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Schlumbergera...

...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!!!





GREAT KISKADEE
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.


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68 comments :

  1. The Christmas cactus is lovely- no matter when it blooms. We used to have a large one- now I want to get another!

    Those little birds don't seem to want to be bothered with posing, but it surely is fun to try and get them~

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    1. ...fun, a little, frustrating sometimes, a lot. LOL

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  2. Nice capture! This Christmas Cactus is very lovely.

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  3. You'll have to call it a Valentine Cactus!
    Lea
    Lea's Menagerie

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    1. ...there ya go...you're right!!

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  4. Lovely Christmas cactus! Hope it continues to do well despite the challenges. I have not heard of that bird before. What a beauty.

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  5. Whenever I see a Christmas cactus I think of my grandma. She had a huge one she was so proud of.
    I never heard of that bird but it's a pretty one!

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    1. ...and such a bright yellow they have!!

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  6. MOL Anni when mom saw your title she said 'God Bless YOU'!! That was a big word and we had no idea it was the proper name for the Christmas Cactus.
    Beautiful Pink flowers and absolutely gorgeous birds you have made our day.
    hugs madi and Mom

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    1. LOL....Madi, I figured you'd enjoy the bird photos. ;o)

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  7. That is a beautiful flower, Anni. And you did finally get a couple of really good shots of the bird! :-)

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    1. My mom had a huge cactus...she was much better with houseplants than I ever will be.

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  8. Such a pretty color of pink! And I have never seen a bird like that. You sure are good at finding birds!

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    1. ...well, Corpus is stated to be the 'birdiest' city in USA I probably have an advantage.

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  9. I want a Christmas Cactus! How pretty!!

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    1. ...if I am successful at getting them to bloom, trust me, you can too.

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  10. I think I prefer the common name "Christmas cactus" to "Schlumbergia." The latter just doesn't have a ring to it!

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    1. LOL...okay, I kinda liked the Latin name.

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  11. Magnificent photography ~ the bird photo is awesome for MOM ~ ^_^

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  12. Hi Anni, No matter when a Christmas Cactus blooms, it is pretty. Mine bloomed one year at Thanksgiving!!!!

    Never heard of a Ksikadee before... What a gorgeous bird. Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. glad you enjoyed this Betsy

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  13. Lovely! Mine are blooming too.

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    1. Really? So, I guess this is the norm then, perhaps.

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  14. Hi Anni,

    Thanks for playing. Have a good Blue Monday.

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  15. Smokey doesn't bother the indoor plants to much....I received yellow roses from Honey Bear for Valentine's and he seems to want to bother those....the Squirrels ate my Christmas Cactus down to the dirt this past summer (it was just a small one I purchased to replace the one I gave away in the move from Memphis)and it is slowly recovering this winter. I'll repot it this Spring and hopefully it will bloom next Christmas.

    I guess he just wasn't in the mood.....
    This happens to all of us bird watchers.....I am sitting on the porch with Honey Bear and see this beautiful bird...get up go to get the camera and of course that scares off the bird....then I sit there waiting for it to come back and it never does......
    I like the photos you did get.
    Mama Bear

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    1. ...you have yours outdoors then?

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  16. That is a beautiful plant. I also have a brown thumb but I do have one indoor plant it is a Peace Lily and it was given to me by my sister when her son died that has been 12 yrs now and it took it a long time to finally bloom now it does it quite often.
    Hugs

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    1. ...better late than never.

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  17. Cool bird, love it's name!

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  18. Pretty Christmas cactus. I had one for years that was an early bloomer so bloomed by Thanksgiving every year. Sadly, I couldn't keep my house plants alive when I went to sea for ten weeks at a time beginning fourteen years ago. I traveled a great deal before that, but never for such long periods of time.

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    1. ...sometimes in life there are priorities.

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  19. Such a Christmas Cactus! And I have the same trouble with trying to get pictures of birds.

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    1. ...that makes two of us...they can be mischievous little rascals.

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  20. THat flower looks so delicate!

    Hopping from Mellow Yellow MOnday.
    Yummy Yellow
    Your comment is always appreciated!

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    1. Hope your husband had a great birthday.

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  21. wow, this is a bright colored bird--it's beautiful.
    i love the silky petals of the cactus flower.

    Mellow Yellows

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    1. ...now that you mentioned it, their petals are a bit silky.

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  22. what a green thumb you must have! I've never had one last long enough to bloom a 2nd Christmas.
    a divine and stunning image!

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    1. no, not really, having houseplants is not for me. I usually file them under #13 too many times to count.

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  23. LOVE the shot of the bird through the branches!

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    1. ...they're ALL through the branches.

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  24. Love the Christmas cactus. I used to have one and it bloomed twice a year. Once around Christmas and again around Easter.

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    1. You had them bloom TWICE in one year? Wow.

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  25. Your Christmas Cactus is beautiful. I would so love to have one. I have a friend that has a huge one! Love your little birds in the blue sky. Thanks for sharing. My blue is all in doors no nature walk for me.
    Have a great week,
    Sherry

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    1. I would like to have this grow to a size "huge".

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  26. Gorgeous photo of the flower. Pink is my fave color so this picture made me swoon!
    Love the bird name!

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  27. Perfect subject for a macro, Anni. So many details in one flower. And I know what you mean by trials and tribulations of photographing birds--spend entirely too much time at my front window. BTW, Really like the design of your new header.

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  28. Beautiful pics of the birds. So hard to do. Good job.
    xo, Jeanne

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  29. I love the Christmas cactus and I've never seen one bloom around here at the appropriate time... But, who cares, whenever they blame, they are beautiful.

    Your bird shots are terrific.

    My Monday Mellow Yellows is at:

    http://rnsane.blogspot.com/2013/02/monday-mellow-yellows-yellow-scooters.html

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  30. What a soft pink color and the lighting is lovely!
    I' m not good with plants either. :(

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    1. that makes two of us. Plants do pretty well for me outdoors, but not inside.

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    1. ...glad you enjoyed this post Denise.

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  32. It's a great way to spend time trying to get those elusive feathered shots! And when you do, what a buzz it is! And your cactus flower is very special!

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    1. ...yep, so well put. Trials and elation when a good picture 'develops'.

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  33. Beautiful bloom!

    I played too. Mine are here and here.

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  34. THe bird's yellow color against the blue sky is just gorgeous!

    Trying to catch up with BLUE Monday.
    Blue Celebration
    Your comment is always appreciated and valued!

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  35. such beautiful flower plus good captured of the yellow bird, visiting from MMY

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