Archive for May, 2013

Gone too Soon

Some flowers don’t bloom as long as I’d like them to.

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This iris is a family heirloom.

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Red Honeysuckle Backwards


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The red honeysuckle grows on a trellis that was the entry way to a children’s garden I used to have.

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Hummingbirds like it.

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“Here’s lookin at ya kid.”

Along the Road


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It was so considerate of these shooting stars (Dodecatheon meadia) to bloom beside the rugged   one-lane country road.

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The flowering stalks grew  to 1 1/2 feet tall from rosettes of basal leaves. 

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This half-grown box turtle didn’t move as I drove past or as I approached for taking pictures.


I’m not the best to when it comes to computer/program problems. My page with the “reader, stats, My blogs, etc. has gone haywire. I click on View All and get a mostly white page with my gravatar, Menu and The words Reader, Stats, etc. are there but can’t be seen until I put the cursur over them. Nothing happens if I click on them. When I left-click, I can’t find anything in the drop down menu that’s worked.

I”m open to any suggestions. I”m not able to read any of the blogs posted by those I follow.

Elemental Orbs

I often try photographing orbs while hiking. Sometimes it works. The water had a healthy flow on this spring trip on Eagle Mountain.

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My picture-taking alternated between the trees and the tumbling, bubbling water.

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Imagine my surprise when orbs appeared in some of the water pictures.

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Orbs are said to emanate from Spirit Beings, in this case the undines, the water spirits.

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I’m convinced that my camera takes over to get some of the pictures like this one. The inner rings are indicative of spirit orbs, not like the ones resulting from dust, pollen, water particles in the air that can result in orbs too. Those lack any internal structure.

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I didn’t see these orbs in the trees until I got the pictures in the computer. These orbs were from sylphs, the air spirits.

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You can tell by the trails they left that they’re fast movers. It was also a way to let me know who they were.

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Orbs are said to be spheres, not discs …. so, how do I explain this cone-shaped one?

Elementals, without getting into too much information, are forces of nature — earth, water, air and fire. Elementals are the building blocks of nature, according to Ted Andrews in his “Enchantment of the Faerie Realm” book. Undines are water spirits, Sylphs the air spirits, Salamanders the fire spirits and Gnomes the earth spirits. These are not to be confused with our usual conception of a gnome depicted in books.

I’m still trying to figure out how to photograph the salamanders and gnomes.

I’ve photographed water a LOT for over the last 20 years, and have never had an orb in one picture until recently when I learned about them. Now they must respond to me and my affinity for running water, because I find them in pictures of every hike that includes water and the sun shining.


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I took this picture on May 3rd.

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How could the five fit comfortably in the nest like this on May 13?

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Three beaks show on the right in this picture.

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One of the parents came to the back of the barn to”chip” at me. It was a first. It didn’t show any aggression.

Walking in the barn, taking 13 pictures and leaving took 3 minutes.

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May 14th pictures showed the continual day-to-day fast growth

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and the increasing crowded conditions. There were 5 in the nest.

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Today — May 15. I know the nest won’t stretch as they grow.  IMG_9559 crop redThis was day 12 since eggs hatched. They should fledge between 16 and 20 days.

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These last 3 pictures were taken Thursday, the 16th and they will definitely be the last ones. Look closely at the yellow wire coming to the light. See the tiny brown spots? Well, those are mites and they were everywhere close by.

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These were taken from further back towards the barn door and the lens zoomed in.

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The parents were quite vocal with my presence. I didn’t linger.

I have enjoyed the experience, though.


Just so happened I was walking around the yard today (May 17th) with my camera. “Wonder if it would work if I took pictures zoomed in from the door and used the flash?”

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One out of 4 pictures was passable. The parents were quite aggitated. I closed the door and left.

Imagine — they went from the top picture to this last one in 14 days!

Composition With Light

The elements often naturally arrange themselves in a pleasing composition,

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and the sun creates constrast.

A Happy Birthday?

I walked around the yard this afternoon, taking pictures for a blog.

Imagine my surprise when I saw this picture on the computer.

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Notice the large orb behind the barn — it’s by far the biggest one I’ve ever photographed and on a sunny day too! Sometimes an orb (emanations of Spirit Beings) has a message.

Maybe the orb’s wishing me “Happy Birthday.”