Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Black Squirrel Photos & Haiku Poem

Black squirrel on fence: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Happy wild Wednesday! I was on my walk today, wondering what to share for today's post when I spied this pretty black squirrel foraging in a suburban Maryland yard. She even inspired me to write a little poem in her honor when I got home:

 Black Squirrel Haiku Poem:
Skittish black squirrel
entertained me with jumping
running, and hiding
Open mouthed black squirrel:  Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
This was the last shot I got before she hid behind the solid fence and scampered off (I could her her rustling the leaves).
Peeping black squirrel: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
 This was one of the first shots I got of her. She definitely noticed me taking my camera out.
Foraging black squirrel: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
And here's an overview of where I first spotted her foraging. It's fun to photograph local wildlife. I have a family member who wishes to remain anonymous but loves black squirrels. This post is in his honor. I love you!

There's a white squirrel in this neighborhood too but it's always been to fast for me to photograph. Perhaps 2016 is the year I'll catch him.

Thank you for visiting! May God bless you in every way!

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Rare Blue Poppies for Floral Friday

Himalayan Blue Poppy: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Happy floral Friday! Last year my husband and I made a special trip to see Longwood Gardens' rare Himalayan blue poppies.
Raindrops on blue poppy: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
They were spectacular and I loved them wet or dry.
Blue poppy overview: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
The photo above shows the blue poppies on the right as you step into the exhibit.
Blue poppies and other flowers: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Here are some of the rare Himalayan blue poppies planted near a pretty pot of orchids and among anthurium blooms.
Open Himalayan "lingholm" blue poppy: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
The blue poppies are a floral delight and I hope they make you smile. I also hope to be able to see them again this year (I haven't yet seen an annoucement as to when to expect this but think last year it was in March). 

Thank you for visiting! May God bless you!

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Golden Finch & Hummingbird for Wild Wednesday

Open beaked hummingbird: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Happy wild Wednesday! It's a rainy winter day here in Maryland so I thought it'd be nice to brighten things up with some summer bird photos. Hummingbirds often rested (and one year, even nested!) in our rose of Sharon bushes so we put the feeder right in front of them for easy access.
Yellow finch on giant zinnia: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Last summer was my first year planting giant zinnias and they were a big hit with the butterflies and small birds, particularly the golden finches. God willing, I'll plant more giant zinnias this summer to continue the fun.

But for now, planting is just a dream. The snow from the blizzard is melting and it feels like spring but winter is definitely still here.

Thank you for visiting. I hope that you are safe and warm. May God bless you!

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Pretty Pink Fringed Tulips

Pink fringed tulips: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Happy floral Friday! These pretty pink tulips were becoming translucent, a sure sign that they wouldn't last much longer, so I thought it'd be nice to photograph their fleeting beauty for you.
Pink fringed tulip from above: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
 Thanks to their interesting center, these pink flowers are even more beautiful inside than out.
Pink fringed tulip at an angle: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
 Though I enjoy them from every angle.
Pale pink fringed tulip from above: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
I hope they brighten your day. Thank you for visiting! May God bless you!

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Blizzard Birds for Wild Wednesday

Yellow finch in blizzard: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Happy wild Wednesday! As promised in Saturday's post, here are more bird pictures from during the blizzard. While you can't see the snow in the top photo, it's my favorite because of how soft the golden finch's feathers look.
Dark eyed junco in blizzard: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
All of the photos in today's post were taken through windows. I wish I could have gotten a better angle so you could see the dark eyed junco's eyes better but they were as dark as his head feathers.
Blizzard bird with seed in mouth: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
This is another dark eyed junco. I lightened the picture considerably so you could see its eyes. I like that she has a seed in her beak.
Snow beaked blizzard bird: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
I think this is a Carolina wren. He's got snow all over his beak from pecking at the fallen seeds.
Snowtop feeding blizzard bird: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
I'm glad the birds were quick to eat the fallen seeds because the snow fell so fast that they were quickly buried. We feel blessed to be able to feed our feathered friends year round but especially during harsh weather conditions.

The plows are still working on the roads but life seems to be getting back to normal here in Maryland. We were really blessed to retain our power throughout the storm. It went out for a little bit today but it's back on and I'm thankful for that too.

May God bless you and those you love!

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Snowmen and Post Blizzard Walk Photos

Fun Snowman and friend: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Today was my first walk since the blizzard and I loved the decorated snowman in the photo above.
Snowman and snow ghost?: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
The snow ended a few days ago but it's still piled high. Even though today was warmer, with temperatures in the 40s, there's so much snow that while it's melting, plenty remains. 
Snowy post blizzard street: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
I'm thankful for all the people who worked hard to shovel and clear the streets the best they could. There's clearly still more work to be done. 
Snowy post blizzard street 2: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Thank you for visiting! May God bless you, all those still without power, those working hard to clear the streets, our emergency workers and may He also provide shelter for all who need it, healing for the sick and comfort for those who grieve.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

My Maryland Blizzard Photos

Saturday 1/23/2016 Blizzard: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
By God's grace, we still have power and I am very thankful. I pray it will continue and pray for all those who don't have power and/or are out in this storm, as well as for the emergency workers. May God bless and protect them. 
Birds and snowdrift: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
During lighter snowfall the birds flock to the feeders and gobble up the fallen seed. In order to get the photo above I had to sit on the floor and aim my camera through the little open area near the bottom of the sliding glass door (see photo below). 
Sliding glass door snowpile: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
This door is set about eight inches above the ground so that gives you an idea of the amount of snow; though the drifts are much higher.
Blizzard birds: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
The birds managed to push off big piles of snow to access the feeders. 
Blizzard window view: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Visibility worsens as the winds increase, blowing snow into the screens and all over. I haven't ventured outside at all today so these photos were taken through our Maryland home windows.

May God bless you and keep you safe!

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