Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Heron, A Dove and a Butterfly

I can’t believe I haven’t posted anything since July 4th.     Well, actually I can.    This has been a busy month for me and it has been too darn hot to go outside.

I spent the past weekend at our South Alabama home and looked out the back window to see this fellow loitering in the back yard.     The picture is deceiving because this blue heron is probably about 4 feet tall.

A cute little bird was nesting on our front porch.

I scared her, she scared me, and then she flew onto the porch railing where I was able to get a better look once I recovered from the trauma of a bird flying straight towards my head.      She is small and appears to be some variety of a dove but I don’t know for certain.    If anyone knows what type of dove she is, please leave a comment and let me know.

In closing, I want to share this photo I shot today at work with my phone.    This colorful butterfly flittering around in the lantana was almost as big as my hand.     You can click on the picture to get a closer view.

butterfly lantana

Thank you for visiting today.     Please come back again soon.


I am joining the Outdoor Wednesday party @ A Southern Daydreamer.


Monday, July 4, 2011

Colorful Reflections

Happy Independence Day to all my American friends and Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian friends!  This is my first time to write a post that actually includes the word tablescape because on most days my tablescapes consist of salt and pepper shakers with a splash of  Louisiana hot sauce and a dash of clutter.     I have been a bit intimidated by all the tablescape talent out there but I got a compliment this weekend on my attempt at a tablescape and it unleashed the confident  beast in me.

The acacia wood tray was a $1 garage sale find earlier this summer and the inspiration for the tablescape.     The wasp trap was purchased at a gas station in Oxford, MS.    I bought it for the color and the shape, but may actually use it for its intended purpose because I see wasps flying around outside my sun porch.   My sweet sister gave me the floral painted terra cotta pot with a plant cutting in it.

This table was a dumpster find and has proved to be a multi-tasker.    In addition to being a source of  tablescape possibilities, it serves as a tomato ripening station.  I have started a collection of bottles which I hope will one day adorn a bottle tree.   If you click on the picture and look closely, you can see a cardinal on the bird feeder in the background.   He is probably eyeing my tomatoes.

I like how the arbor in the background frames the bottles in this shot.

Don’t you just love the colorful reflections?


The lime green bowl was a gift from my honey.     When the sun hits it, a myriad of patterns and colors appear on the ceiling. 

It is difficult to catch the true beauty of the reflection with my point and shoot but these two photos may give you an idea of the spectacular light show on my ceiling on sunny days.

Wishing you colorful reflections,


I will be partying with these fabulous women and encourage you to pay them a visit.

Thrifty Treasures @ Southern Hospitality

Show off Your Cottage Monday @ The House in the Roses

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm

Table Top Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life

Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style