Cooters in February

turtlessun2If there is a predator around here for the turtles, I don’t know what it is. When it gets warm the Cooters come up to sunbathe.  They crowd onto every available floating piece of log. There were probably about thirty more scattered around the pond when I took this picture. Attempting to get any closer usually results in them all sliding silently back into the depths…

Carolina Chickadee

This Carolina Chickadee is looking before eating, so as not to be eaten...

This Carolina Chickadee is looking before eating, so as not to be eaten…

A few weeks ago now we had a snowstorm on Paris Mountain. All sorts of birds flocked to our eclectic collection of feeders, but especially the chickadees and cardinals.

The bird feeder in this zoom photo is hanging in a tree in our front yard. We can watch it from a kitchen window, about thirty feet away. The chickadee doesn’t like to pose for pictures. Continue reading

Lavender in Winter

There are many flowers and smells and sights to gush about in the spring and summer, but some plants offer pleasures year-round. Lavender is perennial and evergreen. Lavender leaves smell just as strong as the flowers. If you rub the leaves between your fingers the scent will stick with you for awhile. The leaves are a grayish-green in winter. I have both the English and French variety growing. In the winter time you can’t really tell the difference between them. Continue reading