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!

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Wednesday Treasures from Still Waters Pond and Beyond

Happy Wednesday! I know, the day is almost over, but it's been a busy day and I am just now sitting down at my computer to read and write and try to get caught up with "stuff".   This may be a montage of various pictures from the past few days because I don't have a lot of "content" to talk about.  
It's been too hot to take very many walks lately, and the promised rain storms we were supposed to get here this week have not yet materialized in our neck of the woods.   Tonight it was a couple of degrees cooler (actually, quite a bit...84 now as opposed to the 99 we had earlier in the week), so we took a walk and went past the "Century/Agave Plant" that I've told you about over the past month. 
 I last told you about the Century Plant HERE.  Well, that picture above is how it looks now! It finally "gave up the ghost" and laid down to die.  It had a good life and brought some smiles to many people as I've posted pictures of it over the past few weeks here and on Facebook.  But like Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 

"To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:
2 A time o be born,
And a time to die;"

And so I guess this plant finally reached the end of its season.  I hope that when it is my time to lay down and die it can be said that I brought some smiles to many people along the way. That, along with sharing the love of Jesus with others is a worthy goal and purpose in life.   Oh, before I forget, I wanted to share this song with you that our choir sang this past Sunday morning:
You may recognize the song as familiar verses from the Bible, John 3:16-17

John 3:16-17 KJV

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
 that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

If I don't share anything else with you ever again, this is the most important message that could ever be shared.

I guess I could just close this post with that, but I did have some other pictures I wanted to share with you, so here we go:

I watched this interesting scene the other evening out in our yard beside Still Waters Pond.  If you look carefully at the tree, you will see at first one bluebird sitting on a branch, and up in the branches above you will also see a Red Shouldered Hawk, and they are both watching each other very carefully.
Here's a close up of Mr. Hawk:
Pretty soon Mrs. Bluebird joins Mr. Bluebird on that branch, and Mr. Hawk continues to watch them, but they don't seem overly concerned.
This little standoff continued for quite a while until finally Mr. Hawk decided he'd better go look for his supper elsewhere and away he flew.
A little later I captured this picture of Mrs. Bluebird in her house, sitting on her nest. She is looking out the window and her mouth is open as if she is either gasping for air because it is so hot in there, or she's calling for Mr. Bluebird to bring her some supper.  Either way, it's quite a picture!
This is where she is sitting. That is Still Waters Pond in the background, but it might as well be called "No Waters Pond" right now, as it is getting so dry you could just about walk across it, but I wouldn't recommend it. The bottom of that pond is pure muck, and you would sink up to your knees very quickly...yeah...it's yucky! I know, I've tried it before!  That's why we need that rain so much! It will fill back up once the summer rains start, but until then it is pretty dry!

In between all the other excitement of the hawk and the bluebirds, Mr. Ruby Throated Hummingbird has been coming and going to the bird feeder, minding his own business and enjoying a cool drink of sugar water...

Hi there folks!  Nice to see you again!!

Speaking of the Red Shouldered Hawk again, I told you recently HERE about how unhappy the Hawk has been about having so many trees removed from the lot next door to us.  Well, I took a walk over to that lot the other evening and I was surprised suddenly by a rush of activity and some very loud screeches coming out from among some trees.  I was shocked to see not just one, but THREE hawks fly up into the tree above me, and they were all quite upset with me for being in their territory!  I managed to take a few pictures...I believe the two that you see in this tree are actually juvenile hawks, so apparently there WAS a nest in the area and no wonder Mrs. Hawk had been so distressed!
These two stood there squawking at me for some time, while Mama Hawk apparently went back to hunt for some supper for these noisy kids.
I was getting nervous about the way they kept looking at me, like I might become their dinner if I didn't watch out! LOL.
Very soon Mama flew to this branch and they joined her there, so I am thinking she actually brought them some supper:

Mama left them again, and they continued to keep a "hawk eye" on me, so I decided to start heading back to home:
Besides, it was starting to get dark, and this was the last view I had of one of the hawks watching me go:

However, when I got back to our back yard I was able to see Mr. Bluebird one more time, standing guard over their house as the sun was finally setting behind me.
And with that, I think I will let the sun set on this post and put it to bed for the night.

Psalm 113:3 NKJV
"From the rising of the sun to its going down
The Lord’s name is to be praised."


  1. The birds are so incredible to see. Bluebirds are beautiful and hawks are so majestic. You are lucky to see them so close. We've had hummingbirds buzzing around here too. God's creation is so amazing!
    Amen to the most important message!

  2. I’m asking because I don’t know - do hawks attack people? We don’t have many hawks in my neighborhood - the dominant bird in my area are the beautiful ravens. They’re fun to watch. I can never get a photo of them.
    I hope you get rain soon. If not will you have to do any water rationing? I’m so grateful for the last 2 healthy winter rainy seasons. We don’t get summer rain here. We have dry summers.
    That photo of Mrs Bluebird with her mouth open was amazing. The poor dear must have been hot and panting. I never considered they would be hot as well.
    You have quite a menagerie of birds in your yard. So fun to watch - who needs television?

    1. I have never known hawks to attack people, but maybe if one got too close to their nest they might come at him to scare him away. I know they certainly have made a LOT of noise when I come near. We actually got a very good rain this morning, but nothing like what they are getting in south Florida this week, where they are flooded. Summer is our rainy season, and once the summer thunderstorms start we will have plenty of water. We've never had water rationing here in Florida in any area we have lived, but we have had restrictions on watering lawns when things were pretty dry. Some of the more populated areas may have stricter restrictions because the water tables do get pretty low in those areas during the drier months (winter). And winter is when the most people are here in Florida (snow birds). We are smelling a lot of smoke in the air tonight as there have been some brush fires in the area. We definitely have to be careful about fire during these dry seasons. Not like it is where you live, but yes, Florida has had some serious forest fires in the past. I pray we don't have that happen anywhere near us again. And yes, I prefer to watch the birds than TV any day! LOL.

  3. That is definitely the most important message we can share with others. Thank you for always reminding us of what is MOST important. I enjoyed hearing your choir sing today. I've never heard that arrangement before and it was beautiful. I can just imagine the angels singing along with you all.
    The birds were busy at Stillwaters Pond today. Those hawks can be pretty intimidating. Good for you in knowing when to make a quick exit! :-) The bluebirds are just sweet. How could they not be. I sure hope they have some babies this time and that they survive. With those hawks standing guard so close it's iffy isn't it?
    I told Dennis about the lot next door to you. I sure wish we could buy it and be neighbors. Wouldn't that be fun?! I know it's not possible right now, but a person can dream can't we? Maybe we'll just bring our trailer to your yard for the winter someday. Ha! Ha!
    Blessings and hugs,

    1. The lot next to us is being "developed" for a new manufactured home. The developer will then sell it once it is complete. I don't know the exact price range yet, but I do know she is planning to put a 4 BR 2 BA manufactured home there with a den in addition to the living room and open kitchen/dining area. It will be very nice and will make someone a lovely home. There won't be any garage or porches, but those can be added by the new owner. I am still praying for whoever that person/family will be. They will have a lovely hawk family already living on the property! LOL. Let me know if you change your mind!

  4. Those hawks are amazing. That is quite a treat to see the juvenile ones.

  5. Those are some really good pictures, Pam! The bluebirds STAND OUT so pretty with their pretty blue. Hawks make me nervous, you never know what they're going to do, LOL! I love the pictures you got of them though, especially the last few. It's been a hot spell here, but the past 2 days or so it's at least not in the 90s, so that's some relief. Its so nice to porch sit when there is a good breeze blowing! There are ceiling fans out on the porches, so that is helpful. Hope your week is going well, it's been BUSY here with drives and appointments, and feeding and taking care of the animals. You won't believe how BIG OUR sweet lil baby guineas have got! MERCY baby chicks and keets grow so fast! Hugs! PS.....is that a bottle brush tree blooming there? I dont see those too often, I think they are pretty.

  6. Birds are beautiful, interesting, and very smart! You get some great photos of your feathered neighbors (or should I say your avian family?). We are finally getting rain down here so I hope it will come your way as well. Sending a hug!!

  7. I am happy you included the photos at the end, poor wildlife, here and where you are, victims of the growing abundance of humans.. I would have been nervous about those parents also.. your choir is talented. I was raised in a small church and we had 9 people in our choir and sometimes only 3 or 4, we did not sound as good as yours . hope you get rain soon. we got 4 inches in the past 2 days but a mere 10 miles from our home got 12 inches and they are flooded. hope some of the moisture coming up from the south gets your way

  8. M'gosh, Pam ... your timing (capturing those birds' images) is sure something! Gotta hand it to that bluebird; he reminds me of David staring down Goliath. I'm sorry, I know all creatures are precious in God's eyes -- but those hawks give me the heebie jeebies.

    Earlier, the century plant's demise brought tears to my eyes. And what you said about when our time comes about? I love that thought ... it's going in my Trust box.

  9. Watching the wildlife around us is so entertaining. We watch all the mini-drama's around us too. Beats TV.
    Sad that the Century plant has reached it's zenith. We all do eventually, though, even the nature around us.
    Your choir is talented. I do miss being in one. Our Church is so small now that we're lucky to have 8-15 show up on any given Sunday. The whole Church is the choir. 💙

    1. I am still praying for your church and pastor and his wife. God has a plan. His Word will not return void. May Jesus Christ be praised!

  10. We haven't seen on hummer this year. Maybe because we weren't outside alot earlier in the spring because of my fall, I know we sure miss them. The choir sounded great, that's a beautiful hymn♥

  11. We are lucky enough to have hawks in our neighborhood, too, Pam. They are such majestic birds, that's for sure, but I wouldn't want to see one looking at me as if I was its next meal - lol!
    I do hope y'all get some rain soon. I'm sure the folks in Southern Florida would love to send you some of theirs! That flooding is simply horrific.
    Blessings to you!

  12. We've not been on our morning walks as frequently of late due to early-morning appointments and the heat. I need to get over to see the two Century Plants near me that look much like the one you've been blogging about. Surely they will be toppling over sometime soon.

  13. I always enjoy my visit to Still Waters Pond. I'm sorry it's so hot there! At least you're out of the intense rain and flooding! And sorry about your Century plant. I have to click on your link and read about. Have a great weekend!


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