Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Tree Following, November 13, 2018

Tree Following and Our World Tuesday

Tree Following is a fun meme and easy to join! Just select a tree, photograph it once a month as it goes through the seasons of the year, and post a photo on your blog between the 7th and 14th of the month.

Lee County, Mississippi, USA, October 30, 2018
I am following a Red Maple tree, Acer rubrum, that was planted as a memorial to a child killed in an auto accident. The leaves began showing Autumn color late in October, and I am glad I made this photo then. We had wind and rain that knocked off a lot of the leaves last week.

Lee County, Mississippi, USA, November 6, 2018
It still has pretty leaves, but just not as many as before.

Have a great week!

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Lettuce! November 12, 2018

Harvest Monday and Through My Lens

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, November 9, 2018
I planted Black-seeded Simpson Lettuce in September to see if it would grow here in north Mississippi in the Autumn. Yes, it will! I planted the seeds in large tubs to make it easier to protect the plants from frost.

When the weather forecast for last Friday night was for below freezing temperatures, I picked most of the leaves, and covered the plants by draping a thick layer of old towels over the tops of the tubs.

Some of the lettuce leaves went on ham sandwiches for Saturday's lunch, and I used the rest to make salads on Sunday night.

We have rain today, so the lettuce plants are uncovered, getting a good drink of water. By covering them on the colder nights, I hope to get another picking or two of lettuce - in November!

Have a wonderful week!

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

The Barn Collective, November 11, 2018

The Barn Collective, Saturday's Critters, and I'd Rather B Birdin'

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, November 5, 2018
I think that is a cow and two donkeys in front of the barn, and in the pasture is…

a herd of donkeys!
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Your bird for today is...
Pickwick, Tennessee, USA, November 5, 2018
a Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura.

Have a blessed day!

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Strolling Along, November 10, 2018

Waterloo, Alabama, USA, November 3, 2018
Great Blue Heron out for an after-dinner stroll on a spit of land jutting out into a pond.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Willy Nilly Friday, November 9, 2018

Willy Nilly Friday 5, Sky Watch Friday, Orange You Glad It's Friday, Weekend Reflections,
and on Saturday, Saturday's Critters, and I'd Rather B Birdin'

All of these photos were made last Saturday when we went with friends to look for Autumn leaf color.

1. Tennessee River (Sky Watch Friday)
Tennessee River in northwest Alabama, November 3, 2018
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2. Happy Fall Y'all
Waterloo, Alabama, USA, November 3, 2018
Not only do we say y'all here in the South, we write it, too!

3. Favorite Photo of the Week (Orange You Glad It's Friday)
Waterloo, Alabama, USA, November 3, 2018
Pond Cypress trees, Taxodium ascendens, in their Autumn foliage.

4. Rock Spring Nature Trail (Weekend Reflections and Saturday's Critters)
Lauderdale County, Alabama, USA, November 3, 2018
Rock Spring Nature Trail is a short walking trail that goes up and down a hill and alongside a pond. It is on the Natchez Trace Parkway just north of the Tennessee River.

It was a pleasant walk with pretty reflections in the pond.

On the pond at Rock Spring Nature Trail, November 3, 2018
The Autumn leaves were casting a yellow reflection at the edge of the pond, and I was quite pleased to get this photo of the turtles!

5. Heron and Crow (I'd Rather B Birdin')
Waterloo, Alabama, USA, November 3, 2018
The Great Blue Heron and the Crow (Raven?) spent several minutes together under a Pond Cypress tree. Do you think maybe they were talking about the chance of rain? (It did rain the next day).

Or perhaps the Great Blue Heron was bragging about what a large fish it caught and ate about 10 minutes earlier. It is absolutely amazing how much a heron's throat can stretch to swallow a large fish! (And their stomachs are very flexible, too).

Have a wonderful day!

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Thankful Thursday, November 8, 2018

Thankful Thursday and Little Things Thursday

Lauderdale County, Alabama, USA, November 3, 2018
I am thankful for warm, sunny days that somehow wriggle their way in between the cold, rainy days of November. Last Saturday was one!
(Don't worry; my husband was driving).

Tennessee River, Lauderdale County, Alabama, USA, November 3, 2018
Days when the morning fog lifts, and the sun brings a sparkle to ponds, lakes, and rivers!
(I was amazed at the amount of sparkle on the water - almost like ice).

Lauderdale County, Alabama, USA, November 3, 2018
Days when the sunshine highlights the Autumn colors!

Tishomingo County, Mississippi, USA, November 3, 2018
I am thankful for trees, and grass, and sunny skies!

I hope you have a beautiful day!

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Raptor: Hawk, November 7, 2018

ABC Wednesday, Wild Bird Wednesday, and Wednesday Around The World
R is for Raptors - birds that kill and eat small mammals, rodents, reptiles, amphibians, and other birds

Hawk, Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, October 10, 2018
There are three main physical characteristics of Raptors:
1. a hooked beak with rough edges
2. strong legs and feet with sharp, curved claws
3. keen eyesight

Just a few examples of Raptors are Hawks, Eagles, Owls, and Ospreys. But this one looks so cute, it is hard to believe it is a fierce hunter and killer!

Have a wonderful day!

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Butterflies, November 5, 2018

Through My Lens and Our World Tuesday

Gulf Fritillary Butterfly, Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, October 31, 2018
November is bringing us rain and colder weather, but the last week of October was warm enough that the butterflies were still with us.

Monarch Butterfly, Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, October 28, 2018
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I hope you have a wonderful week!

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

The Barn Collective, November 4, 2018

The Barn Collective and I'd Rather B Birdin'

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, October 31, 2018
It was beginning to rain, and I stopped in the road to snap a quick photo before another car came along. If only I had taken a minute to frame the photo properly, I would have moved forward a few feet so the stump would not be right in the middle like that. Oh well, live and learn!
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Your bird for today is...
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, October 31, 2018
… an Eastern Phoebe in the early morning light.

Have a blessed day!

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Bridge with Reflection, November 3, 2018

The Weekend in Black and White and Weekend Reflections

Colbert County, Alabama, USA, October 29, 2018
The Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge across the Tennessee River in northwest Alabama.

Here is the original photo, but I like it better in black and white!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Willy Nilly Friday, November 2, 2018

Willy Nilly Friday 5, Orange You Glad It's Friday, Sky Watch Friday,
And on Saturday, Saturday's Critters, and I'd Rather B Birdin'

1. Monarch Butterfly (Orange You Glad It's Friday)
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, October 28, 2018
I was so excited to see a Monarch on my Butterfly Bush that I made a lot of photos!

I posted two photos on Monday, and now two more today. Don't be surprised if two or three more Monarch photos appear next week!

2. Tennessee River (Sky Watch Friday)
View of the Tennessee River from the Natchez Trace Parkway bridge in northwest Alabama, October 29, 2018
We had beautiful blue skies for our drive to Florence, Alabama, on Monday.

3. Favorite Photo of the Week
Colbert County, Alabama, USA, October 29, 2018
Great Blue Heron in late afternoon sunlight at Colbert Ferry Park on the Natchez Trace Parkway

4. Turtles (Saturday's Critters)
Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, October 22, 2018
A large Softshell Turtle enjoying the sunshine, and...

Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, October 27, 2018
… a few days later, a smaller Yellow-bellied Slider Turtle in the same spot!

5. Killdeer (I'd Rather B Birdin')
Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, October 27, 2018
Standing on one leg with the other leg tucked up under its feathers to conserve body heat

Have a wonderful day!

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Thankful Thursday, November 1, 2018

Thankful Thursday and Little Things Thursday

Black-seeded Simpson Lettuce, Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, October 27, 2018
I am thankful for a slow, drizzling rain - very good for my lettuce!

I sowed lettuce seeds in September, but the weather was so hot and dry that they barely grew. But now with rain, I am more hopeful of picking my own lettuce for my salads. I am growing them in large plastic tubs to make it easier to cover them for protection from frost.

Have a blessed day!

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Cardinal, October 31, 2018

Wordless Wednesday and Wild Bird Wednesday

A male Northern Cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis, Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, October 22, 2018
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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Question Mark Butterfly, October 30, 2018

ABC Wednesday and Wednesday Around The World
Q is for the Question Mark Butterfly

Prentiss County, Mississippi. USA, September 29, 2018
The Question Mark Butterfly, Polygonia interrogationis, gets its name from the small white marks on the underside of its wings. It can be found in the eastern and central parts of the United States and in southern Canada.

I got only a brief glimpse of the upper side of its wings before it flew away.

Have a wonderful day!

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Monarch Butterfly, October 29, 2018

Through My Lens and Our World Tuesday

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, October 28, 2018
Monarch Butterfly, Danaus plexippus, the King of North American Butterflies!

I was very excited to see this beautiful butterfly visiting my flowers on Sunday.

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

The Barn Collective, October 28, 2018

The Barn Collective and I'd Rather B Birdin'

Lee County, Mississippi, USA, October 22, 2018
At first I thought they were building a barn for horses, but it is beginning to look more like a storage shed for hay. So we must take a closer look at the definition of Barn: "a large building for the storage of farm products or feed and usually for the housing of farm animals or farm equipment," Mirriam-Webster on-line Dictionary. 'Storage of farm products or feed' - it's a barn!
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Your bird for today is...
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, October 22, 2018
... a female Northern Cardinal in her Winter colors.

Have a blessed day!

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

B&W: Spider, October 27, 2018

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, October 1, 2018
I do not decorate for Halloween. I let the spiders do it for me!

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Willy Nilly Friday, October 26, 2018

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

1. Sunset (Sky Watch Friday)
Lee County, Mississippi, USA, October 18, 2018
We get the prettiest sunsets in the Autumn!

2. Heron (Weekend Reflections)
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, October 21, 2018
a Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias, in the little pond

3. Carolina Jessamine (Floral Friday Fotos)
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, October 22, 2018
A perennial vine, Carolina Jessamine, Gelsemium sempervirens, blooms when the cooler weather of Autumn arrives.

4. Goats (Saturday's Critters)
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, October 8, 2018
I think goats look so funny with their horns curving back and their ears flopping forward!

5. Kingfisher (I'd Rather B Birdin')
Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, September 30, 2018
a female Belted Kingfisher, Megaceryle alcyon

Have a wonderful day!

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Encore Azalea, October 25, 2018

Thankful Thursday and Little Things Thursday

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, October 22, 2018
Today I am thankful for Encore Azaleas!

They bloom in the Spring, and then they bloom again in the Autumn - an encore performance! There are about 30 different colors; the one I have is called 'Autumn Royalty.'

Have a blessed day!

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