The Ruin of Radiant

Ever since my elementary-aged self read Charlotte’s Web, the word “radiant” has been forever ruined for me. Whenever I hears that seven letter word, my mind imagines it masterfully woven into the web of that sagacious spider. And although the word will always belong to Wilbur,  I’d have to say it could also be ascribed to the male cardinals that have been visiting my backyard.

Are these fellows not …well…radiant!

I am partial to the pictures where their crown is on display…

…or where their head is titled in a posture of curiosity.

Yep…the male cardinal is definitely “some bird.”

And by the way, radiant isn’t the only word that has been taken hostage my Mr. White. Not long ago I walked into a bookstore, and as I entered the clerk called out, “Salutations!” – to which I replied, without missing a beat, “That’s a fancy way of saying hello.” The knowing smile I got in return assured me that we were kindred spirits, well-versed in the words of Charlotte.

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An Amphibious Invitation

The other day, while I was out taking pictures of Water Lilies, this fine fellow invited me over to his pad.

His intentions seemed “toadally” above reproach, more amphibious than amorous, so we enjoyed a nice chat and then I moved on to take some flower taking photos.

Now, I have to confess I’m a sucker for fairy tales, so the thought always goes through my mind…”I wonder what would happen if I planted a big kiss on his froggy face.” But then I quickly remember that I already have my own Prince Charming, who loves me warts and all!


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Consider the Lilies

Consider the lilies of the pond

and how they grow.

They don’t work or make their clothing,

yet Solomon in all his glory

was not dressed as beautifully as they are.

And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that

are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow,

he will certainly care for you.

Matthew 6:28-30 (with a little change of lily growing location)

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Birds of Fall

Gold and copper

Rust and brown

Right-side-up and


Black and white

Big and small

My backyard’s filled with

the birds of fall!

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First Feathers of Fall

Today was the first chance I’ve had to take my camera outside since the official arrival of fall.  Here is a sample of the backyard birds that showed up.

I think it’s gonna be a great season for taking pictures of birds…well…I hope so anyway!

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Before The Summer Fully Fades

Before the summer is officially over, and while there are still some beautiful butterflies hovering about, I thought I would take a few more pictures while I had the chance.

I know that autumn boasts a marvelous beauty all its own, but I’m still a little sad that these lovelies will soon be gone until another cycle of seasons has passed.

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Hello Handsome

This handsome male Pine Warbler dropped in today.

It looks as if he is finished with his summer molting and beginning to show off his autumn glory.

He grabbed a quick bite of Bark Butter and then disappeared into the treetops, but I’m sure I’ll be seeing him around more often once the weather cools off a bit.

Having him around makes any day brighter!

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