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Friday, May 13, 2011

A Cardinal's Song

Ok.  I finally did it.  I captured the illusive Red Cardinal in action.  I LOVE Cardinals, and I hear them singing (maybe it's only one in particular) every morning outside my window (or from my roof) before the sun comes out, so I've not been able to grab some good photos!

But, this morning, I was at the right place at the right time (and had my camera, and was "stalking" them).  However, the cardinals were NOT in my yard, but in the neighbors.  What's up with THAT?  Well, regardless, the stalking can come in handy and I got some great shots. (unless you are wanting to be in a relationship and end up being "the stalker" -- not good.). 

I also got a shot of TWO Red Cardinals.  I know that birds often come in pairs, but these are TWO MALES....  I did see what the commotion was about, as there was a female in this same general location shortly after I took this shot... Can we say "competition?"

Anyway, if you have never heard a cardinal sing, listen to this video.



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T.K. Goforth is a musician and author of the well-received book "Chord Piano is Fun!" She also writes a music blog called "Chord Piano Chick's Mostly Musical Musings.
Chord Piano Is Fun

The Creepy, Cool, and Sometimes Crunchy Cicada

Went on another walk today. It was a bit hot, but there was a pretty nice little breeze going on. Had my dog by my side, panting away.

We walked down one of my favorites "paths"...which are really narrow paved roads that zig and zag in a nice little fashion through the neighborhoods. Wide enough for bikes, or for a couple walking with their dog. I was amongst the latter, but didn't have the 2nd half of my "couple" -- only my dog. There are several cool bridges along these paths, as well. Sometimes alligators lurk below, which is why you see these signs around here:



We saw a lot of critters out today -- including a miniature beagle (which she bowed down to), and a chocolate lab (which she wanted to "tackle"). Why she does what she does with some dogs and not another is BEYOND ME. I also don't understand that when she sees a squirrel she goes crazy, but when there is a little tiny chihuahua or other type of rat-like dog, she doesn't think it is a squirrel and go after it. Looks like a squirrel from a distance to me. How do they KNOW that?

But, I did see some other fascinating critters and creatures as well. One in particular ALWAYS creeps me out when I see it. Well, it's actually not the creature itself -- it's what REMAINS of the creature when it is gone. This is the CICADA...



For any of you who do NOT know what a cicada is, you haven't lived in the south. This creature is cousin to the grasshopper, and the "screech" of a single cicada in the trees during the summer months is so loud that you would think you are being attacked by a swarm of locusts. It's the most interesting sound, and you can watch them flit off to another tree, the the noise disappears. So very, very strange. But very cool at the same time. Click on THIS LINK to hear the sound of a tree full of cicadas (from Wikipedia): http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f4/Cicadas_in_Greece.ogg

Each year, cicadas strip themselves of their old selves and put on the new. These guys have no intention of letting the grass grow under their feet. They like change, baby. And change, they do. They have a lifespan of about 2-5 years and in the course of their "youth" they molt their skins. After the final molt off their skin, leaving a crunchy shell and emerge as adults. CLICK HERE to see a Wikipedia animation of the molting process (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cicada_molting_animated-2.gif.). You can read more about cicadas from Wikipedia HERE. These photos are what is left of the skin clinging to a stump I found along my walk.



More critters in my next post... Be sure to come back!!!
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T.K. Goforth is a musician and author of the well-received book "Chord Piano is Fun!" She also writes a music blog called "Chord Piano Chick's Mostly Musical Musings.
Chord Piano Is Fun

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Early May Garden

 My garden has just taken off in growth. This is my most favorite time of year for flowers. My impatiens are perfect, the day lilies are out, the passion flowers are blooming, and the cannas are going strong. Plus, this is one of the times that the hummingbirds hang out on the scene. I stalk them. I sit on my little bench and wait until they show up in hopes of getting a really great shot. I got a few more yesterday! Here they are:





Here are a few more flower and garden shots I thought you might enjoy:



























More to come!
GROOVY COOLNESS GADGET


T.K. Goforth is a musician and author of the well-received book "Chord Piano is Fun!" She also writes a music blog called "Chord Piano Chick's Mostly Musical Musings.
Chord Piano Is Fun
T.K. Goforth is a musician and author of the well-received book "Chord Piano is Fun!" She also writes a music blog called "Chord Piano Chick's Mostly Musical Musings.
Chord Piano Is Fun