I had really really really wanted to go pack a lunch and drive across the County today.. into another County to see if I could photograph this Bald Eagle that I knew hung out in this one area.. Well, I found out he was there from some other people I was along with and we all saw him and they said “Oh he’s been there for-ever.” SO I had got up with the Eagle on my mind… however I didn’t have the gas funds to get over there so I decided to stick to my original plan to go work in the Backyard Universe weeding and trimming around the garden putting in my Tropical Sage plants I had grown. The tomatoes I found to be doing good. I check them daily for insects to pick off.. and so far no blossom end rot
I was in the process of making this Tropical Sage filled Humming Bird garden around the Sabal Palm for the Ruby-throat Humming birds that visit my feeders:
When I had just got the area weeded and dug up for the sage and I heard one of the occasional, distinctive calls of the neighborhood Osprey So, being a gal who packs cameras at-all-times I hastily washed my hands in my bucket of water, dried them and grabbed my trusty Nikon D5100 in hopes of seeing the bird… I looked around and then I saw him – or her, about 200 feet away sitting up in a tall Slash Pine tree snag in a neighbors backyard. I often hear Osprey calling as I live down the street from a Middle School with a good sized, deep waterway running behind it that the wading birds – and Ospreys love to fish.
Yes, the Backyard Universe was a busy place today! There’s allot that goes on here day and night with animals, plants and insects… even the skies overhead are busy with meteors, the ISS, and constellations wheeling overhead. I can’t imagine not being able to go outside and spend at least part of the day or night in the yard – I consider it a part of the house.
Our yards can be a part of our living rooms if we include them. Thousands of years ago, they WERE our living rooms – around a good fire to ward off carnivores. Somehow many of us got away from that “outdoorsy” need. Why? What purpose could it possibly serve to exclude nature in our lives? To be glued to the TV (and news) as much as some are. For me, I have to go outside and get my hands in the soil… walk barefooted around in the grasses, and take interest in what is happening in the trees, on the ground around me, and in the sky overhead:
When I looked over I saw this Monarch Butterfly sunning on a native Milkweed…
I grow a variety of natives in my yard specifically for the Butterflies and Hummingbirds.