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Flowers In My Yard

DSC_0011  While being down, and out for about a month I had little time to be outdoors. However I hobbled around when I was able to spend time in the yard. I found some joy with the many, and varied wildflowers growing well.      My entire yard was landscaped with wildlife in mind. Also, I tried to naturalize my landscaping with many native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers. One will see domesticated flowers throughout as well.

Woodland Sunflower

Woodland Sunflower

Phlox

Phlox

I have a nice stream flowing through my property. The waters yield

Purple Coneflower

Purple Coneflower

minnows; crayfish, bullfrogs, water striders (skippers) and water snakes. All are very welcome. Along the natural vegetation damselflies are common darting from leaf to leaf. their brilliant colors are a welcome sight to watch. The flowers along the waterway are common to bottomland growth. Bee balms, woodland sunflower, blue irises, button bush, cardinal flower, and others are scattered around in a natural habitat.

Back yard gazebo

Back yard gazebo

It is not uncommon to see Great Blue Herons, and Green Herons sneaking around searching for minnows to eat.

I have native phlox, and purple coneflowers growing all about the yard as well. these flowers attract bees; Hummingbird moths, many butterflies, and other nectar loving insects. Joe Pye stalks reach close to eight feet.

Moth Mullein

Moth Mullein

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Kittanning Citizen's bridge

Kittanning Citizen’s bridge

I have spent a few hours, here, and there along the beautiful Allegheny River. These photos are from three different jaunts of fishing, or hiking. My fishing excursions along this waterways haven’t produce much action, but that is alright by me. I still enjoy seeing what adventure may be in store along the banks.

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

 

Looking north to Kittanning, PA.

Looking north to Kittanning, PA.

 

Great Blue Heron track

Great Blue Heron track

This time of the year many species of wildflowers exist to view. One of my favorite is the Cardinal Flower. The color is a vivid red. This is a native wildflower.

The leaves of the Coltsfoot. Their yellow flowers are often the first to bloom in late winter.

The leaves of the Coltsfoot. Their yellow flowers are often the first to bloom in late winter.

The islands across from Manorville, PA

The islands across from Manorville, PA

Some of the critters I have seen on these water trips include mallards, Canada geese, and Great Blue Herons.

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Button Bush

Button Bush

Cardinal Flower

Cardinal Flower

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