Our roses continue to bloom



This rose is blooming on the rose arbor in the front of our house. This beauty is soon to be joined by three others that are getting ready to show their color as well.

Morning views of some of our garden plants

Wild strawberries on a decorative rock. Do the berries remind you of anything?

Rose in full bloom

Asiatic lilies, sage and tomato plants

Not sure what this one is. Any ideas?

Sher’s project is still vacant, but hope it will be occupied soon.

A visitor to one of our Asiatic lilies

Got some pictures this morning before it got real hot. Our high today is forecast for 95 +/-. It is not desert hot, but the humidity (near 90%) is what gets you.

 

Grackle feeds its youngster

The gray bird landed, and we did not recognize what kind of bird it was. Soon however two grackles showed up and it was obvious that they were here to feed their offspring.

We did not recognize this species

Ah, looks like a parent is here to feed the youngster

There is the second parent and the youngster demanding more to eat

This was an interesting and enjoyable event for us to observe. It was the first time we had seen an immature grackle. There is always something going on with the wildlife in our backyard! We enjoy sharing our photos with you.

 

Portrait of a mourning dove

We see doves nearly every day in our yard

Here is another one of our welcomed friendly backyard visitors. The mourning dove is in the same taxonomic family as pigeons. It is one of the most common North American¬† birds. Doves have very sad and mournful calls, and have been compared to the cries of owls. Doves also make a very characteristic pulsing sound as they fly. Amongst agricultural societies this bird is known as “the rain crow” due to the legend that the calls of doves warn of the impending arrival of rain.

Strawberry stealing squirrel is back

Might be something here…

This is dried up and tastes bad.

 

 

 

 

He Has Been Here Before

Maybe there is something down here…

Hey! Look what I found again!


Once this fellow found another strawberry he took it across the yard and perched on the back of our swing to enjoy the fruits (pun intended) of his foraging.

 

The rose got here

Remember back on May 24th we posted this picture (on the left) of a rose bud and said the rose was “on the way”. Well, here we are 5 days later and we have been blessed with a beautiful blooming rose that did get here. It is remarkable how Nature brings about so many dynamic examples of growth and development. There is something just so mystical about roses…

Pileated woodpeckers in the neighborhood

Looking out the front door I spotted a pair of Pileated woodpeckers on the side of a tree across the street. One of them, a male, flew right at me and landed in a big tree next door. The second stayed on the other side of the street flying from tree to tree.

Within a very short time the female across the street had flown tree to tree down the street and out of sight. These large birds create quite a commotion when they fly through the neighborhood!