Saturday, November 1, 2014

Cute Dwarf Mongoose Enjoys Pumpkin

Cute dwarf mongoose: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
Happy November and harvest time! My dear husband took me to the National Zoo so I could see the cute animals enjoying their pumpkin enrichment time. I thought the dwarf mongoose was especially adorable in her pumpkin house.
Dwarf mongoose macro: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
 Three of these cute critters took turns jumping in and out of the pumpkin.
Dwarf mongoose in pumpkin: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
 But this one stayed the longest.
Dwarf mongoose pumpkin house: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
 She could watch her peers running around the rest of the habitat from her window.
Cute dwarf mongoose feet: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
See her tiny little feet? She jumped out right after this shot. I thank you for visiting and hope these photos made you smile. May God bless you in this new month and always!

Edit/note added 11/5/14: I am prayerfully going to take an estimated two-month break from the blog, but, God willing, will be back with brief holiday messages and regular posts in the New Year. If there's something you'd like to see or read more about for 2015, please comment below or email me at lovejoypeas@gmail.com. May God bless and keep you!

Related posts for you to enjoy:
Cute Halloween cats: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/10/happy-halloween-cats-and-flowers.html
Cute baby monkey: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/08/baby-howler-monkey-photos-for-wild.html
Funny Halloween cat: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/10/moose-cat-rocks-sombrero.html
Cute rabbit photos: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/09/cute-yard-bunny-photos-for-wild.html

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween Cats and Flowers

Cute Halloween cat: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
Happy Halloween and harvest time! Unlike easygoing Moose the cat, my feral born cat (Baby) doesn't take well to costumes so I usually just place props around her for photo sessions. As promised in Wednesday's post, today's post includes viking and cowgirl Halloween cat photos too. Enjoy!
Harvest/Halloween flowers: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
Because Halloween also falls on floral Friday, I thought I'd include these pretty Halloween inspired flowers my dear husband bought me. 
Moose the viking cat: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
Moose looks fierce in this photo but really she was just eyeing the bag of post photo session treats.
Baby the viking cat: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
Baby looks even fiercer but she was just yawning. She eventually fell asleep with her head resting on the (totally safe) battle axe prop.
Moose the cowgirl princess cat: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
My husband bought this blonde wig and cowgirl hat for Moose and I thought this was a funny photo. She got extra treats for this one.

I hope this Halloween brings you many treats and no tricks. May God bless you!

Related posts:
Funny cat in sombrero photos: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/10/moose-cat-rocks-sombrero.html
2013 Halloween funny cat photos: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2013/10/happy-halloween-funny-cat-pictures.html
2012 Halloween cat photos: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/10/happy-halloween-funny-cat-photos.html

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Moose the Cat Rocks a Sombrero

Moose the Cat in sombrero: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
Welcome to the Halloween edition of wild Wednesday! I hope you enjoy these cute and funny photos of Moose the cat in a sombrero. She's nineteen years old and mostly likes sleeping but she knows if she lets me take photos of her she'll get treats so she plays along.
Moose the Cat's sombrero stare: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
 I thought she had a good stare off face in this photo
Moose the Cat in sombrero 2: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
Here she was looking up at our other cat but you can see the sombrero's colors best in this shot.
Sombrero siesta: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
And here she was settling down for a little nap.
Moose the Cat stretches in sombrero: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
But before dozing off she stretched out one paw dramatically. I had a whole red background photo session area prepared but when the cat is willing I take photos wherever she is. These were on the floor in our living room. She was enjoying the sunbeam on the carpet before (and after) the photo shoot.

Keep an eye out because we have a viking warrior, cowgirl and more funny Halloween cat photo shots to come. Happy early Halloween! May God bless you and those you love!

Related posts:
2013 Halloween cat photos: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2013/10/happy-halloween-funny-cat-pictures.html
Halloween squirrel: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/10/happy-halloween-squirrelly-photos-and.html
Halloween orangutan: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/09/funny-orangutan-is-ready-for-halloween.html
2012 Halloween cat photos: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/10/happy-halloween-funny-cat-photos.html

Friday, October 24, 2014

Echinacea, Pansies, Rose Petals and a Dahlia

Purple coneflower (echinacea): Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
Happy floral Friday and welcome to "this week in my Maryland garden." The cooler autumn weather has killed a few of our plants but there are still spots of floral color to be found. The echinacea (purple coneflower) above is a volunteer from one of our original plants. It seems that the oldest plants bloom earliest but we're still getting new flowers from the youngest plants.
Blue and white pansy: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
Thankfully, the pansies my husband bought earlier in the season survived the various heat waves we've had since planting. I love this blue one with white, violet and yellow accents.
Strawberries and cream rose: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
I was pleasantly surprised to find this strawberries and cream rose. I thought the weeds and morning glory vines had killed the bush. I love the white edging on the petals.
Burgundy and yellow pansy: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
The pansies not only survived but they're putting out fresh buds. Hopefully they'll continue blooming through next spring.
Yellow and white dahlia: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
The dahlias are still blooming, although their flower production has slowed a bit.

I hope my flower photos made you smile. May God bless you!

Related posts:
Wheelbarrow pansies: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/09/a-wheelbarrow-full-of-pansies-for.html
Pansy patch: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/09/sparkling-chrysanthemums-dahlias-zinnia.html
Spring pansies: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/03/daffodil-pansy-and-cyclamen-flower.html
Spring poem and pansy photo: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2013/03/happy-spring-poem-crocus-and-pansy.html

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Monarch Butterfly on Pretty Chrysanthemum Flowers

Monarch on chrysanthemums: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
Happy wild Wednesday! I love butterflies and the monarchs have always been special to me. It was fun watching this one on a patch of chrysanthemums in the National Arboretum's Asian gardens. 
Monarch wingspan: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
The butterfly only opened its wings fully a few times so I was thrilled to get this image.
Monarch on chrysanthemums 2: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
It flew from flower to flower.
Monarch and moth on chrysanthemums: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
And even shared space with a colorful moth (near the far right side of the photo).
Monarch on chrysanthemums 3: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
But didn't seem disturbed by the company of the moth or many bees also enjoying the chrysanthemums and sunshine.

I hope my photos made you smile. Happy autumn! May God bless you and the world's butterflies!

Related posts:
Monarch butterflies on tithonia: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/10/monarch-butterflies-on-tithonia.html
Butterflies and dragonfly: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/08/dragonfly-and-butterflies-on-flowers-at.html
Butterfly garden: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/07/wildlife-at-glendening-preserves.html
Butterfly art: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/10/butterfly-art-by-denise-arvaneh.html

Friday, October 17, 2014

Raindrop Drenched Dahlia, Chrysanthemum and Rose Photos

Raindrops on chrysanthemums: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
Happy floral Friday and welcome to "this week in my Maryland garden!" Our daisy-like chrysanthemums started blooming this week. 
Raindrops on hot pink rose: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
I believe this is one of our "senior prom" roses and one of the first ones we planted in Maryland.
Raindrops on dinner plate dahlia: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
The dahlias are the real powerhouse of our flower garden right now, still putting out daily flowers.
Raindrops and bee on red dahlia: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
Even the little dahlias are still producing beautiful flowers and the bees are enjoying them.
Raindrops and bee on chrysanthemums: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014An
Here's another look at the chrysanthemums featured in the first photo of this post. I love how raindrops are caught between the petals of the just-opening chrysanthemum bud.

Thank you for visiting! May God bless you this autumn and always!

Related posts:
Late spring raindrop flowers: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/05/raindrop-drenched-rose-cosmos.html
Early spring raindrop flowers: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/10/raindrops-on-roses-azalea-camellia.html
Late summer raindrop flowers: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/09/sparkling-chrysanthemums-dahlias-zinnia.html
Raindrop foliage: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/04/happy-earth-day-leaf-and-randrop-photos.html

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Dogs and Bees at the U.S. National Arboretum

Frontal bee detail: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
Happy wild Wednesday! Earlier this month I enjoyed a walk in the U.S. National Arboretum and saw these cute bees and dogs. I hope the photos make you smile.
Cute little fluffy dog: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
I wanted to pet this cute little dog and ask its human what breed he was but they walked in the other direction before I got the chance (I used my zoom to get the photo). 
Bee on bicolor marigolds: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
This bee was parked on top of two pretty, mostly red, bicolor marigolds. 
Faithful guard dog: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
And this adorable dog was keeping watch while her humans slept. I love how she's got one ear up.
Bee on yellow wildflower: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2014
These bees were really fun to photograph so I had to include one more image.

That's all for this week's wild Wednesday feature. Which was your favorite photo from today's post? Do you have a favorite dog or bee memory to share? I'd love to hear it! May God bless you!

Related posts:
Cute skirted dog: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/03/cherry-blossom-dog.html
Cute bunnies: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/09/cute-yard-bunny-photos-for-wild.html
Bentley the dog: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/04/pictures-of-bentley-my-new-dog-friend.html