Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Nature Notes: Here, there, and yonder

I wouldn't expect a grocery store parking lot to be a good place to experience nature.
This mockingbird was not only hanging out in the parking lot but was totally unafraid of humans such as myself.
I took a bunch of photographs and by and large was ignored even when I got relatively close.
Back at my house, as usual, I photographed the birds in my deck birdbath.
I'm pretty sure the robin above was aware of me out of the corner of his or her eye but the water felt too good to leave.
The female cardinal above was testing the waters going in and out and after her the male cardinal did the same.
I love the way water droplets look on the broad hosta leaves. There is something about a still drop of water that is magic to me.
The texture of the variegated hosta leaves doesn't hold the drops as well as the solid ones.
We haven't had as much rain lately and since it's getting quite warm I'm glad when it does rain a little for I know the plants are happy to get a drink.
The redbud trees are going to seed and their heart shaped leaves are forming with new ones appearing daily.
The oak trees in front of my house are such a nice canopy of shade and keep my house cooler.
The dogwoods are a lower canopy and one in particular is great for parking under the cooling branches.
I also like the way the top dogwood branches and lower oak tree branches co-mingle.
The mass of different plants I grow against my deck wall are filled with chirping birds hidden out of site.
On a weekend drive (but I wasn't the driver) it was interesting to see the change over to spring along the back roads.
I like to be able to be a passenger sometimes because I find I notice more and of course photography is safer if I'm not the driver.
I love to see the little yellow flowers springing up along the side of the road.
I find it very appealing to see houses set back with big trees and lots of growth.
Thursday is the official post date, although I tend to post early. Nature Notes day and Rambling Woods is the home of this theme.


eileeninmd said...

I love the Mockers, they have personality. Your trees are beautiful.

Unknown said...

Lovely series, Im a big fan of droplets.

EG CameraGirl said...

I love seeing all these happenings in nature. What a nice idea to take photos and post them each week.

Susan Demeter said...

Beautiful series of pics :)

Rambling Woods said...

I think I have seen a Mocker here and didn't realize it..Thank you for the great photos. I wonder what it was doing in the parking lot and if the gulls were upset about it as that is what we have here. Love all the photos especially with the rain drops....Michelle

mommanator said...

what a lovely pictoial around the Carver neighborhood

Cezar and Léia said...

Drops of love in every post that you prepare!Wonderful pictures!
Thanks a lot sweet Carver!

Bird said...

That mockingbird is lovely, we don't have them in the UK but they come across as being lovely cheerful things. The water droplets on that Hosta are beautiful, just yummy! said...

lovely series, dear

I like to vsiit read your texts and admirate your photos..congrats

Squirrel said...

Wonderful selection of photos. I love the rain drops.

Gel said...

Hi Carver,

I smiled at your mockingbird sitings. As a kid, this was one of my favorite birds to draw. Droplets- mmm. Birds bathing to green trees. Enjoyed them all.

KaHolly said...

First of all, love your new header! While this was an excellent array of photos, I esp. enjoyed all the tree canopies. ~karen

NicoleB, Egypt said...

It's amazing that some birds just totally ignore us :D
Love the bird photos. Would love to see a cardinal one day, they are gorgeous.
And the green landscape you have with the blue skies is awesome *sigh* :D