Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Come Walk With Me

It's no surprise to most of you that I enjoy walking, particularly when I have my camera along. With or without company, I usually find something or other that I deem photo-worthy. I'd prefer the company though, so won't you please join me as I wander around the park? I'll be right with you. I just need to shut the patio door first.

Wait! Come see. There's a tiny bunny out in the back yard, eating grass. It's been a regular visitor for the past month or so. He's grown quite a lot, but still rather small as you can tell by the hand-sized rubber balls behind him. I'm glad to see he's continuing to survive - seemingly on his own. (please click to enlarge)

Since we've stepped into the back yard, let me show you the lovely blossoms on my plum tree. Hopefully we'll get to the fruit before the raccoons do this year. (please click to enlarge)

Watch your step as we head back inside. There a small green insect walking along the track of the sliding door. Google tells me that it's a Six-spotted Green Tiger Beetle. His colours sure look beautiful in the sunlight. Hey! I heard that comment about my eclipsing the sun when I bent over to take its picture! (please click to enlarge)

Stepping out the front door, these Grape Hyacinths catch my eye. I hope you don't mind if I stop to take a picture of them. (please click to enlarge)

Look up. There's a beautiful Robin singing in that tree. I wonder if this lovely tune is for her mate. (please click to enlarge)

Or is she letting her unhatched young know that she'll be back to her nest soon? (please click to enlarge)

The Crab Apple trees are in full bloom. In the autumn, some of the fruit will be quite tasty. (please click to enlarge)

The sun is low in the sky, and shadows are growing. (please click to enlarge)

Let's leave a peanut for some lucky squirrel to find. (please click to enlarge)

As night falls, the lamp post shed enough light along the path for us to make our way back home. (please click to enlarge)

Looking up, we can see new spring leaves illuminated by the amber glow. (please click to enlarge)

The branches make interesting shadows on the wooden dock below. (please click to enlarge)

Lit only by the street lights, a neighbour's tulips brighten up the darker tones of night. (please click to enlarge)

The night is getting chilly. Come on in and I'll make some Chai. (please click to enlarge)

I hope you enjoyed our walk.


Rajesh said...

Very beautiful snaps. Each of the snaps are unique. The flowers, birds and the nice shots are excellent.

Frank Baron said...

I did indeed enjoy our walk(s). :)

Love the tree shot and the tulips through the fence.

Anonymous said...

I loved this, Hilary. I really did feel like I was right there with you. You truly are a wonderful photographer and an inspiration to me and other, I'm sure, newer photographers. :)

Anonymous said...

That was fun! My favourites are the evening photos, especially the lamp post!

Anonymous said...

I never, ever mind stopping for you to take a photograph. It's wonderful to see the world through your eyes, Hilary. :)

Phyllis E said...

Lovely walk, Cuzzie. I'm quite worn out. Do you happen to have any Mint Medley tea? It's my favourite evening brew.


Cuzzie P

Leah J. Utas said...

Beautiful pics. I love that bug.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

that is an extraordinary green bug!

Suldog said...

Loved the walk! Especially liked the beetle - lovely colors. Now, are those hawk feathers in the last shot? We've been getting quite a few of those big birds around here lately.

Maggie May said...

That was a great walk round your garden and it is SO big because it got dark before we came home!
It would only take five minutes to look round mine!

I loved all the photos, but the ones that stand out in my mind now are the little rabbit and the tulips through the fence pictures.I loved the blossom on the trees and I had to notice that your robin and our robin is completely different. Ours is smaller and has a more pointed beak! I'm sure you've seen pictures of British robins.

Thank you for your hospitality. Your tea was delicious!

Unknown said...

I love my walks too....
You have different things to see on your walks than I do but I love them...these images are so calming. I feel like I'm right there with you! :)

Pat - Arkansas said...

It's always lovely to walk with you. Thanks for the invitation.

Mental P Mama said...

Sigh. As beautiful as ever....

Rosaria Williams said...

Hi Hilary,
I'm trying to link, add my name as a follower, and your widget mews.

Lovely pictures you shared with us, thanks.

Anonymous said...

I would take a walk with you any day! The camera goes with me almost always and drives my family a bit crazy.

No matter how old I get, there will never be a time, I hope, that a tiny wild bunny doesn't make me smile. I just LOVE them!

ellen abbott said...

Beautiful pictures as usual Hilary. I especially liked the beetle.

Zuzana said...

The bunny is so cute! Does he really allow you to come that close? It looks like an Easter bunny with Easter eggs in the background.;)

I also love the picture of the hyacinths; I think they are called pearl hyacinths (I have some too in my garden) - the whole composition is so very inviting and soothing.

Simply love them all Hilary, as always; glad to see that spring has arrived with all its splendor!;)

PS: Still laughing about your comment on the giant wine bottle on my terrace; that was simply priceless.;))


Daryl said...

I didnt know those were Grape Hyacinths .. thanks for that and the amazing walk .. I would love some chai but do you have one that isnt orange? Thanks!

imbeingheldhostage said...

you're so fun! I loved the "eclipse" comment--
Wonderful shots and thanks for the walk, I feel good enough to consume a few more calories than normal.

Tink said...

That green insect is awesome! What in the world is that? We don't have those in Florida. All of our bugs are large and ugly. Lol.

steviewren said...

Thank you, I did enjoy the walk. And I really needed the exercise! That bug sure was pretty.

photowannabe said...

This was a delightful walk Hilary, from the bunny to the last rays of sunlight. Thank you for letting me come with you.
I love the little grape hyacinths too. I must find the poem about hyacinths for the soul.

Hilary said...

✿ Thanks very kindly, Rajesh. Much appreciated. :)

✿ Thanks, Frank. I do believe you were with me in real time for both of those. I'm glad for that. :)

✿ Sandra, thanks always for the very kind words. I'm glad you joined me. Your company is always great. :)

✿ Thanks kindly, Rain. I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for the visit. :)

✿ Thanks so much, KC. You're too kind. I'm glad you came along for the walk. :)

✿ Thanks for joining me, Cuzzie Phyl. I can't say that I do have any Mint teas. How about a generous splash of Peppermint Schnapps in yours? ;)

✿ Thanks, Leah. It's an eye-catcher, eh? :)

✿ I thought so too, Gary. :)

✿ Thanks kindly, Suldog. I don't think there were any hawk feathers among them. Mostly Mallard plummage in that jar, and the striped one in the center is from a turkey which my neighbour hunted. Thanks for stopping by. :)

✿ Thank you, Maggie. Most of those photos (from the Robin onward) were taken at the park just a few steps from home. My own yard is like a postage stamp. And I kind of cheated on the time line. ;) I have seen photos of British Robins and they're quite different.. and cute. Thanks so much for joining me on the walk. :)

✿ Thanks very much for the kind words, Chessa. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos. :)

✿ Thanks so much for joining me, Pat. I always enjoy your company. :)

✿ Thank you, MPM. Much appreciated. :)

✿ Lakeviewer, my widget mews? I don't think anybody has ever said those words to me before. ;) I'm not sure why it's not working for you. I'm also not sure why the follower thing is even showing up on my blog. It was a Blogger glitch that put it there and won't let me remove it. Thanks so much for the kind words. :)

✿ They're pretty cute, eh MT? Thanks so much for the always-kind words. I'm almost never without my camera either. :)

✿ Thanks kindly, Ellen. I'm glad you joined me. :)

✿ Thanks so much, Protege. I wasn't all that close to the bunny, but I do have a decent 12X zoom on my camera which allowed it to appear close. I've always known those flowers to be Grape Hyacinth and haven't heard of Pearl Hyacinth. They're probably one and the same. :) I'm glad you got a laugh out of the super-sized bottle of wine. Hopefully one day we can share a glass. :) Thanks always for stopping by.

✿ Thanks kindly, Daryl. I'm glad you enjoyed the walk. I only have Chai that isn't orange. This one is organic. Adjust them reading glasses! ;)

✿ Thanks very much for the kind words, IBHH. Somebody actually had the nerve to utter that eclipse comment to me once. I won't say who but he comments on almost every one of my blog posts and his first name rhymes with CRANK! But I'm so over that now. ;)

✿ Thank you, Tink. I've since found that the bug is a Six-spotted Green Tiger Beetle, and have added that info to the post. Thanks for asking. I wouldn't have thought to look it up otherwise. Thanks always for stopping by. :)

✿ Thanks kindly, Steviewren. The exercise did me good too. It's good to see you back in the blogosphere again. :)

✿ Thanks very much, Sue. I'm glad you joined me too. And I'd love to see the poem to which you refer. Thanks for stopping by. :)

Reb said...

What a wonderful walk, thanks for inviting me along. That bunny is very tiny, are you sure it is wild and not someone's discarded or lost pet? That beetle would freak me out if it were on my patio, but it is very lovely on your blog. Amazing after dark photos and thanks for the chai.

ds said...

Oh how I enjoyed that walk; it made my day. Thank you (loved the night shots, by the way).

Spiritual Journey said...

This walk made me appreciate the precious earth we live in. Thanks for inviting me along.

PS: You sure take pictures like a pro.

Anonymous said...

Hilary, thanks for inviting me on your walk. I really felt I was the only one with you. It was so tranquil.

Your photos are beautiful.

Thanks for the hot tea it warmed me up. I got a little chilly towards the end of our walk. Next time I have to remember to take my jacket!

Seamus said...

It is a wonderful thing to be able to take a walk and notice the little things that so many fail to see.

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SandyCarlson said...

Thanks for taking us along. I enjoyed the walk very much. One beautiful sight after another. You are very talented!

Reasons said...

Wow we were out all day, I didn't even notice the time! Thank you Hilary, that was delightful. Enjoyed the tea too! ;-)xx

Tabor said...

Wow, you had 32 people on this walk? I thought it was just you and me it was so peaceful. We also are getting an abundance of the green beetles out our way.

Jinksy said...

Do like your jar of feathers...

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the beautiful pictures of your walk.
I also used to collect feathers. I thought of them as a message from God for that moment letting me know He cares.

Russell said...

Very nice collection of images and a most relaxing walk.

I really enjoyed the street lamp and the various shadows in some of the images.

I hope you take us on some more walks! Take care.

Cheffie-Mom said...

This lovely walk made my day. I needed it very much. Thank you!

JC said...

I so enjoyed our walk. I'm actually sitting at my desk enjoying TAZO Organic Chai tea. I love all the pictures all of them perfect.

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

OKay, my faves were the bug shot and the bunny shot. This was better than going on a walk!

the Bag Lady said...

Thanks for the walk, Hilary! It was lovely.
The bunny is so cute! Benny hasn't seen it yet, has he?
That green bug is so pretty! (And I don't even like bugs. Ever.)
Grape hyacinths are one of my favourite flowers, but the bulbs I planted last year didn't come up, so I'm happy to see some here!

Travis Erwin said...

You have a spectacular eye for choosing what to shoot.

Snowbrush said...

If it were put to a vote, I would vote for the beetle in #3. I wish I were that pretty.

CrazyCris said...

What lovely pictures! If that's just a sample of the beauties around you I'd want to go on long rambling walks every day! How lucky you are!

I hope you don't mind but I've borrowed one of your racoon photos from the earlier posts to illustrate my current post. I wanted to share your inspirational tale and send people your way to read it and figured that photo would help to pique their curiosity! ;o) (if you'd rather not let me know and I'll delete it)


Lulda Casadaga said...

Hilary, thanks for the lovely walk...I see you are just getting some of the blooms that have come and gone down here, so I enjoyed seeing them again! :)

The little bunny is so cute...the other day I was driving home from work and going through our Old Town, when out pops Mr. Bunny and he was trying to cross the busy street. YIKES!!

Luckily, the guy in front of me slowed down. Mr. Bunny must of had some street smarts because he turned and went back into the yard...whew...that was a close one!

Hilary said...

✿ Thanks so much, Reb. I'm quite certain that bunny is wild. It's very quick to hop away when I open the door. We keep being pleasantly surprised to see he's survived another night. Thanks for joining me. :)

✿ Thanks kindly, DS. Your kind words, in turn, made my day. :)

✿ Thanks ever so much for the very kind words, SJ. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos and I'm happy to see you back. :)

✿ Thanks so much, NW. I'm glad you enjoyed our walk and the chai. Your kind words mean a lot to me. :)

✿ Thanks, Seamus. I have to admit that my camera helps a great deal in that respect. :)

✿ Thanks so much for the kind words, Sandy. I enjoyed your company very much. :)

✿ Thanks very much, 123. I'm glad you enjoyed our walk. I'm sure glad you joined me. :)

✿ Thanks for the kind words, Tabor. I'm glad you enjoyed our walk.. just you and me and 40+ others now. ;)

✿ Thanks, Jinksy. There's a bit of a story there, but that might be a blog post for another day. Thanks for noticing. :)

✿ Welcome, Debbie V and thanks for the kind words. The belief you attached to collecting feathers is very comforting. Why not start your collection again? :)

✿ Thanks very much, Russell. You know you're always welcome to join me on my walks. I hope to see you back this way again soon. :)

✿ I'm glad I could oblige, Cheffie. Thanks for the very kind words. :)

✿ Thanks very kindly, JC. How cool that you happen to have the same tea! I just bought this brand for the first time since having it served to me at a restaurant. The tea bag seemed to go farther than most chais. Thanks for dropping by. :)

✿ Thanks, MamaGeek. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos and pseudo walk. :)

✿ Thanks very much, Baggie. Benny HAS seen the bunny, but through the closed glass door. He barks his fool head off at it. And we use a kind of explain-to-the-baby voice, and tell him "Benny, it's just an widdle wee bunny wabbit." Then he looks at us like we're nuts and continues to bark his fool head off. Then the bunny eventually leaves and we allow him to follow its scent until he's distracted by something else. That takes about 3 seconds. ;) Thanks for stopping by. and I hope your Grape Hyacinths pop up.. if you EVER get rid of that nasty white stuff! :)

✿ Thanks very kindly, Travis. That means a great deal to me. :)

✿ Snowbrush, pretty is in the eye of the bugholder. ;) Thanks for stopping by. :)

✿ Thanks very much for the kind words, Cris. And thanks also for checking re the use of one of my photos. I don't mind one bit as long as it does link back here. I'm flattered that you liked the post enough to want to share. Thank you very much. :)

✿ Thanks, Lulda. That must have been very nerve-wracking to see that bunny venture out onto the road like that. I'll bet your heart was in your throat. Thanks so much for stopping by. It's good to see you making the rounds. :)

scarlethue said...

Hilary, I thought about you last night as I snapped those photos. I feel bad taking his food source away, but bird seed is too expensive for the amount he was eating, and I really miss seeing the birds! I'm sure he'll find another source. He sure was cute, pawing at the feeder, making himself a little pile at his feet.

Lovely walk, by the way. I wish I had such a beautiful place to unwind.

Silver said...

wonderful walk.. beautiful nature. Your pics are gorgeous.

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Indrani said...

Beautiful series again, Hilary!
My eyes will remember those 'new spring leaves illuminated by the amber glow' for a long time. :)
Thanks for this walk.

Merisi said...

Such a beautiful foray into spring,
and a cup of Tazo Chai, what more could one ask for? Thank you! :-)

Kat said...

Oh what a gorgeous walk! Thank you for taking us along. That bunny is just TOO CUTE!!!!!
I love this time of year with all the blossoms, and tiny animals. Fabulous.
Mmmm. Tea. :)

Sandi McBride said...

Oh yes yes yes! I loved that! And the bunny, what a sweetie...we have a few wild guys, I guy bunny chow and throw out in the blackberry brambles where they live and hide from the dreaded cats! The tulips were so pretty but my very favorite of all was the shadow picture...loved it!

Barry said...

Absolutely gorgeous photos. I'm very impressed with the robin knowing from painful experience just how quickly they can decide to take off leaving you with a beautiful picture of an oddly shaped branch.

Andrea said...

What a wonderful walk! Thanks for inviting me. The photos, as always, are breathtaking! :)

Jo said...

Oh, once again, what gorgeous photographs. I love the beetle.

Thank you for taking us with you on your walk. :-)

Redbush said...

As always, Hilary, absolutely gorgeous photos, and what an interesting way to present them, by taking us for a walk. I especially loved the hyacinths,and the robin in the tree. I'm enjoying our harbotta (Ukrainian for tea)), as we finished our walk together.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

What gorgeous photos! I just came across your blog today and wanted to tell you that I think it is great!

Nancy said...

I loved our walk! Thank you! What an amazing photographer and person you are.

david mcmahon said...

Thanks you for sharing those wonderful images.

Sorry I've been AWOL for a while.

Can I bring the Authorblog caln in for that chai?

Hilary said...

✿ Scarlethue, I sure do agree that bird food is costly and raccoons can gobble their way through it in no time. No doubt he'll find somewhere else to feed. Probably my place. ;) Thanks for the kind words and for stopping by. :)

✿ Thanks kindly, Silver. Much appreciated. :)

✿ Thanks very much, Indrani. I'm glad you liked the photos. That means a lot to me. :)

✿ Thank YOU, Merisi. Your kind words are very much appreciated. Thanks for the visit. :)

✿ Thanks, Kat. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. I find that bunny pretty hard to resist too. Thanks for stopping by. :)

✿ Thanks so much for the very kind words, Sandi. I'm glad you feed the bunnies. They must look forward to seeing you. Thanks always for dropping by. :)

✿ Thank you, Barry. You made me laugh with that comment because it's so true. I have many such photos. Thanks for the very kind words. :)

✿ Thanks kindly, Andrea. I'm glad you joined me on the walk too. It's an ongoing, open invitation. :)

✿ Thanks very much for joining me, Jo. I'm glad you enjoyed the walk. :)

✿ I'm very glad you joined me to, Redbrush, and that you enjoyed the walk and the tea. Frank is Ukranian too, but he didn't know the word for "tea." Who knew that I could teach him some Ukranian! ;)

✿ Welcome, Diane and thanks very much for the kind words. I hope you'll come back again soon. Thanks for dropping in. :)

✿ Thanks so much L of L. You're too kind. Thanks always for stopping by. :)

✿ Thanks very much, David. Your clan is welcome anytime. I'll make some caffeine-free Chai for the Authorbloglets. ;)

Susan English Mason said...

I enjoyed our walk and especially liked seeing the tulips through the fence at night.

indicaspecies said...

Reached here from Authorblog. Congratulations.

Yes, I thoroughly enjoyed this walk, thank you.:)

lime said...

the beetle and the robin really impress me!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

What a fabulous photo essay!! You are genius!!! The photos are amazing, and you've constructed this so beautifully! Congrats on your POTD! Simply inspiring! ~Janine XO

Daryl said...

Back to say congrats on the POTD mention!

Paige Vitulli said...

I especially like the image when "The sun is low in the sky, and shadows are growing." I enjoyed walking with you!

Susan English Mason said...

Congrats on the post of the day nomination. I want to come over for some Chai.

Hilary said...

✿ Thanks very much, Pouty. I'm glad you joined me. :)

✿ Welcome, Indicaspecies and thanks for joining me. :)

✿ Thanks, Lime. Much appreciated. :)

✿ Thanks ever so kindly, S&S. Your kind words are very much appreciated. And thank you too David for mentioning me as one of your POTD. :)

✿ Thanks muchly, Daryl :)

✿ Thanks very much for joining me, Paige. I enjoyed having you along. :)

✿ Thanks, Pouty. I'll have a steaming cup of Chai waiting for you when you get here. :)