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.

Food, Pets

Ross’s Graduation Party

I went to Ross’s graduation party on Saturday, he recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

I decided to pack light and only brought my 50mm lens, it’s great for indoor with low lighting and food photography. The foods were delicious and my only problem was that I have  recently developed food allergy and I tried my luck with a few dishes.  Needless to say I suffered terribly and not worth the risk after I came to my senses but by then it was too late.

Most guests gave money as gifts, a typical Laotian gift.

Ross has a ball python as pet. Ball pythons are so named because when threatened they roll themselves into a tight ball, tucking their head inside their coils. Young ball pythons grow about a foot a year for three years. They can live for a long time with proper care – up to about 50 years, although 20-30 appears to be more typical. Source.

I’m glad he’s inside a glass tank, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to capture these images.  I’m afraid of snake of any kind.

Smokey is a family dog, and Bo brought him to live with his sister’s family when he was a puppy.

It took 4 girls to walk this dog.

I stop by Grandma’s to see her garden.  Her cucumber is doing very well this year in comparison to mine, wait till you see my cucumber, it’s a very sad sight.

This post is turning into my normal Saturday Random Photos, and the last set is my sister’s love bird.  I took these photos while visiting with her that morning.

All photos were taken with Canon T2i and EF50mm f/1.4 lens.


Birds of a feather flock together

Click here to view this video on YouTube

I have not blogged about my dad and sister’s birds in a while.  The number of the lovebirds more than triple in the last 6 months. My sister used to have 2 lovebirds and the yellow one was named Lily by Lee, and now all the lovebirds are called Lily.

Back to how my sister got so many Lovebirds.  My GI Joe sister knew a family that have lovebirds and they kept having babies. The family couldn’t keep and gave them away.  My sister has 8 Lovebirds now, all from the same mother and father.

The all paired off except for two, which stay at their own corner when they go to sleep at night.

The Lovebirds are a social and affectionate small parrot. They are adorable and fun to talk to.

My GI Joe also brought these two, their owner didn’t want them anymore and they seem happy in their new home.

In October of 2010 Mimi flew away after my dad finished building him a new home. Mimi never did return, and the Mimi look alike is beginning to act more and more like the old Mimi.

I think Mimi is a male Rose-ringed Parakeet.

My dad’s Quaker Parrots are a talker and they keep my dad company during the day. They are named Mimi also.

Photos were taken with CanonT2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens.
The video clips were shot with CanonT2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, tripod mounted.