...more commonly known as: Christmas Cactus. I was a late bloomer, so why not have a Christmas flower blooming in February? The bud was white with a small hot pink tip before it fully opened to this coloration. I also have a flame orange/red one, but the cat got ahold of it, and the blossom that was opening fell off. I'm not lucky with indoor plants, and the cats don't make it all the easier to try out my brown thumb. If I do have one indoors, they have to be hidden behind venetian blinds all the time. If this one continues to thrive I will get some hardware and hang it from the ceiling out of harm's way and cat paws!! But, I'll wait and see...don't wanna put holes in the ceiling unnecessarily. Oh and the Christmas Cactus slips I was given a while back that I blogged about? They too are not wilted and on the same window sill. Whooohooo.
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A small park in town is a good place to go birding. And one morning, Bud and I were walking around trying to find some birds to photograph. If you know the Great Kiskadee species, they [at least I think] get their 'name' by their song. High up in the trees, on this most beautiful day, the deep rich blue sky as a backdrop, among the trees in the dense wooded area of this park, we heard some. I followed the path, with camera 'cocked and primed' for an instant shoot if I could spot it. Or them. There were several different tones coming from above..."Kiiiiiissss ka Eeeeee" "Kisssssssss ka Eeeeeee". Now, sometimes my luck in getting the perfect profile shot just doesn't pan out at all. When I focus on a certain bird and it's a 'perfect' shot, by the time the shutter release goes off to capture the moment, the bird flits off or changes its stance. These photos are great examples of the trials and tribulations of NOT getting the perfect photo!! There are days [too many sometimes] getting back home without a 'good enough' photo!!!
If you're interested in its real beauty, check my
bird blogging blog post, HERE.
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Or go to Google of course and search for the bird
to learn more about them.