hummingbirds

Hummer Fun

This afternoon, I had to clip you-know-who’s nails.  He really isn’t thrilled to get his nails clipped, so I have to muzzle him.  After doing his nails, I got my camera and sat on the floor for a few minutes with him.  I had placed a hummingbird feeder outside my window, and as I was on sitting there, a bird came to feed!  I quickly snapped away! Unfortunately, this was far away and also through the window, but I got a photo!

 

 

Ah, September….

The year is (already) quickly fading away; it is hard to believe we are in the second half of September.  Although many folks are sad to say good bye to the summer, I am happy for the changing season. The leaves are beginning to show color here and there and the air has a nip in the evening.  In fact, tonight, we have a frost advisory.  I suppose the leaves will be showing even more color after a frost!

This time of the year lends itself so well for taking photos. It seems the air has a magical element when the humidity is gone. Although we have seen quite a bit of cloudiness, even the clouds are fascinating!

I enjoy driving a bit and looking for some cool places to snatch a photo. I really like this one with the corn field and barn.

But, of course, one needs not travel away from home to find beauty!

I just am so totally liking these mums!  The colors are perfect autumn colors!

And the colors are amazing even after a shower!

Talk about pretty!  These are petals from my incredible little miniature rose bush.  They seem to blush from a lovely shade of yellow near the bottom, to a rosy orangey-red at their tips.

Our little boy Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds have left.  Only the little ladies remain and I am thinking they too will soon be gone to retreat to warmer climes during the winter.

The cold weather makes one long for some hot food!  I am finally happy with my homemade pizza crust!  When I make one of these, it disappears pretty quickly!  Good thing they are fast and easy to make!

I have so many photos to share from the summer while I was absent here.  Perhaps I will just throw some up from time to time.  I really needed a break from the internet and computer.  It seems things were getting so heavy and I needed a chance to catch my breath!

I Bring You Some Spring!

(since it seems to have taken leave for the time being….)

Baby ducks and geese are a sure sign of spring!  I just love the little goslings.  It is interesting to watch them with their parents. I love how the parents use “sign language” to direct the little ones where they want them to go.  And it is cool how the little ones obey!

Of course, how could I have a blog entry without Mr. Murphy?  He is becoming more and more of a ham….reminds me so much of Angus, although he really is an entirely different personality!

And the Lilacs! Ah, they are so awesome.  I love it that I can sit on the front porch on the swing and actually smell the Lilacs gently wafting their fragrance upwards….

And I will end with this sweet little Robin.  We were in Rochester and the little bird serenaded us while we were stopped for a long red light!

It seems ironic that the beginning of May was warm and it seemed there were endless sunny days.  The weather became suddenly very wet, then it cooled off.  I will never complain about the rain as the earth did seem to be getting quite dry.  The best news, though, is that I spotted a tiny male Hummingbird at the feeder yesterday and today. Definitely a sign of spring!

Ach!!! Read my Previous Post!!!

It has GOT to be a sign. Truly, it does!

As i was sitting on the porch earlier today, I was enjoying things like buttierflies in the Butterfly Bushes.  THEN, guess what?

We have languished over just how we might landscape the small area between the house and garage for a very long time.  I am thinking now that perhaps we will build a Butterfly/Hummingbird Garden…..

Some of this….and some of that!

My goodness!!! Usually by this time each year, we have taken the camper out for a weekend or two, but not so this year.  We are so busy, it seems we are constantly on the run. The poor little camper is left sitting in its winter parking spot with weeds growing around it!  Help!!!

On Sunday afternoon, we were back at my mother-in-law’s house.  The kids worked on getting a coat of paint on the primer they did last Friday.  It was hot and humid so I (generously or cunningly???) offered to wash her awning.  Mark said the awning isn’t retracting properly…it is motorized….so the scallop on the front was full of lichen and algae.  Yuck!  I dry brushed it first making a terribly dusty mess from the lichen.  Then I used RV awning cleaner.  It really did remove a lot of the stuff, but some lichen still remains.

After we finished up at Mark’s mom’s, we took a ride to Turning Point Park.  This is a park that runs along the Genesee River and has a great path for biking and hiking. Some of the photos are from that hike, while the Hummingbirds and others are from home.  If you hover over each photo, a brief description appears

I hope this entire summer isn’t spent being quite so busy, but if it is, I will be off with the camera, trying to make the most of it!

Up on the Rooftop

Reindeer paws…..

Hahaha!  Now you will be humming that silly Christmas song all day and getting miffed at me!

Actually, what I am referring to was *not* on the rooftop.  Technically, it was on the antenna!

Can you see it? Look closely at the center of the photo and you will see a tiny Hummingbird sitting on the antenna!  That little bugger is there every morning. 

After never being able to capture the swift moving Hummers before,  I finally got the bright idea to hide down off the back deck, behind the balusters.  I found that by staying there, the Hummers don’t really see me, or if they do, they don’t see me as a threat!

Yesterday morning, I got up and as I was washing some dishes, I noticed a green wing on the window. Of course, curiosity made me get outside to see what, exactly, I was looking at!

This Luna Moth was huge!  It was also quite a pretty moth!  It reminded me so much of a kite with a tail on it.  The moth remained on that window well into last night.  The kids found it fascinating as well.

The antennae on this moth were striking….looking like feathers.

The morning began so hot, I felt like crying…literally! It was so hot and humid. I  couldn’t even begin to imagine how the day was going to end!

Late morning, I found Mark staring at the computer screen.  When I asked what he was doing, he commented that the kids wanted him to get into the pool.  He was checking with one of the weather sites because we knew there was going to be some rain.  He told me there were some thunderstorms heading our way, but decided to go in.

Mark and the kids were in the pool for awhile when the sky began to darken.  Off in the west, I thought I heard thunder rumbling. Within a few minutes, we could hear it was coming much closer, so everyone got out of the pool.  Not long afterward, the wind kicked up with gusts that were amazing!  The sky broke open and it absolutely poured! It rained so hard, we could scarcely believe it.  Then the hail began!  The rain was falling and in it were pieces of hail…mostly small, but I saw some chunks bigger than ice cubes from the icemaker!

It continued to rain and hail for probably another five minutes, then it calm down to just pouring rain once again. It rained quite a long time, dropping well over an inch.  I am not certain just how much rain we got, but it was a lot.

We had some running around to do so we drove to Victor.  Along the way, we saw some substantial branches snapped off trees by the wind and rain.  We passed one house that had its roof completely covered in leaves…quite the green roof!  We found out later while in Victor, some stores were closed due to power outages.

By evening, everything was settled back down and we managed with no damage. We had so many episodes of high winds in the winter and spring, I think everything remaining is quite healthy.

I got up this morning and someone had left the light on outside in the back.  I went out and saw moths all over the back of the house. As I looked at all the critters, I saw one on the door jamb.  It was pretty big, so I thought I had better remove it.  Mark hates moths flying in the house. I picked up a pool toy and it latched on.  I set it down, when I looked once again…..the moth was bright yellow with two big markings…one on each wing…that looked like eyes! 

I had to take Murphy outside, so as soon as I came back in, I grabbed a couple of cameras, thrilled at my “moth find”. I walked out back and the moth was gone!  Waves of disappointment washed over me! In looking online, I discovered it was an Io male. It certainly makes me wonder just how many more amazing creatures I have passed by day after day and never saw!

My how time just slips away…

I try so hard to keep up here but it seems like so many times when I begin to write, something else calls me away, and I get distracted!  Family keeps me hoppin’!

Yesterday, we went down to the souther tier to try out some vehicles. It was a good thing we did!  Mark and I had kind of set our sights on one vehicle.  We took the kids along just to see what they thought.  Yikes!  The vehicle we had thought might just do will not do!  The leg room in the backseat is not nearly big enough when Mark puts his seat back to drive!  We thought there was plenty of space until we actually saw the kids sitting there! Wow…buying a new vehicle takes some time, considering all the options and conveniences.  We would like something pretty basic,  but some little add ons would be great.

Ah, so much for vehicles.

Photos from today!