Thursday, May 30, 2013

~ The Wild Side of Cypress Swamp ~

For at least the past ten years, a pair of hawks have
nested here on the Cypress Knee Swamp.
Every spring I wait for them, hoping that once more
they will choose one of our trees to raise another family.
Once again, nature did not disappoint me.
When I stopped for the mail this afternoon,
I got a glimpse of movement in the tree
by the mailbox.

I grabbed my little Canon and
snapped a few pictures.
They are shy and any sudden movement
sends them flying.

I was a distance away, so the images are not
very sharp, but I was thrilled to capture these.

According to Wikipedia, hawks mate for life. I don't
know if this is the same pair, or if one or more
of the offspring has chosen to return to mate here.
We try to be as hospitable as possible. We like
having them as of their
favorite things to eat is a snake.
They can help themselves to all the snakes
they can catch!
No matter what is going on in the world around us,
I find comfort in the order and the magic of nature.
It never ceases to delight me!
Hope you are finding delight in nature in your neck of the woods.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Trails and Trellis Garden Tour
It is that time of year again!
It was a beautiful Saturday morning to visit some of the most
beautiful gardens in our area. Even this carport is pretty.
Here are a few of my favorites from this year.

Creative garden art draws our eye
to this beautiful bed of annuals. 
Gaston the alligator looks at home among the blue ageratum.
Awww. Now I want ducks in my yard. Of course,
that means a pond or water feature of some kind.
Wonder what David will think about that?
I always get good ideas, like this colorful planter.
Love, love the color of these chairs.
They look so cool and inviting on the lawn.
Just lovely, peaceful lawn love.
These glider chairs remind
me of chairs in our yard when I was a child.
This pretty entry way caught my eye. The chartreuse
potato vine with the deep pink geraniums really
stand out and the lanterns add a sweet touch.
(love the house color as well)

This outdoor dining table arrangement was stunning.
The vase is handmade wood and the flowers
paired with fruit was another favorite.
I always come home with lots of ideas
and at least one thing I want to incorporate into
my country yard here on Cypress Knee Swamp.
Though not a plant or flower,
 I have wanted to make one of these flags
 and now I am inspired......this is the year!
Hopefully before July 4th..............
Will let you know if it comes to pass.
Hope you are enjoying God's beauty this spring.