What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
Remember: "When God closes a door, He always opens a window!" You never know what might be out there waiting for you!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Friday Foto Friends-"For Lo, The Winter is Past"

Well Friends, Here it is Friday again! And the last day of March to boot!!! Wow! Where did this month go?  It's been a busy month here in our neck of the woods.  Since it is early in the morning (6:54 a.m.), and I haven't drunk my cup of tea yet,
I'm still a little bit groggy. I'm so un-awake that I'm actually letting you see a picture of my messy desk top, with my cup of tea sitting on top of my Secret Garden Journal.  Yes, that is still a winter Thomas Kinkade mug...I have three of those with different winter scenes on them, and they are my current favorite mug for the morning, as they are tall enough to hold a good long cup of tea...enough to wake me up! I will probably exchange these for something more summery one of these days when I wake up enough in the morning to think about it.  So there!

Now, on to the pictures for Friday Foto Friends! And when you are finished here with me, you can hop on over to visit Deb and our other friends at Breathing In Grace -Friday Foto Friends and see what they've been up to lately!

Since I am still so sleepy, I won't bore you with a lot of talk...(! Ha ), and just get on with the picture show:  This first batch is from our lovely boat ride that we took earlier in the week with our neighbors.  Our ride started at the Salt Springs Run, which led into Lake George, which then led into the St. John's River, and then back again. I have many more pictures than these, but if you are one of my Facebook friends you have already seen them.  So here are a few of my favorites of some of the many beautiful water birds we saw along the way:

The first three pictures are pretty amazing.  These two Giant Blue Herons were building their nest in the tip top of a very tall tree.  The male heron was flying back and forth between two trees, gathering twigs and branches to build the nest. The female patiently waited in the nest for him to bring the supplies so that she could arrange them into a cozy nest for her upcoming family:

This next one is a pelican, sitting up on a post, watching and waiting for a fish to catch...Notice that he has a band on his foot...so apparently someone is watching him!!!

Here is another Giant Blue Heron, with his feathers blowing in the breeze, blending in with the Spanish Moss in the trees that is also blowing in the breeze:

This is a Muscovy Duck ( Click HERE For more info on this)  I thought he was very pretty, but I didn't know they were considered a "nuisance"....He seemed pretty calm and peaceful sitting here on the bank of the river, minding his own business...

This is a Bald Eagle, which kept flying around above us, and finally landed in a tree so that I could get this picture! Thank you, Mr. Eagle!  You are lovely!!!

Here are more pelicans and gulls, lined up on a dock, enjoying a sunny afternoon. Must be break time from fishing!

So now, back to my back yard:

This huge Pileated Woodpecker was having his breakfast in our courtyard one early morning:

This tree is a dead holly tree, and all that is left of it is this trunk that the woodpeckers truly delight in pecking. Must be some really good bugs in there.  We should cut it down before he pecks all the way through it, but I love seeing him come and enjoy himself.

Isn't he magnificent?

And last, but certainly not least, although they certainly are the least in size compared to all the other birds, the Ruby Throated Hummingbirds are back!!!!

This first one is the female...she doesn't have a beautiful ruby red throat like her mate:

And here is the proud male Ruby Throat:   (I'm sorry these are bit fuzzy, as it was dusk, and not good light...plus they are still a little shy around me and won't sit still for long)

I love watching these little beauties.  I have two different feeders, each up close to my windows so I can observe them from inside the house.  Once they get a little more settled in I will be able to get better pictures of them.

This feeder is in the Secret Garden, so I can watch them while sitting in the garden as well as from inside the house!  So lovely!!!!

And this last picture doesn't have anything to do with birds, but I know many of you were disappointed with me that the little freeze we had a couple of weeks ago killed my wisteria blossoms....Well, here's a picture to show you that all was certainly not lost! Every day new luscious blooms appear! It's almost as if the freeze was good for them!!!

So this concludes the tour of the week...I guess you could say this was a week "for the birds"!

Song of Solomon 2:10-12
"My beloved spoke, and said to me:
"Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
For lo, the winter is past,
The rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth;
The time of singing has come.
and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land."

Have a blessed and glorious day my friends!!!


  1. I love all your photo's, glad I don't have to pick my favorite!
    Have a great day,Pamela.

    1. Thank you Sylvia! I know what you mean! That's why I post so many pictures, because I can't decide which ones I like best either! I do get carried away with my camera sometimes. Hope your day is marvelous too!!

  2. Wow! Pamela, love the fantastic photos of all the birds. I couldn't pick a favorite one! LOL! Have a day of blessings.

    1. Thank you Toni! it's such fun watching the birds in so many different forms and places. God is quite the creative Creator, isn't He?

  3. I'm glad you enjoyed the boat ride and that you got such great photos! I have that Kinkade mug as well. A messy desk to me is a well loved one. :) I've been up since 6:15 and I'm just now (10:30) having my cup of coffee. Have a great day.

    1. Wow, how did you wait so long to have your cup of coffee??? I have to have my tea first thing or I don't stay awake long enough to do anything else...well, almost. Anyway, I am honored that you are here visiting. I know you have a lot going on this weekend, and you are in my thoughts and prayers. (((HUGS)))

  4. I enjoyed seeing these again! That was an amazing boat ride and your photos are beautiful! Happy Friday!

  5. All your photos are good, even the fuzzy one. What a boat ride! The wisteria is beautiful and I'm glad for you that it is coming back. I'm anxious to get started planting some color and also seeing some hummingbirds. I'm up at 5:30 am and it only takes me about five minutes before I'm downstairs getting coffee.

  6. Pam, thank you for sharing these amazing photos. God's creativity never ceases to amaze me.


  7. Pam; Thank you for giving us a tour of God's wondrous nature in your world. I can't wait to get out and take some pictures of things in our area. Right across the street is our neighbor's ornamental pear tree in bloom. Our Dogwood tree has buds on it. (YaaaH!) Th grass is greening up. My friend has seen dandelions blooming. She says she wants to take her daughter and go mushroom hunting in the woods in the next week or so. (Its a Hoosier thing,)

  8. Pam, I enjoyed all of your pictures. I love to see pics of the Blue Heron and I almost envy you all of the sightings you have opportunities for seeing the Bald Eagle. There are some around our area, but they are very few and far between.

    Thank you so much for sharing with us

  9. Yes! April is here! Love your great photos. I am enjoying the little birds here too. I always loved to spy a red headed woodpecker! Have a wonderful weekend.

  10. I love to see your two Giant Blue Herons, building a nest! Great! Thanks for sharing all your photos. I love the Song of Solomon 2:10-12 above all. Glad you was sharing it. Have a nice day!


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