I was outside snapping some photos of my hydrangea when I heard what sounded just like a small human child screaming mommy but really drawing it out so it was more like maaaaahmeeeemaaaahmeeee. Scared me at first. I looked around and there was a juvenile mocking bird trying it's best to sound like a human child. Seriously it sounded like it was imitating the neighborhood children.
I managed to snap a few pictures and then a few more after it's mother chased it off into another tree. I'm pretty sure the second picture is the same child although it looks a little older so in the chasing that transpired, I may have caught another mockingbird in the next tree.
Once the birdie theatrics died down, I went back to zooming in on the hydrangea. I've photographed my hydrangea bush many times but never tried to get an individual out of the cluster blossoms. I'll admit that I got the idea from Confessions of a Pioneer Woman. I recently discovered her blog and am blown away by her photography. She had a photograph of an individual blossom on her hydrangea and I didn't even recognize it as a hydrangea until she said what it was. Although my photographs are quite different from hers, looking at what she does has helped give me some ideas which was why I was out playing with my hydrangea photography when the rowdy mockingbird sidetracked me, briefly.
I'm not quite sure how my hydrangea has ended up with a mix of blue and lavender blossoms. I know you can change the color based on the type of mulch used and how acidic the soil gets. However, I didn't realize that mixing pine straw and leaves would make my blue hydrangea end up blue and lavender.
Well, that's what has happened. The bush is practically split down the middle, one side of my blue hydrangea is still blue, the other side is lavender. It's so bizarre it makes me laugh and as Martha would say, that's a good thing. Somehow I doubt Ms. Stewart has any bushes that have mixed mulch and result in mixed flowers. It's not always easy being a slightly haphazard person but I do love the fun and surprises that sometimes come to the nuts.