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Let’s see if I can catch up … only to get behind again!

Tomorrow I’m leaving on yet another trip. Due to needing to go to PA because of my mom’s illness in March, I was unable to visit my good friend, Claire in North Georgia. At that time we were planning to do a spring piano / flute concert in her church. She ended up doing the concert alone, and I can’t redo that experience. However, I can finally do a visit, and I am leaving for her house tomorrow. Among other interests we share, we both are photography enthusiasts, so I will have lots of different photos to share for my daily 365 photo during my visit. I”m looking forward to the change of scenery and some different kinds of photos from a different area. Claire lives in a beautiful area, so who knows what my subjects will be for my photos!!

But – before I do – I am going to finally catch up on the photos that are not yet posted…

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365 photo #150 – (May 29) – House Finch in the black pine staging area for the feeders.

Bonus photos:

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1. Grackle – kind of a bully bird. I feed the birds only safflower seeds mainly because the grackles don’t much like it so they are less likely to be around to bully the smaller birds. However, they try…!
2. Male Cardinal in the black pine “staging area” of the bird feeders.

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365 photo # 151 (May 30) – a gorgeous sunset which gave the world an orange glow for a bit!

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365 photo #152 (May 31) – I believe these are crabapple blossoms which grow wild around our yard and neighborhood.

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365 photo #153 – (June 1) Misty lying on her fleece mat which we have placed on the couch above our head as we’re sitting. I will miss my kitties when I’m gone…

Bonus photo:

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I must include Felix if I’ve shown Misty! 🙂

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365 photo #154 (June 2) – Female cardinal hanging out on an old wrought iron railing that was placed there after being removed a very long time ago. I had forgotten it was there until I saw Mrs. Cardinal there that day. I can’t believe it hasn’t been pitched, as it was from a patio that has long since been transformed.

Bonus photos:

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1. Red winged blackbird — Sometimes they are “bully birds” to the smaller birds, but they are so pretty, I think.
2. Dove

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1. White Rhododendron. The white ones are the last to bloom, so these flowers are almost done for the season. They are so pretty and am always sad when they’re done blooming.
2. The white rhododendron bush

Yesterday I made a point of going down the street to where I’ve noticed a vacant field that’s had numerous wildflowers planted. I don’t know who owns the field and why they are planting these flowers. I think it’s a future development – but it is really pretty. I stopped by to take some close up and landscape photos of the field while it’s so pretty. I don’t know what many of the flowers are…

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365 photo #155 (June 3) I don’t know what this purple flower is, but blurred in the background is a large area of wild daisies.

Bonus photos:

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365 photo #156 (June 4) – suitcase packed — ready to go tomorrow morning – pronto! It was not much of a photo day today…

And — that brings me up to date. I don’t know how well I can keep this up while I’m gone, but there will be photos for those days to post later….

Laterz…!

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I’m never going to catch up if I let days go by before writing any entries. I end up just as behind as ever! Photos are being taken and I’m happy to say that I’m finding almost as much interest here on Long Island as I did when I was in Hilton Head. The landscape, plants and wildlife are different but still beautiful in their own way. I have places I want to go for future photos – so it’s all good. I do miss Hilton Head, the lagoon, the beach, Great Blue Herons, egrets and bluebirds. In the last few days the island has been inundated with bad weather. Tropical Storm Beryl has dropped torrents of rain, and I hope there has been no flooding or wind damage.

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365 photo #141 (May 20) – a blue jay in the “staging area” trees – not far from the feeders. They don’t get on the feeders much but are basically ground feeders. Blue Jays can be such bullies to the smaller song birds (along with grackles and red winged blackbirds), but despite that, they are so pretty to look at with such beautiful blue markings!

A few bonus photos:

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1. The lilac bush is blooming!
2. More rhododendrons. We have several bushes, and they don’t bloom all at the same time, which is nice as it extends the season.

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365 photo #142 – (May 21) — Ooops – I nearly forgot to take a photo that day. This is a mug I purchased when I went into NYC to see CATS – the musical. And, ironically, Ray and I will be seeing it again tomorrow night at the Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, NY. I did not know this when I took this photo. I’m very excited as it’s my favorite musical. Figures – because of my love of all things feline!

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365 photo #143 (May 22) — Another day of not much interest in photography – so I took a photo of a photo. Not exciting, nor innovative or creative, but it is a chance to show off one of my favorite photographers, Dan Williams. This is one printed on photo canvas I purchased from him at “Springtime Made in the South” craft fair in Savannah. He told me that he took this in the Savannah Wildlife Refuge at sunrise. If you check out this link you will see just HOW gifted he is!! On the day I took this photo, I was also preparing to go to PA for my Uncle Ned’s funeral…

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365 photo #144 (May 23) — flowers at my sister’s house in PA

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365 photo #145 (May 24) — I arrived home from PA to misty, foggy, damp weather, and took a photo of the rhododendron bush that’s just outside of the living room window that looks out to our front yard.

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365 photo #146 (May 25) — It was another rainy day – and I took this photo of one of my lucite kitties which I have on one of my window sills where it picks up the light and interesting colors from the outside.

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365 photo #147 (May 26) — finally a clear day and I discovered the goldfinches have found our nyger feeder. Here is one, in all it’s glorious yellow summer plumage, on the trees just around the corner from the nyger feeder!

Bonus photos:

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1. Male house finch – in the staging area near the feeders
2. Male cardinal – also in those same trees

Not quite caught up — but I’ll end here. For now.


I took a few more photos on May 17th – so there will be bonus photos! I usually include them when I have trouble deciding what photo to choose on any given day.

That day was the first day for photos of the feeders that had been recently put out. It took a little while for the birds to find them, but once they did, they have come in droves as they fight over the precious few feeder holes! I feed my birds only safflower seed, as the grackles, blue jays, and red winged black birds don’t like that all that much. I found if I used a mixed seed, I had to add seed to the feeders at least twice a day! Now … that’s too much — and too expensive, too! A few days ago, I decided to add another feeder so that the food will last a few days before having to restock their food.

So — my photo of the day will be one of a male and female house finch posing on top of the feeder:

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365 photo #138 (May 17)

Bonus photos

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1. “The early bird catches the worm” — Robin in our back yard
2. A carpenter bee. This bee flies so slowly that I was able to focus on him in the air and get him pretty clear. Unfortunately we are going to have to get pest control for them because they are making their nests in our deck’s foundation – boring holes there, which is not good for health of our deck. (click this photo to see it larger)

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1. Blue jay enjoying seed below the feeders. They may be bullies to the smaller song birds, but they sure are pretty!
2. Red winged black bird – WAY high in a tree. I’m noticing that there is a bird (either a blue jay or red winged black bird) up there almost all the time. It’s like “their” perch. (click this photo to see it larger)

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365 photo #139 (May 18) — another rhododendron bud about to bloom.

Bonus photos:

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1. Our driveway
2. One of our rhododendron bushes – in nearly full bloom

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365 photo #140 (May 19th) Today was Male Cardinal day – as I saw so many around the feeders and the trees nearby. This one was waiting for an empty feeder hole to catch a bite…

Bonus photos:

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1. Cardinal in another nearby tree
2. And one on the ground under the feeder area finding seed there.

And … I’ll stop for now – and continue my update later.

I’m headed for PA tomorrow morning for the funeral of my uncle, but will just be staying one night. Yes — my mom’s brother died last week at age 97 😦 He was an amazing man: a scientist, an author, an artist, a sculptor, a birder, and a husband, father, brother, grandfather and great grandfather. He’s worth his own blog entry about his rich and full life. But – I am not sure about family privacy issues, so I’ll leave it at that. Just know he’ll be missed, especially by his wife, and that we truly are celebrating his life. My photos will continue – and hope they will chronicle those days…


Our trip north was when things deteriorated with my 365 photo project. I’d planned to quick run out and take one last photo of the lagoon the morning we left Hilton Head. I went to get my camera, which I’d placed in the “staging area” of our living room – but my husband had been ever so vigilant – and the camera had been long since packed in the car – and buried under a multitude of other things. There was no way I could unearth it for the photo… 😦 However, when I ran out to remove the bird feeders (which is such a sad job for me, so I wait to do it at the very last minute — the morning we are leaving), there was a most magnificent Great Blue Heron walking right on our lawn along the shore of the lagoon. I stopped short and looked at him — and “snapped the photo” in my mind. If only that camera was with me… I looked at him squarely in the eye — and he looked at me. I finally said … out loud, “Goodbye sweet Great Blue Heron, I will miss you so very much. I’ll see you in the fall.” Yeah — I know … I’m sappy. I thought my voice would scare him and he’d fly off – but he continued to look at me even as I said, “I love you sweet birdie”. I don’t know if he/she was the bird who belonged to the nest we had in our yard this spring, but I also thanked him for allowing me to see his nest while he/she raised his/her babies. He continued to look at me, but then started walking slowly across our yard — and faced the lagoon – fishing, as always.

So – – in honor of this great blue heron — a photo of another one is my photo of the day. I’m sorry that the “real” photo is only in my mind and that I can’t share it here, but here is a photo of another great blue heron in it’s place:

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365 substitute photo of the day #129 (May 8) of a great blue heron taken 1/7/11 on the shores of our lagoon

And … with that we were on our way north…

The following day was a complete blur, and once my camera was unpacked, I was way too exhausted to even think about a photo of the day. These trips north (or south) with the cats are tiring, and fray my nerves. I need to remember that they always end up fine, and that it’s my lack of confidence in the entire process that makes me nervous.

365 photo #130 — Epic Fail. (May 9)

365 photo #131 — Another Epic Fail. Wildly distracted in “Unpacking hell”! (May 10)

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365 photo #132 (May 11) — Finally a photo was taken. This is a mirror which we purchased from Lori Wilkinson, a vendor at “Springtime Made in the South” in February. Check out her website to see more of her wonderful work! I knew when I purchased it where it would go – in the dressing area of the bedroom. It’s made of a lovely color combination of mosaic tile and it’s gorgeous. You can see the reflection of the window to the back yard in the mirror.

365 photo #133 (May 12) – Another Epic Fail. How did that day get away from me? I was getting nervous that this project was headed for the trash. Even with forgetfulness, however, I have decided to continue…

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365 photo #134 (May 13) – a sparrow of some kind – – I hope not a house sparrow, as they are the arch enemy of bluebirds and bluebird nests. I think it’s a song sparrow, though, and it was singing it’s heart out the entire time I was snapping photos! It was taken – by chance in one of our bushes. Our feeders were not yet up at this point.

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365 photo #135 (May 14) – azalea bush in full bloom – with the rhododendron bush next to it just coming into bloom

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365 photo #136 (May 15) – Sweet Little Misty kitty. I almost forgot to take the photo that day! The cats have made themselves at home in their Long Island home!

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365 photo #137 (May 16) – the rhododendron buds are are beginning to bloom!

And .. with that I will end for this entry, but will continue with the catch-up soon…. Stay tuned!

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