May 2015

Frog

May 30, 2015 Nature

 

West Coast Morning Lilies

May 30, 2015 Nature

  The 4 lilies planted earlier this week, on the west side of the pond.  Shot in the morning … so flowers still closed.  Shhhh … New growth’s evident.  Means they’ve happily adapted to their new pond.  Yahoo – I’d been looking for this. The two ducks, plastic, came with the lilies.  They drifted together during the night.  Hmmm.

Lilies – Morning and Noon Flowers

May 29, 2015 Nature

Such beauty.  Click to zoom in.

Full Size Water Lilies from Trickers

May 28, 2015 Nature

Added 5 full size water lilies from Trickers, yesterday.  Kathy n Steve had given us an Xmas gift cert for Trickers, which Jerie and I took to Trickers yesterday – and – they dug out 5 water lilies from an outdoor pond, put em in a big bag, handed them to me. Once home, I grabbed my waders and the big bag of 5 water lilies, marched down the hill, put on my waders, and spent 30 min or so coaxing them into theRead More

A new gimbal, the same old yard …

May 27, 2015 Drones, Nature

Flying my stock DJI F550 hexacopter, with a NAZA 2 FC, an H3B+ camera, recording at 1920 x 1280 x 60fps, supported by a brand new FY MiNi-3D 3 axis gimbal.  Nice.  And a very nice day to try it out on.  Beautiful. Inverting it is simple. Remove cam. Invert gimbal. Rotate roll 180 deg. Put cam back, right side up. Done. It adjusts to the new orientation on power up. Bought mine here http://hobbywireless.com/gimbals-hea…al-p-1865.html Here’s some shots of the mountingRead More

Finally Fishes

May 26, 2015 Nature

A beautiful day.  With fish … Saw fish for sure, for the first time this year … today.  On three occasions so far.  The first time, a school of about 15.  The second time, at least 25.  These were 3-4″ fish in size.  Got to be young Blue Gills.  Both times, in the South West area of the pond. Pretty much the same for the third time too, which I captured above. The STUFF on the waters surface, is pollen, basically.  From countlessRead More

Hummingbird Feeding

Hummers n Lilies

May 26, 2015 Nature

Saw our first humming bird feeding today – after raising our feeder a few more feet. Seems that the hummingbirds didn’t like the feeder at the same height as the last 4 springs, when we only had one cat on the deck.  Guessing it’s because this spring we have several deck cats.  And the hummingbirds, although comfortable at the old feeder with just one deck cat (they always know where one cat is), they didn’t like having several cats toRead More

Counting Pads

May 25, 2015 Nature

Still a limited number of water lily pads visible.  Maybe 8 on the surface, and as many below.  I think by this time next week, there will be from 30-50 pads on the surface, from 10 or so water lilies.  Need some good sunny days. The plastic hose reel collapsed.  Bought an expensive metal reel.  Works nicely.  The plastic reel never did work well – always a struggle.  That’s life on the Ridge.  I guess.

Iron Fencing

Iron Fencing

May 23, 2015 Nature, Work

Added some iron fencing.  Middle of the hillside.  Lovely. And … planted 4 more water lilies from Lowes. Two on the left of the dock, and two on the right – about 8′ out.  There are about 6 lily pads on the surface, from 4 plants.  Including below the surface, there are about 7 plants showing.

First lily pad

First Sightings – Hummingbirds and Water Lilies

May 20, 2015 Nature

Corey spotted a Ruby Throated hummingbird a couple days ago.  I saw my first this morning, while Jerie was feeding the outdoor cats.  The hummer hovered about the feeder, warily watching the cats, one of which was quite curious – and the hummer decided not today. Later today, I’ll get something to raise that feeder a few more feet from the deck railing. And yesterday, we saw our first water lily pads.  Took the pic today.  Don’t know if it’s aRead More