All posts by Sheila

I have a passion for the outdoors and I am most happy enjoying what nature has to offer. Hobbies include photography, birding, Pickleball, astronomy, biking, and hiking. I have been happily married, for 44 years, to an amazing person.

~My Contribution to Good Fences #12~

My contribution to

Good Fences

http://run-a-roundranch.blogspot.ca

 

A fence 

high in the mountains,

sloped toward the clouds,

kissed by snow drifts.

 

A log fence at 11,796 feet
A log fence at 11,796 feet

 

Howard on Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park
Howard on Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park

 

Windy and cool!
Windy and cool!

On Tuesday Howard and I took a ride into Rocky Mountain National Park driving all the way to the top of Trail Ridge Road. It was a fun day!

 

~Today’s Feathered Friend – silky-tailed songbirds~

 

Cedars have velvety chests of gold,

and crests fitting of a king,

their colors so prominent and bold.

~

While wearing a black facial mask,

and smiling, it appears,

stealing berries their task.

~

Bright as the sun, a tail dipped in yellow,

distinguished with age,

are these fellows.

~

Among the ladies, they are measured,

 for their waxy, red, wing tip,

and then granted pleasure.

 

 

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing

 

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A Cedar Waxwing sitting in an Oak Tree

 

Gregarious by nature
Gregarious by nature

 

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Sun-streaked in beauty

~

a charming, courtship ritual they exhibit,

while sitting on the branch of a tree,

passing a cherry, insect or petal of a flower,

back and forth to each other,

until the gift is accepted, freely

~

A pool party
A pool party!

 

We have never seen so many Cedar Waxwings in one location. It was fun watching them come in for a drink. In all the photos I captured of them drinking, there was always one Cedar preforming the task of “lookout”. Photos taken in April 2014 in South Llano State Park, Junction, Texas. I was using my Canon 70D with Canon EF 75-300mm 1:4-5.6 lens.

 

Added to my Birding Life List

on o6/09/87

Loveland, Colorado

(with Ann Means, my birding friend

and my Mom who came for a visit [special])

 

Sharing with: Wild Bird Wednesday

http://paying-ready-attention-gallery.blogspot.com

~

Prairie Birder

http://prairiebirder.wordpress.com

 

 

Shooting Macro – Male Pine Cones & Lamb’s Ear

 

A Haiku

~

outside enjoyment

finding beauty in nature

up close, intriguing

~

At the end of a long Ponderosa Pine branch
At the end of a long Ponderosa Pine branch

 

Ponderosa Pine
Ponderosa Pine (needles?)

 

Maturing male Ponderosa Pine Cones
Maturing male Ponderosa Pine Cones
Lamb's Ear plant, after a rain
Lamb’s Ear plant, after a rain
Lamb's Ear leaf, after a rain
Lamb’s Ear leaf, after a rain
Just beginning to grow
Just beginning to grow

 

 

Photos taken May 26, 2014. Canon EOS 70D, Canon Macro EF-S 60mm

 

 

Sharing with Macro Monday 2

http://macromonday2.blogspot.com