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.
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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Where did the snow go?..............

Yeah, the snow has gone. Then again it really looks bad out there. The seed all over the place and the deck now devoid of anything but crumbs and old leaves, slippery and yeuk!!!.I must get out tomorrow and clean the front porch and deck and do some decorating. Maybe that will look better
I have seen my Crows, one did come down when I cawed but I have not seen them since. I got loads of food for them from Thanksgiving. I am reluctant to put it out without the snow it will look aweful. No doubt the cat will get into it as well.
The Squirrels are very busy. I call this one Rusty.
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Fat and sassy
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There are several of the greys and loads of blacks. The black ones squabble. I think I will call this one Dirty Harry
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Others watch from a distance, I think that is Rusty again.
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There were several finches come in.
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Blue Jays are all looking fine in their winter feathers after looking so tatty during the moult
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Nuthatch and Chickadee the usual visitors
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There were about 12 Mourning Doves. I have never seen them in a flock before.
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Not a lot else going on, I wish we had a few more pretty birds come in. We used to get the Cedar Waxwings but I have not seen them in town in years. Most of Michigans pretty birds stay outside of town in the countryside. Don't blame them.
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I will try to liven things up tomorrow. The people along our ally have their lights up. I will try to coax Gerry to put some up. Otherwise I will have to try to do it myself. If you don't hear from me I fell off the ladder OK.

Monday, November 23, 2015

First Snow.......

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We had the first snow of the season yesterday November 22nd. Sort of late for Michigan. Considering we were at the beach last Sunday. It sure is pretty, and sunny too. The above picture is our street just outside our house.
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So, I made sure my feeders were full ready for visitors. None came. Hmmmmmmm guess everyone stayed home to stay warm. Meanwhile the Bea Balm were all wearing hats
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The berries looked very pretty against the snow
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Finally the Chickadees were hungry.
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I love how they fluff up
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The cat was NOT happy at all she went out, wanted in, out, in and so on. Chippy stayed away too. This is him the day before enjoying the seeds in the bird house
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Tristen had fun, he went out right away as soon as he saw it.
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So next day along came the woodpecker
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And then the Nuthatch
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The Mourning Doves hang out in the tree, they don't seem to care about snow or much else. As long as there's food.
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Everything looked pretty in the snow with the sun on it.
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Maybe some Cardinals will come along and make me some pretty pictures.
I love how the little Chickadees hold the seed and hammer the snot out of it, eat and go in for more.
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Such happy little things, I just love them. The sun on the trees with the snow. Such a beautiful day.
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A Day in the November woods.............

How could we resist a walk in the woods on a sunny day even if it is mid November.Look at the moss in the sunlight.
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The seeds always make a great picture
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We heard a woodpecker. We stood and looked and looked but could not see him. Then I thought Aha, and looked down, there he was poking around on a stump
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This next moss was really pretty. I find all the little things like this beautiful
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It looked like Spring seeing the ferns all pretty in the sunshine.
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Do you see the heart. I love that.
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The Fungus just seemed to want its picture taken.
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Its not usual for us to be in the woods during hunting season. I have no orange to wear. It was such a lovely day it didnt seem right that death was stalking in the woods. In fact there was an old man sitting on a log right along the trail. I mean, thousands of acres to hunt in, lets sit facing houses and where people were out enjoying a sunny Sunday one first day of hunting.
More fungus. Pretty.
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Looking down from the bluffs when we reached the top, I see a person on the beach below
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A lovely if hazy view.
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There were ships out on the Lake. No November gales this day
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I don't think we will have many more weekends like this one. Snow will be here soon. It's usually here by now. It's not often that first day of deer season is without the white stuff. Well maybe my next post will be a snowy one?

Thursday, November 12, 2015


Today we had a visit from Mr Chips. Boots has been hanging out around the garage for over a week. She sits on the deck too and watched the door while watching birds at the same time. In fact, she was sitting there dozing while a Blue Jay was on the deck behind her. They should not take her so lightly, she will get them when she is in the mood. She is too lazy most of the time. However, she has depleted the Chipmunk population.
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He let me get really close
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I had my hand right up to him/her and then it decided to take off. I could most likely get it to eat out of my hand. This one is a young one. They are most likely nesting in the garage.
Meanwhile the girls are disgusted, looks like "Mum, what the heck are you doing"
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The Squirrels meanwhile, well they just don't care about anything but the food.
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They all look very healthy and plump.
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The trees are almost bare. The Silver Maple has its buds ready for Spring
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My camera didn't show the colour as I saw it, they were silver almost white against the sky.
The Blue Jays came despite the cat.
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Beautiful markings
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As the black Squirrel waits his turn in the tree...........
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A busy day at the feeders today.