“A wise old owl lived in an oak;
The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard...
Why can't we all be like that bird?”
― Edward Hersey Richards




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Thursday, April 16th, 2009
12:59 A.M.





Thirteen, count 'em! Thirteen macro photos in a collage. Phew....that was work. [kidding!] Image is watermarked, and should be enlarged with a new window to really see the beauty of nature's own.


Top left: Petunia, Dianthus, Yellow Rose
Middle Left: Red Rose, Red Salvia, Grass Seed
Bottom Left: English Rose, Bird of Paradise,
[rose bud below BOP],
and red rose to the bottom far right.
Below the Blade of Grass seed is: Wilted [with dew] Hibiscus blossom, Climbing Red Rose against the window shutter and White Gardenia.


All the images were taken from our back yard this week.


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Bud and I had bought some bordering stone to go around a bougainvillea plant yesterday, and as I was helping unload them from the car to the backyard so Bud could put them around the plant, I noticed a strange looking bird's egg shell. It was cracked and only half the shell. But while I stopped to look at it, I had never seen one so 'dazzling and marble-like' in pattern. I had to pick it up and photograph it so I could Google and find out from what bird it came. Being that we have a ton of Common Grackles in our vicinity right now, I thought I'd check those first. And my assumption was right on!!! It WAS a Grackle egg shell. Here is Google's Search Result

50 comments :

  1. Your flowers are gorgeous as always and that egg shell is really cool. You are just too smart to know what bird it came from before even googling it to confirm! Wow! I wouldn't of had a clue!

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  2. Your backyard sounds like a magnificent place, love your flowers and that collage is beautiful (yes, they are a lot of work!!)
    I have never seen that kind of egg... I had to google those birds!

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  3. Beautiful flowers! I can't wait to see some of them in our yard soon. The egg is also beautiful - who would have thought it would be from a Grackle?

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  4. That egg shell is awesome! And I love the flowers. Flowers are some of my favorites, especially roses! Happy Thursday!

    Thursday 13 - edition 3
    Weekly Plans 4/13-4/20

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  5. I love your gorgeous flowers sweetie.

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  6. You have lovely flowers in your garden. Thanks for stopping by. Happy TT!

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  7. Nice work. Great looking set of photos.

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  8. Oh the flowers are pretty, but that egg is stunning. My mom is an expert rose grower.

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  9. I'm totally ready for lush flowers; thanks, Anni! Some of my flowers are starting to emerge for the season, but they're small. I want LUSH. BIG. GORGEOUS.

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  10. That is very creative! Good job!

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  11. wonderful collage ! I am so flower hungry ! for the moment it blooms here everywhere. Especially cherry trees. Outsidde the center nearly each street has ranges of cherry trees and they are now blooming it is so beautiful ! Magniolias too. Spring is the best time of the year !
    So you found a late easter egg and a very special one, lol !

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  12. I love it!
    Perfect timing too :)

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  13. Oh, what beautiful flowers. You make me want to visit. I hope to do a post on the flowers in my yard, but I've only got daffodils, crocuses and irises (I think.) Happy TT!

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  14. Wow - beautiful photos! I've been planning to take some pictures of our roses, so you've inspired me to do it soon!

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  15. Very pretty! I can't wait until we have blooms here for our late spring.

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  16. Gday Dear Anni, Your back garden must beautiful and bright and the perfume from all the flowers wafting through the kitchen window must be devine.
    I thought you had a pebble in your hand till I read it was a birds egg
    its very unusual,,
    Cheers Jen..

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  17. What a beautiful egg - more beautiful than the bird! The flower collage is great - I don't have a clue how to do a collage like that.

    Our flowers have really begun to take off - but of course, they're not like yours. Today it's cold and supposed to rain (I hope, no snow!)

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  18. I envy your flower garden! It must be a lot of work keeping it up. Well worth it, I'm sure.
    Happy T13!

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  19. You must have one heck of a garden.

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  20. Wow, lots of color in your yard! Loved the rose with the dew. Cool egg for such a plain bird, too!

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  21. love the little black(?) bird! i think your garden must look stunning in reality...

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  22. So gorgeous! And what a creative way to do Thursday 13!

    Thanks for popping in on my blog. :)

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  23. The flowers are just beautiful. I'm excited for mine to bloom (a long time from now!) Thanks for swinging by my blog. (The egg is very pretty!)

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  24. Beautiful flowers! I'd love to spend some time in your backyard. :)

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  25. It is a lot of work to do a photo collage, you have to resize each photo, rearrange again and again - you did a great job and the flowers are giving me a little Spring (which seems to be retreating here today!)

    I just got a Lava Lamp as a housewarming present so I was inspired to do 13 Fads from my youth - junk I wish I still had

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  26. They all look so lovely, I can't wait until it is safe to start my flowers. Very lovely.

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  27. Anni,

    I would love to see your backyard. You have many blooming beauties there and it must be stunning.

    We have Common Grackles here as well, but I didn't realize their eggs were so pretty. Great find.

    Hope you have a great day. Enjoy that beautiful yard. I know you work hard on it.
    Blessings,
    Mary

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  28. Your flowers are gorgeous!!! And that eggshell is quite a find, too!
    I don't have many flowers planted here on our place, but check out some of the wildflowers here. Thanks for visiting my TT.

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  29. how beautiful :) I have a friend that lives in the town I grew up in and him and his wife have the most beautiful yard I have seen and you and him are running a close race :)

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  30. Beautiful pictures of your flowers. Funny we never seem to have Grackles in VA, growing up in Massachusetts we had flocks of them but I never see them here. I'd never seen one of their eggshells before, that was cool.

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  31. Gorgeous!

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  32. Beautiful flowers, and I love the egg!

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  33. So pretty! And thanks for reading my 13 list, too.

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  34. I love the flowers. They're gorgeous.

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  35. Hello Anni, Thanks for stopping by. I love your flowers, bird of pardaise, Wow you can grow them! I always sold them when I had a florist. Never tried growing! I tried to do a collage of my flowers Pisca would only let me do a few, something I did I guess. lol Love the colors so lovely! Have a great week. Lady K

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  36. That's some collage, Anni. It must have taken you ages. I'd love to see your garden. It must be just beautiful.

    What a pretty egg and a pretty bird as well, considering it's got such a funny name. Grackle?!

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  37. Your collage is BEAUTIFUL! It must be lovely to stroll your property.

    That eggshell is such a great find! I love my birds and finding out new facts about them. We don't have grackles, but we have crows and stellar's jays. I think they are the same family.

    Going to check out your google link now. :-D

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  38. I love a nice collage! Very nicely done. Happy TT and thanks for stopping by.

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  39. I can't believe those are already blooming for you! We've barely lost our ice and snow. I'll have to wait for July for all of my roses to strut their stuff.

    Gorgeous collage!

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  40. I'm drooling over your backyard...

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  41. The temperature's still below freezing where I live. Unfair.

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  42. Those are GORGEOUS! I'm jealous that those are all in your yard!

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  43. What incredible photos. SO beautiful!

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  44. Well - we have some half dead Daffodils that were killed by frost last week - so it is nice to live vicariously through your garden. E-mail me if you know of any flowers that will bloom in the shade - we've got a real shady spot that needs some pop.

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  45. Beautiful pictures! Bird of Paradise is my favorite flower.

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  46. Such a beautiful egg for such and ugly bird.
    Mama Bear

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  47. I want to come over and sit in your back yard to admire all your beautiful flowers! Well, I want to see you too but oh my, those flowers! hehe I especially love your roses...if you remember, I planted a few rose bushes in my faerie garden last year and I'm so hoping they survived the winter and will be more productive this year!!

    Oh wow, I had never seen a Grackle egg before and we have tons of Grackles around here. They arrived about 2 weeks ago and will now be here until the end of summer...I can't stand hearing them squawk, they sound like squeaky hinges! lol

    Have a great weekend my friend. xoxo

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  48. Your flower collage is lovely and I'd love to spend time in YOUR yard!
    Hugs and blessings,

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  49. You have some absolutely LOVELY photos from your yard. Beautiful flowers!

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