Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mr. Bluebird

Besides being one of our favorites, the Eastern Bluebird is also the state bird of Missouri.

After a morning bath, he shakes vigorously.

He cleans up pretty good, don't you think?

This male air-dries in the dogwood tree.  

When the berries ripen, it looks like he'll have plenty to eat.

Linking with Wild Bird Wednesday

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Morning Treasure

A new day...

a priceless treasure, a gift from God,

an opportunity to see the sun, to share a smile,

to know you are loved.

We love because He first loved us.
1 John 4:19

Linking with Friday Finds

Saturday, October 4, 2014


It takes 10 to 14 days for a monarch butterfly to emerge from the cocoon, and after all that waiting, the actual process happens rather quickly.  In less than a minute, this butterfly was out of its cocoon, and in about another 7 minutes, the wings were fully extended.

The new butterflies hang for a while to let their wings dry, and then they're off.  
This one struggled across the grass, awkwardly, un-butterfly like, 
before he finally discovered his wings.

I've always loved these butterflies,
but my admiration for them has grown as I've watched their tenacity,
and when they finally fly, my heart takes wing along with them.

We're wishing them a happy winter in Mexico,
or wherever they made reservations this year,
and we'll leave the lights on for them next spring.

For the metamorphosis, click here.

Linking with Our World Tuesday
and Saturday's Critters