I’m sure the bees were around as well but I have no good pictures of them. Although I’m late to the party, I didn’t want to miss a third Five on Friday in a row. Be sure to check out the host of Five on Friday, the F.A.S.T.blog.
I’ve wanted to post this five for 2 weeks now so I’m just going to move right on into it.
One: The Birds
As the weather improves (if you like sunny and warm anyway), I’ve been spending more time outside soaking in the sun and listening to the birds.
I’m actually a bit terrified of birds, don’t want them too close to me (unless I want a picture), don’t want one for a pet, and absolutely don’t want to touch one. However, I love watching them and spotting new ones around our yard.
I also love listening to their different calls. This little Tufted Titmouse has been giving serious competition to the Carolina wren in the how loud can I sing department.
I was super excited to spot an American Redstart flitting about the trees. A completely new (to me) bird! These birds do not sit still very long, trying to capture a good photo is about impossible. Here’s my mediocre attempt:
This little bird was getting a few lessons while complaining about wanting to go home. I’m hoping it will blossom into something beautiful. (I think it’s a baby robin). I’m not sure on this one but I think it is a Swainson’s thrush. Another bird I’ve never seen before! Finally, just one more bird to share. This lonely cooing dove that likes to hang out in the late afternoons. I do think I saw a pair but only photographed one.
TWO: Not the bees but my protector, a squirrel, and a bug
This little gray cat loves me and works very hard to keep me safe from those loud annoying birds. She keeps me safe from the birds but is quite content to let the squirrels (another thing I don’t care much about, any member of the rodent family) run amok. Finally, a bug I spotted while sitting on the porch. Or rather upon some Internet research, I think a bug larvae. Oh, that makes you want to see the picture, huh? I noticed this bizarre creature on the rim of my lavender pot. It may turn into a ladybug one day! I sure hope so….
THREE: The Flowers
My aunt gave me these wonderful flowers for Mother’s Day. They add another beautiful pop of color to my small flower garden area and smell great as well. I love sitting on the front porch enjoying my flower garden. And here’s a close up of the butterfly bush (an Easter gift from my sister) that inspired the whole thing. It’s starting to bloom.
Four: The Trees
We are fortunate to live in an area with many mature trees. My opinion is not necessarily shared by my husband but I love the trees. On a super windy day: Somebody loves to hang out under here when she’s not protecting her mom from those malicious birds. I fight every few months with my husband that he is NOT going to cut this tree down. (It’s the neighbor’s tree so I usually win quite easily).
Someone also loves to ignore everyone when she’s in her “clubhouse” as well.
FIVE: A Song
Since I went a little overboard with my photos on this post, I’ll leave you with the song that’s been popping into my head lately when I’m outside enjoying all this nature.
Is it stuck your head now as well? It is a catchy tune don’t you think? A great one to sing while working in a flower garden!