Thursday, June 18, 2009

Windows....

This window faces west and is in our upstairs hall. At sunset, most every night, it delivers rainbows that dance along our walls.
eli with his new skill
Shot was not crooked....the window is...nothing is straight in my house


This I took at my mom's house yesterday. I was sitting and looking at the leaded glass windows near her door. I thought about how often I used to look through them, and how they contort things a bit....I thought about how she won't be living there much longer, and that my childhood home will be gone. I liked how the street is reflected back in parts of the shot.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Oh..Deer!

Last night I was sitting on my couch reading. My couch faces a wall of windows that looks out on the southern side of my house, which faces my apple orchard, and some fields. I noticed some movement, looked up, and standing underneath an apple tree was a deer. She was looking at me, I was looking at her. My camera was sitting on the table next to me so I picked it up, and took a photo through the window, at dusk, without a flash, and wound up with this blurry (not-so) masterpiece. ( I think it is the worst picture I have ever taken...but she was so close...)



Tonight I came home after being in Cleveland all day, and noticed a few deer in the back field. I slipped into the house, grabbed my camera, and crept up on the deer. The wind was blowing towards me, and I used trees to hide behind when they looked up. I got this shot of the buck. When I was close up, and noticed the deer was a buck, I did get a wee bit nervous...they are kind of big. His antlers are all covered in velvet, and he was gorgeous. There was another one with him...whose antler looked like it had been broken. I couldnt get a shot of him. But I did discover that deer make funny noises when they are surprised.


Last week I got this shot of a young woodpecker hopping around the apple tree...there were actually 2 of them, and they were eating bugs.


I joke to Mr. C that I have nature-scaped our property. Along the perimeter I have lets the grasses grow, and the weeds. Last year I noticed that the goldfinches, and house finches liked to eat the seeds off of some of the weeds that grew...so I let them grow...and our yard has become bird paradise. We also have rabbits in the yard, but they have been leaving the garden and flowers alone...I think because they have so much other good stuff to eat with better ground cover. Same with the deer..at least that is my idea on it...they can always prove me wrong. ;-)

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Coyote

Talk about excitement all around!
Earlier this morning I was sitting on the couch doing my normal morning bit of checking email and drinking coffee. I sit so I can see out my living room windows, I like to look up and see birds hopping around, the sun hitting the trees, and look at the fields. While doing that something caught my eye. At first I thought my dog was outside, then I realized it was rather shaggy and had erect ears.

Quite suddenly it dawned on me that at coyote was running through my yard!

I ran to the kitchen and grabbed my camera, that was thankfully equipped with the 200mm lens instead of the smaller one (was taking photos of young woodpeckers yesterday) I snapped a couple shots of the coyote as he was heading off to the back woods. It was really neat to see but freaky at the same time. Last year a dog was killed a few houses down by coyotes. I was really happy my dog had just come in, because she would have run up to check it out or chase it off.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Science

I ventured into the barn today. Typically I find it rather creepy, and don't have much of a need to go in there. I went in because I had to get the lawnmower and mow where our lawn mowing guy doesn't..he had a 4 wheeler accident and broke his leg in 6 places, and can't walk too well...so he just rides his mower around our yard, and I do the trimming and things.
While in the barn I noticed the barn swallow nests in the rafters. I ran inside to get my camera, and the kids came in the barn with me. We watched the swallow parents swoop around the barn, and I got some photos of the adorable nestlings. (I love birds, but barn swallows...I love beyond all others)


After that we went to check and see how our garden is growing. Our purple heritage tomatoes look like they aren't growing...but the pink tomato plant is getting big...zucchini is getting huge of course...and the cabbages are still looking nice. As we looked at the cabbages we noticed the dirt moving. We stood there, I had the camera poised...dirt kept moving. Kids were convinced it was a snake, I figured it was a mole. I told Add to get the shovel, and I scooped it up, and it was a mole. Gwen declared it to be adorable, and the boys were relieved to see that moles are rather small and cute...for some reason they had imagined them to be big and fearsome. Silly boys.

I took some photos...and we went inside. The 4 of us got on to the computer, and learned how swallows make their mud nests, and that moles have larders full of earthworms. Good day.

On a side note, I got these ridiculous photos of the beasts I live with...otherwise known as dogs.



This is the face of a very happy dog...note her tongue is nearly hitting her eye



This is why Blue hates Bella....note the look of sheer terror.


This is why Blue REALLY hates Bella.