always thanks for your visits, links and comments.  


1. Sept 4th, I was able to catch the Cape May Warbler on the Devil's Walking Stick outside my window. The Devils Walking Stick is also known as a native plant called Aralia spinosa.  As you can see there are plenty of berries for the birds to eat.  I am pretty sure this is the male Cape May Warbler, they have the yellow cheeks and black streaks on chest.




2. Sorry these are not the clearest photos taken through my window.

Another view of the Cape May warbler. The photo does shows off the color and markings on this pretty warbler.






3. Sept 5, I've been watching a Gray Catbird in my yard. It also like the berries on the Devil's Walking Stick.





4. Sept 5th, our walk to the lake with the grand-dogs. The usual Belted Kingfisher was sitting in the usual spot. There are some leaves starting to turn colors, it looked a school of fish were coming to the top of the water, maybe to eat bugs. 





5. Sept 5th, the Belted Kingfisher in it's favorite spot to sit. It is the same spot I saw the two Green Herons the week before. 





6. Sept 7th, this was my view out my dining window . The fawn has lots most of it's spots. 







7. Sept 7th, a wet Robin was eating some to the Devils Walking Stick berries. 






8. Sept 7th, below is a wet Gray Catbird, American Robin and 2 white-tailed deer on our neighbors lawn. 




9.  Sept 4th, not critter photos but our neighborhood was part of the 1st Maryland  
Cycling Classic, 120 mile race with 111 riders representing 27 countries. I watched some riders pass by our driveway. 





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Monday, September 19, 2022

Happy Monday

Happy Monday!


Wishing everyone a great day and a happy new week! 

"Blessed are the curious, for they will have adventures."




The Great Dune at Cape Kiwanda, Oregon coast. 

"Happiness is a day at the beach."


"We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone."

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Saturday, September 17, 2022

Saturday's Critters # 457

Welcome to Saturday's Critters!

Hello and happy Saturday!

 If you love all God's creatures like I do and also like to blog about them and take critter photos this is where you can share your critter post. Link up your post and share your critters, join in with my critter party ! You can share any kind of critters the real ones, pretend ones, statues and paintings, a new or old post!

The days are just flying by, we have not been anywhere special yet. We are still taking our local walks around our neighborhood and to the lake. The grand-dogs are home with my son and his family now, we do have a weekend of dog-sitting at my son's home. 


1. Aug 29th, our walk was to the front and to the lake. I was surprised to see 2 Green Herons perched close by on a downed tree at the lake, we also saw 2 Great Blue Herons and a Double-crested Cormorant. 





2. Red-spotted Purple butterfly or also known as Limenitis arthemis.




3. It is not often, I get to see two Green Heron so close together. Maybe they had a nest close by.  





4. August 29th, one of two Great Blue Herons seen by our lake. I had to take this shot through a lot of tree branches.






5. Aug 29th, back at home I am distracted by the hummingbird at the feeder on the deck, this mosaic below is the same hummer in each photo. On the larger photo you can see a bit of the ruby-throat, it is a juvenile male. He is a cutie, already chasing away other birds from "his" feeder. 






6. Sept 2, one of my favorite walks with the dogs is to the lake. On this day we saw the usual Great Blue Heron hanging out and a Belted Kingfisher perched in a usual spot. 





7. Sept 2nd, another look at the Great Blue Heron at the lake.




8. Sept 2nd, back at home and in our yard. The Mourning Doves like to sit on top of our swing. Not the best photo taken through my dining room window. 






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Monday, September 12, 2022

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday!

Wishing everyone a great day and a happy new week! 

I am sorry I did not label some of my older travel photos, I believe this is Two Medicine Lake, Glacier National Park.

America's National Parks,  the wonder of nature must be preserved for generations to come. 




People forget years and remember moments.



"We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone."

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Saturday, September 10, 2022

Saturday's Critters # 456

Welcome to Saturday's Critters!

Hello and happy Saturday!

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More local birds, backyard butterflies and blooms and the grand-dogs. Our son's fence is supposed to be done this week, as I type this the dogs could be home or heading home.

1. Aug 25th,  a walk with the grand-dogs and some of our backyard blooms, birds and butterflies.





2. Aug 25th, flowers on our deck and around the yard. A male Ruby-throated hummingbird is showing off his pretty ruby necklace.






3. Aug 25th , a larger image of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. I am seeing 4-5 hummingbirds zooming around our yard and coming to the feeders.






4. Three butterfly species, the Swallowtail, Monarch and a Fritillary seen on our Lantana plant. 





5. Aug 26th, I noticed this Tennessee Warbler from our kitchen window. I think it was eating bugs that are on the butterfly bush. 




6. Aug 26th, I am seeing lots of Black Swallowtail butterflies and just one Monarch at our Lantana plant. 





7.  Aug 26th, a mosaic with various captures of the Tennessee Warbler hopping around our butterfly bushes catching bugs to eat. 






8. Aug 26th, it is molting season and the Cardinals are looking a little ragged. 



I hope you enjoyed my birds, butterflies and our cute grand-dogs.


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Monday, September 5, 2022

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday!


Wishing everyone a great day and a happy new week! 

Happy Labor Day!  

" Every day wherever you are, you have the opportunity to be a light and a blessing. "




"Be someone's light, when they are hopeless."


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Saturday, September 3, 2022

Saturday's Critters # 455

 Welcome to Saturday's Critters!

Hello and happy Saturday!

 If you love all God's creatures like I do and also like to blog about them and take critter photos this is where you can share your critter post. Link up your post and share your critters, join in with my critter party ! You can share any kind of critters the real ones, pretend ones, statues and paintings, a new or old post!

Our local walks continue, some photos are from our back yard and some from our fire road walks. 

1. Aug 18th, the grand-dogs are still with us. We are waiting for our son to have a fence built on his new property. The fence may happen next week, we may see an end to our dog-sitting soon. So for now we continue our walks with the dogs on the fire road and to the lake. 





2. Aug 18th , at the local lake a couple of the slider turtles perched on a tree limb sticking out of the lake. 






3. Aug 18th, back at home from my kitchen window I noticed this small deer standing on the driveway. 





4. Aug 19th, summer is flying by and I have been enjoying all the butterflies at our Buddleia Bush. Below are the Monarch, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and the Black Swallowtail.  





5. Aug 20th, hubby and I took our walk on the local NCR bike trail at Bentley Springs. along the trail we heard and saw a few birds, some pretty wildflowers, shadows on the Bee Tree Run. 






6. Aug 24th, another walk just with hubby on a different section of the NCR trail in Parkton. We saw a doe with triplets, I could only capture one of the fawns. The Cardinal flowers were in bloom and some other wildflowers. We saw a group of White-breasted Nuthatches in the trees along side the trail. 





7. Aug 24th, on the way home from our walk on the NCR trail we stopped at the local food store and rode by the Friendly Farm ponds on the way home. We saw one Great Egret in one pond the other pond there were lots of Canada Geese.





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Monday, August 29, 2022

Happy Monday!

 Happy Monday!

Wishing everyone a great day and a happy new week! 


"Only a select few are able to see the true beauty that lies behind what just might seem like a rainy day or a grey sky."


Iceland's South Coast Black Sand Beach





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Saturday, August 27, 2022

Saturday's Critters # 454

  Welcome to Saturday's Critters!

Hello and happy Saturday!

 If you love all God's creatures like I do and also like to blog about them and take critter photos this is where you can share your critter post. Link up your post and share your critters, join in with my critter party ! You can share any kind of critters the real ones, pretend ones, statues and paintings, a new or old post!

We are still dog-sitting, waiting for my son to have his fence installed. So we continue to take the grand-dogs for a daily walk, on the local fire roads and to the lake.  

1. Aug 4, I took some photos of our flowers, Morning Glories, Hibiscus,  Fuchsia, Winnie the Corgi, a mushroom seen off the fire road and our Zinnias. 




2.  Aug 8th, our walk to the lake with the dogs, our neighbor's flowers, the fire road, one of two Great Blue Herons, wildflowers, the grand-dogs, Louisiana Waterthrush, unknown Flycatcher. 





3. This is one of the two Great Blue Herons we saw at the lake. I also heard the Pileated Woodpecker and the Yellow-billed Cuckoo on this walk. 





4. Aug 10,  before leaving our yard I heard and found this Yellow-billed Cuckoo perched high in a tree next to our yard. Winnie and Nibbles are still enjoying their walks on the fire road, we are seeing some mushrooms and fungi and the bunny was seen in our yard when we returned from the walk. 





5. The Yellow-billed Cuckoo seen from our deck, I hear them often but this was the first time seeing them next to our yard. 





6. Aug 10th, I enjoy watching the butterflies around our Buddleia Bush, I captured some of the Black Swallowtails.

I read the male Black Swallowtail has more yellow and less blue on the wings. 





7. Aug 14th, hubby and I took a walk at the local Hashawha Nature Center park.  I was only able to get a few bird photos, the flowers were looking lovely. A nice weather day for a walk. 






8. Aug 14th,  We saw a family of Eastern Bluebirds high in a tree eating berries. 



9. Aug 14th , an American Robin 





10. Aug 14, a White-breasted Nuthatch.  




11. A bonus mosaic with our grandsons, they are growing fast. I think they both love their new home. I am sure they will be happy to get their fence built and have their dogs at home with them again. Soon, I hope!




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Happy Monday!

Happy Monday! Wishing everyone a great day and a happy new week!  Elk seen near the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Great Smoky National Park in...