2013 Project 365 – Week Twenty-Three

OK, so most of our pictures are from our back yard again – although I did switch it up by taking some in the front yard today. Ha!
Sunday, June 2nd
A female goldfinch getting some lunch.

We have quite the eclectic backyard ground crew – squirrel, cardinal, redwing blackbird…

Monday, June 3rd  
The pet hummingbird I mentioned in this post. It’s a ruby throated hummingbird. It’s interesting how the red only shows up from certain directions – in the picture on the wire his throat looks black.

Tuesday, June 4th           
New decorations in the back yard. Actually, we’ve had the butterflies a while, but decided to relocate them to the cairn. I love the gnome :) 

Wednesday, June 5th   
Dr. M took some gorgeous flower pictures on his way home from school.

Thursday, June 6th    
As I was getting ready to leave for work I saw this guy in the back yard - he was a big'un!

Zinnia & rose from the back yard, along with a couple of close-ups of shells in the cairn. If you look closely you can see that the creeping Charlie is doing its creeping thing (it’s the green plant in the bottom center picture).

Friday, June 7th  
The State of the Bug: TGIF!

Saturday, June 8th     
Today Dr. M trimmed our hedges. I mowed the back yard & then I broke the mower (yes, I did think it was a creative way of getting out of mowing the front yard). Don’t worry, it’s fixable. Dr. M borrowed our neighbor’s mower to finish up.

I used the panorama feature on my camera to get a picture of the daisies. I think we’re going to have just a few this year. Yeah, a few dozen – ha!

One of our friends sent us this postcard that she designed herself using Zentangle. Thanks Kim – it’s gorgeous!

I am fascinated by the fact that each of our cameras “sees” things very differently. The picture on the left is using my little Nikon Coolpix. The one on the right is the Nikon DSLR. The picture on the left is closer to the right color but it’s still not exactly right. It’s really somewhere between the two. Interesting!

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. Awww, look at the way that bunny is hunkered down. He is definitely nervous!

    Now that you show me the enlarged pics of the hummingbird, I can clearly see that ruby throat. Funny how the bird looks so black otherwise, I guess because of the light.

    Speaking of which, in your last photos, you may have to adjust the white balance on the SLR to get a more accurate photo, depending on your interior lighting. See how the white pages in the background look a little blue? Just a hunch.

    1. Thanks, Steve! Pretty sure that's the issue. Many hummingbirds, including our ruby-throated ones, have iridescent coloring. In shade or low light, their backs look practically black, but in the sun, they appear a brilliant emerald green. The male's gorget is even more pronounced in this way, looking black from certain angles and then flashing brilliant red-orange when he turns toward you! Nature never ceases to amaze.

  2. Ahh...such a perfectly manicured hedge. How I don't miss it so. ;)


  3. I envy you all those brightly colored birds. It seems all of ours are either gray and white (mockbirds and mourning doves), black (starlings?), or some undefinable dunnish mix (grackles).

    But, being on a golf course, we do have bunnies. I think they're cute as heck, my yardman says they make good eating, and the big jackrabbit (parent?) looks kind of scavengerish. O.K. That's enough ish words for one day.

  4. I never cease to be amazed at the remarkable pictures of flowers and wildlife on your property. A T-Rex could probably stomp across MY driveway and A--- I wouldn't notice it or B--- I wouldn't have my camera handy. Take care. That's one of my favorite pictures of you, by the way.

    1. You would notice a T-Rex, Stephen :-) Thanks, and I agree with you about my dear Bug. We are blessed with lots of interesting wildlife.

  5. Love your freckles and Friday smile!

    I marvel all the time at how much more the human eye can discern in terms of color and detail than even the best colors. God designed us that way, infinitely creative being that he is!

    1. God is the best, dear friend...our optics are infinitely better than any camera I've ever held.

  6. Tell us how you really feel about Fridays :) Have to say, I felt the same way this week -- because our kids and spouses were arriving!

    I'm hoping to get a DSLR to take back to Argentina; how do you like your Nikon? I've been told the Canon Rebel is a good "beginner" DSLR.

    I'm pretty excited about the possibility of meeting you and Sara later this summer!

    1. Love the Nikon (got a great deal on it), but my gut says go with the Canon, Kim. A GREAT camera, and better, more affordable lens options.

  7. that's a great picture of you and the birds and the flowers.

  8. I loved this post and I'm delighted that you have a gnome. Every home needs at least one.

  9. Simply gorgeous! Love how you both "stop to smell the roses".

  10. Love Bug...just wanted to shout it out! Love! Bug!

  11. I love your TGIF picture - you look so happy and relaxed!


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