this late summer week…

Outside the hydrangea petals are turning a pale pink and they are such a lovely contrast against the fall grass planted next to the hydrangea bush.

hydrangea and grass side of house

While I have brought some in to dry, indoors they pale in comparison as they slowly lose their blush.

Hydrangea drying on piano

Outdoors the zinnias are still holding court, with new blooms coming along each day.

Zinnias still putting on a show

The light is changing and the shadows are more prevalent.

Flower shadows side of house

Little sparrows and finches land on and flit about these tall grass fronds that are planted against the back porch.

Tall grasses back porch

Then they often fly over to the sunflowers in the vegetable garden. There are three little finches in the photo below.

Three goldfinches on sunflowers

Aren’t they sweet ? I just love them. They can raise quite the racket when several fly in at the same time!

One of the cleome on the side of the house…

Cleome looking down

Reading the book “Mountain Magic” by Alice Boggs Lentz, illustrated by David Griffin, to my grandson.  The illustrations are simply beautiful…they captivated my little audience.

Mountain Magic book

 

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I am not very lucky in getting good pictures of the birds that frequent my yard but on this occasion they stayed still for me : )

This little pair of goldfinches had been chirping away, sitting on a telephone or electrical wire outside my front porch. I went outside standing at the edge of the steps thinking that the minute I went for my camera they would fly away. One did fly…right down to the porch, to my feet, continuing to chirp for awhile. I was amazed. Then they both flew off to the side of the house but I could still hear them. Hoping that they’d landed on the sunflowers, I went for my camera and captured some nice shots of the little beauties.

Goldfinch collage

 

Goldfinch 5

 

goldfinch 4

 

goldfinch 3

 

Below is the little one who was singing at my feet, to my delight.

 

Goldfinch 2

 

Goldfinches

 

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