Archive for May, 2010

31
May
10

Purple trillium and matching spider

Before I get started here, let me first say thank you very much to wordpress.com for featuring my “Remember” post (5/31/2010) on their Freshly Pressed page.  I really appreciate it and I am flattered that they liked my post well enough to put it on the home page.  Next, I’d like to express a sincere thank you to everyone who stopped by my blog and a sincere thank you for all the wonderful comments.  I hope you liked what you saw here well enough to come back and see what else I have posted from time to time.

Now, about my pictures.  I’ve taken quite a few pictures in the last two days and it’s going to take me awhile to get them all posted (as usual), but I will get them posted.  I took a walk this evening and took a lot of pics, but I’m just going to post two of them for now.  We have a lot of Trilliums growing around here, and they are almost all gone now, but the cool thing about trilliums is that, though they are normally white, when they get old and start to die, they turn purple, which I think is great because purple is my favorite color.  As I was walking along, I decided the take a picture of this trillium and when I went down in the ditch for the picture, I realized that there was a spider on it.  I absolutely hate spiders, but I’d do anything for a good picture, including getting totally creeped out, so there I was with the camera about 3 inches away, shooting like crazy.  I looked it up in my bug book and it is a Goldenrod spider.  The goldenrod isn’t up yet, so I suppose this spider is just hanging out on the trilliums, waiting.  I like how the stripe on the spider matches the trillium.  It also looks like he’s holding something in front of his face.  Supper, maybe??

31
May
10

remember

A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.

~Robert Frost~

29
May
10

the greatest thing a man can do

The greatest thing a man can do for His Heavenly Father is to be kind to His other children.

~Henry Drummond~

28
May
10

enjoy yourself

Enjoy yourself.  It’s later than you think.

~Chinese Proverb~

27
May
10

scenes from a river

Sigh…always late with my postings.  I’m too busy enjoying the outdoors and not spending much time on the ‘puter lately.  I took a drive to the Armstrong Creek on Monday morning, and here’s a few of the shots I got.

Moccasin Flower.  This wasn’t at the river, I found this on the way there, beside the road in a swampy area.  And due to our lack of rain, it really wasn’t very swampy.

These chives are growing at an old homestead nearby.

By the way, I have to add:  River Trekker, I was thinking of you the whole time I was there.  This place is beautiful and you would love it there.

25
May
10

Monday morning walk

Yesterday morning, as I sat out on the deck with my coffee, I tried to decide if I should go kayaking or take a walk.  I decided to take a walk and it turned out to be the right decision.  I ended up seeing something so amazingly beautiful that it took my breath away.  As I was walking down a side road, I turned and saw a doe and fawn just a short distance into the woods.  I stopped walking immediately and slowly got my camera ready.  The little fawn didn’t see me and was slowly walking towards me, but mama deer saw me and watched closely, but didn’t move.  The fawn was a little wobbly yet and probably only a day or so old.  After a minute or two, mama got nervous and started to whistle and run.  The baby dropped to the ground and mama ran a short distance away to watch.  I walked in and took a couple quick shots and left so I wouldn’t disturb them any further.  The baby laid perfectly still the whole time.  That is how they react to danger.  The mama signals an alarm and the baby drops and remains motionless and the mama runs around to draw attention away from the baby, then when the threat has passed, she comes back for the baby.  I felt bad for scaring them, but that little baby was such a wonder to see.

The quality is bad on this pic, I had to crop it quite a bit.

24
May
10

sunday evening

Rose Mandarin

Columbine

False Lily of the Valley

Buttercup

Jack in the Pulpit

Dandelion poof

Canada Violet




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