Archive for June 2011

New Visitors   3 comments

Two weeks ago I added a new bird feeder with thistle.  I was hoping to attract a little more variety beyond the Black-Headed Grosbeaks that I think live at my house now.  It took about a week, but sure enough I had some new visitors!  This last Monday I left early from work for some me time.  During that afternoon I captured not 1, not 2, but 3 new guest.  I was rather excited.  Now I’m thinking of adding a bird bath.  I’m just not sure how my hubby will feel about that.



Two American Goldfinches sit on either side of the bird feeder.  It almost appears as if there is a mirror there.  Just wish it had come out a little sharper.  These little guys don’t sit still for very long.

A little House Finch checking everything out before going to the feeder.

 

 

This squirrel enjoys the seeds dropped to the ground by the rest of the birds.  I recently place corn out near the feeders for him too.

 

Side note: You may notice that my pictures are marked with Azota Photography.  I have finally decided to be a little more “official” in my photography.  I didn’t want to use my actually name, as I plan to enlist my hubbies help in certain things.  So.. Azota Photography is our name! 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Eagle   4 comments

The rain decided to visit today.  I did welcome it just because it meant I didn’t have to actually water my plants today.  However, I was hoping the visit was short.  I want sun so my flowers to can really start growing and blooming!  It appears this evening I was granted my wish.  The rain clouds have started to move on and the sun come out in the valley.

I had driving duty today in taking my daughter to and from her swim team practice.  On the way home, we stopped at JoAnn’s to get some crafting supplies so she can make invitations for her birthday party that is coming up.  When we came out, we could see a rainbow forming.  Of course from where we were, all sorts of power lines were in the way.  So, we got in the car and headed home.  I was frantically hoping that I might be able to find a clear shot along the way before the rainbow faded away.  I finally saw my chance and pulled onto a side road.  Imagine my joy when I saw that a bald eagle was perched in tree right where the rainbow was coming down.

The eagle was off in the distance and the rainbow isn’t as clear as I would like.  However, I am still happy with the picture and excited that I was able to actually see it in person.

Awww… Buttercups   13 comments

With all the rain and brief windows of sun, the grass in our yard has been extremely happy.  Along with the grass, we have had buttercups spring up like crazy.  There is just something cheerful about these dainty little flowers when you see them.  Even if they do seem to be overtaking the lawn.  Saturday evening I went out and sat on a towel in the yard.  I was hoping to catch a bird visiting one of my feeders.  However I just had no luck there.  I did however take an opportunity to snap a couple pictures of these cute flowers.  A good thing, because the next day I mowed the lawn.  Poor buttercups… but it feels good to have the lawn not looking overgrown!

Eagle Sighting   1 comment

The sun is here!! The sun is here!!  Yes, I am excited.  We finally have a forecast that shows more sun than rain.  So with the sun shining I set out and put a long and busy work week behind me.  I had noticed on Flickr someone had taken some pictures of an eagle out towards Anacortes.  I decided to try my luck.  Figured even if I didn’t get a picture of an eagle, I was still getting some good old fashion vitamin D.

I drove around for a while and finally settled on a spot to park.  The sound was on one side of the road and a wild grass sorta wetland on the other side.  I could see some herons here and there, but they were still a bit to far out to get any good pictures.  A little sparrow landed near the front of my car and allowed me to take a picture.  But there I sat for little bit just looking around.. and around.. and happen to glance at the top of the power pole.. whoa! wait!  an eagle!!  He’d been sitting there the whole time I was. ha!  I got out of my car and started to walk a bit closer and of course he flies off.  I figured that was that, but with a bit of luck he just landed in a tree further down the road.

So I quickly jumped in my car and drove down.  Parked and then walked slowly closer to get a decent picture.  He sat there for a good amount of time before flying off to another perch.  Some crows were not happy with his new spot.   Hope you enjoy!  I know I did.. and needed it!!  Yay Sun!