I cannot stress enough how important a Room With a View (of Nature) is in my life.
On Tuesday, a blue male Splendid Fairy-wren landed on the top of the pink Polygala bush to the left of my large computer screen (top right of the image below). There was no way I was going to move, as my DSLR and long 150-500mm lens was set up beside me (for photographing birds in the blue bird bath or the bush behind it) and the wrong focal length to capture the scene.
The wren was approximately 3 feet from my head.
You may well wonder how anyone can get such a thrill in these repetitive encounters with ‘the local bird life’, but I do.
I watch the House Sparrows fly down for a refreshing mouthful of water a dozen times a day and never get tired of the same scene. I’ve deliberately arranged my flowering plants to offer the very best view I can see (without moving my head while seated at my desk).
If you know anyone housebound, bed bound or in hospital for any length of time, do try to ensure they have some flowers, a flowering plant or a favourite book of their chosen hobby or interest, with pictures (?) to look at (assuming they can sit up or move). Even a beautiful card reminding of your friendship with each other. I’m not a fan of ‘Get Well‘ cards (but maybe that is because I rarely get better, I just acquire more chronic health conditions as the years go by 🙂 I know from my own hospital surgery stays that sometimes the most exciting aspect of any stay can simply be…….when’s the lunch or dinner trolley coming around? I usually take my Mac Pro Laptop, recharge cord, my book of amusing short stories and a magazine or two anyway, so have plenty to read.
Seriously, being stuck indoors can be a long day for most (normally active) people.
Today dawned with another beautiful picture-perfect blue sky.
I opened the sliding door to my balcony to inspect the garden and was (unusually) hit with a blast of hot air. Normally, the air, even from a forecast hot day, is cool in the shade of the morning until the sun comes over the building and settles across my outdoor scene.
I inspected the long row of Eucalyptus saplings along the front of this building.
No Grey Shrike-Thrushes, (or any other local avian visiter for that matter), to be seen. The wind was probably too gusty to photograph one in the deep shade of the foliage anyway.
The Eucalyptus to the right of my balcony has grown above the level of the balcony rail about 3 1/2 feet since I moved here 16 months ago. I wonder how tall they really will grow (assuming I’ve identified the species correctly) – supposed to be 30 foot high I believe.
I notice every little detail (as well as the changing of the seasons).
When I alighted from the bus on the main road after my city dental appointment yesterday, I was touched by the scene of all the young Crepe Myrtles trees in full bloom. They are nearly all a deep rich pinkish-red (except for the occasional pale pink one which must have had a wrong plant label when the local council planted them).
Can you imagine these young trees when they reach their full maturity, in flower, (shown in the right hand side of the image below).
The scene will be absolutely spectacular.
I didn’t take a close-up, as I was eager to get home and the strong wind would have made it hard to photograph a flower sprig anyway.
I did stop to take a photo of the Red-flowering Eucalyptus half-way down my steep little road though.
I saw a sudden movement while standing looking at the glorious array of bright red flowers.
I waited for the bird to show its face. It must have been watching me (watching it) from the tree’s dark shady centre, as, when I slowly tried to edge around to capture a photo of it, (whatever it was), it flew off.
I must say its nice to have my new replacement glasses which I picked up late Tuesday. Now I can see a bit better, I have no excuse for not to get back to putting my Mother’s family history research on to the computer (which will slow down my blogging again).
I think if it’s still too hot to go out tomorrow, as forecast, this blog might have a Zoo archives review again. Here’s a few Meekat images to tempt you.