I love red birds they are one of my favorite birds.
There have been five juvenile birds hanging out together when I feed. They zip in and out and eat quite a bit. Sometimes a few will eat together and other times I have noticed some are a bit bossy and chase off the other ones.
They are starting to change colors I love it when I can capture them in this stage of their life. The females get the red on their crowns, wings and tails and the males get a bright red all over.
Look at that confidence this female has while guarding her seed.
We have eighteen grape plants that are about four years old.
We built a large arbor that is about 12 foot wide x 25 foot long and 10 foot high.The grapes seem to grow inside the arch of the arbor which makes it perfect for photographing them. There is a nice shade under the arbor the grape leaves are large and cover nicely.
We picked three gallons this year and left another two gallons on the vines for the wildlife. With my shoulder surgery I could not pick anything above waist level.
Last year my mother in law made wine from the grapes. This year my mom, daughter and I will make grape jelly from the ones we picked. We have made mulberry jelly and blackberry jelly in the past.
There are at least eight varieties of grapes we have growing including a few green eating grapes. Those have not done very good. We started this project to have a nice covered arbor and we ended up being able to grow them quite well.
Planting something that fruits is always rewarding. Our next project is to plant some fruit trees.
The other day I was taking pictures of the Ballerina Angel trumpet. I actually did a post on these lovely flowers. There are quite a few stages this flower goes through before it blooms. I decided she deserved a second post with a few other pictures I have taken.
The first stage is quite unusual looking especially when you are using a macro lens to capture it. It really does not look like it is going to be a flower at all. It seems to look more like a creature of some kind.
I see why it is called the “Ballerina Angel Trumpet” because as it is opening the ballerina is on her toes ready to dance.
The final stage is quite remarkable snow-white flowers that seem to have such grace about them.
Beauty is all around us we just have to take the time to look for it, watch it, and most of all capture it with our cameras.