My Garden, Pets, Plant, Wildlife

Nesting Season

I’m not as discipline  in posting as I used to be, and it seems like I’m catching up in posting my photos.  Some of these photos were taken almost three weeks ago,  but I guess posting it late is better than never.

It’s nesting season for the birds in our area, this mother Robin built her nest in my Ivy patch on the lower right hand side.

The Ivy is beautiful, but it’s a nightmare when it does take off.  It’s also climbing the big tree in back of the garden.  I do want to save this big tree, and will have to remove the Ivy vines after the robin eggs hatched.

It’s a perfect spot for the nest, I just hope the mother Robin will get used to me gardening every evening.

My bok choy is flowering, I still have a few to harvest.

My blueberry bushes are flowering, this one I only see a few flowers.

And they are beautiful.

Another nest is in my front porch, and this one is a Dove. The mother Dove is not used to us going in and out of the house and she is easily scared.

I don’t know if it’s in the water, Bo’s Jack Dempsey laid another batch of eggs.  Bo had to rush about 40 mature Jack Dempsey to the pet shop before they eat all the eggs.

My sister’s lovebird also laid 3 tiny eggs, but we are not sure which one is the mother since she doesn’t sit on her eggs. As I was writing this post it darned on me that I didn’t take a picture of the eggs.

The Cherry blossoms were taken at my dad’s house about 2-3 weeks ago.

Crab apple blossoms

Pear blossom

I do miss Biltmore Estate tulips, and need to plant some in my garden.  My sister planted hers 2 years ago, and they come up every year.

Photos were taken with 5DMkIII, Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens , and EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens.

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Jack Dempsey Update

I’m getting the hang of my new camera, and I shot this video last night.  I was able to shoot the video with ISO 3200, which made the video a lot lighter and brighter.

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Click here to watch this video on YouTube

We have two 55 gallon fish tanks, and a 30 gallon fish tank, so it sounds like we have a small waterfalls in our house. It has been 17 months since the last successful bred of the Jack Dempsey fry, and Bo still has many Jack Dempsey fry that are now adult fish. He sold a few to the local pet store, and gave many away on Halloween and Christmas.

Bo’s mom gave me a small cutting of her plant last Summer.

And it has produced beautiful pink flowers.

The leaves turn toward the sunlight, and next to it is my Kaffir Lime tree.

All photos and video were taken with 5DMkIII, Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens, tripod mounted.

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RIP Mother Jack Dempsey

I didn’t realize that fish have a stressful life also.  It was thunder and lightning on Saturday night, and the mother Jack Dempsey was trying to jump out from her tank but it has a cover and she hurt herself badly.  The next morning she looked like she was blinded and started to turn white.  Bo said she was dying, and to think back I think she was trying to kill herself.  I don’t think the thunder and lightning has anything to do with her bizarre behavior. Lee was sad to watch her dying, and realized that we never did give her a name.  May seems like a nice name for her, and she passed away this morning. The photo below was taken on March 18, 2012.

Lee made a stone for her burial ground and her final resting place is in my garden.  RIP May.

Another strange thing is my cabbages, what just happened here?

All photos were taken with CanonT2i, EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens.