This blog is about my garden and the outdoors. I am new to photography but I am trying to show some of the pretty things that grow here in Michigan. I love the wild things who visit me and I dont mind if they eat a bit here and there. I like it more if they let me take their picture. As time goes on I think I will try to show you around the beautiful area that I live in as well as my garden. I try to use my own pictures as much as possible but will also use pictures from the web. If I inadvertently use your photo or work without permission please email me and I will remove it or give credit if you prefer. I will give credit when I know who the owner is. I would ask that anyone using my pictures do the same.
... I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.......Psalm23:6

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Looking forwards to Autumn,,,,,,,,,,,,

The change of season has been in the air for a few weeks now. You can smell it in the dampness and crisp morning air. Almost but not quite frost just yet. Time to start to bring in the indoor plants. A nice rain today will nourish them. Then to get some potting soil and some containers to put them in and its time..............not a job I enjoy. I am always afraid of bringing in critters I don't want to house for the winter.
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The above is not my picture naturally. I can't wait to be able to get out and take my own pictures. Right now the colours are not changing. Just slightly, the rain wont help. What we need is dry cold nights and sunny cold days to set the colours off to the best advantage,

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow..........
Thou comest, Autumn, heralded by the rain,
With banners, by great gales incessant fanned,
Brighter than brightest silks of Samarcand,
And stately oxen harnessed to thy wain!
Thou standest, like imperial Charlemagne,
Upon thy bridge of gold; thy royal hand
Outstretched with benedictions o'er the land,
Blessing the farms through all thy vast domain!
Thy shield is the red harvest moon, suspended
So long beneath the heaven's o'er-hanging eaves;
Thy steps are by the farmer's prayers attended;
Like flames upon an altar shine the sheaves;
And, following thee, in thy ovation splendid,
Thine almoner, the wind, scatters the golden leaves!
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Soon the time for hay rides, apple orchard tours, toffee apples and cool days with bright sunshine. Sunflowers and pumpkins
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Changing my front porch.
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Soon be time to rake the leaves. Not a favourite job for any in this house. Still a way off though by the looks of things.
I will work on getting my inside plants ready to come inside.
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Little critters..........

I love bees. I have done a lot of posts on them. I can't help it. They are so busy and intent, they live their lives fully and at top speed. I have got some good pictures that I will share here today.
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There are quite a few varieties in just my own back yard.
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I see the bee with one spot on his head a lot around here. Any idea who this guy is
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So pretty. The little green ones are like little jewels. This guy is a bit different I think?
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More of the same, the wings are so beautiful.
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Well, I must include a couple of birdie visitors because the yellow finches have not been here all summer
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Then the Thrush came back.
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Have not seen the Thrush all summer. Not to be confused the the junior Robin, its a different shape and size. Finally a Monarch in my garden
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They must be getting ready to leave. I have not seen more than one other all summer, and that one was dying. So bon voyage to this healthy one.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Sunday Drive.............

We took a long Sunday drive. You can see it on Bluebell Woods blog. Here I will show some of the nature pictures I took. The lakes were pretty and they are just full of life. I saw this little guy up on the Dunes.
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This one on a rock on the beach. I don't like bugs. I try to, but I don't
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I didn't see too many birds. Just the big ones, Sandhill Cranes and Turkey. Loads of Turkey. Several Blue Heron. They are always fascinating birds. Ungainly but swift when they need to be.
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There were Autumn flowers growing all around. Wild Asters. Could have come from old farms? or maybe they just grow wild. In any case they certainly do well here. Why are they so fussy in my garden?????
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I saw some Monarchs wow.....they will soon be leaving for California. One had a torn wing. I doubt she will get far.
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Still some pretty Water Lilly on the ponds
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Lots of small fry in the water, tiny fish, do they live through the winter? I suppose they go deep and among the weeds. I didn't get a clear picture so wont try to show it. Lots of berries now.
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The bear will enjoy some good meals before they go to sleep this winter. I think its supposed to be a long one again. Lots of Rose Hips. Should gather those but didn't
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Well this is it for tonight. I will do part 2 on Bluebell Woods tomorrow.
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Saturday, September 6, 2014

By the Boardman.........

It was thundering all night, torrential rain. It did clear up today though and even though Tristen was cranky, he has a cold, we went for a walk. Reina was here for the day and Laura was working. They played with the Petshop stuff for a good few hours. I had bought Tristen some so that they had more to play with, Raylene stayed home with her dad. Well after they got bored and restless we decided to go for a walk. It was nice and cool but sunny. We didn't want to go very far so decided on the Boardman trails.
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My camera ran out of juice so I didn't get a whole load of pictures to choose from. We walked a short trail by the river before taking the other trail though the woods. In some parts it was so steep down to the river it could have been scary if you fell. The river
was rough and wild today. After all the rain the river was full. It was running strong and fast. Plenty of warnings posted about the dangerous banks. The water undercuts the banks and washes away the dirt and trees.
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I really wanted to get some good pictures but only got a few mediocre ones.
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It's beginning to look like Autumn with the berries on the plants and the apples on the trees, nuts falling to the ground. The leaves are only just beginning to change, we have not had that much cold weather yet. Waiting for a frost.
Today they learned about Sumac, it was the first thing I saw and they had mentioned the trees they knew already. So even though Tristen was only 1/2 paying attention and was cranky with his cold, well I figured I may as well add another tree. They are sort of into this, I am happy about that.
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We walked on through the woods and there were some good views. It would have been better if it was not so damp and if the river was calmer,
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We saw a place that looked like a lookout but the path was closed because some of the banks had fallen in, we carried on.
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If the river had been calmer I had seen several spots to look for stones, you know, Petoskey stones. I dare not let the kids near the edge in case it caved in. The water was so fast and going towards the dam so I am over cautious, always am.
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Some pretty flowers still blooming, I had wanted to get some good shots of the water and the berries ETC but the camera gave out. I had checked the battery before I left. I usually take both cameras but today I didn't. Ah was a nice walk anyway.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Heading for Fall.................

My garden is a mess. Its still humid out there. The mornings are not too bad so maybe I can get some work done in the mornings. There is just so much to do. Yesterday I bought some Asters. They are in pots and so I don't have to get them in the ground right away. In fact tomorrow I may go to a garden center and look for more. They will fill the space until Spring. At least there will be some colour.
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I like the purple ones but have white and a burgundy. They seem to take years to get established.
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I like to get Winter pansies also because they come back in the Spring. I have some in a barrel and they came back and lasted all year. SO I think thats what I will do with the ones I just bought.
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Now is also time to get the plants in pots in the ground. That's not a bad job as it can be done a little at a time. I have other pansies that have done well all year. I will put those in the ground soon I think
Meanwhile, I must remember next Spring to plant more Nasturtium, this year was a flop for sure.I had just a couple of blooms, and one at a time. They are beautiful so, maybe next year. I also want to put in some Sweet Peas.
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I sat watching my birds this morning. The Robins are doing a fine job on my Mountain Ash. The young ones still have spots.
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By Fall I am sure all the berries will be gone. The Nuthatch is hanging around.
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I love the small birds and I just know they are flocking together because of what is coming.
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My garden ornaments are being put to good use. This bowl is resting on a wrought iron base, so is secure and the Robin was appreciating that.
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Now you cant see this very well but the Blue Jay was enjoying another of my creations and was then sitting in the tree preening his self.
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The pictures didn't show him very well but he was sure having a good old clean up.
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I just had to include this picture even though it's not a good shot. My camera is not good enough for action shots.
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Well maybe next time I can show some actual work being done, yeh, that would be nice.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A rainy day does not stop us...........

As I began in my Bluebell Woods blog ......on Monday we took a trip that will probably be one of the last if last years winter is anything to go by. School begins here next week. That means Tristen will be going from 8am to 11am. It will be weekends mainly from now on. So this post will be mostly about the things we saw on our trip to the beach and Crystal River.
I had to look up to find out what the hawk was that we saw before I said anything. I believe it is a Coopers Hawk.
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We saw him sitting by the side of the road and were a bit worried. He seemed OK and sat there so we got some good shots.
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This was the 2nd one we saw that day. When we were in the river we saw another one. That one too sat still for us. What a privalege.
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Some of the pretty things we saw today.
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Along the road there was a cute little yellow finch
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We saw several groups of Sandhill Cranes.
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Lovely birds, so elegant.
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On the river I was able to get a few shots of Damselfly
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I find that when I take a picture, sometimes there is a surprise waiting within.
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When I looked up close
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After the rain we experienced on our outset everything was left very pretty and clean.
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Notice the two bugs on the Sweet Peas. There are Bull Rushes by the River in Cedar and other water plants that are pretty
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We found another heart tree..............I love it when that happens
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