Sunday, April 25, 2010

Outdoors is where you'll find me.


It seems


our trees have leafed out overnight.

Where was I?

Outdoors, of course. At every chance.

There are many photos I’ve taken that have become old news within hours.


Flocks of Cedar Waxwings entertained me for over a month and now I miss their wheezes and whispers.

Nothing much to say now …

So, I’ll Show ‘n Tell


a little.


Several Ferguses were lost this winter. Very sad.

Subfreezing, numb, they float into the pond skimmer and I get terribly angry.


Now there are plenty!


Busy with living and often craving a nap,


I know I'm alright when I notice the unnoticed,


emerald green metallic at my feet,


and a white commontail.


Things that speed turn my head… was that a hummer?


Hubba hubba. I crawl on the driveway for this.


Babies are due on the porch.

I’m ready to see the mountains and special friends.

Thinking about packing soon…


Already laughing ;-) Will pack extra panties.

West Virginia, look out!


Anonymous said...

Wow,you got a lot going on here! We have spring in full swing up here too.

Barb said...

You caught a lot of Nature au natural! Great shots!

Peg Wiggins said...

What a treat! Spring's later here in Wisconsin. And your Koi are beautiful, Mary!

I don't know what you mean when you refer to "Ferguses" though? Duh me.

Mary said...


A friend wrote a story of a bullfrog named Fergus so I chose the name for my own. Here's the story:

Peg Wiggins said...

Oh dear, I should have remembered Julie's bullfrog horror story!

But your photo looked like a Green frog, do they show up of their own accord & is North Carolina warm enough for them to winter over in your beautiful koi pond?

When I checked Peterson Bluebird boxes this morning, I almost stepped on a Leopard frog in the leaves. I hope to post his photo tomorrow.
Tonight I'm listening to Spring Peepers and Chorus frogs. So we in Wisconsin are weeks behind you; but catching up slowly.
Good night,

Mel said...

Hola Mary :)
AWESOME photographs as usual. What a great bunch of creatures you have there!

LauraHinNJ said...

I will sooo miss the time with you and Susan at New River this year...


Please have fun!

The Quacks of Life said...

enjoy your trip!

no dragons here yet. looking forward to their return tho.

nice photos as usual!

Susan Ellis said...

Love the shot of the Cedar Waxwing one of my favourite birds...and all the rest of your photos as well of course...spring is happening here too, but not quite as quickly yet.Defintiely haven't seen any salamanders dirty dancin' yet.
Have a great time at New River!

Murr Brewster said...

Mares, is that what they mean by "Birding By Butt?"

KGMom said...

I see your clay nest pot is still working. It's good you replaced the one you broke.

NatureWoman said...

Watch out WV!!!! I hope you all have a great time, and can't wait to read your stories and see your photos!!!

Anonymous said...

Your photos as usual are marvelous.(Spelling?) Can't wait to see and read about your adventures in West Viginia.
Lynda from facebook.

dguzman said...

Now THAT is a 'tocks picture!

Q said...

Hi Mary,
The Hummers arrived last week. Now I have two males trying to claim the feeder. Guess I will have to get another feeder. I thought of you today when the Baltimore Orioles found the grapes.
Have fun "birding" in West Virginia!

Marilyn & Jeff said...

I have just 'stumbled' across your blog.

WOW - your photography is fantastic!

It is autumn in New Zealand, it's lovely to see your spring.

Beyond My Garden said...

Love the cedar waxwings.

dugfresh said...

mary, the quality of your photography is increasing at an exponential rate. incredible.

incredible selection of wildlife, too. i'm coming over with my camera...

i hear you about taking photos and having them become "old news." i have a couple of month's worth of those.
i finally fixed my computer, so i'll be back to blogging, but it does feel weird to post about winter/spring-transition birds...

i'm still laughing at your wren booty shot. sometimes that's the only shot i can get of birds, and i always feel a little funny about it. lol!

glad you're still at it (blogging, that is).

Cathy said...

Don't know how you do it, Mary. Bird butts and dragonflys and lizards caught 'in flagrante':-D

Hope your trip was wonderful. How could it not be, surrounded as you were, with beauty and beautiful people.

JeanMac said...

Beautiful pictures. Spring has sprung:)

Daniele said...

You have some great shots! And some great eyes to notice the little things.

Anonymous said...

I miss you Mary!

Two months without a peep, I'm suffering from Mary withdrawals! lol

Hope all is well with everyone including the fur people ;)


Mary said...

Gaelen, thank you. Every day I think about this blog. Rushign through life right now ;-) I'll be back before the end of summer!

Anonymous said...

Great shots, Mary, I love the tree full of redwings.

The Recycled Dove said...

I am like you. Love to be outdoors. Love your photography.

Stop by and visit when you come in.


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