Friday, May 30, 2014

Time In The Garden

Busy, busy, busy... That’s what I’ve been lately. Last week it was all about painting. This week it’s been mostly about gardening. Digging and weeding and mulching. That’s what I’ll be doing again today. But garden chores aren’t the same as house chores. They are much more pleasurable. Because you get to enjoy sights like this:


And this:


I also like spending time outside so that my backyard visitors can get used to my presence. Once they do, they become less skittish, and that allows me ample opportunities to take photographs of them.

Bribing them with food helps, too, and Grackles are always the first to let down their guard and come feast.

"I will pose shamelessly in exchange for food."

But they’re not the only ones that are shameless when it comes to bribes. Here is another critter that hops through the garden daily.

"Thanks, human, for planting so many tasty treats in your garden."
How’s that for being exceptionally comfortable around me?

So do I mind doing chores in the garden? Not at all. It’s an amazing world out there, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it.

I wish you all a beautiful weekend.

30 comments:

  1. You are so right -outdoor chores are much more enjoyable than indoor chores. Not even close. And I have never seen a bunny lay like that. Looks like a cat lol. Wonderful photos Martha and I hope you have a great weekend :)

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    1. I have bunnies lying around in my garden like that all the time. They eat up everything I plant...the (adorable) little buggers :) I'm too much of a softie, I guess, and they've figured it out!

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  2. rabbits sometimes hop into my yard, but they don't stay long

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    1. They're probably too afraid. The ones that hang around my yard are used to me, and aren't as frightened anymore.

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  3. Well Martha, with these visitors I can see why this is not a chore. That rabbit is making himself comfortable indeed!
    Great shot of the Grackle too! Have a stupendous day!

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    1. That rabbit truly believes that I plant stuff in my garden just for him/her! They walk (or rather, hop) all over me! LOL...

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  4. of course they'd go in your yard, they know a gentle soul when they feel one, the photos are outstanding, and I'm so glad that you can work outside, certainly needed a breather from all that paint...atta girl I wish you the best, always Martha

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    1. Thanks, Lorraine. I like to think that they can sense that I would never in a million years harm them. Perhaps they do. I certainly have enough visitors hanging around. It's the best part of my gardening day when these little critters stop by to say hello...and eat everything I plant! LOL...

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  5. Your bunny photo is so cute! Nice that you could get out and work on the garden.

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    1. The weather has been so nice that it would be a shame not to be out there enjoying it!

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  6. Soon as I finish this comment, I am heading out to my back yard to water the plants and look at the beautiful green grass.
    I love the outdoors ;o)
    I so love all these beautiful photos, wow , Martha.
    That bunny stole my heart ... Rose and I are always on the lookout for bunnies .... LOL

    Have a great weekend

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    1. Those bunnies make me smile! They get awfully comfortable in my garden. They eat a lot of my plants, but I don't really mind. I garden for fun, and to enjoy nature in my little world.

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  7. That rabbit!! I've never seen one so comfortable in the presence of a human before. Love it.

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    1. These animals sometimes surprise you! I like to think she/he senses that I mean no harm.

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  8. Fabulous post - as usual. love, love, love all the pics. so true, outdoor world offers much more pleasures than the indoors. that pic of rabbit is speechless. what a life. have a fantastic weekend my friend! cheers!!

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    1. What a life... It's pretty amazing, isn't it? You bet it is!

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  9. I stay out side as much as possible . I don't keep my camera outside but you make a good suggestion.

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    1. Just hang a small one around you, and you'll always be ready to point and shoot!

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  10. Love all the shots and those two at the end, amazing. They both look comfortable around you. Very cool.

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    1. Those bunnies really surprise me sometimes. I got really close to this one because it finally stood up. And even when it stood up, it didn't go too far away. It's probably a regular in my garden, and is not really afraid of me anymore. It kinds of makes sense since I've never given it reason to be afraid.

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    2. That's very cool. Do you ever try and feed him?

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    3. Not directly, but they eat some of the food that I put out for the birds. And they walk around my garden eating some of the plants. My garden is like a buffet restaurant for them! LOL... And after they stuff themselves with all the goodies I have growing out there, they lie down and take a nap in the sun, quite often just a few feet away from me as I work in the garden. It's so darn cute, and really makes my day.

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  11. My Lucy, the Cairn Terror...oops! Terrier, won't let any other animals in the yard. She patrols the fence line and watches from the deck.

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    1. "Patrols..." Hahaha... I can just imagine that! She is protecting her territory!

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  12. Beautiful flowers, someone's enjoying spring! I'm back to blogland!

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    1. So nice to see you back here, Christine! I hope you are enjoying spring as much as I am.

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  13. wow Martha that's like a piece of paradise. Did you plant those beauties???? I wish I had a green thumb, I am not very talented in that area and i really would love to start an herb/vegetable garden... a little one since I live in a condo. But just the peace in the little furry guy's eyes is so humbling.

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    1. Ana, just go ahead and start the mini garden, and you'll get better and better as you go along. No one is born with a green thumb. Everyone learns as they go along.

      That furry friend really squeezed my heart. I so love when they feel comfortable around me.

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  14. oh, squeal, Martha! that rabbit! oohhhhhhhh and I like Grackles … they really are quite beautiful when the sun reflects their purpleness… beautiful flowers ;)

    and is the Spiderman cartoon new? HAHaaaa… just noticed it ~ ♬ spider-man spider-man ♪ he just opened a tuna can ♪ ♬… HAHaaaaaa

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    1. I know...that rabbit...it is so sweet! I kept walking closer and closer to it as I was photographing, and it let me get within a few feet before it finally stood up. And even then, it stuck around for awhile. These backyard friends just make my day, I tell you. They get used to me being out in the garden, and eventually they feel more comfortable being near me. I just love it!

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