Friday, January 27, 2006
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
We have a peach tree whose variety was obviously mis-marked by the nursery. It always blooms too early in the season for our area.
It is blooming exceptionally early this year. The buzz of the bees was so loud it sounded like they were swarming but they were just busy at work.
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Monday, January 23, 2006
Saturday, January 21, 2006
We went to Minnesota a couple of years ago for our vacation. We arrived just in time to see these caterpillars at their peak. They were everywhere.
They eat the foliage of trees and ravage them unmercifully. They can do great damage even to the point of killing them.
They were so thick that in some places they crunched under your feet when you walked and crunched under the wheels of the car on the road. (Beats windshield bugs, I guess, but the road can get slippery)
Truthfully, they didn't bother me so much except when we went hiking and they got in my hair...shudder. But, hey, they are kind of pretty.
Friday, January 20, 2006
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Monday, January 16, 2006
About 10 drops. At least that is all I counted.
I don't know if the dry weather is contributing to the increased number of birds around the house because we are feeding and watering them or if they are just here because we are feeding and watering them. It doesn't matter because I am really enjoying them.
The cardinals, both male and female, are prolific. The blue jays and mockingbirds are running a close second. The little birds, sparrows, chickadees, finches and wrens are also around alot but they are hard to photograph because they are quicker than I am.
There is one red-bellied woodpecker, but his presence is intermittent at best and although I have seen him many times, I have not gotten a photo YET!