Bushtit Dining Out
This pretty little bird was in the middle of a bush, with its next meal in its beak. It is difficult to see, but it is clear that it is an insect of some kind. The lighting condition was not the best. Thanks to those who helped with the ID, I now know that this pretty bird is a Bushtit. I appreciate the feedback very much! I feel fortunate to get a picture of it considering its location.
The only way I could think of to describe this wild rose soaking in the sunlight is "delicious"! Somehow I find them more beautiful that a lot of domestic roses. Research on the Net revealed that this wild pink rose is the 'Wood's Rose', or sometimes called Western Wild Rose, or Mountain Rose.
These roses are edible – "All parts of the plant are edible except for the highly irritating hairs around the seeds, however the petals and fruit are most often used. The ripe rose hips are tart, flavorful, and a good source of vitamin C. The flower petals can be added to salads, but the bitter, white base of the petals should be removed first. Tea can be made with the dried fruit, bark, young stems, or leaves." ( http://www.fireflyforest.com/flowers/3214/rosa-woodsii-woods-rose/)
All in all, a wonderful part of our landscape. Locally, they are now in full bloom in Delta Ponds, as well as elsewhere in the Willamette Valley and the mountains.
Mikayla and Rhubarb
Our granddaughter, Mikayla, loves all animals and has some of her own, cats, birds, rabbits and others. She volunteered for a time at Green Hill Animal Shelter in Eugene for a while. Here she is with one of her bunnies, Rhubarb!
New Security Guard at Rainbow Pond Fish Store
I am sure this sign with its very realistic heron gets lots of attention as drivers pass by on Main Street in Springfield. I got a kick out of it. Friends of ours here have a small secluded backyard with a little fish pond full of Koi. They had to put a screen over the top of the pond to keep herons from flying in and catching their Koi.
Vintage Coleman Self-heating Iron
I saw this old iron in a store window downtown and just had to learn more about it. An Internet search led to all sorts of pictures of irons just like this one, and it was identified as a Gas-powered Coleman Self-heating iron from the 1930's. I also found some for sale on eBay.
This Bug is a Stand out!
I loved the way this bug in the sunlight stood out from the beautiful rose and shade. I don't know the kind of bug but it really was that shade of green. It was almost glowing in the light.
Our 55th Anniversary
We just got back from an anniversary dinner at P F Chang to celebrate our 55th. What a delicious meal! We even got a special dessert in honor of our anniversary. So, a most enjoyable occasion and nice full feeling. :) Here is a photo we shot earlier, before we left for dinner. That look shows how much I prefer to be at the other end of the camera (meaning I am not in the picture), plus a little anxiety over whether the picture would turn out. I shot this with the self-timer.
Carol at Our Anniversary Dinner
I finally got around to going through the photos I took at our anniversary dinner. I absolutely liked this one of Carol with her menu. The meal was delicious and the waiter was great, good for some happy memories.
A Small Vineyard
When on a search for another covered bridge, I came across this small vineyard not far from Wren, OR. I thought it was an attractive scene. Hope you think so too.
Walking in The Woods
While on a mission to find another covered bridge, I came across this deer walking in the woods. They are such beautiful, gentle creatures! This young Blacktail is dressed in a nice light coat.
The Beautiful Calla Lily That Isn't!
I find the Calla Lily to be a most beautiful flower. The name calla lily comes from a Greek word for beauty, quite fitting I would say! But I learned that the Calla Lily isn't truly a lily, nor a calla:
"Calla lilies are not true lilies! Despite what their name suggests, calla lilies are not true lilies. In fact, they are not a calla, either. The calla lily belongs to the genus Zantedeschia and is a member of the Araceae family, along with the caladium and philodendron. It is also known as the pig lily, trumpet lily and arum lily, and begins to blossom in late spring. This flower was first cataloged in the mid 1700s. Why is the name so misleading? Because the Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus made a mistake when he was naming the species. Later, the German botanist Karl Koch corrected the error and established the genus Zantedeschia, but the name stuck. The calla lily is native to Southern Africa, and has a remarkable strength – it can continue to grow in water and even survive frost." - http://www.teleflora.com/blog/what-do-calla-lilies-represent/