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Monday, June 10, 2013

Good Monday morning...

A bright and beautiful day here on the Island...up early...laundry pegged on the line...
Don't you love the feel and smell of sheets after they've been in the fresh air all day?
Up behind the house the Ocean Spray is getting ready to bloom...
 It's such a delicate flower...kind of like babies breath on a tree but much prettier...
It shares this area with the native shrub we call Indian Plum...
 Right now it's turning from a golden yellow to gorgeous orange and
soon it will be magenta and purple.
Hopefully the Scarlet Tanager will come again this year to feast on the tiny fruits
and maybe I'll get a photo or two to show you... 
Just below the canopy of this greenery lies a very large rock covered in
Rock Crop...a native succulent that's in yellow bloom right now...
The hummingbirds have been bringing the new babies around so the
feeders are literally a-buzz with action.
Yesterday evening as I was about to hang the feeder I gave it to Tom to hold...they are so
obsessed with feeding that they couldn't even wait for me to hang it up!
See, to the right of his hand on one of the feeder holes?
Speaking of birds...I've been keeping an eye on the Great Horned owl
and have since learned that there's not only one but TWO babies.
I saw them yesterday morning (without my camera)
so today I went out with it but only spotted the parent having a morning nap...
 I feel like this some mornings too!!
 So I left her alone and maybe I'll catch up with them another day when
they're all together...she probably needed some down time
after been out hunting all night to feed two hungry beaks!
And speaking of where the wild things are...
Happy Birthday to Maurice Sendack who's imagination
still speaks to the child in me every time I see his stories.


Nancy Kay said...

These are beautiful pictures of the foliage around you. So lush!! Love the pictures of the napping owl too. It must have been an exhausting night. I'm looking forward to seeing pictures of the young ones!

Meggs said...

The owl is melting my heart. So insanely precious.


Mairéad said...

First I absolutely adore your sleeping owl photos.
And I love hanging out the washing to dry outside. Couldnt believe it when I first heard that its banned it some places in the States.

Willow said...

I adore the humingbirds on our farm and they do get so trusting of us. Your owl pjctures are amazing. It is so fascinating how the feathers can camouflage him against the tree.

Cobalt Violet said...

Love the photos ... and I can feel the fresh air!
Can't get over those hummingbirds! No fear!