Hummingbirds, My Love of Summer

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The challenge of my summer this year was to capture as many hummingbirds as I could. Those little guys are so fast .Sometimes I would sit for a hour lying in wait. So far I have been pretty lucky and patient. Many I might be able to add more to the video soon.
The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is the most widespread hummingbird in the United States and Canada. If you live east of the Mississippi, you’ve probably seen one … or many.
Name and Nicknames
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have many dedicated fans. And so, they have many nicknames: ruby throated, ruby throats, rubythroat, ruby, rubies, hummers, hummer birds. Here’s their scientific name: Archilochus colubris.

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To feed the hummingbirds I use plain sugar. I also plant many varieties of plants that they like too. They are happy here and I am glad they come each year to entertain me. It is funny I always know when they are out of food , as they come buzz me and I say “Im coming to fill it up ” 

To yield larger portions, mix at the ratio of 1 part sugar to 4 parts water. The solution will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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Beautiful Stone House For Sale In St Louis 4939 Gresham Ave 63109

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New Macro Photography Captures

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SOFT PINK AND YELLOW IRIS

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SWEET WILLIAM

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PRICKLY THISTLE BLOSSOM

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Macro Flower Photography and Meanings

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Sweet Williams flowers are at the center of many romantic legends. One such legend is steeped in the poetry of the English writer John Gay, who wrote, Sweet Williams Farewell to black-eyed Susan: A Ballad. In this piece of poetry, both the sweet William and the black-eyed Susan were depicted as real people sweet William as a sailor, and the black-eyed Susan as his beloved, who must part from him. The story tells of the two meeting, then having to separate again sweet William assuring his love and fidelity all the while. Aside from having some artistic acclaim, sweet Williams flowers are also thought to be very useful in the culinary arts. These blossoms, which have a mild, clove-like taste, are mostly used as garnishes for cakes, pastries and drinks; however, they are also known to add a unique dash of flavor to salads, floral liquors, jellies and butters, as well as herbal tea.

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Dahlia’s are spicy flowers, and their meanings range from a sign of warning, to change, to travel, to even a portent of betrayal. The varied symbolic meanings of the dahlia make this flower a wild card. Give to that unique, eclectic person whom you wish to compliment his/her wild side. Combine them with slender flowers like irises or tulips for a striking visual display as well as a combined symbolic message that says “temper your adventures with a kind heart.”

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This is a capture of rain drops reflections on The Bachelor Button Flower. There is no secret there and it has nothing to do with processing either.Each droplet reflects its surroundings, so in each of them you can find many different reflections by simply changing the angle you look at it.A water drop is a spherical mirror which shows the reflective image inverted compared to the object (in this case).
To capture reflections in a raindrop you have to look for it unless you have serious knowledge of geometric optics.

If you don’t know the Bachelor Button by this name, you aren’t the only one. Probably, you know it by one of these names: Basketflower, Bluebottle, Hurtsickle, and Cornflower. Sometimes, this flower is known as the Boutonniere flower. But, all of these names will connect you to the same flower, which is the Bachelor Button. There is a story behind this flower, of course with a name like that. You will see that bachelors wore this flower if they liked someone and wanted to date them. The longer the flower stayed alive and the longer they wore it, it showed how strong their feelings were for that person.

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Come check out “Baby Birds” Adventure from Hatching to Flying the Coup

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I was so lucky these last few weeks to observe and witness baby Carolina Wrens from eggs to hatching to flying the coup.They made a wonderful nest of feathers ,lichen and any other scraps they could find. The made this nest in my Beguiling Begonia hanging plant. In the summer months seems to be that every patch of woods is the rollings sound of the Carolina Wren.This shy bird is hard to see but, it delivers amazing sounds and decibel . This bird has rich cinnamon plumage,white eyebrow stripe, and a long, upward-cocked tail. Male and female Carolina Wrens build their nests together. One member of the pair may stay at the site while the other gathers material. The first nest can take a week or more to build, but later ones take shape in as few as 4 days. 

Please also visit the Bird Cam Video Link I have Provided .  Day 1 of  Discovery of eggs!

Day 1 of the capturing of the eggs. Now the waiting to begin for hatching. So Excited to witness this :)

Day 1 of the capturing of the eggs. Now the waiting to begin for hatching. So Excited to witness this : )

HATCHING DAY

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Hatching day! So tiny and bald. Just amazing!!

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Getting feathers and really hungry !

Look at this beaks!! No peppers open yet!

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Pink and Red Beauties

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Just some beautiful spring flowers I captured.
The Begonia Dragon Wing red, ‘Begonia x hybrida’, is a beautiful shade plant growing up to 15 inches tall with a a spread of up to 18 inches. Dragon Wing Pink Begonias perform very well in the landscape with excellent heat tolerance and garden performance. This plant is ideal for hanging baskets on the front porch or in large containers. Begonia Dragon Wings prefer planting beds that are well drained and organic-rich.

Dahlia-Dahlias are easy plants to grow and yield beautiful blooms from mid-summer through fall. In many respects, “dahlia culture” is similar to “tomato culture.” If you can grow tomatoes in your garden, you can successfully grow dahlias. The following notes will help you to add spectacular blooms and brilliant color to your garden!

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Mother Nature’s Hydraulics of Water

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This is Johnson Shut-In located in Missouri. This place is so beautiful!! great place to take a trip with the family and enjoy swimming. Play in the shallows of the East Fork of the Black River. Shoot through Mother Nature’s hydraulics in the shut-ins. Hike a trail that will show you 1.4 billion years of geologic history. Take your horse on a pretty mountain trail. Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park is a jewel of the system, a place with something for everyone: pretty picnic areas, Ozark landscapes, natural places to swim, great campsites.

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Look into My Eyes Black Lab Dog

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This beautiful older guy was just so beautiful. His eyes were mesmerizing!! They just pull you into his heart.
We all know and love labs for there personalities.They are even-tempered and well-behaved around young children and the elderly. Still one of the most loved breeds.

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Oh My Deer

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Well, I did not go another season without capturing my most favorite wildlife creatures. The Deer. On my walks I was lucky enough to capture such beauty and grace.
I try to get through as many Missouri parks as I can. These were captured at Jefferson Barracks in South County , Mo as well as Route 66 park located in Eureka,Missouri. I so enjoy watching them.Hope you enjoy these majestic creatures.

Please check out this wonderful group who rescues our wildlife deer takes care of them then releases back to the wild!! THANK YOU! Kindred Spirits Fawn Rescue
http://www.kindredspiritsfawnrescue.org

Oh Monday Again BACK TO REALITY

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Synchronize Skating Geese

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Synchronize Skating Geese

Synchronize Skating Geese

I captured these at the West City Park in Festus, Missouri. I just found it so cute how the look like they are doing synchronize swimming. As its name suggests, West City Park is located near the City’s western boundary. Bordered on the east by Joachim Creek, the park includes more than 100 acres of open space, pavilions, ball fields, water features and more. West City Park boasts one of the newest and most modern ball field complexes in the region. It also features a three-acre lake, a fairgrounds area for large events, and 1.5 mile bicycle trail.

Cuteness Overload

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