beach again

Just hopping on quickly – work is nuts (again) and will be for the next 4 weeks.  But I did manage to eek out a vacation before the insanity begins again.  Now – I do need to go somewhere other than the beach – and I have plans for late fall (Niagra falls), but this was a quick getaway and my toes need the surf!

This time I did get more sun than rain (helps to not go in hurricane season).  But there was some wind which contributed to my friends bad hair day


And tried my hand at a long exposure – not of water this time!


And I do have to do the required sunrise shot





Farewell to (backyard)) birds

I don’t often share feelings but I’m rather upset.   I am in a community that has an HOA.   Now that HOA (I have found out) actually prohibits feeding birds.  What it doesn’t prohibit is my next door neighbor buying a pellet gun and proceeding to kill innocent birds.

Once he began doing that I ceased feeding the birds, I won’t essentially bait the birds for him and his target practice.   So – I (and my kitties) will no longer be able to enjoy the colorful, beautiful birds that came to our yard.  I won’t hear their song any more and my cats will now be bored as there will be no activity outside their window when mom goes to work.

I’m very upset and all I want to do is sell this house and leave so I can find a place that lets me care for nature instead of allow people to kill nature.  So I’m putting up a couple of my more recent photos as they’ll be the last in my back yard.   I’ll have to find a new place to see and enjoy birds.

Safety first … keeping an eye out for cats

So this two-legged creature is very nice.   They put out food for us birds – and nice food too – no shells just seed!  but then she will come out with 3 four-footed creatures.  I have seen these before and they love to chase us birds.  So I have taken to following some safety procedures.


1st this is this little structure that has an opening in it I can hide in.  This is very close to the food.  So I come out of the tree and hop into this opening and keep an eye out for a while.  When it is safe, I swoop in.


then, after I have eaten my fill (or if danger appears), this same structure has a nice bolt hole I can hop into where the four-legged ones can’t get at me.