Saturday, May 17, 2008

Spring Has Sprung...

Western Tanager with Cassin's Finch
Click on photo to enlarge - © 2008 jim otterstrom

A Cassin's Finch greets a male Western Tanager at our little home-made Badwater Springs solar powered waterfall. Tanagers are rare visitors to Earth Home Garden and this one was moving fast, making it difficult to get a decent shot.

Linum lewisii Click on photo to enlarge - © 2008 jim otterstrom

Blooming in the native plant garden this morning are Blue Flax (above), Grape Soda Lupine, Indian Paintbrush and Western Wallflower.

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12 Comments:

Blogger Emily said...

Beautiful pictures... glad you're back!

4:17 PM  
Blogger lia said...

Gorgeous images!

Thanks for sharing them.

6:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad you're back, I was worried!

coleen

6:58 PM  
Blogger Linda Navroth said...

Hey Jim & Peg! Loved the photos & hope you'll post more soon. Good to see you back! I saw my first ever Western Tanager in my backyard in Culver City two weeks ago--a life bird for me. They ARE elsusive; I got about 10 seconds of glass time on it before it flew off!

BTW--did I say it's really, really good to see you back?!

--Linda

1:04 PM  
Blogger dlynthomas said...

Beautiful photo's! The blue is so vivid! Glad to see you back, been waiting for a new post.

6:48 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Thanks all,

Sorry for the long absence, but I just haven't been in the mood to sit at a computer lately.

It's too beautiful outside and there's always so much to do.

Remember the post from December 5, 2007 about the mountain of dirt I acquired from a construction site down the street? Well, right now I'm occupied with moving that small mountain, by wheelbarrow, to a new rock garden area I'm creating.

Everything is fine here and I hope you are all enjoying spring as much as we are.

7:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim - Yay! Spring! Glad that you are doing okay, enjoying the spring, and giving us, your dedicated fans, a little gift/posting. I love the pic of the birds. Just love it. I have spent the last two days in the Lexington (KY) Cemetery enjoying all the birds flitting about. I saw my first Eastern bluebird of the season last week, in my back yard. What a thrill! You and Peg take care and enjoy the spring! KinKY

4:57 AM  
Blogger Deb said...

I had a Western tanager in my yard this spring--vary rare for Minnesota!

Glad to see you're busy and enjoying life!

5:13 AM  
Blogger clairesgarden said...

love the flax photograph. I think thats what I had in my head when I got the 'woad'. muddled up of course, it has a little yellow flower and is used to make blue dye.
well, starting another wnat list now. . .

11:03 AM  
Blogger tansy said...

beautiful birds! i'd love to just come and sit on your porch and watch all the beauty that unfolds around you.

glad to see you back! i always enjoy your writings and photos.

6:50 AM  
Anonymous Lindsay said...

Those are some gorgeous pictures. The Blue Flax is particularly vibrant. Nice catches. :)

12:01 AM  
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10:11 PM  

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