I thought I would update you on an earlier post, Challenges | Photographers Input Needed, so here’s the latest.
Challenges: After making it through two thyroid surgeries, the doctor has put me on a 14-day, low iodine diet in preparation for a radioactive iodine treatment. The list below is my allowable food intake. Two days into the diet and already I was GRUMPY! I even threw a fit. My husband quickly exited to the outdoors with our pet dog, Ralphie. What else can a man and his dog do when his woman is throwing her body around like a mad rap dancer?
My fit lasted less than a second. Good thing. Body contortions hurt! Frustrated, I grabbed my camera and headed for the garden. A few steps into my short trek across the lawn and I realized there was no reason for me to have gone into a mad dance. Friday, glaucoma tests showed that my eye pressure had finally lowered. This means the glaucoma has stabilized. Grateful, I took in a deep breath, then danced around the garden, this time in graceful celebration.
Update on Photographers Input Needed: I have received good suggestions for choosing a new camera. For those who shared, thank you so much. Hoping to make enough funds to buy a new camera, I opened the Fine Art Studio (see sidebar). It isn’t easy selling art. I knew this beforehand, and unfortunately it hasn’t happened. That’s just the way it is. But I’m not one to give up. A good thing, as there has been a lot of faith-testing—and faith-building—going on in my heart and soul the past six months. Thanks to prayer warriors, my faith in God and His in me, I’ve managed to remain optimistic.
Tomorrow, look for more garden photographs taken after my graceful dance.
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The other morning, when I looked up from the kitchen sink and saw sunrays drift among a faint fog through the silver maples, I ran for my camera. I knew it would be months before fog and the sun’s rays meet up again. We had very little fog this past winter, and this was a moment not to be missed. I had to run, camera in hand, down the driveway before nature’s magic disappeared behind the trees. As I looked through my camera’s LCD screen, I could see the visiting light, shadowy lines, and soft mist quickly disappear from sight. Within seconds the attributes that had created the scenes below were gone. When I turned around, white vapor hovered over the green pasture in the distant valley between rolling hills.
I suppose this was a small farewell to winter and the last of nature’s moisture until summer passes and we enter the cold season once again.
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I’ve decided to sell one-year-old Pretty Boy. He likes to charge me, and although I stop him with a broom slap he sometimes comes back for more. He’s never expressed aggression toward my husband. And I’m the one who feeds Pretty Boy. He needs a nice home where women will not come in contact with him. I won’t sell him to a family with children, for stew, or cock-fighting. Placed in the right environment, Pretty Boy could be a good asset to a flock of hens. I’m hoping to find the right home, even if I have to give Pretty Boy away.
We have hundreds of birds on our property. This time of year, early mornings begins with a chorus of songbirds in the perennial garden. I suspect the music they sing is about an attractive mate or an expectant brood.
The perennial garden is a grocery outlet to many fowl, humming birds included. Every day, I watch a half-dozen birds shift through the top soil at the garden’s entrance. While the birds scratch for grub soil flies outside the flowerbeds, and once or twice a week I have to sweep the flagstone. I don’t mind—most of the time.
If the garden’s natural habitat doesn’t satisfy the fowl, there are weeping willows, silver and Japanese maples, locusts, oaks, eucalyptus, crape myrtles, and redwoods throughout the grounds.
In the back pasture, behind the house, ducks, geese, and sandhill cranes wade in a winter stream. I am grateful for the large house windows facing the stream so I can watch these beautiful creatures from inside without disturbing them. I do wish I had a powerful camera to capture the visiting swimmers.
With all this habitat, there is no need to put up feeders or birdhouses (unless I want to attract a particular type of fowl). I was, however, inspired to construct a chicken-wire frame stuffed with fleece tags. I once read that several types of nesting material appeals to different birds. It will be interesting to learn which birds will use the fleece, if I am lucky enough to catch them in the act or spot a nest in the garden where the majority of songbirds sing.
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It is new to my yard and blooming beautifully in a pot that greets visitors as they enter the front walkway. Argyranthemum frutescens ‘Madeira Red’ is a mounded evergreen shrub that flowers all summer, grows best in full sun, well-drained soil or quality potting mix. I’ve had my ‘Madeira Red’ four weeks now and so far, no need to deadhead! Now that’s a perfect plant!
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