Hurricane Matthew Update

October 8, 2016 - We were very fortunate that Hurricane Matthew stayed offshore.  We got 4 inches of rain and a long, boring day of wind.  The cats thought it was great because we brought all the patio furniture inside, giving them ample new places to hide.  Gosh they look small out on the empty porch… The doves didn’t understand […]

First of Fall Painted Bunting

First of Fall Painted Bunting!

October 1, 2016 - October 1 tends to be a good day in our backyard.  Often it’s the first day that we start seeing our winter Palm Warblers.  (I’ve been hearing warblers overhead for several weeks, but I’ve yet to see one.)  Sometimes October 1 brings cooler weather.  (Haha, not this year.)  Sometimes we even see a hummingbird. This year, October 1 […]

Male Painted Bunting on Coral Porterweed

First of Fall Painted Bunting

October 3, 2015 - I spotted my first male Painted Bunting in the backyard this morning!  Let the fall birding begin! He’s about two weeks ahead of schedule.  Last year I saw my first bunting on October 12, and the year before that on October 11.  But this year he’s right in time for my grandfather’s 90th birthday.  :) […]

Pansy Heart Close-Up

Fun with my New Lightpad

February 4, 2014 - Rich got me an ArtOGraph Lightpad for Christmas, after seeing me drool over some of Denise Ippolito’s flower shots.  I infuriated Squirt by photographing some pansies on the Lightpad out on his porch, where he sat waiting to devour my subjects as soon as I finished photographing them.  Whiskey was right there, too!  At our […]

Pied-Billed Grebe

9 Seconds, 9 Hoodies!

December 21, 2013 - Yesterday afternoon I went down to our local retention pond where a flock of Hooded Mergansers can often be found diving.  I got lots of funny looks as I walked down our residential street with my big camera and lens, carrying my groundpod.  (The only bad thing about the groundpod is that it is incredibly […]

Frozen Orchid

Frozen Orchids

December 16, 2013 - My mom’s neighbors (hi Dick and Connie!) recently gave her a branch from a flowering orchid, and my mom was sweet and froze it for me!  I guess she wanted to see more frozen flowers on my blog. :)  Then she was nice enough to keep it in the freezer for me for a few […]

Bow Tie

Bow Tie is Back!

December 8, 2013 - Our neighborhood Yellow-throated Warbler is back!  We call him Bow Tie because his black and white colors remind me of a tuxedo, and his bright yellow tummy is his bow tie.  We’ve seen him for the past couple of winters.  He’s one of my regular suet customers, although my first shot of him this year […]