241: Sunday Signage

The above photo was taken near the county dog warden’s building while M and I were out and about dropping donations off to various places.  We stopped by the local animal protection league to give them some kitty litter.  I switched my cats over to a different brand, and had a full 40 lb. container of the old brand.  They were happy to get it.  I’m sure they go through plenty of kitty litter.

Sunset from the deck

There is a lot happening in and around the pond lately.  The blue gills must have laid their eggs.  While out on my walk today I saw the fish hovering over the small depressions they dig to lay their eggs into.  We have a lot of fish in the pond, and need someone to come by and start fishing it since we can’t keep up with it and conditions are getting pretty crowded.  We have some good sized bass in there for those who don’t like blue gills.

Rhododendron in bloom

The rhododendron bushes are taking off, flowers blooming or about to bloom.  Some of the bushes didn’t survive the winter, poor things.

Walking towards the cattails near the back of the pond.

I have a companion on my walks.  A red-winged blackbird insists on following me around the pond.  He’s probably acting as lookout (guarding his nest and children), but it’s kind of nice to have his company anyhow.  He chatters and whistles a lot.

My companion

I have a photo of him making a very clumsy landing, but I don’t want to embarrass him by putting it on the blog.  The photo above was taken when he’d regained his balance.

View of the pond by the cattails.

The dragonflies and damselflies are back.  I heard the owl in the woods yesterday at sunset as well as a few bullfrogs.  There seem to be more green frogs, too.  It’s getting quite noisy around here, but I don’t mind.  It’s nice to hear the sounds of spring and almost-summer once again.

Weather notes (for those who like weather reports):  It rained this morning, but not for long.  The sun came out and it turned into a hot (80s) and humid day.  Thankfully there is a nice breeze to keep things from getting too bad.

Garden notes (for me, because it helps to have this to look back on when there is some question about the garden):  The tomatoes and dill are planted.  We replanted the lettuces and Swiss chard.  It might be too late for those, but the first batch failed and it doesn’t hurt to try again since I usually pick this stuff when it’s small to use in salads or stir fries.  Planted the basil and rosemary in pots.  The peppers and cukes I planted on Friday look good so far.  The asparagus (which we’ve been eating a lot of!) is just about finished.  I found some bugs on a couple of the spears today.  Took photos so I can identify them.

30 Comments on “241: Sunday Signage”

  1. judithhb says:

    Once again I am in awe of the photographs. Thanks again for sharing

  2. ocean1025 says:

    My whole family grew up fishing for and frying up bluegills. Mighty good eating. If you were a bit closer I’m sure my brother and I wouldn’t mind helping you clear out that pond a bit. As it is, maybe one of these days I will have to make a trip up your way. If you’ve got a spare bottle of mead, I might be enticed.

  3. Kieran Hamilton says:

    Awesome shots, I love the little red winged black bird, never seen one before. We only have boring old black winged blackbirds in Scotland!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Kieran. 🙂

      The blackbirds of Scotland may be boring, but there is so much other beauty there to make up for it.

  4. That fire hydrant is cute!

  5. I’ve seen a ton of red winged blackbirds so far! Either we’re getting more this year, or I’ve never bothered to notice before (my guess is it’s the latter)!! It was pretty sticky around here today, The Weather Channel keeps threatening us with rain, but it’s held off so far – the boys are happy… that meant more outside time for them! I love the perspective of your last shot – very pretty!!

  6. I like the Garden Notes and Weather Reports–a nice touch. I especially like the umbrella photo–beautiful. A few pics did not load–my computer . . .

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Teresita. 🙂

      Sorry about the photos not loading. I’ve been trying resize everything to help with slower computers and connections.

  7. smileonlife says:

    Beautiful post. How nice that you had that black bird following your around. It’s very pretty.

  8. Love your beautiful greens! The view of the pond behind the cattails is a great composition.
    I don’t have a bird walk with me when I’m out taking pictures, but my cat usually runs around me and gets in the way of all the pictures (he’s the only important thing around, why should I be paying attention to plants and flowers?).

  9. Oops, forgot to tell you there’s an award waiting for you at my blog!

  10. salman says:

    Here,I am experiencing 120F today and there is no rain since last 15 months so reading your blog is a real treat for me.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Salman. Isn’t it wonderful that we can travel around the world on the internet? 🙂

      I hope you get some rain and cooler weather soon.

  11. Kala says:

    Sunset from the deck – I love it!

  12. penpusherpen says:

    lovely companion you had Robin, colourful and chatty, perfect!! … and I just love the first photo, looks like a red hatted officious li’l person arms splayed saying ‘can’t you read?’ … thanks for the chance to walk through grass, seems ages since I did, with you know who. xPenx

  13. Marcie says:

    That first image is just such fun! Love it!

  14. ladyfi says:

    Wonderful shots! That fire hydrant is charming.

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