Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Buzzards,January Freeze 2014

Buzzards trying to warm up.

 This was supposed to be a big ice event.
Thank you Lord, it was not. 
Temperature hovered at 32 degrees light rain,
from tuesday afternoon to (still at 32 degrees)
ice on car windshields and drips on trees froze.
But it was not a major event like predicted.

Keeping my bird feeders full.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Freeze Japanese Magnolias 2014

Freeze Damage
 These would open to reveal a beautiful Pink Flower.
With the cold temperature's we've had, there's not much hope.

The above opening bud is from a few years ago,
healthy they should look like this one.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Saint Francis and the Cardinal.

Saint Francis and
Female Cardinal.

 Saint Francis of Assisi
Said to be the Patron Saint of animals, due to
his compassion for animals.
Prayer of Saint Francis.
"Lord make me an 
Instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred 
let me sow love
Where there is injury.........Pardon
Where there is doubt........Faith
Where there is dispare.....Hope
Where there is darkness.....Light
Where there is sadness....Joy"
This Prayer was written by members of the 
Franciscan Order after the death of St Francis.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Birdie at my feet.

I Was Unaware.
 During the recent cold snap I was standing outside 
our front door, in a kind of foyer. I was snapping
small birds at the frozen bird baths and feeders in 
our yard. I became aware of something moving 
at my feet. This little bird is what I saw. I thought
if I move it will fly away, so we stood there looking
at one another. Finally I pointed the camera down
and snapped and these are the pics I got. What luck. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Lizard Home

Lizard found a home
in faucet freeze 
protection bonnet.

 The bird baths froze Monday night Jan. 6th
16 deg. and have just thawed completely. 
 I stuff the inside of the bonnet with shopping
bags to aid in insulating.
 Doesn't it look comfie. The black thing is a heavy
rubber material. The closed loop goes under the 
faucet outlet, and has a sliding spring loaded
stop on the outside that holds the bonnet 
snug to the building wall as seen in the 
first photo.

I hope my Japanese tulip tree survives,
16 deg. weather, it is full of buds.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

December bird bath.

Above bird bath is frozen; beginning to thaw
near edge allowing birds to drink.

Frozen bath.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Cardinals in the rain.

Waiting their turn, near the feeder.
 Female cardinal, patient.
 Male Cardinals waiting in the rain.

 Finally, my turn.