May 25th, 2009


Faux Blue

Kathy decided to feed birds this year, goldfinches in particular. We know they're around, but we rarely see them. The feeder provides an incentive for visiting our yard. Finches are suckers for thistle seed; that's the kind of feeder we have. The feeder is designed strictly for finch beaks and discourages other less desirable and more aggressive birds that might prevent the finches from feeding. The red-headed house finches were the first to visit. Then we started seeing the gold ones, usually early in the morning. This weekend we had a surprise non-finch visitor, a indigo bunting. Around here, that bird is elusive. One might see a brilliant flash of blue in the brush along the road or between trees in wooded areas, but one rarely views the bird up close. The blue is such a pretty hue; it's hard to believe it's not a true blue. The blue appearance is the result of sunlight diffracting through the black feathers of the bird, a faux blue.
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It's time to mow!

Each year at this time, Kathy and I fuss about our overgrown yard. She likes neatly mowed grass whereas I prefer the wild meadow look with scattered bunch grasses going to seed, clover flowers, and miscellaneous weeds. Okay, okay, so maybe I'm a tad lazy in the spring and early summer.

I'd just finished posting that last entry about Ms Teng when Kathy told me she smelled smoke. A cow pasture is all that separates us from a busy highway, and we have a constant worry about a carelessly tossed cigarette butt. I flipped on the back porch light and stepped outside. No fire in sight, but I did happen to notice a copperhead snake slithering away from me and sliding off the porch. It wasn't a large snake; copperheads tend toward short and thick, but still . . .

The yard gets mowed tomorrow!