Dahlias – Worth The Wait

We planted these Dahlias a few months ago. The instructions said each needed to be planted at least 20 inches apart and now I know why – they really spread out! Anyway, this is the first blossom and it’s just sitting on our back porch in all its glory – definitely worth the wait! (The wait from time of planting and also the wait for posting here – been a while since the last post!)

Pink Purple Dahlia ©Kristen N. Fox foxvox.org

Mourning Dove

In the mornings we toss the old leftover seed from our Ring-Necked Doves’ food dishes on the back deck for the outside birds (and, apparently, the chipmunks, LOL). Two of the bird visitors are our doves’ cousins – Mourning Doves! Funny how I can now tell how different each species ‘coo’ is, especially when they talk back and forth when the window is open. 🙂

Here’s one of our dove visitors:

Mourning Dove ©Kristen N. Fox, www.artoffoxvox.com

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Coooo! Coooo!

Bleeding Heart Flowers

Every spring I look forward to the Bleeding Heart plants that sprout up around the edges of the yard. They’re odd little creations – heart-shaped flowers dangling down from their horizontal plant stalks – but are pretty prevalent in this area.

Thanks to the early morning light, I was able to capture a really vibrant shot!

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Canadian Geese on New York’s Frozen Hudson River

It’s really amazing to me how happy the geese seemed to be, floating along in the sparkling ice water like it was just a warm summer day, standing and walking on the ice – fantastic birds! And big! *grin*

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Hudson River Ice Breakup Photos

We got to the river at the perfect time, as the accumulated ice from the long, cold winter was really starting to break up! There’s a fantastic mix of water, ice flows, smaller chunks, and thinner, clear, sharp angled slabs.

The first photo is of the Hudson River ice near the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge…

This second photo is all water and ice….

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The last photo in this little group is the ice flowing downstream. It was making all sorts of splashing, creaking, and clunking noises – I still have to check to see if the video picked up all the neat audio though, so that might have to wait for a later post.