Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Train

Franklin, TN
Waiting for a train.
And here it comes!
Photo credit goes to Granddaughter.

Linking to Good Fences

Happy Thursday

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tired Hummer

It isn't often I see a Hummingbird at rest. 
 I think Ms. Hummer was trying to hide from me but couldn't resist a peek.
She stopped several times.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Another Dove

No walking for me yesterday. It was raining in the morning and low 90s in the afternoon. I waited until about 8:00 p.m., thinking I would go when it cooled off a little, but the air was so thick with humidity it was hard to breath. Hoping for a better day today, but the forecast isn't good.
Eurasian Collared-Dove

During Saturday's walk around The Rez, I found this guy watching me from a limb. 
I thought he was about to fly away...
...but he stood there a bit longer, watching me, and then flew away.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Sunday Morning Walk

Findley and I took off for our morning walk at about 8:30 Sunday morning. It was a nice morning for a walk, overcast but cooler than it would be later in the day.
We walked up to the courthouse and around the square.
Lots of progress on the new Physician's Clinic. I miss the old buildings that were once there. I got my treasured Choo Choo bag at the old store on the corner and we had a meal and gathering in the VFW Hall after my Grandma Burton passed away. But those buildings have been torn down to make way for this new building.
This is the old IGA store where my mom always bought groceries. When I was first married, I bought some hamburger here for 10 cents a pound. The store name is almost faded away, but I can still make out the words. Stuart's IGA Store.
We stopped so I could take another picture of the courthouse. Findley has finally gotten used to my frequent stops and now sits quietly, waiting until I'm ready to move on.
This grate has been in this same spot for as long as I can remember. Across the street was Kelly's Store where Bro O and I once bought baseball cards. The bubble gum was horribly brittle and stale, but the cards were awesome. I don't know where they went, probably burned with the trash. Too bad. Some would be valuable today.
We walked by home on our way to The Rez and admired our flowers...
 ...and our Hyacinth Beans. 
They are in full bloom and will soon cover the railing.
We walked to the far side of The Rez. The ducks were out. The juveniles are looking more like adults these days. By the time we started our loop around the road it started sprinkling rain. And then it stopped, so we continued on with the last loop. And then it started pouring!
Findley and I waited out the downpour under the shelter of one of the pavillions. 30 minutes later the rain died down to a nice soft rain, so we walked on home. We were still drenched!

Happy Monday!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunflowers and Hummingbirds

Yesterday was a nice warm day, 88°. Although thunder and dark clouds caused Findley and I to hurry through our morning walk, it didn't rain. It seems our sunflowers like this rainy year. We have a good crop and more to come.
(Note the Findley photo bomb)
We have grown sunflowers beside our storage shed since we've lived here. 
I always see Goldfinches, Cardinals and other birds, but have never seen a Hummingbird enjoying the flowers until yesterday when this little lady showed up.
 She liked the yellow flowers... flowers...
 ...and multicolored blooms.
Happy Sunday!

Linking to the Bird D'pot

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Bee Day

As a child, I was stung many times—that is until my father told me to stand perfectly still if one landed on me. His theory was if I didn't scare them, they would merely investigate and take off without stinging. This actually worked. I don't think it would be advisable if a swarm of bees was headed ones way though.
Coneflowers seem to be a hit with the bees. Bro O's house.
Lincoln Log Cabin Historical Site
Same location only joined by a butterfly.
A deviation from the Coneflower. Bro O's house.
A milkweed on a country road.

Happy Saturday!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Flying High

This is Sonny Boy's Dragon Kite. I'm told a souvenir from a trip to San Francisco.
The kids had fun flying it on our last trip to Tennessee.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Carnton Plantation

Carnton Plantation
This fence surrounded a Civil War cemetary on the grounds.
Closer view with a bird. Mockingbird. 

Linking to Good Fences

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Flowery Wednesday

A trip to the garden resulted in the discovery of a massive weed infestation. We have had so much rain we couldn't use the tiller, so the weeds have basically taken over. We did get a cucumber and a couple of zucchinis for a nice salad. Hopefully the tomatoes will do well. There are lots of green ones right now.

However, there were lots of zinnias thriving in Bro O's garden.
Elderberries. They make my favorite kind of jelly! 

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Mr. Woody

Woody was out again early Saturday morning.
 High up in the tippy top of a tree...
...and hanging on the side of an electric pole.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Dragonfly Day

Over the past few weeks I have collected a few
dragonfly poses. These are a few.
Swift Long-winged Skimmer. Odd stance don't you think? Found at The Rez.
Brown-spotted Yellow-wing. In Bro O's garden.
Widow Skimmer. Taken at Bro O's pond.
Another view of a somewhat different Widow Skimmer. He looks different than the other Widow Skimmer, but according to Insect Identification and my Insect book, that's what it is. Taken at The Rez. I followed him around for quite some time, while Findley complained. He always seemed to land down in the weeds where I couldn't get a clear shot.
Green Clearwing, which I've posted before but had to include in this group.

Happy Sunday!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Juveniles, Ducks, and Woody

Walked over to the Rez last night after it cooled down some, but didn't find any critters to photograph. This morning I got an early start 7:00 a.m. and found more activity.
This is a juvenile Robin up in the tippy top of a tall tree perched on a dead branch.
This is a juvenile, but not sure what. I think he might be a House Finch, but I'm not sure.

The ducks were out, gliding through the water.
And Woody was playing peek-a-boo again today.

Happy Saturday!