Pink Polka Dot Plant | Sonya Lira Photography

Hypoestes Sanguinolenta  (The Pink Polka Dot Plant) is the  name of this little beauty.

A few years ago we were looking for something with some color that grew well in the shade. It was for the entrance to our side deck area. Everything in the small triangle bed was green and it was in full shade. It just looked a bit boring.

We went to the local garden center and discovered this pink polka-dotted plant that can also be a house plant. It grows 8 – 10 inches tall and wide. It does multiply and every now and then we will find one in the yard. For the most part it multiplies in the same small bed we started it in.

If you have a shade or partial shade bed that needs to be brightened up give this little plant a try.

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Louisiana Iris | Sonya Lira Photography

A few days ago the Louisiana Iris decided to bloom for the first time this year.

My bulbs came from my grandmothers bulbs about 25 years ago or so. She shared hers with me and now I have plenty to share with our family. I love the colors of the purple and yellow together they are so striking.

They grow well in most dirt but this one is growing in our bog to our koi pond. This morning there were about 6 blooms and numerous buds about to bloom.

The bog consist of gravel and water there is not any dirt. It is like a giant filter for our pond. I find it strange these bloomed before the ones in the dirt.

This time of year our yard is a joy to photograph. I can not even tell you how many blooming plants we have. Right now there are at least five things blooming. We tried to pick our plants so that we  have something blooming most of the year.

Capturing the different blooming plants in the spring and summer is one of my favorite things to photograph.

 

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Dance of the Dew | Sonya Lira Photography

In the early morning hours you can go outside and the sunlight is perfect for catching dew drops on leaves.

This morning I set my sites on the grape leaves. The more dew the better the pictures seem to turn out. I love how the dancing beads are at the ends of the grape leaf waiting for their chance to fall to the ground.

Dew drops vary by the amount of moisture in the air and the time of day. As the sun comes up they dry up and go away.

Capturing a little magic early in the morning is always worth while.

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A New Dove | Sonya Lira Photography

This afternoon after I got back from my shopping I looked out the door and I saw this Dove.

The color was like an off white not a silver or brown like the doves I see daily. She really stood out so I grabbed my camera. I am not sure if you would classify this dove as a white dove since it is not all white you can see some off white spots.

I love to look out at the  bird feeders and find new visitors I have not seen before. You never know what you might see just by taking the time to look.

Dove Sonya Lira Photography

Dove Sonya Lira Photography

Dove Sonya Lira Photography

The Mockingbird Songs |Manvel Photographer

The Northern Mockingbird is our state bird of Texas.

They are known for their songs but they can mimic other birds, insects, amphibians and the call of other birds. They can switch sounds so fast and so rapidly you will think there are all kinds of birds around you when it is just one mockingbird. Often times if you watch when they are whistling a group of birds will come land in the same tree. I think they are playing games with the other birds when this happens.

I was headed outside yesterday when this bird landed on our side deck fence. He hopped across the top of the fence and pretended to hide in the jasmine. I was able to get a few great pictures of him on our rain gauge then he flew into one of our old oak trees. That was when he started whistling the most beautiful songs very fast I love listening to them.

There is nothing more beautiful than the sound of nature but often times we forget that it is there for us to enjoy. Take the time to turn the television off, turn your music off, set your phone down and go outside and listen to natures song.

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Red – Bellied Woodpecker| Manvel,Texas Photographer

Yesterday morning while looking out at the bird feeders I noticed a new bird it was a red – bellied woodpecker. This was the first time I had seen a woodpecker in the  bird feeders.

I turned around to get my camera and when I opened the curtain on the french doors it startled him and he flew away. I was thinking to myself I had just blown a  perfect photo opportunity. It was not but about five minutes and he came back. I am assuming he liked the bird feed. That was when I was able to grab a few pictures without him seeing me.

“All red – bellied woodpeckers show a black and white barred back, white uppertail converts, grayish white underparts, black chevrons on the lower flanks and undertail converts, and barred central tail feather.”

I found this information at the following link.

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birding/red-bellied-woodpecker/

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Fuzzy Rose Bud | Sonya Lira Photography

This is a knock out rose bud.

This morning while I was out there bright and early I was able to capture the fuzz on this bud. I never knew they had rose bud fuzz. I took this picture with the Canon 100 mm Macro 2.8L.

Our roses are gorgeous right now we fed them used coffee grinds two weeks ago. It really makes the bloom a lot.

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