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Spring Peaks Through Winter

For the first time in many years, we experienced a little of that Artic Blast last week and I have to say, I have not been that COLD in years!  We saw temperatures below zero and with wind chill, it just cut through my bones like a knife.  Granted, we did not suffer as badly as some of our neighbors to the north of us, but it was still cold! Our ground was covered in snow and ice for a couple of days until the sun finally melted it all.

While I enjoyed it a tiny bit, a part of me was excited to see the birds arrive this weekend.  It only means that Spring is on its way and warmer temperatures will be here once again.  I will then be able to get outside and play in the dirt!  This year, I need to revamp my garden layout and make some big changes with what I want to do.  So I am looking forward to warmer weather!

My yard was just alive with birds yesterday…Robins, Blue Jays, Wrens, Sparrows, and Cardinals.  Following the snow we had earlier this week, it was a rainy, dreary day brightened only by the choir of birds that came by.  Since they all know I keep bird seed available for them, they always stop by for a visit.  I grabbed the camera and camped out waiting for them.  After refilling the dish with some bird seed, it didn’t take long before I was rewarded with a visit from my little feathered friends! 

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One that I haven’t seen in a very long time is the Blue Jay.  While they are quite annoying as birds go, I think they are beautiful and have some gorgeous markings.  And yes, he did chase off the other birds, but once he had his fill of the food, everything was fine and everybody came back.

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He was a little showman for me and in my excitement I nearly scared him off myself!

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Papa Cardinal arrived for his share of the feast.

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Not to be outdone, Mama wanted a bite, too.

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One last friend, the Mockingbird arrived and our visits were done for the day.

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Soon I’ll be out shopping for a new feeder as mine has seen better days and this year, I hope to capture a hummingbird on film!  Until then, stay warm and count the days until Spring!


April Showers Bring May Flowers?

Not this year! May flowers are in full bloom in April! What in the world will May bring? Since Spring started in January this year, our gardening timeline is all confused! However, it allows me more chances for beautiful photos. Especially since the rainy days have gone away and it’s nearly 70-degrees today! The fir tree has become a loft for the choral group that’s been singing away since before dawn and lots of little visitors have stopped by for a snack or a little dip.

This week the peonies bloomed and are going to become a bouquet with some of the lilacs! So a few minutes ago I grabbed the camera and went outside to catch a few shots. I hope you enjoy these!


My “Baby Girl” Kacey loves to soak up the sun and watch the birds that we encourage to visit us. She is such a thoughtful soul. Sometimes while watching her, it just makes me wonder what goes through her little mind. It’s almost like she’s in deep thought. She gives me some beautiful poses without ever trying. But they are difficult to catch because once she hears the snap and click of the camera, the moment is lost. I was quite lucky with this one….


One of our little friends who likes to stop by and take a snack with us! He’s such a singer, too. He even brought his lady friend one time and they both took a few moments on our deck. It was so fun to watch them and try to catch as many shots as I could!


These two little lovebirds were fun to watch while they picked through the seeds, scarfing down a tasty meal while I tried to stay as still as possible to capture this beautiful scene!


A wonderful bud beginning to open is just as beautiful as the full bloom! These are so fragrant and fill the air with their scent! And there are many buds! The reds are now coming in and will probably bloom in the next day or so. For now, it’s just the light pinks/white ones. I enjoy making bouquets to bring inside the house every year!


I just love peonies, don’t you? They are such beautiful flowers!


I love lilacs, don’t you? We have a large bush in the front and an even larger one in the back. Between the two, the competing scent of lilacs permeates the air and I cannot decide which scent I love most…peonies or lilacs!





Standing in the middle of the lilacs, bees were buzzing around me and then, this little surprise stopped by…


Little pockets of color are peeking through all over the place!


This must be the week for the pinks and purples!


I am a big fan of Georgia O’Keefe. Can you tell?


These little beauties are a groundcover that I just love.


Last season our rosebushes developed the black mold disease and I had to cut every one of them down to the ground. Thinking I had lost all 17, it was a pleasant surprise to see young sprouts peeking through the ground and this is what we have:



Last, but not least…my favorite aviary couple, Mama & Papa Cardinal!



Stayed tuned!

Happy Easter!

This year we decided to spend our Easter at Cades Cove and try to catch the sunrise. Since Jeff has a little bit of a problem with his camera eye (a lovely stye developed yesterday), I was the lucky girl holding the camera.

Enjoy the views – they were breath-taking! And it was about 38-degrees, too!


We started out as early as we could. The Moon was still out and was so beautiful. Not only because it was a full moon, but because it was so beautifully bright.

I tried to capture this before we hopped in the car and headed out to Cades Cove. Since I never seem to remember the tripod – this is my best version of catching a shot without using one by leaning on the car!


When the sun finally came peeking through, it was a so warm! The deer were out as well as so many of the turkeys.

We believe it must’ve been a day of celebration for the turkeys since it is probably the holiday where the least amount of turkey is eaten!

The deer quietly grazed while the sun continued to rise and as you’ll soon see, we were fortunate to have a few walk right in front of us! This is something that doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, you hold your breath. 086




Cades Cove is always a place where we feel that we can leave stress behind087 and find ourselves completely refreshed and revitalized to tackle the next week.

This photo to the right is a view of Sparks Lane. All the recent storms have left all the streams flowing and some spilling over. This section of the Lane hasn’t seen water run across it in a very long time!

And this time of day is absolutely perfect! There is almost no one there, leaving little to disturb and distract the animals.

What a wonderful way to spend Easter! This was the best one we’ve had yet!

I hope that if you are ever in the area, you will take the time to visit Smoky Mountain National Park and Cades Cove. You won’t regret it!

Happy Easter!



Tiptoe Through the Tulips

Smile! You’re on Jeffery Camera, it’s March 20, 2012!

We were married in April 2009 and for our honeymoon, we decided on a road trip that encompassed our nation’s Capital City, Washington, D.C., Richmond, Virginia, and Appomattox Court House. One of our first stops was in Charlottesville, Virginia. I’d always wanted to see Monticello, the home of our 3rd President, Thomas Jefferson. So, on the way to D.C., we stopped to see Mr. Jefferson’s home.

Our day was a rainy one. The fog sat heavily on the ground, hiding most of the views. Lucky for us, the rain let up for a while and we were able to walk the grounds of Monticello.  What a lovely place it is! I could almost imagine it all those years ago when Mr. Jefferson lived there!

Tulips are my favorite flower, which is why I chose a Spring wedding. I was able to carry them in my bouquet as well. Wouldn’t you know, walking around the grounds of Monticello I see beds and beds of beautiful flowers lining the walkways, including my wonderful tulips!

My super special new Hubby/ Hot Groom decided to take several photos of my favorite flower. As you will see, they turned out beautifully! We’ve begun framing our photography as art in our home. So, now we share them with you!

Enjoy while you tiptoe through the tulips…

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Are these not just some of the most beautiful tulips ever? I’ve been to Europe and saw the beautiful tulips there, but I enjoyed these every bit as much, if not more! (Could it be that it was because I was on a vacation with the Love of my life?)

We didn’t mind the misty rain at all. As a matter of fact, I think it made our photos that much better!

There were some varieties of tulips that I’d never seen up close and in person. So this walk around the garden – where Thomas Jefferson once strolled – was particularly delightful for me!

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do. Every time I look at them my heart and soul is flooded with wonderful memories. And, I can almost smell them!

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This is one of my favorite shots of Monticello. The mist hanging around it, just hugging it, while the tulips stand at attention drinking in every drop of the rain! Simply breathtaking!

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I don’t know about you, but I could just “tiptoe through the tulips” all day! So, let’s keep strolling, okay?

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Wishing you and yours a very Happy First Day of Spring! May your days be as beautiful our stroll!

“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever.”

-Alfred Lord Tennyson

Color My World Beautiful

Over seasons past, our little corner of the world has bloomed into something quite colorful each Spring and Summer. This year, things are a little off due to the super mild winter (can we say summer?) and lack of cold for the bulbs to rest for their normal time period. It is not yet officially Spring, but everything around us says it is! From my previous post, Spring Has Sprung Talbott Style, you saw a glimpse of those beautiful flowers that have already popped up!

Now, they are nearly gone, and there is not much left to share. One of the peach trees has some buds popping out and I’ve noticed that the lilacs have buds as well as many other plants. Just this week, I have repotted my aloe and planted some of my marigold seeds from last season in a pot on the deck. Dare I say it? My gardening season has begun!


You know the two little munchkins are excited when we can open the doors and windows again! The fresh spring air is filled with pear blossom scent (choke, sputter, achoo on my part!) and the songs of birds fill the air. This is the time of year I keep the camera close by to catch everything I can!

I moved their normal “chair” to another window, but as you can see, that doesn’t stop them from taking a look at the action outside!

These two run from window to window and door to door to drink it all in. I sometimes take them out to enjoy the sunshine on the deck with me. However, because we have a coyote and fox that hangs around they are indoor pets. I don’t want to hand those two over as a “scrumptious kitty” dinner on a platter! Kacey and Ivan are hilarious to watch sometimes and if you keep looking, you’ll see what they get to watch!

Know that I am bound and determined to catch the ever elusive creature whom I have named Papa Cardinal. I’ve tried and tried to get a good shot of him on more than one occasion. He stands there and sings his little heart out and eats from the plate, but when I reach for my camera, he darts away. With a stroke of luck this morning, I caught the little bugger and boy is he GORGEOUS! Must be that stroke of Irish luck that’s working for me today?

Have a little peak at my handsome friend, Papa Cardinal! Isn’t he just beautiful? He’s got his mouthful of seeds, too! That’s something I like to see!031

I just love the beautiful reds and black of the Cardinal. Once Mama Cardinal starts to come around, I hope to capture her beautiful self as well! And maybe, just maybe, I’ll be able to get the little ones this year, too! At this moment, Papa Cardinal is perched on top of my crepe myrtle and is singing his little heart out! What a lovely sight he is from here.

But not to be out done, the other bird friends have started hanging around too. Could it be that it’s because I remembered to fill up their plates yesterday? Ha! I did! And I cleaned out their water bowl, filling it with fresh water. But I think the rain storm last night filled it up to overflowing!

Shortly after Papa Cardinal went on his way, another one of his friends stopped by to sing a good morning song to me. I couldn’t believe my luck! So I grabbed the camera and just waited to catch a great pose. And you know what? I got it! See for yourself!


This one looks like a young Mockingbird. He still has some baby tufts but his song was beautiful! Unlike some of our other feathered friends, Mr. MB didn’t dance around. He preferred to stay front and center and perform for me. I had the best seat in the house!

He just sang and sang for a full 5 minutes before stuffing his mouth full of seed and flying off to join his friends in our fir tree.

Lucky for me, the cats were pre-occupied with some goings on at another window and didn’t scare him off!

This morning started off quite foggy, but the sun has peeked through and burned most of it off. I hope you enjoy some of the other friends who stopped by to sing for me!


A Black-Capped Chickadee also stopped by to have some breakfast. I haven’t seen one in such a long time!


And now for some color from the past! These are photos of our garden from Spring/Summer 2010 and 2011. I can’t wait for these to bloom again this year!

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Needless to say, the flowers in my garden are absolutely beautiful and I cannot take credit for planting them, because they were here long before I was. I just try to feebly maintain them and hope they last for many years to come!

I am in the process of mapping out my vegetable garden for this season and look forward to charting its progress in the future!

Until next time….keep a song in your heart and take the time to stop and smell the flowers!