Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Looking Out The Windows

A peek out the windows into the yard and sky.
Here Roger is putting up the lattice for the final touch on the new backyard fence. Imagine jasmine twining through there and you'll see our hopeful future.
 I opened the blinds early Sunday morning and saw this through the dining room window. Hello Rainbow!
On Monday, I opened the blinds by the kitchen sink and saw this White-crowned sparrow in the sunlit moment of grey skies.
Looking through the slider in the dining room out to the deck, this. Ah, now we know spring is really on its way. The Rufous Hummingbird only stops by on its way north. We're just outside of its summer range.
Enjoy the breakfast and have a safe journey!

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  1. I wish we had humming birds here. Yes, spring is on its way, wonderful!

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    1. Sabine-- Hummingbirds are really feisty little critters. Territorial and aggressive. Interesting to watch them. Hurray for spring!

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  2. Oh, beauty! Rainbow and sun and songbird and jewel-like hummingbirds and one very hot guy!

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    1. CCorax-- We have been so happy to have life springing back here. Yay! You made us laugh out loud "one very hot guy"-- thank you for that.

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  3. Wow, each photo was more impressive than the next. That rainbow is gorgeous, but the hummingbird... I rarely ever see them where I am, and when I do, they are way too fast for me to photograph. I very much enjoyed the views through your window.

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    1. Sharon-- We have Anna's Hummingbirds all year long. So, it really is a treat to have the Rufous coming through in the late winter. They head up to Oregon and farther north for summer. So glad you liked the photos. Thank you.

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  4. I can almost smell the jasmine. Loved every single view from your windows. Glad you are having a respite from the rain.

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    1. NCmountainwoman-- We're looking forward to planting a new Jasmine. Roger is going to do a post on why we have a new fence. The wind knocked down the old one and took the young jasmine with it. Rain coming back but a few days of sunshine really helps!

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  5. Call that trellis that Roger is putting up, we have some on our patio as well to train roses and clematis through. Your so luck having humming birds

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    1. Bill-- Ah yes, you remind me that we used to call things like this a trellis. We may have to think about planting some clematis too. Love those! We do like seeing the hummingbirds, although they are crazy territorial!

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  6. Wonderful photos Robin! Gorgeous rainbow and what a lovely hummingbird.
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Cat Lover-- So glad you liked the photos! With all the rain we've been getting, any hint of sunshine has the possibility of a rainbow, and that's the one upside of all this crazy rain.

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  7. What lovely privacy you have and will be more so when it is growing. Kind of a shock to see that hummer, I miss those little beggars. We are about a month away yet.

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    1. Patti-- Yes, the flowering vines will provide us with more privacy, especially when the big tree comes down some time this year. It's scheduled to be taken because of the roots interfering with a gas pipeline. We have hummers all year long (Anna's Hummingbird), but we love when the Rufous migrate through on their way north.

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  8. It will be a great fence and love jasmine. We had hummers here all winter but I think the ones here headed north recently. Our regulars will be here when the quince blooms.

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    1. Rain-- Roger is going to have to tell the fence story. It's been crumbling since a wind storm in January. I wonder if you have Anna's all year too, and the Rufous migrating north through there.

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  9. Those are great windows you have! And that fence is beautiful, but it's for growing things and not to build a wall . . .

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    1. paullamb-- Sometimes all we have are these windows out into our little world. Getting adept at finding bits of beauty anywhere. No to walls! Yes to new surfaces for growing flowers!

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  10. Great photos, but OH those hummingbird pics! They made my day.

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    1. Colette-- Glad you like the photos. We were so happy to see the Rufous Hummingbirds. They made our day too! Ah spring!

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  11. My favorite is that White-crowned Sparrow appreciating the sunlight. Such beautiful light! Looking forward to the arrival of the Rufous Hummingbirds here. Will wonder if they stopped at your house on their way north! Lots of bird activity here, rain or snow or shine.

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    1. am-- Yes! It was beautiful light. I'm so glad you liked it. Wouldn't it be cool if the Rufous that stopped here did make it to your house? I would love that.

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  12. All great photos. Well, OF COURSE Roger is out there building something! You might want to add a little trellis support on the way up to the top of the fence, to help the younguns, but it will be glorious.

    Thinking of your mom; hoping things are at least settling. xoxox

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    1. kathy-- We had a little trellis support that the wind took down, along with the little jasmine and the big ol' fence! Definitely going to add more support. I ordered the daily delivery of the LA Times for my mom. Her speech therapist suggested that we do all we can to keep her connected mentally to the world. Sure wish she didn't have to read about Trump. She despises him.

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    2. A great view from every window! One of the things I like about where I live, is that some of the birds who migrate south (to here) for the winter, stay for a year. Or even permanently. You are so right about hummingbirds, they really get testy with each other.

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    3. Pat-- Glad you liked the views!

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  13. Hello Robin,

    I am new to your wonderful blog. Thank you for observing and writing and sharing with those of us who long to do more traveling! I didn't see a place to contact you via email, and so: I have been reading a lot of nature themed books this year, an inexpensive way to travel. I recently discovered and fell in love with Mary Oliver. Most currently I am reading the Anthropology of Turquoise by Ellen Meloy, and her description of Sugar Pine cones are actually what led me to your blog. Your writing here immediately resonated with me, and I was wondering if you have plans to write a book? I would so love to read it.

    Hoping you and your loved ones are well,

    Jenni

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    1. Jenni-- Thank you so much for your kind words and heartfelt enthusiasm. I can't tell you how much I appreciate hearing from you. I have no plans to write a book, only plans to keep the blog going with as much warmth, observations, and good photos as I can find. Thank you, Jenni, thank you.

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  14. Beautiful rainbow and lovely birds too!

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    1. Sonia-- Thank you! Good to hear from you.

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