Friday, April 17, 2015

Our First Cherry Tree Blossoms

Cherry blossom petals: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
Happy floral Friday! This week in my Maryland garden we have our very first cherry blossoms on a tree planted in our yard last year.
Cherry blossom cluster: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
I took these photos just yesterday and the tree is already starting to leaf out today. Cherry blossom season is wonderful but fleeting.
Cherry blossom tree top: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
I love their pretty petals so it's really something special to have our own little tree.
Cherry blossom close up: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
Thank you for visiting! I hope you enjoyed my cherry blossom photos. If I feel energetic I'll sort through the hundreds (perhaps over a thousand) of cherry blossom photos my husband and I took last weekend around the Washington D.C. tidal basin and share the best with you in an upcoming post. But I'll post links from previous years' photos in case you'd like to see some right away.

May God bless you and fill your heart with His peace, love and joy!

Related posts:
2014 DC cherry blossoms: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/04/cherry-blossoms-washington-dc-monuments.html
2013 DC cherry blossoms: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2013/04/cherry-blossoms-and-national-monuments.html
Pom pom Cherry blossoms: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/04/cherry-blossom-pom-pom-flower-photos.html

Friday, April 10, 2015

Pretty Pansies, Periwinkle, Forsythia and a Funky Daffodil

Blue yellow pansies: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
Happy floral Friday and welcome to this week in my Maryland garden! I love spring and the excitement of new flowers blooming in our yard. Granted, the pansies have been in the garden since last fall but they are definitely starting to perk up again with our spring weather.
Purple periwinkle: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
The periwinkle (also called vinca) started blooming this week and it's nice to see little flowers on the evergreen foliage. We'd grow this ground cover just for the glossy green leaves but the purple-blue blooms are a nice bonus.
Yellow forsythia: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
 The forsythia came into full bloom this week. Its bright yellow is like a smile from our garden.
Burgundy yellow pansy: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
 I love the yellow center of this burgundy pansy.
Funky daffodil: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
And I am not sure why but I like this funky daffodil photo better sideways than right side up.

Thank you for visiting! Next week I hope to have photos of blooms on our very first cherry tree to share with you. May God bless you this spring and always!

Related posts:
Daffodils, pansies and cyclamen: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/03/daffodil-pansy-and-cyclamen-flower.html
Tulips, forsythia and more: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/03/happy-spring-floral-photos-this-week-in.html
Periwinkle, daffodil and more: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/03/floral-signs-of-spring-this-week-in-my.html

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Cute Baby Bear Videos for Wild Wednesday

Happy wild Wednesday! I had the great blessing of seeing these adorable Andean bear cubs (also called "bespectacled bears") in their habitat at the Smithsonian's National Zoo this weekend. This is the third set of cubs I've enjoyed watching but the most exciting because they're the youngest and smallest that I've seen yet. I have three videos to share today. I put the top one first because it had the nicest thumbnail but my favorite is the second one where the little bear climbs up and down a tree. The third one is worth watching because I zoomed out so you could see how high up the little guys climbed. Their cuteness warmed my heart and I hope they make you smile.

These cute little animals are still fuzzy. They're a little wobbly but already great climbers.

The rumor is that the baby bears, health and weather permitting, will be out most mornings from ten to eleven am and longer as they grow stronger and more resilient (and possibly longer on warmer days too). Apparently these two brother bears love to climb so if you visit I hope you get to see them climb in person.

Thank you for visiting! May God bless these little bears and may He bless you too!

Related posts:
Baby bears playing: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2013/08/andean-bear-cubs-playing-and-eating.html
Andean bear birthday: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/01/andean-bear-cubs-birthday-bash.html
Dancing bear cubs: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/06/dancing-andean-bear-cubs.html

Friday, April 3, 2015

Lilies for Good Friday

Lily Macro: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
A blessed Good Friday to you! I wanted to do something special for floral Friday since it falls on Good Friday this year. My husband kindly consented to let me use his excellent lily photo (second in today's post). We don't have any recent pure white lily photos but I thought these were beautiful and hope you enjoy them.
Pink & white lily: Copyright © Ben Wheeler, 2015, used with permission
These pink and white flowers are my favorite of this type of lily. 
Pink lilies, purple tulip: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
On a recent trip to Longwood Gardens, PA, these lilies appeared to be nested in ferns and there were also a few tulips that were such a deep purple they almost appeared black.
Pink and white lilies and black tulips: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
Here is a different angle of some of the lilies from the same display. 
Beautiful lily: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
And here's a whole flower of the same type in the first photo of this post. I love flowers, but I love Jesus more! If you want to know Him too, PeacewithGod.net is a great place to start and they have volunteers on hand to chat 24/7. May God bless you this Good Friday, Easter weekend and always!

Related posts:
Resurrection chapel: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/04/happy-easter-resurrection-chapel-photos.html
Good Friday haiku poem: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/04/national-cathedral-photos-and-good.html
Funny Easter cat photos: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/04/funny-easter-cat-photos-featuring.html
Easter Good News: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/04/easter-good-news-how-to-become-born.html

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Wild Eagles Nest at US National Arboretum

Eagle guarding nest: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
Happy wild Wednesday! As promised in last week's post, here are our wild bald eagle photos from two separate trips to the U.S. National Arboretum where a couple of adult bald eagles have a protected nest. Hikers can't get so close as to disturb the eagles but you can see the nest from certain parts of the azalea gardens that aren't cordoned off as well as from a bit of the road nearby.
Eagle and nest: Copyright © Ben Wheeler, 2015, used with permission
My dear husband was kind enough to let me publish his photos here too. I like how much prettier the sky looks in his (this is likely due to a filter). In both of the above photos you can see the wild bald eagle guarding its nest (the eagle is on a branch to the right of the nest).
Soaring eagle: Copyright © Ben Wheeler, 2015, used with permission
The bright blue sky is a tip off that these two photos are from a separate day trip. It was really exciting to see the eagle flying overhead as we walked on one of the lower azalea trails.
Eagle wings: Copyright © Ben Wheeler, 2015, used with permission
Because we were in the woods it was hard to get a good shot but the eagle flew over us a few times, presumably circling the area to ensure its nest was safe.
Vigilant bald eagle and nest: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
God willing, we'll have more trips and hopefully some better photos to share on future wild Wednesday posts. While seeing wild eagles is more exciting, I do have some better quality photos of captive eagles from the National Zoo if you'd like to see more eagles (just let me know).

Thank you for visiting! May God bless America, our bald eagles and may He bless you too!

Related posts:
Blackwater eagle: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/03/blackwater-national-wildlife-refuge.html
Eagle festival: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/03/eagle-festival-photos.html
Osprey photos: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2013/07/osprey-photos-and-haiku-poem.html

Friday, March 27, 2015

First Flowers of Spring and Floral Friday Post of 2015

Purple Crocus: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
Happy floral Friday and spring! Spring is my favorite season and I'm so glad it's here. I hope you enjoy this first of my 2015 "this week in my Maryland garden" posts.

Thank you to those who have continued to ask for flower photos. It's great to finally have fresh flowers to share again and it sure is nice to see them blooming in our yard. The crocuses are our first blooming bulbs. I love the vibrant purple in the ones pictured above.
Burgundy Hellebore: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
The hellebores are our first blooming perennials.  The burgundy are my favorite but the white (two photos down) are really pretty too.
Pretty Pansy: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
Most of the pansies did survive the winter, although they are not as robust looking as they could be. They will probably perk back up once the frosts are over, although that could be later than usual this year. It has certainly felt like a colder than average winter.
White and Green Hellebore: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
I like the red freckles on the inside of the white hellebore plants.
Purple pansy: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
The first pansy in this post (above) was planted in the ground. This purple pansy was in our deck box. The deck box pansies don't look near as healthy as the ones in the ground but I hope they'll perk back up too.

I wish you a happy Friday and weekend and a wonderful spring! May God bless you!

Related posts:
Wheelbarrow pansies: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/09/a-wheelbarrow-full-of-pansies-for.html
Daffodil, pansy and cyclamen: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/03/daffodil-pansy-and-cyclamen-flower.html
Pansy and spring poem: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2013/03/happy-spring-poem-crocus-and-pansy.html

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Gorgeous Geese for Wild Wednesday

Swimming Geese: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
Happy wild Wednesday! I took photos of these gorgeous geese on my walk today. It's always a blessing to see wild animals in the great outdoors.
Back to Back Geese: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
I got as close as I could without getting in the water because I was hoping to see some baby geese but I guess it's too early in the season for them. These two geese took turns checking me out.
Goose nibbling: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
But they obviously didn't think I posed a danger because they resumed eating. I love how flexible their necks are.
Gaggle of Geese: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2015
Just when I thought they were getting comfortable some other people approached and the geese swam away. But it was nice to see the geese and watch them feed for a while.

I have some interesting but not great quality photos of the eagle nest (and one of the eagles sharing it) at the National Arboretum. Usually I try to post just nice (or better) quality photos here but someone asked to see them anyway so if you'd also like to see them please let me know.

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

Related posts:
Baby geese: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2012/05/goose-family-photographs.html
Wet & wild birds: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/07/wet-wild-birds.html
Anna's hummingbirds: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2014/08/hummingbird-photos-by-anna-horner-for.html