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, April 6, 2016

Beautiful Indigo Buntings

Such an incredible blast of blue!  I absolutely adore these guys.  I do find them a bit hard to photograph as they are more skittish than most of the other birds in the yard.

This shot is from last year.  I don't even want to mention how many pics I have to take to get a halfway recognizable photo of one of these birds, Haha!  They are truly a challenge for me - same with the flitty little gnatcatchers.

The afore mentioned flitty little gnatcatcher.

The Painted Buntings are still in town.  I don't blame them for not going north or west or wherever they go, as it seems to be cold again elsewhere in the states. 

That's okay, they can stay here as long as they'd like!  I just bought a new bag of white millet and they love the birdbath, so we're set for a while now.

I haven't decided if I like this photo or not, but I found it kind of intriguing. I like to play around with capturing the light.  It was early evening and I liked how it highlighted this male redbellied woodpeckers profile.

Here he is in a brighter light.  

Well, I've always been basically a picture blog.  I don't offer any great gardening tips, because I'm not a great gardener (big cheesy grin)!  And now I'm discovering that I won't be able to garden like I used to due to my autoimmune diseases.  This last month has pretty much made it clear to me that I can't get out there and take care of things like I used to.  And in all honesty, I've been dwindling down since last fall.  I've recently had a rheumatoid arthritis flare like I've never experienced and I'm working on learning what I can do and what I can't.

The big gardenia and the dwarf gardenia bushes are all getting set to bloom.

So, I'll probably be doing mostly container gardening.  Which offers lots and lots of opportunities to try new plants and have beautiful flowers around.

There's nothing like having a big pot of fragrant jasmine to sit next to while I'm reading a book on the lanai.

And I can always give vegetables another go.  These little tomatoes were so cute, but unfortunately didn't taste very good.  I'll have to try another variety.

And I definitely can see myself turning into an herbal green witch of sorts.  

I think I'm quite a ways down that path already :)

Plus with all the cool visitors we have to the yard, like this orb weaver - there's always something to blog about.  

I get pretty excited over leaf patterns, Haha, but I'll consider it a creative endeavor to come up with blog posts about things I hope others will find somewhat interesting.  And still keep with a gardening theme.

Oh, how could I forget!  The orange blossoms have been perfuming the backyard all month long.  It's so wonderful!  

Thanks friends for having a read through my blog!  Blessings to all!  Be well.


Janice Taylor said...

Lynn, hi girl!!! I've been missing you, and hoping you weren't ill. So sorry about your arthritis flare - bummer. Your photos are always so special that I'll visit your blog no matter if it's just moss you're photographing. The birds are amazing, as always. And hey, container gardening sounds great, you can change things out seasonally. I love this post! Take care, Lynn. Wishing health and only good things for you. _Janice

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Dear Lynn ~ I am so sorry about your r. arthritis flare up. I pray you'll be able to find some relief and ways to help with this.

Your photos are all beautiful and amazing. I'm sure you'll still be able to share the beauty that surrounds you even though you are cutting back on gardening.

Love, hugs & prayers ~ FlowerLady

Susan said...

Hi Lynn, So sorry to hear about your arthritis. I do hope you're feeling better soon and that you won't give up posting on your blog. I enjoy your gorgeous photos. You are so fortunate to have such beautiful, tropical birds visiting your garden. Your photos are absolutely beautiful! Sending wishes that you'll find a treatment that works for you.

Lynn McIntosh said...

Thank you Janice! Thank you Lorraine! Thank you Susan! I appreciate so much your kind words and good thoughts! And thanks much for wanting to read and look at all the stuff going on in my yard. It means so much to me!!!

daisy gurl said...

Sorry to hear about your autoimmune issues. I'm dealing with something similar myself and it really stinks to realize that you aren't able to do what you did before. I'm not dealing well with it.

The birds are absolutely brilliant! I think I need to get some millet, if that's what attracts those marvelous blue birds!
Don't worry about what you post. Just post what you like. We will all be here looking forward to reading it and admiring your wonderful photography.
Sending healing your way.
Bee well.

Leslie Kimel said...

I'm so sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well, Lynn; I hope you feel better soon. Whatever kinds of pictures you post in the future, I know they will be amazing. Tonight when I saw your indigo bunting, I actually gasped. I had to show my husband and email a link to my sister. This was a beautiful, beautiful post!

Lynn McIntosh said...

Hi Daisy! I'm so sorry to hear you're dealing with something similar! It is hard, that's for sure. I hope you'll find a way to feel better soon! Thank you for your lovely comment and healing vibes! Very much appreciated!

Lynn McIntosh said...

Leslie, thank you so much! I'm so happy you liked my bunting photos - and feel very honored that you showed them to your husband and sister. They are still in the yard, as of today anyway. Soon they will be leaving for the season. But they'll be back in the fall. :)

Kate R said...

Hello Lynn - I always love to visit your blog and I enjoy your lovely comments on mine too. I can tell you are a very sweet and special person so I feel so bad for you that you are having to endure this RA situation. No matter what please keep blogging and we will all enjoy your gorgeous pictures. You really do take great ones! Take care and give yourself a big hug from me!
- Kate xx