Hi everyone! I couldnít resist posting a few pictures for you. We moved back to the country 8 months ago, so this is our first spring and summer at our new place, and I have to say Ö I feel like Iím in heaven with the nature here!
From deer, to groundhogs, to muskrats, to squirrels, to bunnies Ö Iím in furry heaven, but the birds Ö oh, the birds, lol.
When I was at a flea market, I picked up a full size deer-head made of grapevines. Shortly after putting it up outside at the back of the house, 2 robins built a perfect little nest on top of it. They had one batch of babies a while ago, and theyíre back to the same nest, and on to their second set of babies now. Theyíre a busy little twosome. I took a few pictures below. There are 3 babies, and mom and pop come and go, giving us constant entertainment. I think theyíll be ready to leave the nest this weekend. Hereís a few pictures from this morning.
An unexpected treat out here though, has to be the fireflies. Iíve never seen so many fireflies in all my life!
I remember as a child (even an adult), being excited to see just a few fireflies at dusk in the evening - but out here, almost every night is like a light show display! Itís truly unbelievable.
As soon as it starts to get dark, they begin to light up. They are absolutely everywhere - like miniature fireworks going off for about an hour and a half solid. I finally took the camera out the other night, and wondered if I could get any pictures. I just stood there and snapped a few off in different directions, but when I uploaded the pictures to have a look, I didnít think Iíd gotten much of anything. Then surprise, surprise Ö when I zoomed in and looked closer, Iíd caught a few in mid-flash!
The first picture is the full picture. The bright firefly is in the upper left corner (I left the chair on the right in the picture so you could see some perspective). If you look closely, you'll see some other light dots that are much dimmer, and not mid-flash, so they're much harder to see.
The second picture is a close up of that little light dot, lol! Thatís my firefly. I couldnít believe it when I zoomed in and had a better look. Now that I know I can catch some on camera, Iím going to head out tonight and try to snap off a few more to see if I can get a bunch in the same shot. Iíve done a ton of research on these little critters. Theyíre absolutely fascinating. What a treat though, just to sit out and be entertained by them. I think every night I just sit there in awe. It really is phenomenal. There are thousands of them. I can even tell the males from the females now, from the pattern of their flashes. Females make a single blink with a longer pause in between, while the males generally do a three-blink set, then pause. Itís quite the display!
The little light spot in the upper left corner is the firefly (this picture is only 20k, but it's wide - I wanted to leave it large for the clarity):
This is a close-up of the firefly from the picture above:
Anyway, soon, I promise Ö Iíll stop being in awe about being back to the country and begin to write more again and tackle a few smilies.
For now, I think Iím just enjoying mother nature at her finest, and I donít want to miss a second of her, lol.