Perfect Timing

After being inside all morning, I decided to sit outside for awhile and watch the birds. When I stepped out the back door, what a delight it was to see this little guy sunning himself on the patio table.

He then jumped to the rose bush when he became camera shy. Can you find him among the leaves? His green color sure blends well with the bush.

As I turned to sit in the chair, there was another little friend soaking up the warmth from the bricks.

He was quite a climber and quickly was out of sight.

Two little lizard friends feeling right at home on my patio. It’s always nice to see your backyard beaming with what nature has to offer. All you have to do is be still and look around. The beauty of nature never disappoints.

Tuesday Tip

When hanging bird feeders and installing birdhouses, do not put the feeders near the houses.

A good rule is to have about 20 feet distance from feeders.

Birds will feel their nest may not be safe from others at the feeders and not build in the birdhouse.

Backyard Friend or Foe

Squirrels, you either love them or hate them!

Personally, I enjoy them in my backyard. Unlike my neighbor, who waves a very large folded umbrella wildly thru the air to shoo them away when the squirrels sit on the fence.

Squirrel antics are fun to watch. Whether it’s filling their cheeks full of nuts or going to great lengths to reach the feeders, by stretching their bodies into a long slender line while hanging upside down.

They have soft silky fur with bushy tails and large eyes. There are many types of squirrels with a variety of colored fur.

I know they can be mischievous and even destructive if they get inside your attic or they decide your patio cushions will make great bedding for their nest.

Taking some precautionary measures to keep squirrels at bay will allow you to still enjoy them as your backyard entertainment. And please, don’t chase them away waving an umbrella, your neighbor may just be trying to get the perfect photo.

Happy Birdwatching, my friends, and Squirrel Watching too.

Not Just A Walk

I took these pictures in the Fall of 2015 while walking along a creek in the woods.

Today, as I look at them, the reflection of the trees in the water reminds me how fast time passes –

And, the floating feather reminds me we should stop once in a while, look up from our busy lives, and give Thanks for the Beauty of Nature.