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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Nature Notes and Weekend Snapshot - Sights of Late Spring

This has been a pleasant spring where I live. Maybe a little on the wet side but that beats the alternative. It's also been cooler than usual but now that it's getting hot, I am reminded why I like the cooler weather. There is so much going on in the natural world. This rabbit stopped in front of my neighbor's garage for an extended photo shoot.
I often meet the neighborhood cats before I meet the new neighbors they are attached to. The cat below is new to the neighborhood or at least new to my deck. It's amazing how many different cats come and hang out on my deck until I ask them to please leave so the birds can come out of the trees for a bath.
Alright little robin redbreast it's safe for you once again. Feel free to come down for a dip.
It's also nice to see the children outside playing although it makes me nervous when they skate board and ride their scooters in grocery store parking lots as these kids were doing today.
The little buggies are starting to hang out with the flowers. I enjoy finding them in macro shots where I didn't even know there were bugs until I downloaded the shots.
The bugs in both of these shots are the size of seeds and I actually thought they were seeds when I took the macro shots.The hydrangea bushes are started to form their flowers although they are a ways off from the bright blue blossoms they will have in a few weeks.
It's also nice to see my ornamental grasses beginning to grow back and form plumes. The plume below is on a variety called orientalis which I like because of it's redish almost purple tinge.I was pleased that my iceplant survived past droughts. It died back early during a previous drought but continued to return in the spring.The last shot is almost unrecognizable as an iceplant flower because they are so tiny and I got so close with the macro shot that it almost looks like a daisy. The shot above is also a macro so the actual flowers are even smaller than that shot too.To visit other participants, please go to the home of Nature Notes and/or Weekend Snapshot.

27 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

Hello dear Carver!
What a wonderful story in this post!I love your style, the way that you write and your sensitive eyes to get fabulous pictures!
One more time I need to say, your "garden"is outstanding!
Have a nice week!
Your friend from Brazil
Léia

MyMaracas said...

What a wonderful, colorful post! I love that the cats "introduce" you to new neighbors. And your macro with the critters is great.

Dora said...

Ha ha! The rabbit got such big ears.

Birdie, be careful...Kitty is staring at u now!

☆Willa☆ said...

Beautiful!!! Happy Memorial Day to you!
Weekendsnapshot

Hazel said...

Your deck must have a friendly feel to it for those cats to hang out long in it :-) I love the macro shot, and that's a sweet picture of the rabbit. Your posts never cease to amaze me!

Hazel said...

Hello Carver, there's an award for you on my site if hopefully nobody has beat me to it yet.

http://delineatingdes.blogspot.com/2009/05/interesting-blog-award.html

Have a great week!

SabineM said...

Lovely shots again , Carver.
I have yet to participate in Weekend Snapshots this week. haaaa

Rambling Woods said...

Wonderful narrative to go with the photos...We have outdoor cats here too, but with coyotes around, it isn't a good idea to let them out, but I too have them in the yard driving my cats crazy. Isn't it great when you take a photo and find something unexpected in it? Great Nature Notes post. I don't think linky is working so I will add your link to the main post..Happy Memorial Day Carter..
Michelle From Rambling Woods

Indrani said...

So beautifully written! Lovely shots! Your weekend posts are a great delight to read. :)

The Explorer said...

You have a great weekend snapshot

Marites said...

your post is quite engaging and beautiful; your pictures are quite beautiful too.

My WS is up here

inlandempiregirl said...

Teaching has kept me too busy to visit around lately. I really like the flower pictures. A few months ago I never thought we would see flowers again!

Nicole said...

That rabbit is just cute :D
And it's good to have cats around :)
The robin looks a tad surprised :D
Thanks for sharing your day, lovely shots!

Kero said...

Hi Carver! I really like the cat!! and the rest of the shots are awesome as always. Happy Monday! My WS is here http://kcelebration.blogspot.com/search/label/weekend%20snapshot

Leora said...

Great variety in your post! From kids to cats to ice plant flowers. My favorite is the bunny.

prinsesamusang said...

everything felt so vibrant and alive! wonderful as usual carver. i especially love the photo of the cat - so fat! LOL

Ebie said...

Great selection of your post. You got everything covered: flowers, cute creatures and kids just having fun!

Dee said...

Nice round-up of critters in your yard! I've been noticing birds more lately - the cedar waxwings are back in the red hot pokers, I saw a red-throated hummingbird the other day, and a group of geese flying north appeared overhead last night, honking all the way. Fun stuff!

Love the flowers, as usual! My rhodies and irises and this small ground cover and my roses are all blooming. Love it!

Daryl said...

So many delightful AHHHH moments here .. especially that bunny!

Mar said...

What colorful and cheerful shots, Carver! love your macros

DeLi said...

all your flower shots are just so beuatiful

Sienna said...

It is a feeling of rambling through the desert and finally finding an oasis. Your environment is the oasis. So beautiful.

I laughed a bit too much at the robin trying to get down a blackberry whole, hope it knew next time to peck stuff a little first.

Great to catch up Carver, we had 25mm (an inch) of rain yesterday, it was amazing, at the moment there are little sparrows splashing and shaking and bathing in water puddles outside my window in the office. It's a fine sight.

Have only caught up on the page so far...I will be baaaack...

Pam

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Wonderful collection of shots. Love the shot of your new kitty friend and the robin. The ice plant is gorgeous!

Yes skateboards in parking lots is very scary!

Roses and Lilacs said...

Enjoyed seeing your birds, bunny and the new kitty. We have a wild kitty living up the lane near the wetland. I worry about it but can't get near him. Poor sad thing.
Marnie

Ayie said...

lovely neighborhood! I see bunch of squirrels around here and pretty flowers too.

Dr.John said...

Great pictures. I envy your flowers.

RJ Flamingo said...

Neat post, Carver! I, too, met the neighborhood cats before I met the neighbors - and asked them politely to leave so the birds could come down to the feeders and bird baths.

Lovely photography!