Friday, June 27, 2014

Early Summer at Cedarmere Farm


Early summer is one of the best times at our farm.  The scenery is beautiful all day long.







Sultry Days

With the right amount of sun, rain, breeze, and humidity, the flora and fauna thrive, providing a picturesque and lively scenery. 















The achillea x 'Moonshine' (yellow yarrow) has been particularly abundant this year.  This is a great flower for fresh bouquets and dry arrangements and wreaths.






It was so hot that day that even Mr. Rooster took shelter under the cryptomeria


Real life "Angry Birds."  She didn't like how close I was.


Cool Evenings

After a sultry summer day, Bob and I love the cool breezy evenings and spending time on our deck.  I like to watch the sun as it sets behind the mountains and listen to little critters that begin to sing as the evening wears on.  As we were sitting enjoying the cool evening breeze that usually comes as the sun sets, we heard in the boxwoods by the deck some ravenous chirping.  We looked and looked but to no avail.  We finally spotted a tiny bird flying out of a spot in the boxwoods.  Even then, it took us a good five minutes to locate the nest from where the chirping came.

The parents carefully hid the nest
among the boxwood branches

What finally enabled us to find the nest were three wide open orange mouths...





The sultry day made for an interesting light show in the evening sky.  On that particular day, the sky had a beautiful blue hue that was lit from behind by pink sun rays. 



Periodically, lightning would silently flicker illuminating a pink spot in the blue clouds.  The show went on for a good forty minutes.  It never made a sound and it did not rain. 




As the sun disappeared behind the mountains, the sky darkened and the lightning disappeared.  The breeze picked up, lightning bugs blinked in the distant fields, and a cacophony of evening songs began, featuring bull frogs and cicadas.






Have a great week,
Christa


I am linking with Good Fences, My Town ShootoutSky Watch Friday, Saturday's Critters and Pink Saturday.  Come along with me.



26 comments:

  1. oh, my goodness! perfection! beautiful rolling hills, a bounty of wildflowers and blooms, great fences, wildlife. :)

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  2. A joy to view!! I really like the red rooster in the green trees!!

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  3. Hi Christa
    This Aussie Townie has absolutely loved a visit to your enchanting farm! Your countryside and flowers are lovely and your eye for a good photo had me scrambling for the follow bar. I shall enjoy a little escape to the country and to see how your little baby birds grow - love their orange mouths :)
    Wren x

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  4. Wow Christa, your flowers are lovely. You have such a pretty view. The sky pics are awesome. I like to watch the lightning too.

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  5. Another amazingly photographed presentation of your gorgeous landscape of the prettiest flowers, rolling hills and nature's miracles! What a lucky lady you are to be able to enjoy such spectacular beauty and babies nestled in their nests!

    Poppy

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  6. Wow, so many beautiful flowers and pretty scenes. Lovely images and post! Enjoy your weekend!

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  7. What great shots of all the flowers and the fences in the distance.....

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  8. Beauty everywhere! I love those swaths of flowers. Sweet and hungry little mouths must keep the parents very busy!

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  9. Surely your place couldn't be any more beautiful at any other time of year!!

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  10. I'm speechless, how stunning. I love those birdy pictures!

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  11. Hello Christa, thank you for linking up and sharing your post with my critter party.. Have a happy day and week ahead!

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  12. Oh, my! It must be like living in a beautiful postcard!

    Karen

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  13. I love the flowers and the birds! And the rooster hiding away!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Wonderful photos of the flowers. I love the baby birds, they're so cute.

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  15. These are some stunning pictures of skies, evening light, the beautiful scenery, the Buddleja, the Echinacea and the field of Achilleas is just wonderful. But the rooster in the shadow and the birdies are my favourites.

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  16. Drooling over you wide collection and vast array of plants, Christa!!!!...:)JP

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  17. Christa: what a really beautiful post! I love your photos. What an interesting variety, including Mr. Rooster, the lightning behind the clouds, and all the flowers. Are all these flowers from your own garden?

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  18. Great shots! The flowers are awesome!

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  19. Absolutely gorgeous! Your flowers are always such a treat, and those sweet baby birds are so darn cute.

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  20. What a great lush farm you have. Thank you for sharing all your beautiful photographs.

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  21. What amazing and beautiful photos. Your farm must be such a lovely place to spend time.

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  22. I hope this post is the latest one. I truly enjoyed you GORGEOUS pictures from your farm:-) Yes such a beautiful scenery♡♡♡
    BTW, I hope you enjoyed your stay in Japan and safe trip home!!! Thank you SO much for stopping by♪

    Sincerely Yours, xoxo Miyako*

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  23. What a very enjoyable post with all those gorgeous flowers, birds, rolling hills, and beautiful evening sky!

    Thanks for your visit and comment on my Rubbish Tuesday images.

    Lindy

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