~ Tuesday Two by Two + WPC Transition 3 ~

When I first introduced Rudbeckia and Echinacea into the sunny front gardens my intent was twofold; to enjoy the plethora of lovely blossoms from summer to fall, and to provide food and habitat for migrating birds in fall and winter.

Happily, both purposes are being met!

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~ Monochrome Monday + WPC Transitions ~

Hydrangea thrives in my gardens. I love their abundant blue blossoms which cheer me whenever I look at them.

Over the course of a hot summer, the plants that get direct sunlight turn almost a rust color. These two shots are of blossoms from the same plant at different times in the season.

By autumn the blues have faded into shades of green, sometimes becoming a shimmering opalescent. After a hard frost, the blooms are fading, though they still hold onto some of their subtle beauty.


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On my walks this stand of trees has attracted my attention all autumn. They still hold on to some last golden leaves, made more beautiful lit by the sun and silhouetted against the bright blue sky.

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~ Giving Thanks ~

Jello thinks something smells really good!


Wishing everyone good cheer as we in the USA gather with family and friends to share in the bounty of life.

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~ Wordless Wednesday + WPC – Trio ~


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~ Tuesday Two by Two ~ Of Kites & Hearts ~

This pair of bleeding heart blossoms reminds me of the final quote from Truman Capote’s, short story, A Christmas Memory .


“A message saying [my friend had died] merely confirms a piece of news some secret vein had already received, severing me from an irreplaceable part of myself, letting it loose like a kite on a broken string. That is why, walking across a school campus on this particular December morning, I keep searching the sky. As if I expected to see, rather like hearts, a lost pair of kites hurrying towards heaven.”

The ABC Stage 67 adaption for television by Truman Capote and Eleanor Perry, (narrated by Capote) won two Emmy’s and the Peabody Award.


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~ Monochrome Monday ~ Hawk ~

Looks like it might be a hawk perched up in the bare branches of my neighbor’s Pin Oak Tree, but it’s hard to say.


Jello and I heard a rhaspy cry as we were finishing our walk.  It reminded me of a blue jay, or a crow mimicking some other bird — like a hawk for instance.


That dense body, hooked beak and cropped tail with a line of white at the very tip is characteristic of both Cooper’s and Red-tailed Hawks. And, though it is still daylight and the air is cold, there were no little birds chowing down at my feeders while the bird of prey perched nearby!

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