The Homestone

Friday, May 23, 2014

Pretty Blue Buntings and Handsome Beaks

 Beautiful May days.
Busy days too!
Much to accomplish around our 48 acres as the summer season approaches.

 May is a stormy month, making a lush and fecund world.
 Right on schedule; our annual sighting of the Lazuli Bunting.  Hoping he stays for a while as we'd like to get better photos of him.  Such a pretty bird.  Named after the beautiful Lapis Lazuli stone ~ one of the stones folks request as inlays on their rings.
 Lapis Lazuli is inlaid here on a Cherry Wood Ring with birds eye Maple bordering inlays.
We have 6 Evening Grosbeaks now.  Hoping that our regular flock of 18 or more will be here within the next few weeks.
This was pretty sweet this morning … I was taking photos of one of our handsome male grosbeaks...

Within moments the rest of the small group gathered around on the same bush moving themselves into the frame as if to say … hey wait … family portrait please.
 And of course we are happy to oblige.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

The lovely month of May

 Spring has come to the meadow.  Perhaps I've said that before!  The season of Sprin-ter is past.  I'm certain of it.   The yellows are here ... dandelions, bumble bees, yellow headed blackbirds, yellow rumped warblers and we've had a quick glimpse of our beloved Grosbeaks who ought to back in full force here soon.

Yellow headed blackbirds
 A bee on one of natures most marvelous offerings.
 One of David's sweet Hummer pics
 Red Wings and Grosbeaks and Cassin's Finches ~ singing in the rain.
 One of our many Hummingbirds
 A Western Toad rescued by Vincent from the basement stairwell after a downpour
 Spring colours
 A walk in the woods ...
 A very tame 'Sprucey'
and the creek before the edges green up
 Life just doesn't get any better than this.

Thanks so much for stopping by.
~ Till next time ~