Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Yesterdays Birds

 It's a crazy time here in the woods. There are so many migrants and summer birds showing up I don't know which way to look!
Most are so high up in the trees or move so fast it's hard to photograph, but blurry photos or not, I can't resist posting.

Palm Warbler

Summer Tanager

Mamma Eastern Bluebird (there's 5 little ones in the box)

Chipping Sparrow
Black and White Warbler (female)
My sweet little Tufty
And a very mouthy Yellow-rumped Warbler

What a noisy place it's been around here lately!!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Gardening at its Finest

 Last year I met LaRue in Scottsboro, just off the mountain along the river. She has run her husband John's nursery since his passing in 2000. John had a vision, he made it real and he lives on through is wife's loving care of this spectacular property. She is amazing, and sweeter than southern tea! Her gardens are filled with color, welcoming, and inspiring.
My new friend Deborah form Helena, Alabama joined us for a tour. Please visit her Journal to see her beautiful post on her visit to John's Native Gardens.

Take a little walk with us and enjoy the view.

LaRue specializes in native Azaleas, Rhododendrons, conifers, ferns and many other beautiful southern plants and shrubs. If you are in northern Alabama you should be sure to make a trip to Scottsboro. You will be so glad you did!
I've started a blog for LaRue and you can find more information at John's Native Azaleas
Happy Easter all!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

ABCD- Will You Take Part?

I really enjoyed following Gary across the US this past summer/fall.
He's coue up with a fun idea that I am going to try. Here it is.
If you haven't already, check out Gary here.

Maybe you would like to join in with this.....

A Bloggers Centerline Day, or ABCD, will take place on Sunday 1st May 2011.

The plan is to inspire as many bloggers as possible to go outside and take a photograph of themselves on this day, wherever they are in the world. The photo can be creative, arty, contain more than one person, be in any type of location and can contain anything else you like. It must however contain the centerline of a road and at least part of you, the blogger.

There are 5 rules....

Rule 1 - the picture must be taken on 1st May 2011.

Rule 2 - the picture must be of yourself, and you must be a person that publishes a blog. You can include whatever else you like in the picture, including other people if you wish.

Rule 3 - the picture must include the centerline of a road.

Rule 4 – you should publish the picture on your blog on 1st May 2011, along with a few words about the picture and why you chose that location or pose.

Rule 5 - when you have posted the picture on your own blog, put a comment on http://garysusatour.blogspot.com/2011/04/abcd-will-you-take-part.html and include in that comment the address of your own blog post containing your own picture.

Gary France will then pick his favourite photos and publish these as being the winners. There will be a prize of $100 awarded to the overall single winner, as chosen by Gary.

In order to get this event known as widely as possible, please copy and paste this posting onto your own blog, including the title. Please do that today!

As a reminder to yourself to take the photo and post it, put an entry into your diary for 1st May 2011.

Let’s see if we can get as any people to join in as possible.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

For Nadine

Thank you for creating a tapestry of color
that takes my breath away each spring!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011