I have been combining my nature notes and weekend snapshot posts prior to this one but I've decided that I'd rather not focus my nature notes on the weekend. Besides the host of this fun theme, Michelle at Rambling Woods, posts her new nature notes on Thursdays. She said participants can post any day that suits them which is why I tried my combo post for a while. We've entered into the time of year where it feels like stepping out into pea soup much of the time. It's been hot and muggy although we are getting some pleasant, cooler mornings. The gardenia above is my next door neighbors. I can smell that strong gardenia aroma when I get close to the edge of my yard. In combination with the high humidity the gardenia scent makes it seem like I'm wading through a strangely perfumed pea soup.
I am getting most of my shots of the many birds, which find my wild garden a suitable habitat, when they stop by for a drink or a swim on my deck.I do get a few shots in the trees but they tend to hide in the dense foliage this time of year. I can hear them with their strange symphony of calls and song but I have to be very patients to actually see them on a limb where I can get a shot.
The advantage to photographing them on the deck is I can stay inside and photograph them through the door or windows and as long as I don't make a lot of noise, they will fly down for a drink or swim.This morning was like a breath of fresh air, literally. After a stormy night the hot humid air was replaced with much cooler morning air. I can bear the summer heat when the mornings begin with cool air. What I have trouble with is when no part of the day is pleasant.
The flowers are happy because we've had adequate rain. Even when the heat is intense if it rains during part of the day, the flowers seem happy.The ornamental grasses in my back garden are so lush I think a tiger could hide in them quite successfully.To see what is going on in other participants' natural world, please visit the home of nature notes.