Friday, March 2, 2012

Backyard Naturalist

Sometimes I forget to be thankful for the beauty around me, as close as my own backyard. This week I made an effort to be more observant, and here are some beautiful things I've seem:

Here are some bees working away at the blossoms on our orange tree. (Did you know you could use orange blossoms in cooking? I added some to an omelette yesterday, which were amazing!):

Here is a hawk in our next-door neighbor's backyard - I think it is a "Sharp-shinned hawk", but I am not sure, as I am a very amataur birdist (started only a month ago):

He was not a fan of the camera:

And the best sight of all, some tomatoes are finally growing on a tomato plant I planted last year (courtesy of Ron Mears who kindly brought some tomato plants to give away at church). I added some egg shells to the soil as my friend Mary said they were probably not getting enough calcium - they were flowering, but not producing tomatoes, until I added the egg shells!:


  1. It is always wonderful when you find beauty by being more observant. Looks like you found some beautiful things and things that make you happy. Well done. This is what I think of when I think of simple pleasures. Enjoying what is close by me and all around me. Hugs and have a great weekend.

  2. You too Joyful! You inspired me to start looking for birds by the way


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