As an early birthday & anniversary gift my husband and I took a mini vacation to Mammoth Cave. Only a couple of hours from home it was a nice get away. A beautiful park of deciduous trees, wildlife and hidden limestone passage ways.
Once, you reach the main information center there is an assortment of cave tours you may choose from depending how adventurous you may feel. We decided to opt for Domes & Dripstones tour lasting around 2 hours, we saw many breath-taking sights within the cave including more than a few stalagmites and stalactites. Above are a few images representing our journey into the cave. Enjoy!
So for the first time I have found snake skin in my backyard. I was getting the tomato cages out of our shed when it caught my eye. I actually thought it was the snake itself at first and was a bit frightened due to its size. I then went back to give it another look and take a picture. Very cool, now to find the snake…
I know I just put up an image of this bird but I couldn’t resist putting up another. The evening and morning lighting conditions are perfect for creating such lovely photographs. Enjoy!
Rose-breasted grosbeak (c) Hepworth 2013
The other day my husband wanted me to come outside and show me something. When I did I found this…
Every time we are outside either playing fetch with Otis, watering the flowers or mowing the lawn we see an ant crossing the cable (for our dog) that links one of our pear trees to the ash tree. We hardly use it these days because Otis hates being outdoors by himself regardless of heat. Anyway I figured I would capture one of these tree travelers while I was outdoors. Enjoy!
Even though these birds are fairly common to see, I always enjoy seeing their brilliant yellow plumage. Here they are feasting on black oil sunflower seeds at my feeder.
Today I noticed two small fledglings under my car. At the time there was no adult bird around. They were trying to keep cool in the heat, closing their eyes, and staying close to one another for protection. I decided to stay a safe distance and took a few shots of these precious creatures. I hope they last the night.
I thought I would share with you some of the beautiful flowers and foliage in our backyard. I can’t wait for more flowers to bloom!
My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant’s point of view. ~H. Fred Dale
My husband and I put in our very first vegetable garden after an inspirational visit to a fruitful garden in Texas. We debated for a while about raising the garden bed but realized its fine to just till the existing soil. With a little help from a classmate I was told where we could get soil tested, and receive recommendations for soil content based on the type of vegetation you are planting. So I dug up a few cups worth of soil and had it sent off. In the meantime, I decided to start the vegetable seeds in small peat containers. For a while they did very well, they all germinated however one day I left them out too long in the sun and subsequent days later insect larvae (caterpillars) finished them off. So we ended up purchasing a few plants knowing their survivorship would be much higher than starting new seedlings. So we picked up 5 Pepper plants, 8 corn, 4 herbs, 8 peas, 8 string beans. Soon our test results were in and we picked up the appropriate fertilizer. So today was planting day, we had a friend till our 5’x10′ garden plot and then planted our vegetables. Lastly, to deter herbivory we put in a small 2′ fence. Now we’re just waiting to enjoy the fruits of our labor! (With definitely, some watering & weeding in between that time.)
As I was filling the suet feeder this morning, I noticed a small creature poking out from underneath my air-conditioning unit… It was a skink!
(Sorry, the picture’s a bit blurry, I ran in quickly to grab my camera and I only got one shot off before it dove back under).