Summer glee. 2021

Summer is lovely: the mild evening breeze, longer sunlight hours, bright colors, impromptu plans, vacations, staycations, and finally respite from schoolyear cares. Summer afternoons are dreamy at best.

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.”

Charles Bowden

Today’s afternoon nature finds: a neighbor friend heard chirping sounds and discovered a nest inhabited by 3 baby birds. Ingenious mommy bird for securing this nesting spot. A ladybug spotting as well.

“It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.”

Maud Hart Lovelace

Thank you readers for stopping by and have a great Thursday evening! Hope you enjoy the simple pleasures of summer and take a moment to not do anything.

Photo: ducks & their ducklings

Yesterday afternoon we had an unexpected sighting of tiny ducklings out with their parents. We almost missed seeing them; they were camouflaged perfectly by the tall bushes and sun’s glare on the water. These little animals turned a reluctant walk into a cheerful one where they insisted we go back today to check on the nesting duck.

Duckling season. We almost missed this female duck camouflaged by tall branches and bushes. Hope her ducklings arrive soon: cute, healthy, and safe from predators pafter birth.

Below are pictures of 2 different duck families. First set had 5 ducklings and the second set had 9.

Family of 5: ducklings hanging around mama duck

In this family, it seemed the female duck was the main protector of its ducklings.

This male duck could’ve been the father. He sat on land nearby but we can’t remember if he joined rhem later. Maybe he was taking a break from duckling care.

“Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.”

Michael Caine 

Family of 9: most ducklings follow except for 1 or 2 wanderers

Couple of ducklings wandered away and missed the photo opp
Everyone swimming at own pace.
2 ducklings are nearby but didn’t make it into the picture.

Thank you for stopping by and hope the start of May is off to a great start for you! Take care.

Flower of the Day: May 1, 2021

These pictures were taken Thursday morning after a much-needed haircut. The salon scheduled me for an 8 a.m. appointment, which surprised me. Had no idea they opened this early…maybe it’s COVID-19 hours. Nonetheless, it was refreshing to feel the morning sunshine by myself (big deal for a night owl).

Fifteen minutes after I got home, my cell phone rang with our home phone number. Ellis on the line asking, “where are you?” We had talked about this morning appointment for few days but she was not happy. I fibbed that I was almost home as I jumped into the room to surprise her: we were both on phones. I thought she’d laugh but her face was already red from crying. That’s a story for another day: separation anxiety since she was weeks old.

I realized my alone time was over: shifting back to mommy role but with shorter tamed hair.

Thank you Cee for hosting this challenge & keeping us updated on all the challenges!

Thank you readers for stopping by. Hope you all have a good start to May and alllergies are under control.

Flower of the Day: April 26, 2021. Seed parachutes

The wonderful world of dandelions. This bright yellow flower is dreaming of when it’ll become a white fluff ball with a very important job for its species: seed disperser. It’s also called seed parachutes.

P.S. Dandelion fuzz balls remind me of how our lives would be much brighter if we generously shared encouragement like these seed parachutes.

“Organic as a dandelion seed, [the ship of our imagination] will carry us to worlds of dreams and worlds of facts” Carl Sagan

Thank you Cee for hosting this FOTD challenge and thank you readers for visiting my blog post! I hope you all have a fabulous start to a new week and enjoy the longer sunny days.