lavendertook: (kitten and rose bouquet)
( Mar. 28th, 2017 10:46 pm)
Happy Birthday to the talented and kind [livejournal.com profile] shirebound!!!!


May it be filled with pretty sweet scented flowers . . .


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Just to let us know that the Shadow is a passing thing, this bright cardinal was kind enough to let me get within a couple of feet as I kept snapping shots of him today down by the lake on my walk break:

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Obviously, he wanted all of you to see him and remember . . . there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.


I had the good fortune to have the wonderful company and awesome conversation of [personal profile] ithiliana and [livejournal.com profile] aprilkat during dinner tonight. I was supposed to go with them tomorrow to the Women's March on DC, but it's a little too big for me, and I'm anxious about the press of crowds, Metro hi jinx, and, you know, bathroom access, and just being wrecked, so I've opted to go to the smaller local march in Annapolis tomorrow. And seeing the bay there will be the opposite of stress. I didn't get out to the bay once last year, so tomorrow I can combine civic activism and self-care in one trip. \o/
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( Jul. 18th, 2016 08:59 pm)
A very happy birthday to dear [livejournal.com profile] mews1945!!! I hope today is filled with love and all good things and that you feel a little stronger each day. Here are some pretties and fuzzies from around Greenbelt Lake, and thereabouts for you.


A sweet william in all their variety of colors that was blooming in May by the lake.


A deer in the woods behind my apartment building who was very fascinated by my talking to him in baby talk--so many critters seem to just love that.


A squirrel by the lake feasting at a lakeside house's yard where they put out bird seed.

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( Jul. 18th, 2016 08:59 pm)
A very happy birthday to dear [livejournal.com profile] mews1945!!! I hope today is filled with love and all good things and that you feel a little stronger each day. Here are some pretties and fuzzies from around Greenbelt Lake, and thereabouts for you.


A sweet william in all their variety of colors that was blooming in May by the lake.


A deer in the woods behind my apartment building who was very fascinated by my talking to him in baby talk--so many critters seem to just love that.


A squirrel by the lake feasting at a lakeside house's yard where they put out bird seed.

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( May. 26th, 2016 10:04 pm)
Happy Birthday to two very wonderful hobbit folk, my dear friend [livejournal.com profile] jan_u_wine and [livejournal.com profile] addie71!!! I hope it is a fine one and you have a great long birthday weekend! Here's some pretties and critters in your honor I saw the past week:


Mountain laurels--opening a little late this year due to our cold rainy May until this week.


A very mellow frog I saw today who wanted to send birthday greetings along.

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( May. 26th, 2016 10:04 pm)
Happy Birthday to two very wonderful hobbit folk, my dear friend [livejournal.com profile] jan_u_wine and [livejournal.com profile] addie71!!! I hope it is a fine one and you have a great long birthday weekend! Here's some pretties and critters in your honor I saw the past week:


Mountain laurels--opening a little late this year due to our cold rainy May until this week.


A very mellow frog I saw today who wanted to send birthday greetings along.

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( May. 16th, 2016 08:57 pm)
For [livejournal.com profile] lbilover. This is a terrible pic--he don't got no head--but he is indeed a scarlet tanager and I'll be surprised if I ever get a better pic because they flit fast, but I got this view today:


This scarlet tanager boy was high up in a tree by the path around Greenbelt Lake. I think I saw the tanager girl nearby--olive with a light chest. And the most gorgeous bright tangerine oriole flit by about 4 feet in front of me. We were all very happy for sunny cool weather. It was a gorgeous day to take off from work.

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( May. 16th, 2016 08:57 pm)
For [livejournal.com profile] lbilover. This is a terrible pic--he don't got no head--but he is indeed a scarlet tanager and I'll be surprised if I ever get a better pic because they flit fast, but I got this view today:


This scarlet tanager boy was high up in a tree by the path around Greenbelt Lake. I think I saw the tanager girl nearby--olive with a light chest. And the most gorgeous bright tangerine oriole flit by about 4 feet in front of me. We were all very happy for sunny cool weather. It was a gorgeous day to take off from work.
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( May. 14th, 2016 09:48 pm)
Life's been calm the past few weeks. I could do with some more of that. I saw a scarlet tanager out my living room window twice in the past week, and saw some Baltimore orioles down by the lake. The skinks came out when the sun peeped out today, and the mountain laurels are just starting to open up. Some of my hobbit posse here is coming out for a moot in a couple of weeks and I am very much looking forward to that.

Here's some pics from around the lake the past week in between the rains:


Lady slippers by my favorite mossy stump in the woods outside my apartment leading down to the lake.


American bullfrog down by the entrance pond of the little creek that leads down to the lake.

Reptiles by the lake . . . )
Very Happy Belated Birthdays to [livejournal.com profile] blslarner and [livejournal.com profile] kittyfosterami!!! I hope it was a great birthday week for both of you.

I'm sorry I've been so absent lately. Things have been feeling hectic and busy--some good things, but a lot of stressful things.

But of the good things was the beautiful weather the last couple of days, and the gorgeous hike I went on today with the fun company of [personal profile] zlabya and a local women's hiking group to the McKeldin area of Patapsco Valley Park, about half way between Baltimore and Westminster.


So let me take you on the trail:

It's lined with little wild flowers, though you can't see them too well in this pic--lots of violets and spring beauties, among others.

And here's the Patapsco River we walked along most of the way:


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And who is more deserving of a vacation on the anniversary of the ring's destruction than Bingo or Frodo and Sam, I ask you? They quite enjoyed their time at the Arizona-Senora Desert Museum and strolling about. Read more... ) Also posted at http://lavendertook.dreamwidth.org/193960.html with comment count unavailablecomments
And who is more deserving of a vacation on the anniversary of the ring's destruction than Bingo or Frodo and Sam, I ask you? They quite enjoyed their time at the Arizona-Senora Desert Museum and strolling about. Read more... )
It's unusually warm today for March--upper 70's. So when I took a walk around Greenbelt Lake on my lunch break, I expected I'd see these guys emerge: But I didn't expect to see this adorable garter snake already in the season: Read more... ) Also posted at http://lavendertook.dreamwidth.org/193762.html with comment count unavailablecomments
It's unusually warm today for March--upper 70's. So when I took a walk around Greenbelt Lake on my lunch break, I expected I'd see these guys emerge: But I didn't expect to see this adorable garter snake already in the season: Read more... )
A very happy birthday to the wonderful [personal profile] monkey5s!!! I hope you are having a day full of purrs and good cake. I hope you will enjoy seeing more critters at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Below you can see a prairie dog practicing tai chi chuan moves. Read more... ) Also posted at http://lavendertook.dreamwidth.org/193404.html with comment count unavailablecomments
A very happy birthday to the wonderful [personal profile] monkey5s!!! I hope you are having a day full of purrs and good cake. I hope you will enjoy seeing more critters at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Below you can see a prairie dog practicing tai chi chuan moves. Read more... )
They kept moving around my uncle's surgery day, but he got through his surgery well this afternoon, and I talked briefly to him this evening. That's a relief. And my cold is finally moving on, and my lower leg is feeling better, too.

Last Sunday, [personal profile] mererid took me to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, sort of a mix of a botanical garden and a zoo. We only walked around a little more than half of it, but still saw a lot. My favorite critter viewing was of those who hung around free outside the enclosures, like this hummingbird:



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They kept moving around my uncle's surgery day, but he got through his surgery well this afternoon, and I talked briefly to him this evening. That's a relief. And my cold is finally moving on, and my lower leg is feeling better, too.

Last Sunday, [personal profile] mererid took me to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, sort of a mix of a botanical garden and a zoo. We only walked around a little more than half of it, but still saw a lot. My favorite critter viewing was of those who hung around free outside the enclosures, like this hummingbird:



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lavendertook: (lavender candle)
( Nov. 20th, 2015 06:01 pm)
Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] cali_se!!! May the evergreen magic of the natural world be with you today in full and always. Here's some pics of it I hope will brighten your day:


From a more brilliant autumn a couple of years ago, down by Greenbelt Lake.

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lavendertook: (peacock glow)
( Nov. 19th, 2015 10:12 pm)
Happy Birthday to my dearest [personal profile] mererid!!! I hope you have a wonderful birthday weekend full of fun and relaxation to make up for having to work on your bday. *hugs*

And here's the Greenbelt Lake Blue Heron last week sending birthday wishes.


I'm not sure if it's the one who has been around for 20 years, or a new one. But apparently they're like Highlander--there can only be one.

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A very happy birthday to my dear friend, [livejournal.com profile] jan_u_wine!!! Here's what's currently blooming and hopping around the lake:







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I hope your day brings you a year filled with beauty, love, and fulfillment. *hugs*
A very happy birthday to [personal profile] mews1945!!! For your birthday, Saki has decided to deliver herself to you.

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SAKI: I'm all bagged up and ready to visit Mews. It's kind of weird, though, that I'm in a bag and can still see you. It's like I'm in the Bag World. And you must be a Bagwraith.

Enter the bag here . . . )


And next we'll take a stroll around the lake:

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Here's that corner of the lake with all the wildflowers, earlier in the season before the gallardia and black-eyed susans took center stage.

And there's more to see. . . )
lavendertook: hobbiton party field with rainbow (shire rainbow)
( Jul. 4th, 2014 04:34 pm)
Happy 4th to all who celebrate it and a Happy Friday to all!

This is being the prettiest 4th I can remember, thanks to Hurricane Arthur being good to my area and giving us breezes that have chased out the sweltering humidity of the past week.

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I got out to the lake for a beautiful morning walk. Every couple of weeks there is a different assortment of wildflowers beginning to bloom in this spot.


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A little skink peeking out from his bunker in a fallen log. He is around 50 yards from the spot where they are going to be setting off the town fireworks so I hope he will be safe, and I hope his bunker makes him feel safe during the booms.

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Saki says, "Have a Happy 4th of July!"

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I hope you all get to roll around in one of your favorite perches today, too, my dear flisties. <3
A very happy birthday to my dear friends [livejournal.com profile] jan_u_wine and [livejournal.com profile] addie71! I bet no one's brought you a skink for your birthday before, so here's something new for you on your birthday--little smauglings to light the birthday candles. Knowing you are both fond of bright blue things, I hope you enjoy their neon blue tails as much as I do.

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This little skink brings you the letter "C". C for companions, clever, charming, caring, and for celtic knot work. You can see where those scribes got their ideas for illuminated fanciful creatures forming letters, can't you?

More skinks lurking under here . . . )
lavendertook: frodo and sam sprinkles on cup cakes (birthday hobbits)
( Mar. 28th, 2014 08:07 pm)
Happy Birthday to hobbity sweet [personal profile] shirebound!!! May the day be filled with all good things, which includes, first of all, snuggles from the one and only Pip-pup!

I have some birthday pic spam for you below, starting with the pretty gold finches who have been perching outside my window due to my downstairs neighbor putting up a feeder full of their favorite seeds. Here's a fluffy little gold heart just for you:

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The adult males get a much brighter gold in the summer, but in winter their colors are indistinguishable from the females.
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Happy birthday to my coyote-identified friend [personal profile] supergee, in honor of which here is some coyote spam featuring Charlie and his big tomcat brother Eli on the Wyoming prairie. Charlie is featured at the Daily Coyote. I've been enjoying pics of Charlie and his continuing adventures there for a few years now.

Charlie & Eli--DailyCoyote

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These Greenbelt Lake squirrels just heard from their friend Rocky in Joisey, and they're very excited that it's [personal profile] lbilover's birthday.

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Look at that excitement!

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I just saw that the FotR symphony with the film is going to be playing at Wolf Trap here on Fri & Sat September 6 & 7. If I knew a while ago, I might have tried to organize a moot around it. Unless I land a job beforehand, I can't afford to go, but if any of you are in town for it, I want to see you, so let me know.

In an earlier entry, I mentioned some cute doggies I've seen walking their human around the lake, and I have a soft spot for them because they remind me a little of [personal profile] shirebound's Pippin. Their human told me she found them left in a bag along the side of the road, not long after she lost a dear dog, so that's how they came to be a family. Because of them, their human R and I have become friends.

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The light honey-colored one is named Nip, due to her protruding bottom teeth. Her apricot-colored brother is named Tuck because he tucks his head against R. They are both sweeties. But sadly, Tuck has developed cancerous tumors in the joints of 2 of his legs. The vet gives him some steroids to keep him comfortable, and he has good days when he can make it all around the lake and bad days. I've seen him give his little bark when he's decided it's time to turn around and head home. So please wish him love and strength to keep fighting down those proliferating cells for more good time to beat the odds and take many more laps around the lake. He's especially sweet.

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lavendertook: (baby dragon)
( Jul. 25th, 2013 06:02 pm)
For Ms. [livejournal.com profile] jan_u_wine, who wanted to see some frogs. 15 frogs for you, ma'am. I believe they are all bull frogs. Excepting the 1st pictured and the 9th, most of them are female because their tympanum (ear circles) are no bigger than their eyes. These were photoed from April to June around Greenbelt Lake. You'll have to wait until I clear some hard drive space before seeing the July froggies.

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Frog in Bronze.

Leap here . . . )
First off, here's something purple and sensual for the one and only [personal profile] mews1945 on her birthday! An iris I snapped after a rain this spring. Happy birthday, my dear friend!

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lavendertook: (baby dragon)
( Jul. 5th, 2013 11:27 pm)
I saw 3 snakes down by the lake in May. I believe they are all eastern rat snakes. They are nonvenomous, as are all the snakes in these parts, excepting the copperhead, which I haven't seen around here. They could still give you a bite if you step on or handle them, which I wouldn't presume to do. Poor things were scared enough. I wasn't quite as close as my macro lense makes it look, so if you're a worrier, don't worry.

Eastern Ratsnake on the path between the Firestation and St Hughs, Greenbelt, 5-13
This young rat snake was a little over a half inch in diameter and 2 to 3 feet long. Ze was stretched across the path between the back parking lots of the fire station and St Hugh's Church, holding still and hoping I would mistake hir for a wavy stick, which I did at first. I love how this snake is stretched out and yet evenly kinked along hir whole length. Such a cute wave. And ze has a lovely oil slick pearlescent sheen in the sun.

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lavendertook: (monarch on daisy)
( Jul. 3rd, 2013 09:53 pm)
Six Spotted Tiger Beetle, Greenbelt Lake, 5-13
This is a six spotted tiger beetle I spotted in May by Greenbelt Lake. This pretty little thing's body was less than a centimeter. I don't see them that often, but it's always a joy to spot such rich green iridescence, and this one was nice enough to pose for me for a couple of minutes. Enjoy! (-:

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Or, well, turtle and waterlily. For my bb [livejournal.com profile] jan_u_wine, who wished to see turtles. She requested a pic of my family turtle Cleo, who lived to be 20, but I don't have a pic of him. However, he was a red-eared slider just like the turtle with the waterlily here. He grew to be a couple of inches bigger than this one.
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lavendertook: (green dragon eye)
( May. 31st, 2013 11:16 pm)
This Froday froggie wishes you a happy weekend!

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I saw this little American bullfrog down in Greenbelt lake in April. Not so little, this frog was as big as my hand, at least. I figured out the mystery of why I've been seeing so many frogs this year--it's due to the late winter. The grasses and shrubs that grow around the lake block my view of much of the bank at full growth, and they were late in starting. So the frogs came out of hibernation before the foliage grew high and thick enough to block my view. I'm not seeing as many frogs now through the shrubbery.
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The Baltimore orioles returned to the lake two weeks ago. They come here in May, and I don't see as much of them the rest of the year once they've nested. I heard them twittering in the tall oak trees before I saw them, pieces of the sunset broken off and flung into the trees. Alas, I have no good pics of them yet, but I'll be posting below some not so great pics of some of the ones I saw when I first spotted them 2 years ago. I didn't spot any last year.

But first, here's a pic of one of the many cardinals we have around the lake this year:

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A couple of weeks ago I saw a male and female pair nuzzling each other's beaks. It was the sweetest thing.

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Last Monday, a drizzly day much like this Monday, I was walking around the lake when I looked down and saw, in the middle of the path right before my feet, a little baby turtle about the size of a quarter:

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One turtle to rule them all. Not a good place for a little thing to be with lots of walkers, bikes, and dogs, so I took the liberty of picking the little thing up to relocate.

Why did the baby turtle cross the road . . . )
lavendertook: (gwaihir over misty mountains)
( Mar. 31st, 2013 12:34 am)
We finally got full sunshine today, and the buds on the trees are starting to open, so it finally feels like the first day of spring. That helps. We're definitely 2 weeks behind on spring now, after winter coming over a month early, so it's been quite a slog this year.

The vet was supposed to call me today about a question I had concerning Saki's medicine dosage, and never did. This definitely isn't working out. I feel so let down by every end of the medical establishment at this point. Infrastructure? Just not working here. Surprised? No. I lost my dad to surgery and poor aftercare, so am familiar with this tune.

As I have a lot of hunting among reviews to do yet, and yelp.com hasn't worked out too well for me, I was wondering if any of you have used Angie's List and found it helpful? Have you found any other review source for veterinary, medical, and dental providers useful that you could suggest?



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Greenbelt Lake, 10-12
One great Blue Heron has been living on the lake since I came to this town 19 years ago. I don't know if this is the same one I've seen every year, but it just may be. I call hir Dinosaur and greet hir with this name whenever we meet. Another Great Blue visited with hir a couple of weeks ago, but I haven't seen the second one since, though ze might be around.
A very happy birthday to sweet [personal profile] shirebound! I hope the day was filled with snuggles and cake and fun! Most of these pics are from spring and summer 2011 around and near the lake.


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Pansies because they are a favorite flower of yours. These are little wild ones.

Fluffiness follows . . . )
lavendertook: (bingo reading in fall)
( Mar. 25th, 2013 11:25 pm)
And Happy Tolkien Reading Day, which I am participating in by reciting my part in the [livejournal.com profile] read_lotr_aloud project community after I post this entry. All my readings can be found at [livejournal.com profile] bbolger_baggins. One day I hope to sit down and listen to everyone's readings. And it is an especially good day to post pics of trees in JRRT's honor. From last October:


Greenbelt Lake, 10-12


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Greenbelt Lake Daffodils, 3-13-13
Here's a pic I took yesterday of some daffodils beginning to bloom by the lake. I think the cold has put us a week behind schedule because I do believe the Bradford pears were blooming already at this time last year, and they still look reluctant to open. However, I really prefer the cold to a sudden heat wave that makes the flowers open and fade in a day. I am puzzled, though, by how brown the grass still is--more of it should be green already. I'm wondering if the warmer winters of the last few years have brought a new southern species of grass up here that is having trouble greening in these slightly cooler than average temps.

I've been trying to sight the PanStarrs comet this week, but either there's too much light around here, or I'm not getting a low enough clear view of where it's rising. I did see the beautiful stray cat tonight--the first time since last I mentioned hir. Apparently, Thursday is hir night to be seen.
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