Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Ready to Welcome 2015!

Well, this is kind of a funky shot, but I thought I'd include it as part of my attempts in taking action photos of the birds this coming new year.  I find it interesting to show different behaviors that still shots can't always portray.  Here, it's quite obvious the male painted bunting is having something to say to the female - something she didn't take kindly to, I'd bet!

Glad that the female (or this could be an immature male), finally got a chance at the feeder!  I've seen three of these greenies, as they're called, at one time and I've also seen three of the males at the same time.  The last couple of years I've only seen two males at a time, so I'm happy I'm getting a bigger crowd this year!

I never get tired of seeing these beauties.  I'm so amazed at the colors of blue, green, orange, red and pink - wow!  

This is not a great photo by far, but I was so happy to see that the Indigo Buntings have arrived in the yard.  I haven't seen them here this early before, so it was a nice surprise.  This male is still in molt as he's mostly brown.

Soon he'll be this glorious blue and what a beauty he is!  I love seeing them fly around the yard - bright dashes of blue go zooming by.  Makes a challenge to photograph them as I rarely see them at the feeder.

I got the last three narcissus bulbs at the garden center a few weeks ago and they were very nice to bloom for the Holidays and are still blooming!

I'll be trying to find a spot in the garden for the poinsettia.  

The potted hot pink geranium is making a comeback after it got some new soil.  

I thought I had bought all hot pink pentas, but I picked up two purple ones by mistake.  But, that's okay, I don't really consider it a mistake as I'm a big fan of purple!  

Yep - more purple!  Never get tired of the wonderful bougainvillea that is in its prime blooming stage this time of year.

I love the subtle shimmer on the leaves and petals of the begonia.

I keep forgetting I have lettuce and sweet pea seeds to plant. I think I'm going to have to write myself a note!  The lettuce will be all right, but I might have waited too long on the sweet peas.  I'll still give them a go, but it'll probably be too hot when they get going.  As we're having mid 80's, I'm not sure if we'll even get cool enough weather for them. 

I'll remember this year as the year of the bear.  We had a little guy in the yard several times, but lately there's been quite a big bear around and looks like he chose our fence to help him get over the fence in the backyard.  I never seem to have my camera when he's around and I'm going to be working on getting some photos next time!  I feel so blessed to live next to such a beautiful and active preserve.  

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