Saturday, March 28, 2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Hummingbird

A few days ago at our feeder we had our first male Rufous Hummingbird of the year. It was quite exciting. Their striking plumage is such a wonderful treat to brighten your day.


Here is some useful information on them:

Tiny bird, small and compact hummingbird.
Extensive rusty coloration in most plumages.
Male with iridescent red throat and non-shiny reddish back.
Size: 7-9 cm (3-4 in)
Wingspan: 11 cm (4 in)
Weight: 2-5 g (0.07-0.18 ounces)

The Rufous Hummingbird makes one of the longest migratory journeys of any bird in the world, as measured by body size. At just over 3 inches long, its roughly 3,900-mile (6,276 km) movement (one-way) from Alaska to Mexico is equivalent to 78,470,000 body lengths. In comparison, the 13-inch-long Arctic Tern's one-way flight of about 11,185 mi (18,000 km) is only 51,430,000 body lengths.

The Rufous Hummingbird has an excellent memory for location, no doubt assisting it to find flowers from day to day, or even from year to year. Some birds have been seen returning from migration and investigating where a feeder was the previous year, even though the feeder was currently absent.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Thursday, March 19, 2009

piano piece I have mastered.

This is me playing a German Dance in E Flat Major. By : Beethoven

Here is the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItNzBM-0nYg

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Iron Mountain.


As you can probably tell I love taking pictures of the mountains. I never get tired of taking a photo of the same mountain all through out the year because everyday the weather our the sun changed the looks of that mountain.

Nature is so wonderful. It is a great place to spend the day taking pictures. :)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Planting Precious Primroses.

 Yesterday my neighbour talked me into planting some Primroses...
  This morning we went to the feed store (Skagit Farmer's Supply) to get some feed and I happened to notice that they had a few Primroses left. I ended up buying seven primroses. When I got home I grabbed the bag of soil and the shovel and I headed to the front porch where I planted these lovely little flowers right into the pot.  

Icicle

I took this picture during the freezing weather we had last week.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Monday, March 2, 2009

 Today was a beautiful sunny day.  The temperature was around 62 degrees.  The Rufous Hummingbird should be back any day now.  Spring is truly right around the corner.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

 This afternoon we went to the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, W.A.   My favorite Exhibit there is the Tropical Butterfly Exhibit.  This is a Hibiscus plant, one of many interesting tropical plants included in the Butterfly Exhibit.

A sliver of the moon and the planet Venus.

I didn't think my camera would take a picture in the dark, but I tried and it worked!

Let it snow...


I really like the snow on the Douglas Fir tree and the blue sky in the background..

More Snow Pictures.