Wings!

This morning, the sun was shining and the skies were much more favorable than yesterday! There were breaks in the clouds and bright blue sky poked through, letting the sun’s warmth fall down on  planet earth!

As I washed the dishes at the sink this morning,  I noticed the weir on the pool looked a little “funny” so I went outside to inspect it.  It turned out to be more of an optical illusion than a problem,  so I headed back to the house.  As I was walking in, a most beautiful butterfly speciman came near me, as though teasing me to catch it!

I  made haste to the house to grab my little Panasonic camera.  This butterfly was so pretty and I didn’t want to miss it! My Nikon camera bag was upstairs and I had no idea how long my winged friend would linger so the Panasonic sitting on the table was a better bet…As soon as I returned outside, the butterfly was sitting on a leaf on the lilac bush.  I spoke to it, imploring it to come closer so I could photoraph it.  I had no idea the little darling would be one of the most awesome models I have ever photographed! As though on command, the butterfly took flight, landing first on the rail of the swimming pool,  then resting on the cover of the hot tub.

I looked for information on identifying butterflies and am fairly confident this is a White Admiral.  The only problem I have with that is that all the images I have found show the five upper spots on the lower wing as orange instead of blue.

Since I have entitled this entry “wings”,  I must show you the nest I found this afternoon as I was entering the Canandaigua Wegmans store.

Lucky little sparrows hatched out in the “A” of the Market Cafe at Wegmans!  Those little birdies will probably never lack for tasty bits of food to fill their bellies!  It you click to enlarge this photo, you can see a sparrow sitting on the bottom of the “R” next to the A!  You can also see how big this nest is!

So…I Just Know You are Curious….

as to *how* cold it was here in the Bristolwood yesterday!

Well, I shall give you an idea.

Yes, that is the Jotul woodstove with a nice warm fire and the screen placed over the front, rendering it as a fireplace.  It really was that cold yesterday!  Just a few degrees colder, it could very well have been s-n-o-w-i-n-g instead of raining! And speaking of rain…..have we had enough rain?  Well, mercy sakes, YES!  But I will not complain about the rain. Not me!!

The above photo was not taken early in the morning!  It was actually mid-morning and I turned the flash on the camera off just to let you see just how dark it was outside! Like a moth drawn to the light, so was Michelle attracted to the warmth of the hearth!