April 19, 2014
Another rainy day, and my photos for today are Mockingbirds that I photographed through the window over my computer table. The first bird arrived with a bug of some sort in its beak.
The second Mockingbird had a caterpillar.
And the third bird was just very wet from the rain.
April 18, 2014
flowers, tomatoes, insects, rain
It rained all day today, with more rain predicted for tonight and tomorrow. Raindrops on the leaves of a tomato plant–the first thing I checked when I got home. The plants are continuing to do well.
Flower in the rain, on one of the flower spikes that have shot up from the greens in my neighbor’s garden.
Honey bee on Great Hedge Nettle flowers. When I see all the honey bees on these flowers, I have second thoughts about taking the flowers out. Maybe I can make an area for these flowers in the yard.
Raindrops on the end of a vine on the fence. The top of the fence is reflected upside down in the raindrops. What I didn’t notice until I looked at the photo on the computer were the two tiny flies on the vine too.
April 17, 2014
Just a few for today. Here’s Lulu lying around in the grass in the backyard. She can lie perfectly still like this, just rolling her eyes in the direction where she wants to see something.
Sophie and Lulu sat down together and then turned to look at (and sniff at) each other.
Another tomato blossom. The plants are looking great and soon I’ll be tracking the growth of new tomatoes.
April 16, 2014
dogs, flowers, sophie, tomatoes, Uncategorized
Just a few today, another wet day that’s also been chilly and windy. The tomato plants survived with just the tip of one branch broken off, and more flowers are opening.
Over in the basil pot the little basil plants are coming along.
Sophie and Lulu were both outside with me this afternoon. Here’s Sophie looking serious.
And here she is running across the yard to me.
April 15, 2014
flowers, insects, rain, tomatoes
The tomato flowers are opening on this gray rainy day.
And a few other random photos. Spanish moss hanging on the fence.
Thorns on a briar branch. I cleared all the wild blackberry briars out of the front hedges this past weekend, but we still have a few in other parts of the yard. These thorns can be very painful!
And a colorful little fly.
April 14, 2014
anole, birds, cardinal, flowers, tomatoes, trees
There were lots of European starlings and Grackles in the backyard today, walking around looking for snacks down in the grass. The Grackle is a shiny black bird with yellow eyes and an impressively large beak.
A Cardinal was singing in the old redbud tree next door, and I took a couple of photos of him.
Here he is from a different angle, with mostly trees behind him instead of sky.
The pink flowers I posted yesterday are now identified thanks to reader basia–they are Great Hedge Nettle, a plant in the mint family. There are lots of them growing under the palm trees, an area I need to clear out.
This anole lived around the basil pot near the back door last summer, and is back there again this year. I enjoy recognizing individual little anoles.
Another anole on one of the tomato pots.
And as for the tomato plants, the buds are opening. It won’t be long until tiny tomatoes are forming.
One last photo–a leaf seemingly floating in mid-air. It’s actually caught on a thread from a spider web.
April 13, 2014
anole, dogs, flowers, lulu, tomatoes
Tomato buds are beginning to open–we’ll probably have flowers tomorrow. This bud was open just enough this morning to see a bit of the yellow petals.
By late afternoon the buds were opening further.
I haven’t cleared out the area under the palm trees yet, and we have lots of these wildflower/weeds growing there. They’re actually pretty.
I came across two male anoles displaying for each other on the fence this afternoon. The first one looked like the timid red-headed guy who hung around that area last year, and he disappeared before I could get a photo today. The other anole had lots of reddish orange coloring with contrasting white patches. He had a pretty big crest raised along his back.
Lulu yawning this afternoon.
She looks so sweet here.
She noticed me sitting on the grass photographing her, so she got up and headed over to me for some hugs and petting.