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
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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Pileated........................

Yesterday we braved the cold and storm to go get bird food from McGoughs. I forgot my camera darn it. We had blizzard white out conditions. I could have got some good shots. Ah well, if the roads clear up on Saturday maybe we can go for a drive. I want to see what the lakes look like. I have seen some good pictures of ice pancakes and I want to get some myself. That's if I can get Gerry out. I know it will be cold. We have not had school all this week and maybe none tomorrow again. We shall see.
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I was surprised any of the stores were open yesterday but a few brave souls were in. We went to Tom's after to get bread and milk and I got extra bread for the birds. The Starlings like bread and the Blue Jays like the peanuts.
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People chase the Starlings away, they have such a voracious appetite. They have to eat too so I feed them, I also chase them off just like the Squirrels when they over do it. Unfortunately they keep the small birds away.
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Everyone is hungry. The Mourning Doves are not afraid of anyone and hold their ground.
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Yesterday there were 3 of the Yellow Bellied Sap Suckers. It took a few whacks at the Starlings, it was not about to give up its spot at the feeder.
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Today I went to the bathroom where I take my pictures just in time to see a Pileated Woodpecker at the feeder.
What a surprise that was, I backed up and grabbed the camera.
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The snow gets deeper by the day.
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The garage door is always open to any who need it and the windows have broken panes in them.
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The pond provides drinking water.
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This guy looks cold
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Pretty sculptures in the snow
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The trees look so beautiful with a layer of brilliant white against the blue of the sky. I also love it against a grey stormy but sunny sky.
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I was going to close this blog down but have decided against it. Too much of the same for one blog. I love to take pictures of the birds and so it would get boring with the same thing every day. So I will just accept the fact that sometimes one or other of the blogs will not be getting my full attention.
I am enjoying the snow this year after such a hot and humid summer but I am planning on what I want to do come Spring. That's it for today

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Blue Jay Afternoon...........

Well there is just a dusting of snow, it sort of improves things. There are so many leaves still on the ground and looks now as though they will stay there. I guess that the ones on the garden may just decompose and be a good thing. The ones on grass can get mowed. No problem, except if he trys to use the snowblower haha. Ooops that may be a problem. Since he doesn't have to work, and the snowblower is on the blink I guess it won't matter.
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I haven't seen the Possum (Apossum) in a few days now, I hope he's OK. I put Coopers pumpkin out back for he animals to eat and they have broken through into the seeds already. So anyhoo I did get the inside decorating done and the outside is sort of done. Can't say I am happy with it because I still don't have lights on the front porch. There are lights out back on the garage but when I look at what everyone else has done it's pretty pathetic. Out front I have two spindly lights and a sick deer.
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The back deck looks sort of OK but maybe I can work on it now inside is done. Back to the Blue Jays. Today they really enjoyed the peanuts.
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They were enjoying things until the Squirrels showed up. There were about five Blue Jays. I put out some water for them, they had been going down to the pond. There is chicken wire over the pond so hopefully they can't fall in. I noticed last year that the birds enjoy the pond in Winter.
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There was avout 5 squirrels too, the brown one is a bit of a piggy. He really loaded up yesterday but came back today.
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The birds all seem to take their food away
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Taking a sip
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Blue Jays are very lovely birds, such a pretty blue.
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I guess this is a rather boring post, guess things will be rather boring till Spring. I am not sure if I want to keep this and my Pretty things blog going next year. I could in fact just keep everything on one blog. We shall see.

Friday, November 9, 2018

First Snow..............

November 9th, first real snow. We were told would get 5inches last night. We did not. We may get it tonight though. So today I took some pictures. It was pretty but not as much snow as I had expected and pretty much gone by noon. Tomorrow, well we shall see.
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Everything was so pretty with a dusting of wet snow
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There were plenty of birds today and too many squirrels. Boots wanted to go out, I let her. She just sat and pretended she was enjoying it. I asked if she wanted to come back inside she said no. On 2nd call she came in.
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There were Junco's
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Woodpeckers
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There were Nuthatches and Tufted Titmice.
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There were Blue Jays
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Some people were just plain greedy.
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Later there was also a Cardinal, this guy always comes at dusk so it's hard to get clear pictures. I have managed to get some good Cardinal pictures but not today.
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I was more fascinated by the leaves and dew drops
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Gerry took the Poodles out to pee and a wander around between showers. The snow was turned to rain/drizzle before getting back to snow as it got cold again. They enjoyed a stroll and a yap at passers by.
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I love to capture unusual things in my pictures. I loved this shot
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The colours with the snow on
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The inevitable Chickadees were flitting around too. He looks fuzzy because he was shaking his feathers.
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I will see what tomorrows like, we should have more snow. I put out extra food after it got dark in case the Possom comes back.