Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Around The House

I caught this sparrow at work, only got one shot as it frittered around. I think Abe Lincoln can identify what it is. He had names for many sparrows on his Bird Blog. He has just done some renovation but what's there is really good. Abe identified this as a House Sparrow. He has much knowledge of the area birds. Stacey had an Elk shed last week, here is my collection of bird sheds from my boat. Do you know what they are. The bottom two are the same.
Here is a Robin in the garden on a pile of cut grass that I have not spread.
The nuts on the Ohio Buckeye Tree are starting to grow. Twenty flowers and only two nuts on this stem.
What is it? My daughter calls it a Prairie Plant but that doesn't seem right. The plant can be broken off and stuck into the ground and it will grow. Troy of Rambling Around Texas helped identify this plant as Sedum. There are so many varieties of this succulent plant it's hard to narrow down but it may be Sedum Hultenii.
A Tea Rose my wife got as a gift, the flower is 1/2" across.
It's so easy in a walk to shoot so many things.
It's good to have smart blogging friends.


The Birdlady said...

Pretty, pretty.

Tipper said...

Great pictures! The plant-kinda looks like one Granny calls House Leek. But I'm not sure-and who knows about what Granny says! HaHa!

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

The tea rose is really pretty! Nice photos.

Anonymous said...

The bird looks like an exhausted female, like most are. It is a "house sparrow" I looked it up in my better book and that's it. She does look tired and no wonder, probably helped raise a nest of little ones and fed them and maybe still is.

The robin looks better as far as being exhausted or not and I can't see enough of its back to tell if it is the male or the female. If it looks vigorous and ready to go then it must be the male.

The Buckeye trees are not being pollinated like they have been in the past. I hope the nuts mature for you as they make wonderful soothing things to rub when you can carry one around in the trouser pocket.

Almost all plants (trees and bushes) can be started by sticking a piece of them in the ground and then remembering to take care of them. LOL. Succulents are easiest and the green plant looks like one of that type.

I happened to find, one pair of mating Japanese Beetles last evening. So I squeezed them. Don't spray anything on them, as our enviroment can't stand much more in the way of sprays.

Last summer was really nasty with Japanese Beetles eating everything. I must have squeezed a million of them. I had not seen any this summer but found the pair yesterday. I hope that it was just a flook and there are no more but I know better than that.

So put on an old pair of gloves and squeeze them between thumb nail and finger. It ain't much to look at but it is deadly and gives you something different to do that helps the environment. And, they are those "lawn grass grubs that eat the grass roots and turn lawns brown in patches. When they emerge they begin their adult life, mating to make more grubs and they eat us out of flowers and treats for all the other animals."

You probably already know all of this stuff.

Anonymous said...

I really liked the tea rose!

The Texican said...

Amazing how many beautiful things are so close at hand if we just take the time to see them. Thanks, Pappy

Texas Travelers said...

Nice photos.
Thanks for the visit.

Google "Sedum" and you'll find a lot of prairie plants, house leeks, and many other succulents.


kjpweb said...

Always a pleasure to see what you're up to!
And you don't disappoint! Cheers, Klaus

Old Wom Tigley said...

Another great series of shots from your garden.. the rose is nice and I liked the Robin.

For The People said...

I am not sure how I missed you yesterday. Great photos! Thanks for stopping by my place. Hope you have a great day!

Shionge said...

I can never enough of around your house and if there is so much to see I bet there is more IN Your House hehehehe... :D

raf said...

Yep, it's true how many things around the house and close by that are great subjects for the camera and you've caught some here!

Carletta said...

I see Abe identified the house sparrow.
I especially liked the Robin on he grass and the rose.
Have a good day.

Warren Baker said...

hi Fishing guy,
Good to see House Sparrows in America. They are having a bad time over here. the one on your site is a Female. Spot on with the sedum too, I have them growing in my garden, they are great butterfly attracters.

***Fotografia e Luz*** said...

beautiful sequence of photos with these magnificent birds