The Beauty Around Us

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An Invitation

I have a second blog “Bicycling the beauty around us” that went live a few weeks ago.  I created “Bicycling the beauty around us” as a logbook, of sorts, to track my husband and my bicycling adventures.  The new blog contains content from 2016 to the present (in chronological order)

I added a widget on the right hand side of this blog, “The Beauty Around Us” (circled in yellow) that previews the last three “Bicycling the beauty around us” blog posts.

Widget for “bicycling the beauty around us” blog posts

You will see the blog previews, however, only when reading “The Beauty Around Us” blog posts.

This is an invitation for each of you to follow separately my “Bicycling the beauty around us” blog, which may be found by clicking here.  Doing so will alert you to new “bicycling” blog posts.

 

This is a screenshot of the latest “Bicycling the beauty around us” blog post.  Note the section circled in yellow on the left side of the page.  This section explains one way to follow my blog.  There are other ways to follow my blog as well.  If you have a WordPress account, you can add my blog to your reader.  Personally, I use the free version of Feedly to keep up with blogs that I read.

 

I still plan to use this website, “The Beauty Around Us”, so please don’t stop following me here!

New Blog Website

 

I have a new blog “Bicycling the beauty around us”. I created the blog as a logbook, of sorts, to track my husband and my bicycling adventures. I have spent the past few days putting the blog together, adding content from 2016 to the present (in chronological order)  My new blogging website may be found by clicking here. Please check out my new blog.  At present there are 36 published blog posts.  I still plan to use this website, “The Beauty Around Us”, so please don’t stop following me here!

Purple Blossoms

Bob and I went for a bicycle ride late this afternoon / early evening.  We rode to Pioneer Arboretum, located at the north end of the Warren-North Warren Bike/Hike Trail.

Aren’t the blossoms on these trees beautiful?

There are many beautiful trees in the arboretum; however, many of the trees were in the shade and would not photograph well.

I LOVED how the blossoms were climbing up the branches of this tree!

Total bicycle miles ridden: 3.40 miles.

Back Yard Photos

This week, on nice days, I began walking around our back yard and three of our neighbor’s back yards (with permission).  I carry my camera with me.

Sue’s Primose

Chipmunk on Greg and Mary’s Bird Feeder

This is the first Baltimore Oriole that I have seen this year.
I haven’t seen any hummingbirds … yet.
These bird feeders are in our back yard.

I plan to share more back yard photos, from time to time, with you.

 

Mourning Dove Mating Ritual

This is a series of 11 images, out of 32, that I took with my new camera–the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II.  I used a new feature called Pro Capture mode.  The 32 images were captured with lightning speed.  This was the first time that I have used the Pro Capture Mode.

The mourning doves look like they are kissing, but I think they are preening each other.

Look at that puffed-out chest.

Performing “the deed”

Performing “the deed”

Performing “the deed”

Performing “the deed”

Look at the flared tail feathers on the male mourning dove. I would say he is pretty proud of himself.

The mourning dove is monogamous and forms strong pair bonds. Pairs typically reconvene in the same area the following breeding season, and sometimes may remain together throughout the winter.

Full Snow Moon Followed by a Snowy Day

Various Native American tribes had various names for the different moons of the year, tied to natural phenomena that reliably occurred alongside them. February is a snowy month in the northern and eastern US; hence the full “snow” moon.

The moon rise last night happened at 6:06 pm, but it didn’t rise above the hill that blocked its view until 6:50 pm.  The moon had been full 7 hours previously, so the moon that rose wasn’t completely full.

The Almost-Full Snow Moon

Four minutes later the moon had risen a little higher in the sky.

The Almost-Full Snow Moon

It was a bit chilly last evening, waiting for the moon to rise over the hill so I could see it! I had enough of the cold, so I didn’t wait for the moon to rise above the tree!

The snow moon was followed by a snowy day.

Snowy day

Currently there is a winter weather advisory in effect until 6:00 am tomorrow morning.  Mixed precipitation is expected. Total snow and sleet accumulations of 1 to 3 inches and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch are expected. Snow fell during the late morning and is expected to continue through mid afternoon.  The snow is expected to change to sleet by late afternoon, then over to lighter freezing rain this evening.

Postal Delivery

I received a text message from Bob today.  The message read:  “I see you found your Valentine’s day / birthday present“.

This is what Bob saw.

 

 

 

It isn’t Valentines Day yet.  My birthday is even later this month.

 

Bob said I could open up the box.

 

 

My Valentines Day / Birthday Present

 

Thank you so much, sweetheart, for my new Instant Pot!  I love you!

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