Sunday, June 18, 2006

Backyard Beauty

My parents have always kept a beautiful yard, especially the backyard where we have always spent pleasant hours talking and basking in the sun. This was true at the Bolton home for 27 years and it is true at their Alfred home now. Yesterday when David and I arrived, we wandered around the backyard and I took pictures as I went. I posted the lot of them on my other blog so you can go there to see all of them, but I wanted to share some here, too.

In the late afternoon I was lucky enough to capture a pair of bluebirds enjoying a bath (I actually took their pictures through the window and screen from the living room.). My mother was thrilled to see them as she had not seen them for awhile. They had had a nest in a bird house towards the back of the yard, but a pair of swallows had commandeered the house and had chased them away. They've been gone for a week or more, but were happily back yesterday.

The other two pictures I took today. One is of the beautiful climbing vines off the patio and the other is of a strangely aberrent Mother Hen and Chicken plant. Usually that plant is low-lying to the ground, spreading rapidly. This one for some reason became vertical kind of like a cactus, and had flowers that I've not seen on this kind of plant before. I think it's weirdly beautiful...





3 comments:

Patty said...

I love seeing bluebirds, we have a few each year come see us.
I have never ever ever seen hens and chicks with flowers. They almost look like something from star trek, but I like them.
Looks like you had some nice weather for the weekend

Rondi said...

We have never seen such flowers either. And Hen and Chickens is a favorite flower of my mothers...she's had many of those plants, but never like this!

Yes, the weather was nice...although very hot in the backyard...

Sunny said...

That bluebird is the sweetest thing. We never get those out here. My loss.