Listen to the children

This wonderful video was filmed a year ago in an elementary school in Clarksville, Indiana. I wish our politicians in Washington would truly hear and act on its message.

The Linn Cove Viaduct

The last link in the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Linn Cove Viaduct was completed in 1987 at a cost of $10 million and wraps around the slope of Grandfather Mountain in western North Carolina. The mountain is the highest and most rugged peak in the Blue Ridge Mountain range. Recognized as an engineering marvel, the…

“Dance upon the mountains like a flame,” 2022

Flame azaleas grow wild here in the mountains of North Georgia, and I always look forward to seeing them bloom in the spring.  They may very well be my favorite flowers. Unfortunately, the wild azalea shrub outside my kitchen window hasn’t bloomed at all since 2020. However, through the woods on both my property and…

American Red Squirrel

American Red Squirrels are characterized by their bushy, dark red tails and their white eye circles. This one was spotted at the bird feeder at my cousin’s vacation home in western North Carolina. However, none of us had ever seen a Red Squirrel before. Where I lived in northern Indiana for many years, the squirrels…

Crows everywhere

Crows are very common and can be seen throughout the United States, but I haven’t seen many on my property until recently. They’re very loud and rather also difficult to photograph because they usually are in the treetops. I did take a few (not very good) photos…

Symbiosis

“The interaction between two different organisms living in close physical association, typically to the advantage of both” My Christmas cactus and African violet both sit year-round on the windowsill in the kitchen. The Christmas cactus blooms several times every year. The African violet blooms only once a year, but every time it blooms, the Christmas…

Mourning Dove in the feeder

Last week I posted about a Brown Thrasher in my bird feeder. They are ground feeders, as are Mourning Doves, but there also has been a Mourning Dove in the feeder. Usually, the doves gather on the ground under the feeder to forage for the birdseed that has fallen. I also deliberately scatter seed on…

Brown Thrasher in the feeder

Brown Thrashers are ground feeders, and I had never seen one in a bird feeder before until recently. They literally thrash around on the ground, mostly under trees and bushes, to uncover insects and grubs. But during our recent snow I spied this one in the feeder just outside my kitchen window…

Red-bellied woodpeckers in the snow

Red-bellied woodpeckers are commonly seen in the eastern U.S. in woodland and forest areas. I see them year-round, and they usually come to the feeders in the mornings. Even though the brightest red coloration is on their heads, they are not known as Red-headed woodpeckers but instead as Red-bellied because of the red that also…

Cardinals in the snow

I know so many people who say that they’ve never seen a cardinal in their garden or in the feeder and others who say it is very rare to see one. I see cardinals year round, and they sometimes come in great numbers to my bird feeders. They usually come in pairs. And they’re very…