It’s early Saturday as I write this and I’ve just spent some time outside enjoying my coffee on this stellar morning. It rained all day yesterday and at times, it was a total downpour but by late afternoon, it had all abated and the clouds began clearing.
May is always particularly busy at school with the winding down of the year while having admissions for the following year in full swing. This week was super busy with all the final preparations for our school’s 125th anniversary celebration on the campus today. We have entertainment in the outdoor amphitheater, a small museum set up in our beautiful lobby, an alumni baseball game, a 5K run this morning, and a carnival-type atmosphere outside with tents, food, and drink. Plus we’re having fireworks at dark! Each of the faculty members has a 2-hour time slot to work and I chose to be the docent at the museum in the lobby from 6-8 tonight. It should be fun and I’m really looking forward to it.
I took some images yesterday evening after the rain stopped and then played with them in Photoshop last night. This is a spent dandelion that I applied a texture to and a little saying that I like.
Another spent dandelion. Today the air smells sweet, the sun is shining, and the weekend looks to be a promising one. I have chores to begin soon so I’ll sign off now.
But before I go, I’ll share one last photo of a cedar waxwing that visited the property last weekend. I have never seen these birds here before, and am glad I ran inside to get the camera. This isn’t the best photo, I know. But I was excited to have one visit, although I wondered why he was alone because they usually travel in flocks. Sure enough, when he flew away, several more that were hidden in the tree went along with him.
A treat to find in your binocular viewfield, the Cedar Waxwing is a silky, shiny collection of brown, gray, and lemon-yellow, accented with a subdued crest, rakish black mask, and brilliant-red wax droplets on the wing feathers. In fall these birds gather by the hundreds to eat berries, filling the air with their high, thin, whistles. In summer you’re as likely to find them flitting about over rivers in pursuit of flying insects, where they show off dazzling aeronautics for a forest bird. ~Cornell Lab of Ornithology
And now to start my chores.
Hope your weekend is off to a great start. Thanks for stopping by today ~