2013 Project 365 – Week Seventeen

As I recall I spent most of last spring exclaiming about how each week had more pictures than the last week. And it is true that Dr. M took over 300 pictures this week so I think that’s a pretty big increase from last week. BUT I’ve condensed them somewhat because instead of posting all the pictures of the moon & our trip to the fen today, I’m making you go to his blog. So, go here and here right now so you don’t forget & then come back here to check out my thoughts on our week.

Sunday, April 21st    
Cowbirds have a bad reputation (why in the world they act the way they do is beyond me!), but I love their golden brown and black.

Our diner is open to all kinds of customers – no discrimination here!

Monday, April 22nd
This cow is hilarious. First, she gave Dr. M the look that cows usually give him and then she started scratching her ear with her hoof – like a dog would. Cracks me up.

Lovely tulip picture Dr. M took on his way home from school.

We used to run the cat out of our yard because we didn’t like its hunting ways. But have you seen the number of sparrows we have?

One of the many moon pictures Dr. M took this week. If you haven’t already, head over to his blog here to see the rest.

Tuesday, April 23rd           
This tree is just over the fence in our backyard. Lovely!

Yep, business is booming!

Wednesday, April 24th   
I got flowers from my company for Administrative Professionals Day. I took great delight in posing them next to my “Do I look like a people person?” sign. Heh.

More tulips – ‘tis the season. I’ve certainly enjoyed them!

Baby bull on the mooove, and an even tinier calf with its mom.

Thursday, April 25th    
I love this house’s phlox & tulips – so pretty!

And isn’t it cool how they’ve incorporated the dandelions into the landscaping?

Fat goldfinch.

Friday, April 26th  
It was a bit cold this morning.

I got a free garbage bag full of skeins of yarn in bright colors, so I came up with a project to incorporate some of them. I show you guys what it is once it’s done.

Dr. M took this really cool picture of a goose & its reflection – LOVE this!

Red-wing blackbird.

Saturday, April 27th    
Today after returning the zippy little rental car (Ms. Saturn is fixed & back home now – woot!), Dr. M & I went to the Siebenthaler Fen to see if the swamp marigolds were blooming now. They were – so here’s the State of the Bug: Happy! If you haven’t already done it you can check out more Fen pictures on Dr. M’s blog (you should – he used the best ones over there).

We got a new finch feeder because the finches would land on our old one, look kind of sad, & then leave again. I think this one is a hit!

Go to Mamma Fran’s blog here to see the blogs of all the other Project 365 participants. Have a great week!

Most of our photos are taken with a 12 megapixel Nikon D5000 DSLR, using a 55-200mm zoom lens. This is the camera that Dr. M takes with him most days. He also takes pictures with our old reliable 7 megapixel Canon Powershot A710.  The Bug uses our new Nikon Coolpix S6200 most of the time. If you’re interested in which camera was used for a particular shot, just ask! 


  1. The "other" bug pictured above is a six-spotted tiger beetle, btw. Common to this area, it and it's larvae eat arthropods and are thus friends to plant life, generally speaking.

  2. Love all the pictures, but trees in bloom are a special treat (forgot to say that over on Dr. M's blog...)!

  3. That but is incredible. it looks like it's made from metal.

    1. Oh, Stephen, you just about made me spew bourbon across the room! I know you meant the beetle, and yes, it does! But you mis-typed ;-)

  4. Oh, Bug. You are the MOST "People Person" I know. Silly.

    That has to be The fattest finch I've ever seen.

    You Southerners are about a week or so ahead of us NEOs. My phlox is just budding, but our daffs are out and the tulip trees are drop-dead gorgeous. Azaleas are just now coming around. No lilacs, but forsythia are brilliant. Either the color this year is more vibrant, or I'm just a helluva lot happier (read "desperate") to see it.

    1. Color is more vibrant, I believe, but yes, we ARE desperate to see it!

    2. Nance - that's just on the interwebs. In person I would just as soon everyone steered clear of me. Ha!

  5. Another great week in review. Dang those sparrows!

    1. I know - they're a mess. But we do enjoy the cacophony :)

  6. another great week of pics. gorgeous garden at that house and I always allow the dandelions! and that moon shot is remarkable.

  7. What a lovely and colorful week in photos! Love the flowers and the birds/animals!

  8. Swamp marigolds?! Interesting. I've never heard of them before. They're great looking. You really are getting a lot of color in your part of the world. I love the crabapple tree, too. (I think that's what the pink-flowered tree is, right?!)

    1. Also known as marsh marigolds and a host of other names. Quite lovely: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/marsh+marigold

  9. i like all of the bird shots, but i like the shots of the tulips etc best - great colours

  10. the goldfinches are beautiful. i especially like the little fat one. :-)


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