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TRANSITION

THE MARY ROSE

Sorry the blog was late this week but we have been busier than usual, which is to say that we actually had things to do this week!

Not much has been happening around here, basically we’ve just been starting to make the transition from Summer to Fall. After our brief period of Fall for about two weeks, we will go into what I consider to be Winter…’round about mid-October. Oh yeah, the electric blanket has been on the big bed for about the past month. Yes, I am very cold-natured!

Since I was absent for a good part of the summer, I still have a few pictures and video to share with you. I wasn’t lollygagging all of that time, I did still manage to use my camera!

BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE

ANOTHER EXPERIMENT USING THE COLOR FILTER ON MY CAMERA

One big announcement I’d like to make…Linda has finally made the transition into the 21st Century! She made the big leap from her little Luddite phone (which she’s had for 9 years) to a Smartphone. Nevermind the fact that she was forced to do this, as our carrier was going to cease service to her phone after the first of the year. We made the decision to switch carriers as well, and we are very happy with our new service, so far.

OLD PHONE ON LEFT, NEW PHONE ON RIGHT

There is definitely going to be a learning curve on this new phone. I’ve been trying to set it up for her and some of it is just baffling to me. It has been almost two years since I had an Android phone, and they have certainly advanced a lot from the model I used back then. Give me a good ole iPhone any day, much easier to use. She had to take a picture with it as soon as I got it set up, and here is the result below.

AT MY FAVORITE PLACE, THE KITCHEN!

Of course I have some more hummingbird video to share with you. I just do not tire of watching these little guys. They are still visiting my feeder on a regular basis every day. I saw in one of my Facebook nature groups that the Rufous Hummingbirds have already left Yakima on their migration south, but the Anna’s Hummingbirds are the ones we are seeing now because they stay here year-round. Quite often when I watch the hummingbirds it reminds me of my mother. She did love those little birds so much. I remember when we both got interested in watching hummingbirds. It was back in the 1980’s, right after we had watched a nature program on PBS called Marty Stouffer’s Wild America, which was part of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. There was an episode about hummingbirds entitled “Featured Jewels,” which I thought was a very appropriate title. My mother and I were both captivated by the beautiful photography of these tiny little birds that we had never seen in person. Shortly after that, we got a hummingbird feeder and before we knew it, we had hummingbirds! I am sure they were around before that, we just had never noticed them. From that point on, my mother was interested in anything that concerned hummingbirds. I still have one of her hummingbird figurines on my bookshelf. The first video below is quite long, but there are some interesting things to look for: the first hummer has a cute little strand of feather sticking up near his beak (he’s the one I nicknamed Alfalfa); the hummer at time marker 2:38 has a strand of spiderweb stuck to his beak; at time marker 3:39 this hummer keeps opening wide his beak (I’m not sure about this behavior, perhaps he was warning off another hummer that is out-of-frame? If anyone has any idea, please let me know in the comments).

Since I have found out that the Anna’s Hummingbirds stay in Yakima all winter, I have a heated feeder on order. That way my little babies can have some warm nectar during the cold winter months!

PARTING SHOT

Summer Girl is still enjoying her time outside before it turns cold. She sometimes stays out in the garden almost all day, only coming in at lunchtime briefly to eat a few bites, and then again in late afternoon for her treats (if she’s been a good girl).

Join me every Wednesday (barring any unforeseen circumstances) for more from the Southerner in the Northwest.

Published by Peg

In 2007, my partner and I decided to pull up stakes from North Carolina, where I had lived all my life, and move to the Pacific Northwest to be closer to her family. When I retired, I decided to write a blog because I had always wanted to be a writer, but somehow never found the time for it while I was working. I figured that writing a blog would give me the chance to share my thoughts with others, and also combine my interest in writing and photography in one place.

7 thoughts on “TRANSITION

  1. Some of us do need a push (or a pull) into the 21st century. I too still have an old slider phone. And yes, we still have a landline as well. May have to think about an upgrade to my cellphone now that we are talking about getting rid of the landline due to all the scam and phishing calls we get on that landline. 😂

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