Sunday, March 31, 2013

Bird D'Pot and Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday

I am linking to Anni's Bird D'Pot and also Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday. You can find Anni here and Stewart here.


We visited Brookside Garden in Wheaton, Maryland last Saturday.  Click here for more information on the Garden. The Canada Geese were pairing up and getting territorial chasing off any encroaching suitors. They noisily charged the competition if they got too close.


Is she smiling?

Finally, I think Spring has sprung.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

CAMERA CRITTERS #260

HAPPY FIFTH ANNIVERSARY TO CAMERA CRITTERS - CONGRATULATIONS MISTY! I THINK THAT IS GREAT AND YOU HAVE BROUGHT SO MUCH PLEASURE TO US ALL THROUGH THIS MEME.  THANK YOU MY FRIEND!

The last time we were at Meadowlark Gardens the Koi had become active.


Did you know that the oldest Koi ever recorded was 226 years' old?  According to Wikipedia "one famous scarlet koi, named Hanako was owned by several individuals, the last of whom was Dr. Komei Koshihara.  Hanako was supposedly 226 years old upon her death in 1977, based on examining one of her scales in 1966."


However, the average Koi lives to be between 25 and 47 years' old.


Koi in Japanese means "carp".  In Japan they are symbols of love and friendship. 



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Thank you Misty for hosting Camera Critters and please click here to visit critters from all over the world.

Camera Critters

TODAY'S FLOWERS #240 - March 30th, 2013

I am very happy to announce the winners of last week's Giveaway.

They are in order that their name was picked out of the hat.

1. Carver at Carver's Sight or is that Site?
2. Xavi at Jardins-Parcs-Paisatges-Muntanyes-Ciutats


Dear Carver and Xavi, if you would like to receive your gift please send me your addresses to my e-mail at luvinwildlife@ hotmail.com, and also put "Today's Flowers Giveway" in the subject line.  If you prefer not to receive the gift or give your address please let me know so that I can choose another recipient.  Thank you my friends.  I am eager to send you Sara's book of flowers from "Flowers of Voluntary Park Conservatory".

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The link to Today's Flowers is open.  We start a new link each Saturday morning at 12.15 a.m. Eastern Time (US).  This is so that our overseas friends can share earlier if they wish.  To see beautiful blooms from around the world you can click here.

These were growing like a carpet in my in-law's garden in Virginia Beach.  A real pretty little flower and I have one of our participants who helped me identify it.  Thank you Minoru Saito at Minoru' Photo Diary.  I saw you had taken a photo in your post today.  You can see Mr. Saito's wonderful collection of photos here and among them is this one.   

Ipheion uniforum.  
Here it is also known as Spring Starflower or Spring Star.






(A message that will be repeated every week.)

I wish to show my appreciation for all the participants in the previous week's Today's Flowers Meme, by sharing their links here.  I always try hard not to make any mistakes but please let me know if there are any, the same if I have missed anyone.  I have already been made aware of one or two mistakes and believe me, I appreciate it as I like to get things correct.  The links are in the order they were received on the home page.  Consequently, this list won't be alphabetical.  Clicking on the names will take you to their blogs.

With my thanks to last week's participants who were:



Karen at Pixel Posts

Jidhu Jose at Snapshot

Xavi at Jardins-Parcs-Paisatges-Muntanyes-Ciutats

Mina Fotostunder

Randy at Bland Rosor & Tistlar

Judy at The Road To Here

Elin at I hagen ved skauen

Meta at Blommor och sant med koloni

Squirrel Queen at The Road To Here

Betty Manousos at Cut and Dry

Maboe

Enerhagen

Minoru's Photo Diary

Tina's PicStory

Carver at Carver's Sight or is that Site?

Pupo at Ipsis Flowers

The Modern Mom

Liz at Mommy's Little Corner

Chris at Vincibene

Gisela at Guildwood Gardens

Luna Miranda at Live in the Moment

BirgittaB - Welcome to my world of photography

Sara at Love That Image

Jama at Sweet Memories

Lina at Women's Perspectives

Sleepshort at Inside Out

Kerri at A Little Piece of Me

Mona's Picturesque

Doug at 2013 Doug Photo Blog

Self-Segacity

January at Life's Concealed Details

Sandy at Kezzela2

Kathy at Mammoth Lakes Daily Photo

Pret-a-Vivre

A Mom's Diary

Randi at Bland Rosor & Tistlar

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Today's Flowers was created by our good friend Luiz Santilli, Jr.




TF teamPupo - Sandy Carlson - Denise


Our latest logo came from Luna Miranda.  Thank you so much for this pretty logo.


If you enjoy participating in memes we are always on the look-out for new friends to join in.  For those of you who are already sharing when you can, thank you very much. 

If anyone would like to be a guest and share photos on our home page, details can be found at the top of Today's Flowers web site, which you will find here.

                                                

I am also linking up with Tina's Weekend Flowers which you can find here.

   


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Skywatch Friday Season 7, Episode 38


My thanks to the hosts of SkyWatch Friday.  Please click here to visit other sky watchers


The other day while driving through our neighborhood, I noticed we had some very dark clouds around and yet still lots of blue in the sky.  I took these photos as the sun passed behind one of them.






Celia's old family photo

While down in Virginia Beach  I was practicing taking photos with my iPad.  Celia showed me a photo of her Great-Grandmother.  She has a lovely name, one fit for a character in a novel, but I won't divulge it for privacy's sake.  I had a nice letter from Celia's cousin Lonnie since I put in this post and he tells me that this photo was taken when she was about18 years old, around 1892.  Thanks for the extra info Lonnie.

As many of you have mentioned the frame in your comments, I wanted to add how much I loved the old-fashioned frame too.  It fits the photo perfectly.  I was a little off kilter with the frame and tried to straighten it up by adding a border.  It's hard to take photos of photos sometimes.  Thank you Celia for letting me put your Great-Grandmother on my blog.


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Wild Bird Wednesday

I am joining in with Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday today, which you can find here.


While we were in Virginia Beach I was looking at the back garden from my in-law's den and saw this little Carolina Wren perch on an old cooking pot.






Monday, March 25, 2013

A quote....or two....or three....or four.

This is a photo I took with my cell phone, on our road trip to Philadelphia a few weeks ago.  Sometimes I am surprised how a photo turns out.  I was taking this shot with the sun facing me, and I was having a hard time when looking at the back of the cell and could hardly see what I was taking.  I didn't find out until I had it on the computer screen once we got home, and I was pleased with how it turned out.   We took a different route for our return trip and were driving through Delaware, on a back road somewhere.  Not exactly sure where we were at the time but Gregg thinks he can find it again, and we will return one of these days.  


"There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle."
~Albert Einstein~

"Immerse yourself in nature, quietly listen, smell, watch, taste and touch.  Nurture your conscience.  Protect nature.  Defend the garden of your spirit."
~Author Unknown~

"Collect moments, not things."
~Author Unknown~

"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous."
~Aristotle~

Saturday, March 23, 2013

TODAY'S FLOWERS # 239, Earth Hour and a Giveaway.

(Graphic found on line)


Guisela, who is our Guest Friend today has also brought our attention to Earth Hour.  To read about this important event you can click here.  I am also happy to announce a Giveaway for participants at Today's Flowers.  Please go     
 HERE
and scroll down to read details. 


The link to Today's Flowers is open.  We start a new link each Saturday morning at 12.15 a.m. Eastern Time (US).  This is so that our overseas friends can share earlier if they wish.  To see beautiful blooms from around the world you can click here.

This week I am sharing hats made from flowers.  These were found at the Philadelphia Flower Show which I went to on March 4th.









(A message that will be repeated every week.)

I wish to show my appreciation for all the participants in the previous week's Today's Flowers Meme, by sharing their links here.  I always try hard not to make any mistakes but please let me know if there are any, the same if I have missed anyone.  I have already been made aware of one or two mistakes and believe me, I appreciate it as I like to get things correct.  The links are in the order they were received on the home page.  Consequently, this list won't be alphabetical.  Clicking on the names will take you to their blogs.

With my thanks to last week's participants who were:

Sarah at Hood Photography

Rajesh at Why Click?

Randy at Bland Rosor & Tistlar

Mona's Picturesque

Xavi at Jardins-Parcs-Paisatges-Muntanyes-Ciutats

Tina's PicStory

Maboe

Nancy at A Rural Journey

Bush Bernie's Blog

Chris at Vincibene

Elin at I hagen ved skauen

Kerri at A Little Piece of Me

Enerhagen

Kramer at Bexar County Line

Carver at Carver's Sight or is that Site?

Meta at Blommor och sant med koloni

Pupo at Ipsis Flowers

Charlene at Blissful Solitary Wanderings

Birgitta's Photos

Carletta at Round The Bend

Aud pa dal

Indrani at IShare

Sara at Love That Image

Bettyl from Photographing New Zealand

KaHolly

Mumsy at Raw Thoughts and Feelings

Kathy at You'll Shoot Your Eye Out

Marie at A Colorful World

Cheryl Ann at Deep Canyon

lotusleaf at gardentropics

Miriam Luiza at Abrindo A Coracao

Lui at Lui is in heaven

Doug at 2013 Doug Photo Blog

Pat's Addition

Self-Segacity

Liz at Mommy's Little Corner

The Modern Mom

Islandwonder

Jama at Sweet Memories

Firasz Photography

Pret-a-Vivre

Zindagi at Lost in Dreams

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Today's Flowers was created by our good friend Luiz Santilli, Jr.



You can find beautiful flowers from around the world if you click here.

TF teamPupo - Sandy Carlson - Denise


Our latest logo came from Luna Miranda.  Thank you so much for this pretty logo.


If you enjoy participating in memes we are always on the look-out for new friends to join in.  For those of you who are already sharing when you can, thank you very much. 

If anyone would like to be a guest and share photos on our home page, details can be found at the top of Today's Flowers web site, which you will find here.

                                                

I am also linking up with Tina's Weekend Flowers which you can find here.

   




Friday, March 22, 2013

CAMERA CRITTERS AND BIRD D'POT - Red-breasted Merganser

I am linking with Misty's Camera Critters and Anni's Bird D'Pot as soon their next post is up and running.  Click on their names to see other critters and birds from around the world.

You can read all about the Red-breasted Merganser if you click here.  It is my first experience of them and it was very exciting as I have only seen them in photos.  As mentioned in a previous post, I saw them at the Lynnhaven Inlet in Virginia Beach, at the marina behind the Dockside Restaurant.  

They are a diving duck and I was lucky enough to get a shot of this one shortly before it disappeared under the water.  They mainly eat small fish but also dine on aquatic insects, crustaceans and frogs.

There were many more than shown in this photograph.   Dozens were resting on sandbanks just off shore.

This is a male, the female has a rusty brown head but this link will show you the difference in coloration and give you information as you scroll down the page....  

and you can also listen to their call.







I wish I had more time to sit and study them.  They were wonderful birds to watch but now I know where I can see them I'll be back next year as this is my in-law's favorite restaurant.  No matter what time of the year there always seem to be a lot of bird activity out back.  I think these and many more like them have started migrating north now haven't they?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Crab Pots

It's fun to visit the coast.  You get to see things you don't normally see, like crab pots for instance.  Gregg took these photos on our weekend in Virginia Beach. 

The other thing you notice that's different is the smell of the sea and I love it.  Ever since I was 15 I lived near the ocean and visited it frequently, exploring tidal pools was always a lot of fun.  Years before that from the age of eight my parents took us to the seaside for holidays twice a year, always to the same place, and when my Dad retired we moved there permanently.  When I met and married a navy man we didn't stray far from it for the first 15 years we were together, even though it was a different ocean.  I got to experience the Atlantic only this time from the other side, and we lived near the Pacific in Southern California for several years.
  


With retirement from the navy reality dictated that we go where a civilian job was offered, and that was over 20 years ago when we moved to our present home in Virginia, 25 miles outside Washington DC.  It took a little getting used to being inland, but whenever we can we will head for the sea.  We both enjoy what the water brings.  



Gregg's second retirement is coming up this year and though now we don't intend to actually move in the foreseeable future as we enjoy this area very much, but more importantly are near our son and daughter-in-law, it will be really lovely to head for the ocean whenever we feel like it, no time constraints.  I can see many walks along the beach in our future, looking out at the ships in the distance, watching the Seagulls and Pelicans, and other shore birds, the Sanderlings running next to the surf.   I am really looking forward to that.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Pelican Take-Off

I am linking up to Anni's The Bird D-Pot today which you can find if you click here.  I am also linking up with Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday which you can find here.

The Dockside Restaurant is on Lynhaven Inlet and at the back is a working Marina that attracts many water birds.  You can see a map of their location here if you are interested.  Besides the usual Seagulls which I always love, there were also Pelicans and Red-breasted Mergansers.   These Mergansers were a first for me.  I have seen Hooded Mergansers but not for a couple of years and not nearly as close as these were, that other sighting was just a blip in the distance.  We had a great view of all the birds, and we were delighted with the show that they put on.  Very entertaining!










Lift-Off!

Monday, March 18, 2013

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GREGG....

and greetings from Virginia Beach, Virginia.  We are visiting the family celebrating Gregg's 66th birthday.  Yesterday we had an early birthday meal at the Dockside Restaurant, with birthday cake later in the day, a real nice time and I will share more later.  We will be traveling back north in a few hours.