Saturday, August 30, 2008

Flowering Crabapple Tree

They say crabapples make a tangy jelly but I just think they're pretty.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Hummingbird Rescue

A female hummingbird flew into our garage and couldn't find her way back out so we got the ladder and the net both of which are over ten feet tall because our big Hoover garage is about 16 feet high or higher and over 20x30 so a large area to cover.

She was getting tired hovering and getting no where plus the fear of us humans trying eat her, in her perspective I'm sure.

Finally, she was netted by putting the net opening over her and tightening the rim against the ceiling and sort of gently scooting her out the door.

I couldn't see where or if she landed but she was hauling hummingbird butt that's for sure and certain.

Being able to save her was a great feeling. Birds tend to go high when they feel threatened and the ceiling is several feet higher than the door opening. She needed help and I'm really happy we were able to help her.

On a sad note, our Writing Spider has passed away and with no obvious reason. She is so big and beautiful. We will miss her.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Howdy Neigh-bor!
These horses are just down the road from the house we're buying. I really think this brown mare liked me. We sort of connected. I want to get a bicycle with a basket and pack a lunch and a camera and visit some more once we are settled in. Maybe before. I know I'll need a break from all the work and this would be a good way to find refreshment.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Writing Spider

The Black and Yellow Garden Spider according to my Google resources.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Dangerous Beauty: Poisonous Plants

I was researching about how to make a cutting from the Angel Trumpet tree and discovered that while they are easy to root and grow even from seed they are also extremely poisonous.
The experts say not to handle them very much and to be especially careful of the seed pod.
Some say it can affect a person or animal the way a hallucinogenic drug does.

Awareness is my ounce of prevention. I think I'll research every new plant right away from now on.