The Birds and The Bees

Ahhh fall. What a wonderful time of the year! The cool crisp air, amazingly blue skies and all the colorful foliage of the trees. I both love and hate it at the same time. On one hand, it always reminds me of my childhood and the excitement I always felt for the upcoming holidays of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. 🙂 On the other hand, I have to say goodbye to all my favorite annual flowers and most of my little garden critters. Of all of them, I think the ones I miss most are the hummingbirds. Little sis and I always have feeders in the front and back yards for the little guys. This year when they headed south for the winter, we were busy and left the feeders up longer than usual. The hummingbirds had been gone about a week or so when sis noticed movement on the feeder by our front window. It was covered with bees drinking from the feeder. I have never seen them do this in such large numbers before. I would see one or two occasionally but nothing more. After watching these little guys, with much fascination, as they emptied the feeder in just a couple of days, I decided to snap a few pictures.

Honey bees (Cropped & Crossover)(watermarked)

Bees drinking from our hummingbird feeder.

Hummingbird (Corrected-Orton-watermarked)

Here is a pic of one of the last hummingbirds to visit us in our backyard this year.

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Mums the Word

Yesterday, I (Big Sis here) decided to head to one of my favorite places, the Missouri Botanical Gardens, to take some photos. The weather was so nice I just couldn’t resist. I found several changes had been made since I was there last week. The workers and volunteers had been busy clearing and replanting flowers throughout the gardens. I found some amazing beds of mums and wanted to share some of the beautiful color with you! Enjoy!

Yellow mums (Corrected & Watermarked))

Orange mums (Corrected & Watermarked)

Dreamy Yellow Butterfly

Earlier this week Big Sis and I made a trek down to the Shaw Nature Reserve, located in Gray Summit, Missouri. Every Fall the monarchs fly through on their trek South but, unfortunately, there has been a steady decrease in their numbers in recent years. 😦

The ranger we spoke to told us that they had been afraid that the monarchs had dwindled to the point of nothing but thankfully, they had started to see them the weekend before. Excited, we headed out to the prairie sections of the reserve to see what we could find. Sadly, we found very few monarchs. We spotted some but just 5 years ago their numbers were in the thousands flying through but we saw less than 50 this time, and we were walking for over 4 hours. I fear that this may be the last year that we see any.

However, we took 100’s of photos. Yes, I said 100’s and we’ve been pouring through them all week. We’ve been experimenting with a new look to the photos and we’re really excited to share them!

What do you think of this dreamy yellow butterfly?

Here we've played with the color a little.

Here we’ve played with the color a little.

 

Here we've only cropped him.

Here we’ve only cropped him.

 

Which photo do you prefer? Let us know!

 

 

Happy First Day of Fall!

Whew! It’s fall already. Today is D-Day, or should I say F-Day? We’ve moved into the Fall season finally. Which means we’re staring down the barrel of the last week of September and sliding on into October pretty fast. It amazes me how quickly a year goes by now that I’m an adult. As a kid it seemed to take forever and fall was just the beginning of a school season for me. My how things change…

But I just love this season! It’s time for pumpkins, ghouls, new fall fashions and all things that go bump in the night, especially if those bumps belong to some studio executives passing out from the realization that we audiences want better films than those sequels they keep pouring down our throats.

*Ahem* Just saying.

In honor of the first day of Fall, I took a few pictures of some of the small pumpkins and gourds that we picked up the other day. The gourds remind me of gourd bird houses that I saw growing up. Every Fall the family would pile in the car and head up to the Smoky Mountains for a ride through the Parkway. It was only about 45 minutes away from our house and it was such a magical ride when the leaves turned.

Here’s to happy families and great Fall memories.

Tiger Striped Pumpkins

Gourds

What Fall memories do you have?