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Birds, Butterflies, Bugs and Water Drops

Dainty Walk, originally uploaded by Shirley Buxton.

It’s been an enjoyable reprieve to be at home in Crestline since late Wednesday evening. We drove over from Lake Havasu after church, and about 1:00 on Thursday morning popped into bed. Had a little business to take care of on Thursday and lots of laundry (if I know I’ll be coming here, I hold off on using the laundry room at DJs–instead wag it all up here), but since then, neither Jerry or I have done too much. Jerry went down the hill to San Bernardino for business on Thursday morning and arrived back just after noon bearing Nathaniel with him. Rebecca came later and spent several hours with us, bringing chocolate pie to finish off the dinner I cooked. Jerry has done a few outside chores, rested quite a lot, and I’ve spent most of my free time taking and processing pictures, plus gazing out the windows, admiring the trees, the skies, the bugs and the birds.

In the study a swivel chair sets almost against the sliding glass door that opens to our back deck and to our gardens; when I’m working on my laptop this is where I sit, the chair always turned to face the outside. Soaring pines and oaks line the back of our place, and often I’m watching as the sky, just visible between the trees, changes from midnight to faint blue to rosy pink. On Thursday morning, I heard the sprinklers come on; later I walked down the stairs and saw a veritable garden of water drops. I went for my camera, for I’ve tried in Lake Havasu to take good water drop shots, but have not been successful.

This is what I saw…

I really like seeing the leaf detail through the water drop. Neat, huh.
Morning Drops in Crestline by you.…and this..
Water Bouquet...and Bokeh by you.
Yesterday, I prowled around and spotted the most magnificent of butterflies. I believe it was the largest butterfly I have ever seen, and a little research taught me that my sighting was of a female Black Swallowtail.
She’s pictured above and here…
Pink Drink by you.
Ah, such is a day in Paradise. (You’ll just have to trust me that I’ve seen bugs and birds…had a Scrub Jay come on the deck to say hello a minute ago. Think he probably remembers we used to feed him peanuts. My Flickr link will take you to many flowers and bugs…and a few people)