Remember how I told you yesterday about those raspberry vines that persist in growing up through my deck despite being cut back? I took those pictures yesterday, yet somehow I missed the picture I’m showing you now. Actual berries now growing on the deck! Missing the picture, however, seems to be my theme-of-the-day. Today I missed taking pictures of subjects I’ve been coveting:
- a near-by male cardinal, singing in my butterfly bush
- the red squirrel, scampering along my fence
- a ruby throated hummingbird at my fuchsia plant
- a bat circling my pool hunting tasty mosquitoes ( I wasn’t coveting this one, but I missed it none-the-less)
I’d like to blame missing these shots on my camera, but I can’t, it was me.
This morning as I leisurely drank my coffee and read all of you folks’ latest blog entries, I sat in my kitchen with the sliding glass door to the deck open enjoying the sounds of morning. I suddenly realized the song of a cardinal was awfully close by sounding. I got up just in time to see the lovely red bird flitting away from my deck-side butterfly bush where he’d been happily trilling away.
This afternoon I was leisurely reading a book in the reclining chair I received for my birthday when I dozed off for a little bit. I awoke to the sound of Teddy happily running along the stockade fence, chasing the red squirrel as it scampered away along the top of the fence. I quickly ran inside for peanut butter crackers, which I placed on top of two posts of the fence, in an attempt to entice him back, and brought my camera with me, but he was gone. I sat for a while waiting, but finally decided to go inside and make dinner. Sometime after dinner, the crackers were gone. I don’t know if Red got them or one of the many gray squirrels that hang around here did, but someone got themselves a little snack tonight.
This evening, as I was leisurely (Its been a leisurely kind of day!) watering my hanging plants, I was surprised and thrilled when a ruby-throated humming bird approached my fuchsia plant. My soft cry of surprise was enough to send him darting away. Once again, I went back inside for my camera. I sat quiet and still outside in the hopes that the hummingbird really wanted that fuchsia nectar. Alas, he did not return.
While leisurely waiting for the hummingbird to return, I spotted the bat, first in my neighbor’s yard, then in mine as it swooped around my swimming pool. I had my camera at the ready, but this time I simply could not follow the wild path of the flying, diving rodent. The light was fading quickly and my chance disappeared into the woods.
I stayed outside tonight until about 8:45 pm hoping to have an exciting picture to share with you. I came up empty handed today, but I will persist.