Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
The color purple! Ok, I'll admit it, I've never been a big fan of purple. Never decorated with it and very rarely wore it, unless it was a muted shade like burgundy. But these days I feel drawn to it. I keep noticing it everywhere and am feeling much more kindly towards it. Not enough to decorate with or wear it yet, but it is making me happy...
And best for last... I was photographing this little mosaic plant stand that I've had for years, and for the first time noticed that the design is a hummingbird! I didn't see it until I uploaded the photo...funny how things can sneak by you. I guess I just needed a different perspective.
Purple and hummingbird - two 'happys' in one!!!
Friday, August 29, 2008
Cruising YouTube and finding this gem of a video made to my favorite song by Kimya Dawson (I just love her!) By the time it was over I was applauding and cheering, not only for the song, but the hard work and creativity that went into making the video. Hope it brings you a bit of happiness today as well. :-)
If video won't play you can watch it here
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Yes, I will make other posts too. :-)
So here we go, 30 days of happiness - Day 1
I stayed up waaaaaaay too late last night reading, so my funky mustard colored teakettle seemed a fitting subject to start the 30 days with. :-)
I've been drinking Tazo Earl Grey in the mornings lately. I was drinking jasmine green tea, but now usually prefer the bolder taste of the Earl Grey in the am. The jasmine is my "go-to" tea for the rest of the day, though. The mug matches the teakettle. I didn't really plan it that way, I just like this color.
There it is, a steaming cup of happiness, comfort and wake-up-ness. Ahhhhh...
Sunday, August 24, 2008
It appears to be a cardinal with a bald head! Yikes!!! I was afraid he might have some weird bird disease, but a quick search turned up this bit of information:
'For most birds, molting is a process where a few feathers are lost and replaced at a time—the bird looks a little scruffy, but it always has a covering of feathers. In some species, however, particularly Blue Jays, cardinals, and possibly grackles, a few individuals seem to lose all the feathers on their heads at once, resulting in a very odd looking bird.
When birds become bald this way, it’s temporary: new feathers soon grow and the bird looks normal once more. Some bird experts believe this is a rare (and insignificant), molting pattern seen in particular individuals year after year. Others wonder if the phenomenon is caused by a health problem.'This bird has made me realize that if vultures had feathers on their head, they would probably be considered beautiful birds. He acted normal enough, I hope he gets his feathers back soon. He needs a name. Any suggestions? I'm thinking 'Igor' or 'Rogaine...'
Saturday, August 16, 2008
All these pictures are of females. I have yet to photograph a male, they seem to be more wary. I've only seen two males so far and was inside and didn't have the camera ready. Males have the ruby throat.
(Click on any picture to enlarge it.)
Some interesting facts about hummingbirds:
Their hearts beat up to 1,260 beats per minute.
A Hummingbird's flight speed can average 25-30 mph, and can dive up to 60 mph.
In their non stop quest for fuel, Hummingbirds may visit 1,000 flower per day. For protein, hummingbirds eat spiders and strain gnats from mid-air. They will pull insects out of spiderwebs including the spider itself.
The hummingbird's tiny brain, 4.2% of its body weight, is proportionately the largest in the bird kingdom.
A hummingbird can rotate each of its wings in a circle, allowing them to be the only bird which can fly forwards, backwards, up, down, sideways or sit in sheer space. To hover, hummingbirds move their wings forward and backward in a repeated figure eight, much like the arms of a swimmer treading water. Hummingbirds can move instantaneously in any direction, start from its perch at full speed, and doesn't necessarily slow up to land. Hummingbirds can even fly short distances upside down, a trick rollover they employ when being attacked by another bird.
Hummingbirds can live a decade or more in the wild.
A male Ruby-throat weighs as much as two and a half paper clips.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Looking out across the patio.
Cloud loves his new yard!
The waterfall is so soothing.
Hummingbirds at the feeder right outside the kitchen window. They are so little and sweet.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Even the seat has flowers!!! I have christened her The Blue Bomber, and feel a little bit like Pee Wee Herman because I am so in love with it. We rode about 8 miles Saturday and again on Sunday. I'm sunburned and saddle sore and can't wait to go again.
Friday, August 8, 2008
Love is beauty and beauty is truth, and that is why in the beauty of a flower we can see the truth of the universe. ~Gautama Buddha
Wishing you love and blessings on this 08/08/08.