Monday, April 23, 2018

Creative Jewelers, April 23, 2018

Florence, Alabama, USA, April 5, 2018
I found this mural in the alley behind Creative Jewelers in downtown Florence, Alabama.
It is signed and dated: Jake White 6-4-15 (June 4, 2015).

Have a wonderful week!

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Barn Collective, April 22, 2018

Tishomingo County, Mississippi, USA, April 1, 2018
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Your bird for today is...
Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, April 21, 2018
a Northern Mockingbird!

Have a blessed day!

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Willy Nilly Friday, April 20, 1018

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

1. Pecan Tree (Sky Watch Friday)
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, April 19, 2018
We have had plenty of sunshine this week, but it came with strong winds. At 9:00am Thursday morning it was 48F (8C).

2. What I am Reading
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, April 17, 2018
'The Alice Network' by Kate Quinn
'The Perfect Poison' by Amanda Quick
'The Purloined Puzzle' by Parnell Hall
'Murder With Macaroni and Cheese' by A. L. Herbert
'Lord of the Privateers' by Stephanie Laurens

My favorite from this group, 'The Alice Network,' is set in Europe during and immediately after World War II.

3. Teals (I'd Rather B Birdin')
Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, April 11, 2018
When I first saw these ducks, I thought they were Mallards. But as I zoomed the camera in on them, I knew they were not. The vertical white stripe on the males' heads identifies them as Blue-winged Teals, Anas discors.

They are migratory birds that come south to spend the winter, and then go north to their breeding grounds in the spring. There were three males and two females. I don't know why
I did not get all five of them in one photo.

4. Groundhog (Saturday's Critters)
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, April 15, 2018
The Groundhog, Marmota monax, can be found throughout much of the eastern United States, all across Canada, and into Alaska. Their diet consists of a variety of green plants, but may occasionally include insects.

5. Narcissus (Floral Friday Fotos)
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, April 18, 2018
Narcissus are a genus of perennial flowers of the Amaryllis family. There are many varieties, but the flowers are usually some combination of yellow, orange and/or white. Grown from bulbs, they are commonly called jonquils or daffodils.

Have a wonderful day!

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Thankful Thursday, April 19, 2018

Thankful Thursday and Little Things Thursday

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, April 18, 2018
Today I am thankful that the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Archilochus colubris, have returned to my feeders. The yellow cups filled with plain water above the feeders prevents ants from getting to the sugar-water in the feeders. (I found them at Tractor Supply Company).

To attract Hummingbirds, hang sugar-water feeders and plant a profusion of nectar-producing flowers. You may have only a couple of birds at first, but don't give up - more will come!

And I am really envious of you folks who have Hummingbirds all the time!

Have a wonderful day!

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Ospreys, April 18, 2018

ABC Wednesday, Wild Bird Wednesday, and Wednesday Around The World
O is for Osprey - a North American raptor

Pickwick, Tennessee, USA, March 2, 2018
Look for Ospreys, Pandion haliaetus, near open water with a plentiful supply of fish, their primary food.

Ospreys add new material to their old nests each year; the larger the nest, the longer it has been in use.  Hopefully they will raise another family this year high atop this electric power structure at Pickwick Dam.

Have a wonderful day!

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Iris, April 16, 2018

Macro Monday 2, Through My Lens, All Seasons, and Our World Tuesday

Bearded Iris, Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, April 13, 2018
Friday was a beautiful sunny day, but Saturday brought heavy rainstorms, and colder weather moved in on Sunday.

Have a wonderful week!

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day April 2018

The northeast corner of Mississippi, USA zone 7

Bird Alert!
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, April 13, 2018
The Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are on their way north. If you live in their migratory path, put the feeders out as soon as your nighttime temperatures are above freezing.


We have not yet mowed the grass this year, so we have plenty of wildflowers blooming. I think this is a fleabane (Aster family).

Wild Violets have formed a large patch under the apple and pear trees.

Another native plant, the Red Buckeye shrub attracts Hummingbirds, Bees, and Butterflies.

The Flowering Dogwoods (native to the southeastern US) are blooming down in our woods.

My mother-in-law bought this pink Flowering Dogwood many years ago, so she gets credit for this one. She lived to be 92, and I inherited all her plants - a beautiful legacy.

The Hellebores blooms are faded, but still hanging on.

If I remember correctly, this is 'Blue Moon' Phlox.

Clematis buds - the promise of things to come!

Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Go Back in Time, April 14, 2018

Hardin County, Tennessee, USA, April 2, 2018
An Amish community is a great place to buy fresh vegetables, honey, fruit preserves, relishes, and other homemade items.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Willy Nilly Friday, April 13, 2018

Willy Nilly Friday 5, Sky Watch Friday, Good Fences, Floral Friday Fotos,
and on Saturday: Saturday's Critters, and I'd Rather B Birdin'

1. Birds, Birds! (Sky Watch Friday)
Colbert County, Alabama, USA, April 5, 2018
There were a lot of birds flying low over the Tennessee River when we were there last Thursday. The tower in the background is in Florence (Lauderdale County), Alabama.

2. Guard Rail (Good Fences Around The World)
Colbert County, Alabama, USA, April 5, 2018
This fence is around an overlook on the Tennessee River - a peaceful place to sit awhile.

A closer view of the fence

The view upriver with Wilson Dam in the background

3. The Birds and the Bees (Saturday's Critters)
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, April 2, 2018
Domestic Turkeys - a tom and two hens at a neighbor's house

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, April 3, 2018
Bees in a flowerpot on my front porch

4. Favorite Photo of the Week (I'd Rather B Birdin')
Colbert County, Alabama, USA, April 5, 2018
We saw a flock of Cedar Waxwings, Bombycilla cedrorum, near the Tennessee River in northwest Alabama. They were flitting around in the trees so quickly that just as I would focus on a bird, off it would go! Finally one settled down and posed very prettily for me.

5. Bearded Iris (Floral Friday Fotos)
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, April 11, 2018
Bearded Iris are perennial flowers that grow from rhizomes or bulbs. They have been
hybridized to produce a wide range of colors.

Have a wonderful weekend!


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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Birds! April 12, 2018

Thankful Thursday and Little Things Thursday

Colbert County, Alabama, USA, April 5, 2018
Today I am thankful that we had a wonderful afternoon along the Tennessee River last Thursday! As we walked along the shore near Wilson Dam, we were astonished at the number of birds we saw there.

Pelican, Gulls, Grebes, Coots, Cormorants!

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And my favorite bird - the Great Blue Heron!

It was a wonderful experience, and I am thankful for it.

I hope you have a beautiful day!

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Kingfisher, April 11, 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday and Wednesday Around the World

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, January 31, 2018
Belted Kingfishers, Megaceryle alcyon, are common birds near North American rivers, streams and ponds. Look for them perched on tree branches or utility lines over the water, looking for fish near the surface. They supplement their fish diet with insects and berries.

Have a wonderful day!

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Tree Following, April 10, 2018

Tree Following and All Seasons

Tree following is a once a month meme that highlights trees as the seasons change. Anyone can join: just choose a tree and photograph it once a month, then post to the Tree Following Link-up between the 7th and 14th of the month.

Lee County, Mississippi, USA, April 9, 2018
The tree I am following this year was planted in the park in memory of a child that was killed in an automobile accident. I think it is a maple, but I will have to wait for leaves to appear to make a positive identification.

After a colder than usual winter, we have buds!

Have a wonderful day!

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Monday Mural: Jazz, April 9, 2018

Monday Mural, Through My Lens, and Our world Tuesday

Florence, Alabama, USA, March 21, 2018
I did not see an artist's name on this, and could not find it through an Internet search. Thank you to whoever it is!

With this small brick stage nearby, it looks like a great place for outdoor concerts.

Have a wonderful week!

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

The Barn Collective, April 8, 2018

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, April 1, 2018
Though the grass is green, the trees seem reluctant to leaf out.
And with good reason - It is 29F at 6:00am this morning!
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Your birds for today are..... Vultures!
Lauderdale County, Alabama, USA, December 29, 2017
Black Vulture, Coragyps atratus

Hardin County, Tennessee, USA, April 1, 2018
Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura

Have a blessed day!

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

B&W: Facing The Wind, April 7, 2018

Lee County, Mississippi, USA, March 24, 2018

I like the sturdy stance of this Common Grackle defying the strength of the wind!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Willy Nilly Friday, April 6, 2018

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

1. Windswept Sky (Sky Watch Friday)
Booneville, Mississippi, USA, March 31, 2018
Last Saturday was sunny, but windy.
Early Friday morning update on the weather: Rain!

2. The Most Interesting Thing I have Seen This Week
A door pull that you operate with your foot!

Mounted near the floor on the inside of the restrooms' doors, it keeps your freshly washed hands clean as you go back into the restaurant. And it was surprisingly easy to open the door.

Florence, Alabama, USA, April 5, 2018
I found it at Legends Steakhouse in downtown Florence, Alabama. (The BBQ ribs were delicious!) That is a waterfall on the left side of the front door, but I have not been able to get a good photo of the moving water.

3. Favorite Photo of the Week (Saturday's Critters)
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, April 2, 2018
I was amazed to find this tiny Yellow Bellied Slider Turtle in my front yard!
(The fine yellow dust coating everything here is pollen from the pine trees).

4. Great Blue Heron ( I'd Rather B Birdin')
Pickwick, Tennessee, USA, April 1, 2018
I am always surprised to see a Great Blue Heron up in a tree!

5. Mountain Azalea (Floral Friday Fotos)
Lee County, Mississippi, USA, March 30, 2018
Rhododendron canescens is a shrub with many common names: Mountain Azalea, Honeysuckle Azalea, and Wild Azalea to name just a few. Native to the southeastern United States, blooms appear in the early Spring before the leaves develop.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Thanks, Tom, for keeping the Willy Nilly meme going!

and on Saturday,
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