Monday, July 15, 2013

Busy Bees!!


We are having the most amazing summer
and the bees are taking full
advantage of it!
This one is working my Lambs Ear plant.
I love all the texture.
Enjoy!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Yellow Warbler


These sweet little yellow birds are only about five
inches long.  They also don't sit still very well.
I think I must have taken 50 photos of him
before I finally got one semi ok photo.
It's hard to believe Alaska has such a cute
yellow bird in the summertime.

Friday, July 12, 2013

A Great Day for Chasing Butterflies!


Wow, it was 90 degrees today in my garden!
What a magnificent summer we are having.
Butterflies were busy drinking nectar from all the flowers, 
and the birds where panting from all the heat.
This is a summer to remember!!!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Amazing Spider House!



I love how diverse nature is, and I love how I never tire
of searching for more of its tiny hidden treasures.
I think this spider house is a perfect example.
It's not only beautiful, but also very interesting to look at.
To me it almost looks like a little boat, and if you look closely
you can see the entry/exit of this smartly designed house.
I love the way the spider manipulated the leaf around to suit
its final purpose.  The spider is snug inside his humble abode and is
ready to ride out anything the weather brings him. 
It can be cool inside if it's hot out, dry inside if it's wet, and warm
if the temperature drops. 
It truly is a perfect house!!!
My photo doesn't show the spider, but if you look you can see his
dark shadow next to the entry door.

Green Spring Reflections


I took this photo earlier this spring...I love all the different
soft green shades.
Enjoy  :o)

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Coyote Encounter....


This is another view of the Coyote I saw the other day.  
He stopped briefly to look at me.  I wonder if I was the
first human he had ever seen.  We gazed at each
other in silence...it was a very good moment.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Rainy Day Jewels....


A sad goodbye to all our warm weather, we are back to a daily dose of rain.
I'm missing the warmth of those beautiful 80 degree days!!
However....the rain has its own beauty!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Baby Black-capped Chickadee


This is a cute little baby Chickadee.  These little birds make their
home year round in Alaska.  They are one of the few 
songbirds that stay and endure our cold winters.
This little baby was very nervous of me taking its picture
and flew off only moments after I took its photo. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Capitate Lousewort


These small growing flowers are currently blooming at higher elevations.
They can also be found on the tundra and in Denali Park.
Such elegant little flowers, with such a non elegant name! 
:o)

Monday, July 1, 2013

Golden-crowned Sparrow



I spotted this beautiful little sparrow on a hike the other day, it's a 
breath of fresh air after our long dark winter months.
I love their simple three note descending whistle in the springtime!
This little guy was still collecting nesting material.  I guess their nesting
season is from early spring to August.  Seems rather late for a bird nesting
in Alaska, but I'm sure they know what their doing!  :o)