Precious Resources

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“If I were to name 3 most precious resources of life, I would say books, friends, and nature; and the greatest of these, at least the most constant and always at hand is Mother Nature and God.”   John Burrough

This tiny little purple/blue weed I photographer in my yard, shows the detail God gave to each small thing in nature that he created.

Creatures Have Their Moments!

It just seemed that each creature I photographed in the yard today, was telling me to knock off  being the photographer and go away.  Ha  Perhaps, I have bothered them all too much.

This toad did not like me bothering him during his afternoon nap. Such a mean look.

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This Brown Thrush was trying to find a bug or two.  She gave me a mean look.

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This Mockingbird kept making noise, telling me to go away.

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This Red Winger Black Bird told me to go away and leave him alone.  He was eating lunch. Well, you don’t have to tell me twice. lol

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Footprints On Our Hearts

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“Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon.  They stay in our lives for awhile, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same.”

We lost a dear Christian lady, age 56, to cancer a few days ago.  Her funeral is today.  Her husband, mother, children, grandchildren and friends have watched her suffer for quite some time.

“Love the people God gave you, because he will need them back one day.”

It has been almost 6 months now since I lost my brother to dementia.  Being his caregiver for years and watching him suffer was so sorrowful. He left footprints on my heart and I will never be the same.  Grief becomes more bearable with time, but the loss is always there.  Never judge someone who is grieving until you have lost someone. Never judge until you understand grief is a healing process.

Oh No, Don’t Let The Rain Come Down

Each time we get inches of rain in Arkansas, I think of that old song – “Don’t Let The Rain Come Down” – My roofs got a hole in it and I might drown.    Here are some pictures of our rain this week.

Spider webs glisten like diamonds from the recent rains.

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The leaves on the blackberry vines were covered with rain drops.

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I took this picture out the kitchen window as the rain ran off the roof of the house.

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Stinging Insects & Red Tip Blooms

I stood among hundreds of flying, stinging insects by the red tip hedge trying to catch close up pictures as the wind blew madly.  Against all odds I managed to capture a few of the different insects without getting stung.

The Mighty – Yellow Jacket, the meanest of the stinging insects.

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The Honey Bee, from my husband’s hive.

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One of the smaller Wasps we have here in Arkansas.

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Then I found caterpillars on the red tip hedge. They  hatch out every Spring and devour trees and shrubs.  Time to haul out the bug spray for these critters.

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Early Morning Clouds

I was up before daylight about a week ago.  As I opened the shades, I saw this unusual and beautiful cloud formation.  I snapped many pictures, but thought this one was the most gorgeous array of clouds I had seen in awhile.IMG_9447

As the sky lightened, I snapped the photo below.

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The following photo is the view on the North side of my house.  The white object in the center of the picture, by the cedar tree, is the roof of my house.  Arkansas is such a beautiful place to live.

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White Kangaroos?

The neighbor down the road has the brown kangaroos, but he also has white kangaroos.  It has taken me sometime to capture these shy white (albino) kangaroos in my camera lens. They are always at the back edge of the big fenced enclosure.  The quality of these phots could be better, but my zoom lens barely reached these white creatures.  I am enclosing a photo of the brown kangaroos, just to let you compare the difference in the size of their ears.

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