Sunday, September 13, 2009

a beautiful day

a beautiful day with lots of little fellow creatures to see and chat with.

this fuzzy little fella was crossing a nice warm granite boulder out back.

his distant relative the dragonfly wouldn't stay still.
something distracted it from the purpose at hand -
untul finally it settled with a dainty pose for the backyard paparazzi!

the ladybirds don't seem to mind if they rest on old, dry leaves . . .

or in a verdant, lush green leafy world.

closer to the ground, froggie . . .

and my litle peanut-eating buddy "chippy"
are making the most of a peaceful afternoon . . .
the way-up-there club generously provided late afternoon displays
that left the gathered bugs, amphibians, mammals
and especially this human being
full of gratitude and awe!!

i loved this cloud bursting
out of the tree
for the baby elephant on the right-hand side
and my daughter lexie loved the teddy bear on the left.

(click on these images to make them fill your screen)



35 comments:

Joanna said...

What a lovely experience to see these sweet photographs that show your observations of the day. I love the little froggie and also the cloud baby elephant. That is a gorgeous sky photo Steven. We also had a beautiful day here but I didn't get any photos since I was up to my elbows in plums. Have a lovely rest of the weekend.

Delwyn said...

Hi Steven

what a lovely collection of Saturday critters in your yard...
I can see Lexie's teddy but darned if I can find an elephant...and now I can see a laughing Buddha over on the right...

Thanks for the fun...

Happy days

acornmoon said...

How lovely, I wish we had chipmunks here in Britain.

Rachel Fenton said...

Neat pictures! You got to really want to see Dumbo in that last picture though!

Dave King said...

Congratulations on the photography. Wish I could take them like that!

jinksy said...

My eyes must have switched off today . . . Elephant? Teddybear? Might manage a koala in the center, top to bottom, but am flummoxed as far as other animals. Has my imagination deserted me? Oh, wait a bit - by jove, I think I've got 'em! Normal service has obviously been resumed...

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Steven:

A gentle look at the activity in your backyard. Love your little "chippy" - his cheeks are full to bursting!

So much wonder to find by simply being quiet and still - right where we are. It's all there.

Have a happy Sunday Steven.

steven said...

hy joanna - plums!!! my mum was just making scads of damson jam - is that close to what you were up to? thanks for seeing the sleeping baby elephant. it seems that you and i are the only ones!!!! ah well. have a lovely day. steven

steven said...

hi delwyn, thanks for visiting!! yes it was busy in the backyard yesterday with critters coming and going. i'm going to have a look for the laughing buddha - maybe i'll rewrite the entry and see if people can see that!!! have a sweet evening by the river. steven

steven said...

hi acornmoon, my little striped buddies are so cute and they become very friendly. this guy lives down by our swimming pool but spends his summers around our deck and in the gardens. in the wintertime we make sure that if he's not hibernating he gets taken care of. have a lovely cheshire afternoon. steven

steven said...

hey rachel - now you've got to squeeeeeeze your eyes shut just so and wish and wish and wish and then poof!! bam!!! there's the little sleeping baby elephant!!! have a great day. steven

steven said...

hi dave - thankyou for your generous compliment. i wish i could think and express myself as clearly as you in writing! that's the nature of the beast though isn't it!!! have a peaceful day. steven

steven said...

hello jinksy - lovely to see you!!! doesn't it remind you of those computer generated pictures a few years ago where you had to let your eyes go out of focus and then all of sudden there'd be a really boring but 3-D image right there where before there'd been a bazillion little bits of pictures? do you remember those?
thanks for persisting with the photographs jinksy. steven

steven said...

hello bonnie - thanks. i happened to be doing work around the back gardens and pool and of course i keep my eyes open wherever i am. these little critters are always there so i thought it was time for the backyard paparazzi to descend and give them all a little fame!!! have a lovely sunday as well bonnie. steven

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

Lest I forget, thank you for visiting my blog, Pick a Peck of Pixels and for the comment you left about the card my son made 5 years ago. Me as Moses. lol

I enjoyed the look at some of your critters. We had a cool 48 degrees here this morning and the only critters out are some birds in their fur coats.

Merry Christmas!

Lest I forgot that too.

steven said...

well abe nice to see you!! it's been darn cool 'round here some mornings recently. but head out at noon and you can still work on your tan, soak up as much vitamin d as you want as long as you keep yourself hydrated with cold drinks, and then around eight o'clock, head in for a hot coffee to warm up!! ha!! merry christmas to you to abe!!! steven

Golden West said...

Isn't it amazing all the little critters going about their day, right under our noses? Each with an important role in the bigger scheme of Life.

Dan Gurney said...

Maybe I've been teaching kindergarten too long, but I saw the teddy bear and the elephant immediately. Lovely images all. Steven, I love the way you have your eyes, heart, and mind open to the innumerable miracles always surrounding us. They're just waiting for us to notice them, and you do.

steven said...

hi golden west, there were more but these were the only ones who were comfortable with having their image taken and shared!!!! the rest buzzed off, walked away, or flew off to another appointment!! have a lovely day out there!!! steven

hope said...

I love clouds....especially those which seem lit from within!

Ah yes, the joy of being able to "see" what the grown ups forget. :)

steven said...

hi dan, thank goodness you're here to confirm my imagination dan!!!!! thankyou for that very generous comment also. i know what a privilege it is to be here in this form and so i use whatever gifts i am given to be as aware as possible of what i share this place with. have a lovely day out west dan!!!! happy times with your class next week. steven

Jane Moxey said...

Just lovely to see you name the ladybird a ladybird and not a ladyBUG! Even after over 40 years of living in the US, there are still some American expressions that jar my English -born ears and ladybugs is one of them. Somehow that poem "Ladybird, Ladybird, Fly away home.." isn't quite the same when you put the word ladyBUG in there!

Lorac said...

Nature at it's best! Great photos and thoughts to go with!

Liza said...

Nothing compares with the simple beauty of nature. We are it after all. No disconnect.
I love the frog!
Thanks for sharing.

steven said...

hi jane - yes i've always known them as ladybirds. even after forty three years of living in canada. it is so much more attractive than ladybug i agree. have a lovely evening. steven

steven said...

hi lorac!! nice to see you. thanks for the nice comment as well. steven

steven said...

hi liza - you're so right - there's no handy blurring of boundaries between nature and us. it's all one and the same. that frog came swimming with us in the pool so many times. see i hardly use any chemicals at all in the pool so it wouldn't hurt the little guy!!! have a lovely evening. steven

nollyposh said...

Gorgeous photo's X:-)
Was doing a little cloud gazing myself yesterday and saw a fleet of ships and boats float by, even a submarine... all from the underside... a 'fish eye's' view!

nollyposh said...

(Ps) Love the Dragonfly!

Margaret Pangert said...

Hi Steven~ I love the simplicity of this post--it gives us a chance to see the purity and beauty in the world around us. That elephant and teddy bear are remarkably right on! How about the first cloud? How about a rushing locomotive on the left and a crystal vase on the right? I haven't seen a fuzzy wuzzy in years! And the lady bug is so luscious on that green... the frog and chippie fill out the phylum of the Animal Kingdom! Our little family!

steven said...

hello nollyposh!! i spent part of the afternoon sleeping and the half partly awake and so the clouds became part of my sleeping and i saw all sorts of things drifiting from the northwest. i wish i was a good enough painter of clouds to be able to share all that is aw. have a peaceful evening. steven

steven said...

hi margaret, thanks for dropping by!!! i'm amazed by the smallest parts of this world. i am so glad that you saw what i saw in the clouds!! i have a vivid imagination and i love to let it get the best of me!!!! have a lovely evening. steven

steven said...

hi margaret, thanks for dropping by!!! i'm amazed by the smallest parts of this world. i am so glad that you saw what i saw in the clouds!! i have a vivid imagination and i love to let it get the best of me!!!! have a lovely evening. steven

Dervish said...

I love the photo of the wooly bear caterpillar!
I have one I'm keeping as a pet...Not the most exciting creature, but fascinating to watch, particularly through the stage where they pupate.

steven said...

hello dervish - he was a fast moving little guy as well!!!! i sometimes bring these guys into my class so the kids can watch the whole process. cool that you keep one as a pet!!! i wonder which of the butterflies they turn into? steven