Monday, July 16, 2018

Tornado Shelter, July 16, 2018

Monday Mural and Through My Lens

Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, June 9, 2018
The Community Tornado Shelter at Veterans Park. No artist name, but it makes me think of a child's artwork - appropriate since it is near the children's playground.

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day July 2018

The northeast corner of Mississippi, USA zone 7
The Summer has been hot (mid 90sF, 35C), but we have been blessed with adequate rain.

Butterfly Bush, Buddleia

Crepe Myrtle

Althea, Rose of Sharon

I always add Marigolds as companion plants for my Tomatoes

Turk's Cap, Malvaviscus, is just beginning to bloom.

I thought all my Day Lilies had bloomed, but one more appeared just in time for Bloom Day!

My Gladiolus are making tall bloom stems that tend to fall over as the buds open.

This one found support on one of my tomato cages.

I bought a box of 100 bulbs this year and have been very pleased with the color assortment.

I bought these Begonias as small plants two months ago. The one on the right was labeled Dragon Wing Pink; the other did not have a label. I thought they were both the same. I am surprised and pleased to have two colors - pink and red!

The Butterfly Milkweed that I rescued from the side of the road just ahead of the highway mowing machines three years ago (in June of 2015) is the only milkweed I have. Others I have bought from garden centers have lived for only one year, so I am looking for more to rescue!

Phlox always seem to say 'Summer!' to me. This one has been in my garden for a long time.

My most recent purchase: A Flame Red Phlox that I found on the bargain table at a garden center in Tupelo yesterday. The regular price was $8.98, and it was marked down to $3.00!

Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

B&W: Bench, July 14, 2018

Savannah, Tennessee, USA, June 30, 2018
Bench in front of City Hall in Savannah, Tennessee.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Willy Nilly Friday, July 13, 2018

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

1. Tennessee River (Sky Watch Friday and Weekend Reflections)
Colbert County, Alabama, USA, July 9, 2018
Wilson Dam on the Tennessee River between Muscle Shoals and Florence.

The near shore is in Muscle Shoals; across the river is Florence.

2. Good Food!
Florence, Alabama, USA July 9, 2018
Salad with Honey-Mustard Dressing, Potato Soup, and Chips with Salsa at Chili's Restaurant. Delicious! And I had leftovers to take home!

3. Canada Geese (Signs, Signs)
Colbert County, Alabama, USA, July 9, 2018
When you come to the end of the road...

… you have to turn around and go back the way you came!

4. Critters with Shells (Saturday's Critters)
Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, June 24, 2018
A large critter (Softshell Turtle)

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, July 9, 2018
and a small critter (Snail)

5. Killdeer Family (I'd Rather B Birdin')
Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, July 8, 2018
I was thrilled to see a pair of Killdeer with three baby birds! One stayed near its mother (or father)

The second one was near the other parent.

Keeping watch over the family

But the third one was a rebel, running around totally ignoring its parents calling for it!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Blueberry Tart, July 12, 2018

Thankful Thursday and Little Things Thursday

Blueberry Tart, Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, July 6, 2018
Today I am thankful for a Quick and Easy Fruit Tart recipe!

Ingredients:
One pie crust - I use the refrigerated kind that you unroll, but I am sure homemade is better.
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
3 cups of fruit
An addition teaspoon of sugar

Preheat oven to 350F.

If you are using a refrigerated crust, follow package directions. A rolled up crust needs 15 minutes at room temperature before you unroll it.

Place pie crust in a pie plate - do not trim edges. Mix together 1/2 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons of flour. Gently stir fruit into the flour/sugar mixture until the pieces are well coated. Pour fruit into middle of pie crust, dusting any excess flour/sugar mixture in on top of the fruit.  Bring the edges of the pie crust up over the fruit and fold them over, leaving the center open. We are not looking for perfect folds here, the rustic look is fine. Sprinkle the additional teaspoon of sugar over the crust. Bake at 350F for 25 or 30 minutes, until crust is lightly browned.

On dark fruit (blueberry, blackberry) you may see some of the flour/sugar mixture still on the top of the fruit when the tart comes out of the oven. Just take a spoon and carefully stir it under the hot fruit.

I have made this Fruit Tart using different kinds of fresh or frozen fruit (thawed in the refrigerator) with good results. Ice cream or whipped cream makes an excellent topping. Large fruit (apples, pears) should be thin sliced, and I add cinnamon to the dry ingredients if making an Apple Tart.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

American White Pelican, July 11, 2018

ABC Wednesday, Wild Bird Wednesday, and Wednesday Around The World
A is for the American White Pelican

Pickwick Lake, Tennessee, USA, June 30, 2018
The American White Pelican, Pelecanus erythrorhynchos, is one of the largest North American birds. They can be found along the Pacific Coast, the Gulf of Mexico, and on inland lakes and ponds. Birding books and birding websites have maps showing their migratory routes to help you locate them at different times of the year.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Tree Following, July 10, 2018

Tree Following is a fun meme! Just choose a tree, photograph it once a month as it goes through the changing seasons, post photos on your blog between the 7th and 14th of each month, and link to Tree Following at The SquirrelBasket

Lee County, Mississippi, USA, July 8, 2018
I am following a young Red Maple, Acer rubrum, that is in a small park with a walking track and a children's playground.

We have had abundant rain this year, and it is in a spot with lots of sun. These pretty green leaves will turn a blazing red in the Autumn, hence its name Red Maple.

The light grey trunk of the tree has lichen on it, but from what I have read about lichen, it will not harm the tree.

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Butterfly, July 9, 2018

Through My Lens, All Seasons, and Our World Tuesday

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, July 7, 2018, 4:15pm
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio glaucus, on Butterfly Bush, Buddleia
Canon PowerShot SX520 HS, f/6 1/160sec ISO 100

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

The Barn Collective, July 8, 2018

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, July 7, 2018
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A closer look at weathered wood and rusted metal.
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Your birds for today are...
Pickwick, Tennessee, USA, July 4, 2018
Canada Geese!
Have a blessed day!

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

B&W: Fountain, July 7, 2018

Savannah, Tennessee, USA, June 30, 2018
The Tennessee Street Park fountain helps to make a hot Summer day feel a little bit cooler.

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Willy Nilly Friday, July 6, 2018

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

1. Pickwick Lake (Sky Watch Friday)
Pickwick, Tennessee, USA, July 4, 2018

On Wednesday we went to the Pickwick Inn Restaurant for their lunch buffet. The food was good (I had fried chicken, green beans, corn on the cob, a small green salad, and spice cake), and we had a great view of the lake from our table.

And we were entertained by a cute squirrel on the balcony just outside the restaurant windows.


A closer look at the picnic and swimming areas. Even with mostly cloudy skies, the temperature rose to 95F (35C). I was glad I was eating inside instead of out there at one of the picnic tables!

2. Good Food! - Outback Steakhouse
Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, June 24, 2018
Due to a mix-up in the kitchen, I got a larger serving of ribs than usually comes on the Drover's Ribs and Chicken Platter at Outback Steakhouse. BBQ Ribs, BBQ Chicken, Steamed Vegetables with Honey-mustard Dipping Sauce, and Honey Wheat Bushman Bread.

3. The Most Interesting Thing I have Seen This Week
Colbert County, Alabama, USA, July 2, 2018
Walking along beside the Tennessee River near Wilson Dam, I was surprised to see a tree growing from a crevice in the rock cliff. The 'Dangerous Waters' sign is to warn boats to stay away from the dam. The hanging greenery on the right side of the photo is Trumpet Vines.

4. Butterfly (Saturday's Critters)
Colbert County, Alabama, USA, July 2, 2018
As I was getting back in the car after our walk along the Tennessee River, a Hackberry Emperor Butterfly, Asterocampus celtis, landed on my arm.

These friendly little butterflies are attracted to the salt and other minerals in human sweat. I had to shoo it off before I got into the car!

5. Great Egret (Weekend Reflections and I'd Rather B Birdin')
Itawamba County, Mississippi, USA, July 2, 2018
I saw this Great Egret, Ardea alba, in a slough as we drove along the highway. My dear husband turned the car around and drove down a service road so I could get photos.

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Have a wonderful weekend!

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Great Blue Heron, July 5, 2018

Little Things Thursday,
and on Saturday, I'd Rather B Birdin'

Great Blue Heron, Colbert County, Alabama, USA, July 2, 2018
Today I am thankful for large birds that stand perfectly still so I can get a good photo!
The wall in the background is part of Wilson Dam on the Tennessee River.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Independence Day, July 4, 2018

Our World Tuesday and All Seasons

Veterans Park, Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, July 3, 2018
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Happy Birthday America!

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Monday, July 2, 2018

U-Haul Mural, July 2, 2018

Monday Mural and Through My Lens

Oxford, Mississippi, USA, June 18, 2018
a Venture Across Canada mural brought to you by U-Haul.
"Did you know... A domed bog in Delta is home to plants and animals that are not normally found in the lowland regions of British Columbia. What makes Burns Bog a rare and globally unique ecosystem?"

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

The Barn Collective, July 1, 2018

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, June 21, 2018
We have been blessed with sufficient rain to keep the pastures green. And a darkening sky makes them look even greener!
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Your bird for today is...
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, May 30, 2018
...a male Northern Cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis. I have read that Cardinals raise their crests when they are more alert or alarmed. A lowered crest means they feel safe and comfortable.

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