Wednesday, October 31, 2012

"Double, Double Toil and Trouble"

"Fire burn, and cauldron bubble."
   ~The Three Witches in Macbeth compliments of William Shakespeare
Cauldron 1

Cauldron 2

Cauldron 3 - for sale; complete with broom. Guess there's a job opening.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

For Halloween

A black vulture 







Love this stretch



And the classic lurking pose

 Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Our barn

Our horse barn as viewed from the neighbor's pasture.
Gemilyn grazing to the left.


Yes, some panels could use some paint.

Still beautiful, though.
Linking to Barn Charm

Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Winner of the October 2012 Giveaway is...


Patty Woodland aka "The Publicist" at The Maaaaa of Pricilla! This Painted Lady Butterfly will be migrating north to take up residence in Montana at Happy Goats Farm! Incidentally, Patty lives in a yurt. She just HAD to outdo our 9-sided Run*A*Round house with a 36-sided yurt. As Pricilla the Goat would say, "Harumph!"

Thank you to everyone who entered and commented. Stay tuned as November's giveaway is not too far away!

A hot August night

August 1st, to be exact. The first full moon of that month, rising through the haze. The humidity hung in the air like a mist.
This shot was taken with my cell phone, looking towards our neighbor's place. I like this view.

Friday, October 26, 2012

An Eclectic Little Country Garden Spot

I saw the owner of this property out in his yard and asked if I could take photos of his little garden corner.
Quite a lot going on, here. Old bike, hand plow, push mower, metal wheels, bird baths, concrete yard art, gnomes, rocks, cactus, yucca, roses and...
 of course, the bottle tree/bird house was the highlight.
I rather liked the conglomeration.

For those unfamiliar with the lore of bottle trees:
Origin
Most people believe the bottle tree began in the 9th century in Africa, but there is evidence that it actually began around A.D. 100. The idea of the bottle tree, however, was brought to America by African slaves.

The Belief
When bottles are hung from the bottle tree and the wind blows, you can hear whistling. It was thought that the whistling was evil spirits crying out after they were trapped in the bottles. It was believed that the evil spirits became trapped at night, and then when the sun rose in the morning, the first light would kill the trapped spirits. Blue is the preferred color for the bottles because blue was thought to attract spirits and ghosts.

Modern Take
Today, the idea of protection has been replaced with a desire to decorate. Bottle trees are added to gardens to add a unique decoration. Although blue was the preferred color in days gone by, today bottle trees contain bottles of many different colors.

From this site: 
http://www.ehow.com/facts_7554151_history-blue-bottle-tree.html


Linking to Green Day

Thursday, October 25, 2012

A Fence Sentry

Driving along a country road, I stopped to admire a good corner fence.
But who is watching me from the opposite corner?

Quite the striking profile

Aha. Mr. Spade Bird

Reminds me of the old Heckle and Jeckle cartoons

See you later, Mr. Watchful Sentry
Linking to Friday's Fences

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Whistlers on Wednesday 12

More black-bellied whistling ducks from this summer. This pair may have been going through a molt after breeding season.







Bill down.

Head tilt!




I dare say, some of the cutest duck characters, ever.
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