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)

Thursday, October 6, 2016

I'd Lost My Mojo...

Pretty purslane - the deer haven't found them yet, which I'm kind of sad about since I haven't seen even one deer since we've moved here.  

I've mostly seen bugs and birds, lizards and snakes.  He thinks he's hiding, hahaha.

 Handsome, here, is easy to spot and he has a Cardinal family with a wife and three kids that all eat at the feeders.  

Here is Mrs. C. and she loves this mesh feeder that should have peanuts or corn in it.  I filled it with black-oil sunflower seeds when we first moved here (a couple of months ago), just to get a feeder up quickly.  Well, all the birds love it!  There's four feeding stations in the yard and they all want to hang out on this old thing.  

We had to get a new pole for this beat up old hopper feeder.  But I'm happy it's up because it keeps the seed from getting wet.  

I'm not sure how this Red-bellied Woodpecker is doing.  She looks a little scruffy and I hope she's okay.  I've decided I'm not loving this plain white fence as a background to bird photos.  I think it's so sterile looking.  I guess this is a great place to start planting, to get some pretty backgrounds again.

And why haven't I planted anything lately?  Ha!  Good question.  I didn't do diddly last month.  My husband had a very nasty virus which ended him up in hospital and of course, I got it and that took me out for a couple of weeks.  So I think September flew by and I just sat on my hiney.

The previous photo is of some Shepherds Needles wildflowers that we have an abundance of along the roadside.  They are excellent at attracting all types of butterflies, like this Zebra Longwing which is our Florida state butterfly.

And this bright orange male Julia butterfly.

The Beautyberries are all ripe and gorgeous looking.  Why is nobody eating them?  I keep reading how the birds are suppose to gobble them up and other wildlife too.  Nope - nobody touches these guys.  At least, not around here.  

Unfortunately, some birds do seem to like the invasive and exotic Brazilian Berries.  Which of course then spreads them quite effectively.  I've noticed quite a few mature trees in the woods and I'm sad to see that.  If you can learn to identify this tree in its small form, it's easy to pull out then.  Once it gets even a foot high, I find I have to get out the major tools to pull it all out. 

Yup - it's getting to be that time of year again when the goblins and ghosts are around.  I'll be out there trying to get some spooky photos.  All Hallows' Eve has always been a favorite!  

I think George Carlin is attributed to the saying I added to this full moon shot.  There's so many fake quotes going around I almost hate to add a credit.  But, I didn't want you to think I wrote it.  I'm not clever like that.  Bugs and Hisses to all!  :)


Janice said...

Hi Lynn! First of all, so sorry that you and hubby were ill. I love your bird photos! Mockingbirds eat my Beautyberries, but I have never seen any other kind of bird dining on them - except for my chickens. They ate them up as far as they could reach, then I started breaking off branches of berries for them. Take care, be well! _Janice

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Sorry to hear you and your hubby were so ill. I hope you both are fully well now.

Great photos!

Happy Fall ~ FlowerLady

Susan said...

So glad to see you are back. Sorry to hear that you and hubby were sick in September. Hopefully, you're both back on track. As usual your photos are beautiful! Love the zebra Longwing with the Spanish needle, and the Julia butterfly is beautiful! The woodpecker does look a little funny. Hope she's okay. Love the quote, too. Thanks for posting.

daisy gurl said...

Glad y'all are feeling better. I haven't been out in the garden much either lately, so you're not alone.

I have mockingbirds that dine on the beautyberries too. It's always such a thrill to know that it is feeding someone!
You have such a wonderful collection of critters.

Enjoy your weekend!

Lynn McIntosh said...

Thank you Janice, Rainey, Susan and daisy - I love your very nice comments! We're doing ok, but it's always something it seems, haha. I've got a bone spur on my foot that has just decided to cause me some walking difficulties - geesh, but I won't complain too much. I can get around and do stuff, and that's a blessing! Loving the cooler and breezy weather after the big storm. Hope you're all enjoying it too! :)