A little nature

I don’t have anything finished, though I’m working on several projects, so I thought I’d post some nature pictures from my walk Wednesday.

Deb has cardinals in her blog, so I thought I’d start with one.

Then some pretty white flowers.

A swing set taken over by nature.

Leafy greeness.

Clover, waiting for a bee.

Flowers and garages

Poppies and Irises are blooming!   But Mark and I had work to do.   Mark’s sister Kelly recruited us to help her clean and paint my in-laws garage.

Half done, it went from yellow to blue-grey.

Kelly painting cabinets.

Mark concentrating.

Me confused.

All done.   Um, does it look any better?   I’m not sure.

Learn something new

This is a secretary bird.   Secretary birds grow about 4 feet tall and have a wing span of 7 feet, they are great fliers.   It is assumed they get the name secretary bird from their crest, which resembles pencils sticking out of a secretary’s hair.   I think they got the name for an equally sexist reason, they’ve got great gams and a cute tail!   Herman, here, doesn’t really care that I think his gams are great.   He is looking for poisonous snakes.   Yep, to eat.   When he finds one he pounces on it, and holds it down with his talon while battering the snake with his beak.   He’s a sexy bird, you should see his mating ritual.   It starts with flying stunts and ends in a ground dance.   Herman is very popular among secretary birds.

Meet Connie, the paradise fish.   I find it very interesting that the paradise fish is probably the first fish kept domestically in aquariums, in Paris in 1861.   At three to four inches, they are a good size for fish bowls.   It is believed that when Pepys wrote in his diary in 1665 “Thence home and to see my lady Pen, where my wife and I shown a fine rarity: of fishes kept in a glass of water, that will live so for ever, and finely marked they are being foreign.”   Connie doesn’t like aquariums, she lives in a paddy field in South East Asia.   Soon she will lay eggs in a nest of bubbles on the surface of the water.

The de Brazza monkey was named in honor of it’s discoverer.   De Brazza   monkeys live in the bottom branches of the big trees of tropical Africa.   They are an active and social group.   DeBrazza monkeys spend a lot of time grooming.     We could learn something from these monkeys.   They are about a foot and a half to two feet tall, and they enjoy siestas in during the hottest part of the day.   Binky is particularly fond of afternoon naps.   So am I.