Monday, November 30, 2009

The Swing

On Saturday a swing was hung from a tree......and giggling echoed through the woods!

Friday, November 27, 2009


On Thanksgiving day, while driving to share with family, my husband, to my surprise, pulled into Little River Canyon State Park at Little River Falls, where he used to swim as a youngster.How very beautiful it is!
Then off to our Thanksgiving feast at his uncle's home where the outside views were spectacular......and inside was warm like home!I give thanks for this wonderful Country that is my home.
God Bless America.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A Fun Discovery

Yesterday I spent a little time going through some boxes that haven't gotten properly put away since the move. I was so excited to find a little bird feeder that I'd never used, all ready to be put outside. I decided to hang it under my Maine Buoy Bell. The wind catcher had broken off a long time ago from the strong winds of northern NY.I walked inside and by the time I got the camera to take pictures it had a visitor. These first two pictures were taken from the window. The little Goldfinch just fit in perfectly.While walking to the mailbox I decided to attempt to take pictures of the last of the falling leaves......I need a little more practice. Maybe next year!These are Nandina. They are just beautiful and are in the garden by the "old driveway" on my property.Back home the Goldfinch was still enjoying his new dinner mate!Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Yard Birds

It's been awhile since I posted some of the birds around my yard. We've been in a spell of cloudy, cold, rainy days so I haven't had the camera out much. I dug back into my photos to see what I'd seen in the last few weeks and thought I'd post them for today. The first two pictures were taken Nov. 2 when there was still a few leaves out there.

The Red-bellied Woodpecker was finishing up the Dogwood berries.The ever present Tufted Titmouse who seems to be the busy-body of the neighborhood, always just one step behind every bird in the woods.I almost didn't post this picture because it's very hard to see the Brown Creeper at the bottom of the tree creeping up the side AND the Eastern Bluebird at the top of the photo. If you click on the photo you should be able to see it a little better. This was from a good distance at 400mm and heavily cropped. The Brown Creeper is one tough bird to spot!Do you remember this birdhouse with the poor Clematis that was ravaged by bugs? It's trying to make a comeback! The Carolina Chickadee is checking out the box......and of course the Titmouse is right behind him!Lastly the Dark-eyed Juncos have arrived twittering about the yard non-stop.Someday I'll get a bird hide built and maybe I'll get a good close-up of that little Creeper!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Around the Yard

I was inspired today by the "Nikon Sniper" to just go out and take pictures and since I didn't plan on actually going anywhere I just when out to shoot.
Turns out there was plenty to photograph.
My first photo is the only "artistic" one I made.I'm very pleased with my findings. Thanks Stephen!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

MIA on the Mountain

Well I've been busy and sure do miss my bloggin buddies and have to catch up. My mom moved from NY to Alabama on the 7th and we've been getting her settled in her new apartment in Guntersville. Yesterday morning was one of those "below the mountain foggy days" so before I went to mom's I grabbed the camera and headed to a place I thought I might get some good pictures. There were lots of birds singing and I did see a nice song sparrow but these two guys caught my eye. They were just too far away to get a better shot.
I think they are Red-tail Hawks. I was hoping for Eagles. They flew when I got too close.This picture makes it look like I'm on top of the world!