Thursday, September 21, 2017

Chrysanthemums, September 21, 2017

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, September 19, 2017
Today I am thankful for September's cooler weather that alerts the Chrysanthemums that it is time to bloom!

I hope you have a beautiful day!

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Killdeer, September 20, 2017

ABC Wednesday and Wild Bird Wednesday
K is for Killdeer - an American Plover

Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, May 24, 2017
Killdeers, Charadrius vociferous, can be found all across North America. Though classified as a shore bird, they may live far inland near small bodies of water. Their name comes from their call, a shrill kill-deer, kill-deer.

Have a wonderful day!

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Smiley Face, September 18, 2017

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, September 10, 2017
Keep on smiling!

Sometimes outdoor art pops up in the most unexpected places!

Have a wonderful week!

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Barn Collective, September 17, 2017

Lee County, Mississippi, USA, September 8, 2017
A friendly barn

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Your bird for today is...

Booneville, Mississippi, USA, September 7, 2017
an Eastern Bluebird!

Have a blessed day!

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Critters, September 16, 2017

Saturday's Critters, Camera Critters, and I'd Rather B Birdin'

I'd Rather B Birdin'
Pickwick, Tennessee, USA, August 7, 2017
Great Blue Heron, Ardea Herodias, at Pickwick on the Tennessee River

Great Blue Herons, Pickwick, Tennessee, USA, September 11, 2017
Fishing Buddies!

Saturday's Critters and Camera Critters
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, September 5, 2017
Common Walking Stick or Devil's Walking Stick, Diapheromera femorata, on the hood of my car. Stick insects often hold their front legs up alongside their heads as camouflage, to look more like small twigs.

Corinth, Mississippi, USA, September 7, 2017
The Praying Mantis, Mantis religiosa, is a friend to the gardener. They eat harmful insects.

Shiloh, Tennessee, USA, September 11, 2017
The Eastern Amberwing Dragonfly, Perithemis tenera, is a small dragonfly (less than one inch, 25mm) that can be found in the eastern and central parts of North America.

Shiloh, Tennessee, USA, September 11, 2017
Common Whitetail Skimmer Dragonflies, Libellula Lydia, are about 3 inches (75mm) long.
The transparency of the wings near the body and at the tips helps with camouflage, but the
white tail is harder to disguise!

Have a wonderful week-end!

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day September 2017

Northeast Mississippi, USA zone 7

Welcome to my garden!

Canna Lily

Turk's Cap

Spider Lilies

My Butterfly Bush, Buddleia, is very popular with the bees and butterflies.

Silver-spotted Skipper on Buddleia
I waited in vain for this Silver-spotted Skipper to land on a new bloom, but it persisted in visiting the spent blooms. Evidently there is still nectar to be found even after the blooms fade.

Tuberous Begonia

This Caryopteris is sometimes called Blue Spirea (but it is not a Spirea). It is hardy in USA zones 5 to 9. A garden center owner gave me this small, but already rooted sprig last week.

Day Lily

Cypress Vine

Honeysuckle will try to take over a place. We mow around it to keep it from spreading.

Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Good Fences, September 14, 2017

Good Fences and Thankful Thursday

New Albany, Mississippi, USA, September 8, 2017
This fence helps keep pedestrians safe as they cross a bridge at The Park Along The River (The Tallahatchie River in northeast Mississippi). The road is for bicycles and golf cart type vehicles, not for automobiles.

For Thankful Thursday:
I am thankful for outdoor spaces that are set aside for people to enjoy the natural world.

New Albany, Mississippi, USA, September 8, 2017
I was walking at The Park Along The River when a Hackberry Emperor Butterfly, Asterocampa celtis, lit on the front of my shirt! (That is the toe of my shoe at the top of the photo). Maybe I should title this photo: Self Portrait With Butterfly!

I hope you have a beautiful day!

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Red-headed Woodpeckers, September 13, 2017

Booneville, Mississippi, USA, September 6, 2017
Red-headed Woodpeckers, Melanerpes erythrocephalus, are not as common as they used to be due to habitat loss. They are cavity-nesting birds that need dead or dying trees with natural cavities to raise their young. They eat insects, fruit, corn, nuts, and seeds. You may be able to attract them to your yard by providing sunflower seeds, corn, and suet.

If natural cavities are not available, they may drill out nesting places in utility poles. I spotted these two on a light pole at the baseball field in Booneville City Park.

Have a great day!

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Peach Tart Recipe, September 12, 2017

Our World Tuesday
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, September 9, 2017
The peach tart was over half gone before I thought to make a photo!

Quick Peach Tart

1 pie crust
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons flour
3 cups peeled and thinly sliced peaches
An addition teaspoon of sugar

Preheat oven to 350F. If you use a store-bought pie crust, follow the package directions.
Mix together sugar and flour in a large bowl. Add the peaches and stir gently until peaches
are coated. Pour them into the pie crust. Bring the edges of the crust up and fold them over
the peach mixture, leaving the center open. Sprinkle one teaspoon of sugar over the crust.
Bake at 350F for about 30 minutes or until crust is lightly browned.

This recipe works well with other fruits, too. I have made it using apples, pears, blackberries, and blueberries.
I hope you are having a wonderful day!

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Engine # 7935, September 11, 2017

Monday Mural, Through My Lens, and Ruby Tuesday Too

Corinth, Mississippi, USA, September 2, 2017
Union Pacific Railroad Engine # 7935

"God bless America, land that I love!
Stand beside Her, and guide Her
Through the night with a light from Above."
- Irving Berlin

I hope you have a wonderful week!

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Barn Collective, September 10, 2017

McNairy County, Tennessee, USA, August 7, 2017
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Your bird for today is...
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, September 2, 2017
a Hawk!

Have a blessed day!

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Willy Nilly Friday, September 8, 2017

Willy Nilly Friday 5, Sky Watch Friday, Floral Friday Fotos
(and on Saturday) Camera Critters, Saturday's Critters, and I'd Rather B Birdin'

1. Green Market (Sky Watch Friday)
Corinth, Mississippi, USA, September 2, 2017
Cloudy skies did not discourage the shoppers at the Green Market in Corinth on Saturday. September's temperatures are considerably cooler than August, and we are thankful!

An arts and crafts festival held six times a year, the Green Market was voted 'Best Small Event' by the Mississippi Tourism Association.

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2. An Amazing Experience (I'd Rather B Birdin')
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, September 3, 2017
When I went outside early Sunday morning, I found two half-drowned Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in a puddle of water. Only their little heads were above the surface. I quickly picked them up and set them on my porch railing, hoping the sun would dry their feathers.
My husband brought one of the Hummingbird feeders over to them to see if they would drink the sugar-water. They just sat there too exhausted to move.

They were so wet, I was afraid that if they didn't feed soon they would die, so I picked one up and gently guided its bill into the feeder. I could see its throat quiver as it drank!

After a minute I set it down, picked up the other one, and carefully dipped its bill in the feeder.
I alternated the feeding back and forth from one to the other. They grew stronger after each sip, and began to flutter their wings, feebly at first, then more vigorously. My husband helped me hold them so they would not try to fly too soon. I knew if they crashed to the ground, our dog would pounce on them.

I am very happy to report that after about twenty minutes they were both able to fly from our hands to the safety of the nearby trees!

3. Eastern Cottontail Rabbit (Saturday's Critters and Camera Critters)
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, August 30, 2017
Over half the world's Rabbit population is in North America. (Source: Wikipedia: Rabbit)
Rabbits and Hares are cousins, but I have never understood the difference between the two.
And you cannot tell by their names. The American Jackrabbit is actually a Hare!

4. Good Food!
Corinth, Mississippi, USA, September 7, 2017
Yesterday three friends and I went to McAlister's Deli in Corinth for lunch. I enjoyed the Harvest Chicken Salad on a Croissant with a dill pickle and fresh fruit. And Iced Tea, of course!

5. Butterfly (Floral Friday Fotos)
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, September 1, 2017
Sulphur Butterfly on Turk's Cap, Malvaviscus arboreus.

Have a wonderful week-end!

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Good Fences, September 7, 2017

Good Fences and Thankful Thursday

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, August 30, 2017
A fence and an animal - a winning combination!

For Thankful Thursday:
I am thankful for my husband. On Sunday we celebrated our 35th anniversary. September 3 was on Friday in 1982, and we had a three-day honeymoon in Arkansas' Ozark Mountains.

I hope you have a beautiful day!

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Indigo Bunting, September 6, 2017

ABC Wednesday, Wild Bird Wednesday, and Wednesday Around The World
I is for Indigo Bunting

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, August 5, 2017
Indigo Buntings, Passerina cyanea, are migratory birds that breed in the United States
and southeastern Canada. They fly south to the Central American countries to spend the Winter months. They get their name from the male's blue coloring; females are brownish.
Indigo Buntings eat seeds, berries, tree buds, and insects.

Have a wonderful day!

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Harvest Monday, September 4, 2017

Harvest Monday, Macro Monday 2, and Through My Lens

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, August 30, 2017
Finally, okra!

My 'Clemson Spineless' okra came up just a few days after planting and grew quickly. Then suddenly, the plants stopped growing. Just stood there week after week. I tried talking to them. I told the plants I would yank them up by the roots if they did not bloom! They just ignored me. They knew I would not really do that.

Then I remembered reading something about 'whipping okra' to make it produce, so I thought
I would give it a try. I used a small stick and beat them gently around their knees, five days in a row, talking to them while I was doing it, telling them it was for their own good.

And it worked! Now I am picking a handful of pods two or three times a week, just the right amount for the two of us!

Happy Gardening!

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

The Barn Collective, September 3, 2017

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, September 2, 2017
When the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey came through our area on Wednesday, this old barn fell victim to its fury.

But let's remember it as it was when I photographed it last year.

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, April 9, 2016
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Your birds for today are...

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, August 19, 2017
Cardinals! The male is a brilliant red.


Prentiss County, Mississippi, August 26, 2017
But the female has red only on her wings and tail. Both have crests they raise when alarmed.

Have a blessed day!

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