Friday, August 24, 2018

A Little Nature, A Little Nurture

It's the time of the year that we begin to have regular visits from hummingbirds in our backyard.  Usually, by the time I see them and run for the camera they are gone.  But the other night, this one was being very thorough to visit all of the zinnia blossoms and then the lantana outside the kitchen window.  

We almost stepped on this praying mantis that was on the stairs outside the condo when we arrived recently.  It was there for a couple of hours.  It looked like it was regrouping, perhaps having had a run-in with a seagull.  Do you remember being told as a child that you would be fined $50 if you killed one of these?  I always wondered who was going to fine you and how were they going to find out.  

The warm weather and humidity has toned down the sunsets lately.  Either there are big clouds blocking the show, or no clouds leaving a pretty pastel sky.  This was a couple of weeks ago - a pair of egrets flying by.

Someone wanted to sit on his papa's lap to have his ice cream.  

They were having a grand old time finding strawberries and blueberries in the ice cream.


  1. Beauitful photos and such a cute video you are blessed.

  2. It's still quite a beautiful sunset sky! And egrets make such a great silhouette. Lantana....I've seen it in Greece but never known what it was called. At least, I think it's the same...the flowers turn into a sort of deep blue drupe (?) like a blackberry. I do envy you the hunningbirdd. DH is in Maine right now and the three times I've dpoksp to him he's been telling me about them...and how hard it is to get a photo for me.

  3. Fun pictures, but have to say my favourite has to be the totally engrossed looks on the faces of the ice cream eaters.


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