Archive | March 2013

Food Friday – Breakfast

I feel it would be a shame, since I posted about my lunch, to leave out my breakfast and dinner. So today, I am dedicating Friday as “Food Friday” and will be posting pictures of my victuals weekly.

So, for my first ‘Food Friday’ post, I am going to post some pictures of my breakfast.

Breakfast! Mmmmm! Toast, Eggs, Blueberries, and Grapefruit!

Breakfast! Mmmmm! Toast, Eggs, Blueberries, and Grapefruit!

My Breakfast plate

My Breakfast plate

A Beautiful Grapefruit

A Beautiful Grapefruit

Miscellaneous Pictures From A Snow Day

Here are a few “Miscellaneous Pictures From A Snow Day” that I took Last Sunday.

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A snow covered Wren house.

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An American Robin in the snow

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Snow resting on a cedar bough.

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A Dark-eyed Junco resting on a branch.

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A Northern Cardinal perched on a snow covered branch

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Barbed wire on a fence

Flock of American Robins

When we had this snow storm, it was not only cold, but pretty windy. I spotted this group of robins hiding behind a small cluster of cedar trees, to hide from the freezing nip of the winter wind. I counted close to 21 birds, but they were kind of spread out, so I’m not 100% sure how many there were.

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A flock of American Robins hiding from the wind

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An American Robin hiding from the wind

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A flock of American Robins hiding from the wind

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A few American Robins leaving their hiding place

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An American Robin hiding from the wind

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An American Robin hiding from the wind

American Kestrel

So I was walking around outside observing the new snow we have just received, when I noticed a rather large bird land on the top of a cedar tree about 30 yards away from me. It looked much larger than any pigeon or birds we have around here regularly, but smaller than a Red-tail Hawk, so I had no idea what it was. I was so surprised when I discovered that it was in fact an American Kestrel. I see these around very rarely but never near my house, so I was extremely and pleasantly surprised.

I didn’t get any “Great” pictures, as he did not stay for long, but I was just happy to see one on our property.

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An American Kestrel, alighting gracefully on the top of a cedar tree.

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An American Kestrel keeping his balance in the wind.

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An American Kestrel sitting at the top of a cedar.

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An American Kestrel glancing at me from his perch.

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An American Kestrel keeping his balance.

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An American Kestrel observing the view from the top of a cedar.

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An American Kestrel trying to keep his balance atop a cedar tree on a windy day.

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An American Kestrel

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Engaging an American Kestrel in a staring contest.

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An American Kestrel at the top of a cedar tree.

It was a real treat to see this bird in our yard, and I hope he stays around for awhile.

If you are a photographer –  What have you wanted to photograph for awhile, and finally was able to?

If  you are not a photographer – What goals have you set for yourself and finally achieved?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime

I haven’t posted much lately, as I haven’t taken very many pictures as of late. And I was late in figuring out what this week’s photo challenge was… but when I did, I was very happy at the simplicity it presented for a new post! Lunchtime!

For lunch today I had a great salad that was A) Very nutritious, and B) Very tasty!

It was a pretty simple salad, Here are the ingredients:

1) Broccoli (Very lightly steamed)

2) Spinach

3) Sliced Red Bell Peppers

4) Sliced Carrots

5) Cooked Millet

6) Sliced Mango

7) Sliced Hard-boiled Egg

8) Your favorite seasonings and dressings! (Salt and pepper, LIGHTLY sprinkled with Rice Vinegar, and White Balsamic Citrus Basil dressing…. MMMMmmmmm!)

 

A Delicious salad for lunch!

A Delicious salad for lunch!

I had a bottle of my parents homemade Kombucha to drink with my lunch. Kombucha is one of my favorite drinks (right behind coffee!) and it has many nutritional benefits. ‘Here‘ is a link to see more information about Kombucha.

A bottle of homemade Kombucha (we put it in old store bought bottles)

A bottle of homemade Kombucha (we put it in old store bought bottles)

And now for dessert! I decided that a nice Blueberry Greek Yogurt would be a tasty treat. I love the fruit mixed in with the yogurt, it’s SO GOOD!

Dessert!

Dessert!

Anyways, that is my lunchtime in a nutshell. How was your lunch today?

White Lab

Some friends of ours have a white lab puppy named ‘Marley’. She is a really cute lab, and very friendly. I had a chance to get a few pictures of her a while back and thought I’d post a few pictures.

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She loves to fetch her baseball bat!

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Such a cute lil’ doggie!

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She was also very photogenic and seemed to like ‘posing’ for me.

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She is definitely a Lab though, and she loves to play!

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‘Marley’

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

I was looking at some photos from last summer, and I found these pictures of a Ruby Throated Hummingbird that I took while at my grandparents in Iowa and thought I post some of ’em!

I love hummingbirds, I think that they are a beautiful, delicate, and amazing animal. They are kinda hard to get picture of, especially if you don’t have a tripod, because they are so quick. These are my favorite pictures that I took, out of almost 600!

A Ruby Throated Hummingbird taking a drink from this feeder

A Ruby Throated Hummingbird taking a drink from this feeder

I was able to get some decent pictures once I found a suitable place to sit where I was close enough to get some good pictures, but far enough away from the feeder that the hummingbird was comfortable visiting it.

A Ruby Throated Hummingbird taking a drink from a feeder

A Ruby Throated Hummingbird taking a drink from a feeder

A Ruby Throated Hummingbird trying to decide whether to take another drink from the feeder, or go chase another hummingbird off his territory

A Ruby Throated Hummingbird trying to decide whether to take another drink from the feeder, or go chase another hummingbird off his territory

A Ruby Throated Hummingbird inspects a feeder

A Ruby Throated Hummingbird inspects a feeder

A Ruby Throated Hummingbird taking a drink from a feeder

A Ruby Throated Hummingbird taking a drink from a feeder

A Ruby Throated Hummingbird glances at me while I take his picture

A Ruby Throated Hummingbird glances at me while I take his picture

Something catches this Ruby Throated Hummingbird's eye

Something catches this Ruby Throated Hummingbird’s eye

A Ruby Throated Hummingbird flying around a feeder

A Ruby Throated Hummingbird flying around a feeder

A Ruby Throated Hummingbird leaving the feeder to rest in  a nearby tree.

A Ruby Throated Hummingbird leaving the feeder to rest in a nearby tree.

A Ruby Throated Hummingbird watching me, while inspecting a feeder

A Ruby Throated Hummingbird watching me, while inspecting a feeder

A Ruby Throated Hummingbird scouting a feeder

A Ruby Throated Hummingbird scouting a feeder

A Ruby Throated Hummingbird scouting a feeder

A Ruby Throated Hummingbird scouting a feeder

I did not realize how territorial hummingbirds were until I watched this little guy for a while. He would take a few sips of nectar either from the feeder or some nearby flowers, then he would perch himself up on a branch where he would have an unobstructed view of his territory, so that if the need arose, he could chase unwelcome guests of his territory. I saw him chase off a couple hummingbirds, and I was even more amazed a the speed and agility of these little birds… But what impressed me even more, was when he took it upon himself to clear the yard of not just hummingbirds, but Finches, Cardinals, and Blue Jays as well!

A Ruby Throated Hummingbird keeping watch over his territory

A Ruby Throated Hummingbird keeping watch over his territory

A Ruby Throated Hummingbird keeping watch over his territory

A Ruby Throated Hummingbird keeping watch over his territory

A Ruby Throated Hummingbird keeping watch over his territory.

A Ruby Throated Hummingbird keeping watch over his territory.

He had a little trouble with the Cardinals, because they were enjoying their sunflower seeds, and did not want to move… but with some angry squawking , and extremely impressive flying maneuvers, he finally persuaded them to move somewhere else.

The Blue Jays and Finches left without much ado. The Blue Jays were out of peanuts anyways, and the finches were already starting to move to some sunflower heads anyways, so they didn’t put up much of a fight.

So finally, the Hummingbird was able to congratulate himself on a job well done as he succeeded in completely clearing his territory of unwanted and unwelcome visitors, and in giving quite an acrobatic display!

 

Wedding Reception

We had a friend get married last fall, but he was still serving in the marines, so they just had their wedding reception last Saturday. They asked my sister, my older brother, my cousins, and me to serve the food and be ‘waiters’. I really enjoyed it, but didn’t get very many chances to get pictures (because I was always serving food). But I still enjoyed the 15 minutes or so that I did get to shoot my camera.

A flower bouquet at the reception

A flower bouquet at the reception

My brother lighting candles.

My brother lighting candles.

Me, lighting candles

Me, lighting candles

My Brother and sister

My Brother and sister

My cousin and brother

My cousin and brother

My cousin

My cousin

Me and my sister

Me and my sister

The Bride and Groom cutting the cake

The Bride and Groom cutting the cake

The Bride and Groom cutting the cake

The Bride and Groom cutting the cake

The Bride getting a mouthful of cake

The Bride getting a mouthful of cake

The table #

The table #

Honey Bees!

I have a few bee hives, and I love Honey Bees! I think that they are amazing creatures and one of my favorites of God’s Creation. I have been excited to see a few more bees flying around as it gets warmer, and I cannot wait until it is spring and they are flying around gathering nectar and doin’ their thing! Here are a few pictures I’ve gotten of them when I’ve seen them out and about recently:

A Honey Bee gathering Nectar

A Honey Bee gathering Nectar

A Honey Bee gathering Nectar

A Honey Bee gathering Nectar

A Honey Bee gathering Nectar

A Honey Bee gathering Nectar

A Honey Bee gathering Nectar

A Honey Bee gathering Nectar

Honey Bees entering and exiting a hive

Honey Bees entering and exiting a hive

Flower Bouquet

These pictures are of some flowers my dad got my mom for Valentine’s Day… so yes, I am REALLY late in getting them in a post. But better late than never!

We had a really nice day about that time as well, so I took the bouquet outside (I try and use natural lighting whenever possible) and set it on a table under a slightly shaded tree, so that I would get the light of the sun, without the harsh glare.

So, without further ado… Here they are:

Flower Bouquet

Flower Bouquet

Water Droplets on flower petals

Water Droplets on flower petals

Water droplets falling off a flower

Water droplets falling off a flower

Water droplet falling off a flower

Water droplet falling off a flower

Water droplets on flower petals

Water droplets on flower petals

Water Droplets on a flower

Water Droplets on a flower

Flower Bouquet

Flower Bouquet

Water droplets falling off a flower

Water droplets falling off a flower

Flower Bouquet

Flower Bouquet

Flower Bouquet

Flower Bouquet

Water Droplets on flower petals

Water Droplets on flower petals

Flower Bouquet

Flower Bouquet

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