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  • Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint,
    and the soil and sky as canvas.
  • Leanne the Photographer

    You Should See What I See!

    May
    15
    2009

    tiger honey batik bearded iris photo Leanne Wildermuth
    “Coming Soon” — tiger honey batik bearded iris.

    Baboon bottom bearded iris
    (I need to confirm this, it is more peach than pink – I think they sent me a different variety!)

    fuchsia wave petunia flower bag photo Leanne Wildermuth
    Two fuchsia wave petunia bags flank my garage door. Full of blooms. Love!!!

    Allium flower photo Leanne Wildermuth
    Recently relocated allium – doing just fine!

    lollipop gerbera daisy photo Leanne Wildermuth
    Lollipop gerbera daisy. OH YEAH. Gorgeous. Hold still for your close up, Lol!

    lollipop gerbera daisy close up photo by Leanne Wildermuth
    She’s a stunner!

    white bearded iris photo Leanne Wildermuth
    One bloom remained on the plant, it’s doing just fine. :thumbsup:

    And then, she had a wet iris competition:

    baboon bottom wet iris photo Leanne Wildermuth
    oooooooooOOOooooo…

    white bearded iris wet photo Leanne Wildermuth
    aaaaaHhhhhHhhhhh…

    And the winner is…

    A Mother’s Day Gift for You!

    May
    10
    2009

    White iris flower photo desktop wallpaper by Leanne Wildermuth

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    I’ve captured my very first white Iris bloom (and named her Taba) on camera, and created a desktop wallpaper for you to download.
     
    Just right click on the download link above, save to your computer, and enjoy!

    Happy Mother’s Day!

    Veggies, Flowers and Birds

    May
    7
    2009

    four male goldfinches on a line by Leanne Wildermuth
    Q: What do you call four male goldfinches on a line?
    (continue reading for the answer)

    The vegetable garden is in! I planted Eggplant, cucumber, green peppers, beefsteak tomatoes, bush beans and broccoli. I can’t wait to watch as it grows and starts producing veggies!! I just loved cutting fresh broccoli last summer and steaming it – there is nothing better, no store bought broccoli compares!

    We were lucky, I guess, in that I really didn’t have to deal with many bugs at all in my garden. This may have been because I use Cutter backyard spray on our grass to keep the bugs at a minimum – the spray lasts about 4 weeks, so we can enjoy our yard without being bitten or pestered (much)!

    vegetable garden by Leanne Wildermuth

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    Yellow and Yellow-er

    April
    17
    2009

    male goldfinch spring molting photo by Leanne Wildermuth
    The Goldfinches are back! The Goldfinches are back!

    This male Goldfinch looks a little messy – he’s in the middle of his spring molt. He and his mate have been visiting us for about a week now. We have 2 finch feeders for our finches, one is a sock (pictured) and the other is a plastic feeder. I prefer the socks, because they’re easier to clean and cheaper to replace, but the squirrels just rip them open so they have their faults, too. Last year I bought a domed sock, so it’s helped keep the squirrels off of them.

    That’s some pleasant eye bling though, when you look out at your feeders and see the Goldfinches. When they’re not eating, they’re sitting on the wire above the feeders talking to each other, the male reminds me a bit of a dorky teenager saying “pleeease? pleeeease?” (have a listen here – it’s about 32 seconds in.)

    This morning I awoke around 3-4 am to the sound of a Great Horned Owl outside my bedroom window. Amazing. I must have thought it was a Mourning Dove, because it startled me awake thinking I had overslept! Then, as I was taking the trash out – I caught a glimpse of a large bird taking off from my backyard with something in his talons. I quickly ran out to see what he had, and found a pile of feathers and the (gross alert) head of a male sparrow. It was an American Kestrel, who frequents our yard for small edibles. What a day!!

    narcissi miniature daffodil photo by Leanne Wildermuth
    A little more yellow bling – This is a Narcissi, a teenie tiny version of a daffodil. They’re so dainty and lovely, and SPRINGY! Yayyyy!! I am thrilled to tell you that I bought my first flat of wave petunias yesterday (in fuchsia) and will be putting them in the ground this weekend. Aaah gardening – here I come!!

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    Peeping Human : A Bird Bath

    April
    15
    2009

    red breasted robin bath photo by Leanne Wildermuth
    You put your right wing in…
    red breasted robin bath photo by Leanne Wildermuth
    You take your right wing out…
    red breasted robin bath photo by Leanne Wildermuth
    You put your left wing in…
    red breasted robin bath photo by Leanne Wildermuth
    and you shake it all around!
    red breasted robin bath photo by Leanne Wildermuth
    That’s what it’s all about!

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    A Fairy Photo

    March
    29
    2009

    Fairy girl photography by Leanne Wildermuth

    This is my littlest lady, aka Chickeymonkey. She found her wings last night, and insisted on a photo shoot. It was important to her that she wear this dress, “because it’s got pink flowers”.

    During editing, I wanted to take it grayscale for the drama, but opted for select color saturation so her big brown eyes and pretty flowered dress would stand out.

    Bringing on Spring – in Photos!

    March
    4
    2009

    Bird prints in snow photo by Leanne Wildermuth
    I don’t know about you (though I’m sure I could guess!) but I have had quite enough of this white stuff and these cold temps. Sure, the birdie footprints are adorable and suuuure, I squeed like a little girl when I saw them, but c’mon. I’m ready. Are you ready? Well, then, I invite you to join me in calling it quits for winter. Perhaps with enough positive spring-thinking, we can BE the change!

    (Great, now I have that Michael Jackson song stuck in my head.)

     

    Amaryllis bloom close up photo by Leanne Wildermuth
    For starters, you just need to close your eyes and dive your nose straight into a beautiful bloom. Inhale, deeply. Okay you might need to squirt a little of your favorite perfume on your monitor first, then try again.

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    To enjoy the FULL Spring Experience, I have set these birds sounds to open in new windows. Click on each one, open the window, and press play. Leave each window playing while you open a new one, and it will sound JUST like my backyard!!

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    Squirrel in a gourd photo by Leanne Wildermuth
    No backyard experience would be complete without a squirrel getting in your face, and in your seed. That’s okay, he needs love, too!

    Junco photo by Leanne Wildermuth
    We love a little Junco action here in our backyard – their chatter is really enjoyable and they are adorable little puffballs in action!

    downy woodpecker male photo by Leanne Wildermuth
    A pair of Downy Woodpeckers are always nearby, the male has a red patch on the back of his head. Easily confused with the Hairy Woodpecker – you just have to pay attention to their size. Downy’s are petite , just slightly larger than a sparrow!

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    The Nuthatch is by far my favorite little bird. He’s curious, and sweet, and always ready to pose! Have a listen to his sweet little eeps! You’ll fall in love too, if you aren’t already!

    nuthatch photo by Leanne Wildermuth
    Another shot of my little Nutty, later in the day – the sun shining on his cute little head.
    (I want to love him and hug him and call him George.)

    House finch couple photo by Leanne Wildermuth
    House finches a plenty – there are three pair visiting my feeders at a time right now. They sound a bit like a confused canary, but their song is always identifiable and the mama’s have such a sweet call to their mates.

    House finch couple photo by Leanne Wildermuth
    Very much a pair, they check on each other from across a crowded feeder. Awwww.

    Red Bellied Woodpecker, Female - photo by Leanne Wildermuth
    This gal – she’s a massive hunk of bird! This is a female red-bellied woodpecker. The papa’s head is all red, mama has a patch of gray on her head. I always know when they’re around, their call echos through my neighborhood! I can step out of my car while I’m still in the garage and know if one of them is on my trees. Lovely, lovely birds to watch.

    I hope you enjoyed birdwatching with me today! Think SPRING!!!

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    First Sign of Spring – 2009

    February
    23
    2009

    red breasted robin photo by Leanne Wildermuth
    While running an errand this afternoon, I spotted a flurry among a cluster of 3 berry trees. I pulled around for a closer look – and it was completely covered with robins and cedar waxwings! What an incredible sight. I quickly picked up the girls from school and returned so that they could see it. I have only spotted a real live cedar waxwing once, and got a pretty mediocre photo of the pair – but today, today I saw dozens of them flitting about, hanging upside down from branches to reach the berries on another branch. Robins, poofed up – picking at berries and sitting full, perched on the branches of those trees.

    Of course I wish I had my camera to catch some video, but I did not. I did go home for my camera and head back over for a few precious photos of the robins that were still hanging out in the trees.

    Incredible.

    Welcome, Spring. Oh, how I’ve missed you!!

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    Morning, Love

    February
    12
    2009

    Morning, Love - Mourning Dove photo by Leanne Wildermuth

    It is so good to see you!

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