Thursday, March 20, 2014

A little of this and that . . .


"And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest."

-Percy Bysshe Shelley

Happy first day of Spring!!
Not only do I love this time of year, but I LoVe this time of year.
I think our early Spring in Texas is to make up for such a late fall and hot, hot summer. 

1. Yesterday, when I was on the front porch a mockingbird flew in to a bush and then closer
to me, and then I took a step closer and started to whistle (if you can call it that) and he mirrored
it back exactly. And he would whistle and I would try to do the same back, and this went on
for at least five minutes. It was the most incredible, but strangest thing ever.

(click to see it larger on Flickr)

2. Well, what do ya know, I have my first caterpillar of the season...a black swallowtail. It hatched on
Tuesday on my fennel and it measured a whopping 2 mm!! I had to use a magnifying glass to measure it. And by yesterday it had already grown to 3 mm. Today it is nearly 4.5 mm! Happy dance.....



3. Is this not the craziest looking stuff...I found this hair cap moss growing and sprouting on the rocks that
border my flower beds. Yep, it's that time of year when the crazy lady with her camera takes pictures
of Lord knows what laying in the most peculiar of positions in her front yard. Let the fun begin (and the puzzling looks) lol!




4. The last time I was at the nursery I decided to take a little rest in one of the Adirondack rockers
and as soon as I sat down I noticed there on the arm, this cute little blue metallic beetle. Boy can these things walk fast!! It would be safe to say I didn't get that rest. ;)


5. As I've been watching the bees again, I wonder how DO they know exactly where to go on each flower
to find the nectar? There are some that just don't make it easy... I love how the buds are all pointing towards
the bee.


I'm still waiting patiently for the monarchs to show up, but haven't seen a one yet. When I check the migration map I see that people have spotted them along the coast of Texas and as far north as the Hill country. I have such anticipation I can hardly stand it and I'm checking daily for eggs. 

Well, that's a wrap on my random news this week- what have you been up to?

Oh my friends, I have a monarch update, click ------> here !

Love, Kim




28 comments:

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Love the beetle shot on the chair arm -- such a good eye you have my friend! xo

Adrienne said...

Love this collection ~ and seeing the world through your eye {lens!}... That first shot just floors me, and I'm sure it's because I love the details of the wings! Thanks for this wonderful taste of spring!!

carol l mckenna said...

Very elegant series of photos for TFT ~ love the sunflower ~ xxx

artmusedog and carol
(A Creative Harbor)

Kathryn said...

Love your interaction with the mocking bird. It's always a special moment when we can connect with nature in some way. reminds me of a deer that I used to talk to when we lived in Virginia. He clearly had no idea what I was saying but would simply stand there looking at me probably thinking I was mad. Love the colors in that last image. Oh I'm ready for some green.

Kim Cunningham said...

There are only 3 people in the world that I dub "Snow White". You are one of them, and my daughter is one of them. You know how all the animals love Snow White? That's you! I think some people just have a gift of connecting with God's creation. That is such a gift. I love that you share that with us.

Tamar SB said...

These are gorgeous! Wow! Bring it on spring and color and warm!

Eva said...

These are such stunning shots of spring!!!!

Linda/patchwork said...

Beautiful shots!

Our neighbors are getting used to seeing me heading out to the garden with gloves, shovel and camera.
I'm sure they think I'm a bit crazy.

That's OK. One of the best things to photograph, is Nature.

And, you're very good at it.

Silvina Soave said...

Una preciosa serie, muy bellas todas las imágenes!!
Un fuerte abrazo.

Sarah Huizenga said...

I love getting a double take look when laying on my stomach on the front porch or in my side garden.

Gail Dixon said...

Magnificent photos! The purple ones emerging from their buds remind me of purple fingernail polish. So nice to see spring's appearance!

Betsy Finn said...

Love the caterpillar silhouette :)

Brenda said...

Although it is officially spring, Ohio hasn't yet got the word. No signs of spring here yet so I greatly enjoyed your spring time photos. All beautiful!

June Caedmon said...

{sigh} it's been a rough day... my heart was so glad to see you in my inbox just now... I need this. Thank you, friend.

shooter said...

The first is definitely my favourite, but they are all wonderful

Barb said...

Oh how I love your insects and caterpillars and bees and flowers ...sigh ... great captures!

Kelly Kardos said...

The bee on that flower is WOW WOW WOWIW WOW! did you use a macro? I have to live vicariously through you with the Monarchs Kim. All my milkweed is back with a vengeance. I DID see a Monarch fly over the house yesterday, but it didn't stop. It looked pretty beat up. Hopefully this weekend, Frankie and I can go find a place to replant the milkweed, away from prying eyes and grubby little hands. Fun post Kim.

Kathy McB said...

Happy Spring to you :)

Sandra said...

Such a lot of insect activity around you already. That's one hungry caterpillar! Lovely shots of all these little creatures going about their business! You really had fun exchanging with that mockingbird!

Sherri B. said...

Your photos make me smile...they're gorgeous.

Linda R said...

Awesome photos my friend! Hope you have a great weekend!

Hugs~

tiarastantrums said...

all your images are so crisp! just gorgeous. What macro lens do you use?

Deanna said...

Oh lovely, lovely. Spring is in full bloom in your corner. Love that first shot just perfect!!

Roxi -Coppercurls Designs said...

I absolutely adore that first shot. Wouldn't mind a print... And those look like purple fingernails. LOL

Dotti said...

Oh! All this spring beauty has my heart going pitter-patter, pitter-patter. Beautiful, Kim!

Ida said...

Truly delightful post. That little metallic bug is so cute and what pretty colors.
I know people do give you "odd" looks when you're on the ground taking pictures. I've had that happen too.
How cool to find the caterpillar, I seldom see any around here.
Haven't seen any bee's yet either but plenty of (ants) which I'm really not found of.

Cathy H. said...

Breathtaking post! That first shot is incredible with the flower center showing through the translucent wings!! Love the caterpillar silhouette and the hair cap moss. I didn't know that's what it was called, we have lots on rocks around here. Now I'm off to read the monarch update!

Liz said...

And again, you have me smiling... and the sadness and struggles of the last few weeks have lifted, I feel so much lighter! Thank you, my friend.

PS. I'm rather jealous of your garden. I'm longing to get out of living in a town house (apartment) and having a garden again. It was a source of so much joy.

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