Friday, May 15, 2009

A Celebration of Life

The Best Nest
This adorable little House Wren has been happily singing and building a nest in a quaint little bird house decoration on my garage. I spent my entire lunch hour in my yard taking pictures of this whimsical wren whistling while working to impress his mate. My yard has it’s share of bird house decorations and while the wren appears to have chosen it’s castle for his mate, today he is checking out alternative choices for the Mrs. as well. The bird house boot is an alternative choice. This shot captures his joy for life as he proudly sings ... two seconds after I took this picture the wren was inside the boot checking it out ... then promptly went back to the birdhouse it is building in birdhouse on the garage. This is the second year the wren has returned to my yard to build a nest. I feel honored to have this little guy in my yard and am happy to see him enjoying the birdhouse decorations I put out. This year I hope that Mrs. Wren thinks this nest is best.

I have created a birthday note card out of my favorite shot from last springs visits. As the House Wren flits about building it's new nest it's song is just full of the sound of celebration of life. The perfect fit for a birthday card don't you think? You can find many more affordable original artwork images in the the form of blank photo note cards in my line of cards at

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Mckana Giant Columbine

Originally uploaded by nature-allybeautifulphotography
One of the most rewarding springtime perennials in my garden are Columbines. Their colorful nodding blossoms welcome hummingbirds, which are of course an added treasure to my garden. The purple/white McKana Giant is my favorite species. When the blooms finally go to seed, gorgeous green foliage adds nice texture throughout the remaining summer months.

I found this interesting , you may too.
Columbine means: Of or dove like; a small bell shaped flower with five spurred petals. Medieval Latin origin suggests the supposed resemblance of the flower to a cluster of five doves, and paintings from that time depict the columbine flower as the dove of peace.