Tag Archives: nature in suburbs

Sunset Fence

picket fence sunset
Linking to “Good Fences” at Run-A-Round Ranch.

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Life Along The Wire Fence

This wire fence made a great backdrop for a few photos this week. See other interesting fences at Life According to Jan and Jer.

Wire fence and thistle

Wire fence and thistle

Eastern phoebe sitting spot

Eastern phoebe landing spot

Monarch nearby

A nearby monarch

Fence post

Fence post

Looking through the fence

Looking through the fence

Pretty bee attraction

Yellow flowers attract a bee

Fences Needing TLC

Two fences in disrepair for “Friday’s Fences” at Life According to Jan and Jer.fence summer barn with fence

Simple Fences

Plain and simple beauty

Plain and simple beauty

The fence is simple, but the lions make a bold statement

The fence is simple, but the lions make a bold statement

Linking to “Friday’s Fences” at Life According to Jan and Jer.

Meadow Fence

meadow fenceLinking to “Friday’s Fences” at Life According to Jan and Jer.

Two Friday’s Fences

Two fence photos for “Friday’s Fences” at Life According to Jan and Jer.

Lots of springtime grass growing by this fence

Lots of springtime grass growing by this fence


A cemetery fence and gate

A cemetery fence and gate

Friday’s Fences Near the River

fence along the path

river and fenceLinking to “Friday’s Fences” at Life According to Jan and Jer.

Flowers are Blooming All Around the Yard

Everything seems to be blooming at once. Thought I’d share a few photos of flowers that have bloomed this week in our yard.

Gorgeous daylily. A friend had given us a few to transplant and this is the result.


The snowball bush is just starting to flower. (Or is it hydrangea? But I thought they had smoother-edged leaves.)


The butterfly bush is stretching out in the late afternoon sun. Looking forward to seeing what creatures it attracts.


Hope to see some hummingbirds on the trumpet flowers.

Skywatch Friday – Orange-Colored Sunset

The orange-colored sky  in this photo makes it look like an autumn sunset, but it’s really a spring photo that I took two weeks ago. The geese happened to fly into the frame as I was lining up the shot.

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Babies Hatching in our Backyard…and in the House!

Baby Cardinal in Tree

Baby cardinal

Baby cardinals have hatched in our backyard. It started several weeks ago when a cardinal pair were flitting around, building their nest in the weeping cherry tree. Although the tree is akin to a high traffic rest stop for a variety of birds, the intertwining, hanging branches created a nice, secluded nest nook for the cardinals.

Once the baby cardinals were born, the parents were on high alert feeding and taking care of the babies. Whenever someone walked in the vicinity of the weeping cherry tree, the cardinal warning alarm “chip, chip, chip” would deploy. Today, I set off what sounded like a four-alarm cardinal emergency. Both mom and dad cardinal began to angrily “chip” at me, even though I wasn’t anywhere near the tree with their nest. After a minute, I realized that one of the babies was out of the nest. It was clinging to a small branch on a tree behind the lawn chair where I was sitting. I quickly snapped a few photos before retreating back inside the house to silence the bird alarm.

Seeing the baby cardinal hatched out into the world reminded me of a hatching incident we had with praying mantises. A few years ago, my husband was trimming bushes to tidy up the yard before winter set in. As my son helped gather the cuttings, he noticed that egg cases from praying mantises were attached to some of the branches. He gathered almost a dozen egg cases and put them into a small, plastic critter keeper.

As winter ensued, the critter keeper was placed in the garage and forgotten about. It was found again by my son right before spring. He took it out of the garage and brought it inside to take a closer look. After having been exposed to freezing temperatures all winter, it looked like no life would ever spring forth from the egg cases. Instead of returning it to the garage, the critter keeper with the egg cases was inadvertently placed on the floor in the kitchen — next to the cast iron baseboard heater (i.e., incubator!). A few days later, I was putting away groceries and noticed movement on the kitchen wall. I ignored it until it caught my eye a second time. I walked over for a look and saw a teeny, tiny praying mantis on the wall. It took a few seconds, but slowly I became cognizant of the fact that there was movement EVERYWHERE.

Critter Carrier

Our well-used critter keeper served as an “incubator” for praying mantis egg cases.

There were almost a hundred baby praying mantises in our house — on the kitchen wall, on the floor, in the dining room, on the sliding glass doors. They kept hatching and crawling out of the critter keeper. As much as I enjoy observing nature, this did not make me happy. I “calmly” enlisted my son and husband to catch ALL the praying mantises and bring them outside along with the still-hatching egg cases. For days afterwards, we were finding stray praying mantises; a few had even found their way to the upstairs bedroom. In the future, my preference would be to witness babies hatching outdoors, like the cardinals, instead of in the house, like the praying mantises.

Skywatch Friday – Sunrise to Sunset

From sunrise to sunset the sky was absolutely beautiful today. Throughout the day the cloud formations were ever-changing.
It all began with a gorgeous sunrise…
Beautiful Sunrise
and ended with a colorful sunset as the starlings gathered into the trees.
Starlings at sunset
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Skywatch Friday – Brown and Blue

The Blackwells Mills area where this photo was taken shows the effects of flooding and winter storms. Despite the damage, the blue sky and the white clouds above the brown trees make it look almost pretty. To see other images of skies, visit SkyWatch FridaySkywatch Friday.