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Back yard Photographer – After the rain

This week has been a very rainy. This rabbit is busy trying to dry off . I think he is getting a little tired of this weather! 🙂 Hope you enjoy the pictures and thank you for checking out my blog!

All photos are originals by Kim Stites.

So wet!
Muddy and wet… Argh!
I am done with this RAIN!
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A Cat, a Dachshund and a Baby

It was love at first sight/sniff. Bruno, our dachshund, barks when ever some one comes to the door or enters the house. But he didn’t do this the first day he met our grandson, Ryker. Something – is it instinct or us grabbing him by the collar?- kept Bruno quiet during the first visit. Bruno wasn’t a perfect angel as he did lick Ryker several times. 🙂 Ryker’s family has two dogs, so getting licked was not something scary to Ryker.

Bruno followed us around when we carried Ryker. He also slept on the floor next to Ryker’s crib. Bruno knew he had to take care of this new family member. He took his job seriously. Bruno made sure we knew when Ryker woke – even though we were in the same room with Ryker and could hear him . Bruno would come over to us, look at us directly and wag his tail as if to tell us Ryker needed something.

Joe, Ryker’s dad, and Bruno had a love/hate relationship from the first day Bruno met Joe. Bruno would bark at Joe, not only when he came into the house, but when ever Joe would move. That has all changed with the arrival of Ryker. Joe is typically the one who carries Ryker in from the car. Bruno recognizes Ryker’s carrier and Joe. He will wag his tail and dance around as Joe tries to get in to the with Ryker. The excitement doesn’t stop until we have Ryker out of his carrier and busy playing with toys. Then Bruno is back on protective duty. He will grab either his chew bone or one of his squeaky toys and lay next to Ryker. Bruno loves his job. And yes, Ryker does get the occasional lick. I think Joe is happy with Bruno’s change in attitude, but he is still cautious. 🙂

The other day we told Bruno that Ryker was coming for a visit. Here’s a picture of him waiting for Ryker’s arrival:

When will Ryker get here?

After a day filled with licks, being the guard dog and playing with toys, Bruno needed a rest. Here’s a picture of him after Ryker leaves:

Tough day working!

Where’s the cat? What does he do when Ryker comes to visit? Let’s just say babies are not Milo’s thing. The first meeting, Milo sniffed Ryker and then hid. We rarely see Milo when Ryker is over. Well, if it is time to eat, then we see Milo. He never turns down an opportunity for food. 🙂 Here’s a picture of Milo – just cause he’s cute and full of catittude!

I’m pretty sure Bruno and Ryker will be good friends as Ryker begins to crawl and walk. Bruno may not get to lick Ryker as much, but the cuddles will get even better.

Here’s Ryker, just being adorable!

I hope you enjoyed this post. I’m sure there will be more adventures with A Cat, A Dachshund and a Baby.

Thank you for stopping by!

All photos are originals by Kim Stites

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Back yard Photography – Blue Jays enjoying the day

We’ve had a few glimpses of sunshine in the midst of several days of rain. These blue jays were soaking up the sun and enjoying the day.

I believe their conversation is something like this:

“Do you think this lady is ever going to pull the weeds by the flowers?” The one blue jay asks the other.

“I don’t know. Why does it matter?” The second blue jay responds.

“Cause I want go get to the worms easier!!”

Hope you like the picture!!

Blue Jays

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All photos are originals by Kim Stites


Back yard Photographer – Spring is here!

Mother Nature has teased us with the promise of Spring by giving us a scattering of nice warm days, but then would blast us with more days of cold, gray and rainy weather. Not much of an opportunity to go and enjoy the great outdoors. But finally the forecast is showing nearly a week with normal temperatures and little chance of rain.

Other than the weather being consistent and the “Spring time” birds being around, our flowers are finally starting to bloom. This colorful addition to the landscape makes my heart smile. It also means that I am outside with my camera nearly on a nightly basis. I can not get enough of the ever changing, colorful great outdoors!

When taking pictures in my yard, I capture panoramic views of the flower beds and such, but my favorite pictures are the up close and slightly unusual captures. If my neighbors wonder about my mental state at any time, this would be another time they would definitely wonder. I like to get into the flower bed, get close to the flowers and take pictures. Sure, I could stand outside of the flower bed and zoom in on the flowers, but that just doesn’t seem to be nearly as much fun. So, yes, I’m sure I provide a bit of entertainment for my neighbors as I squat next to the plants, lean over the top, move branches of the bushes and tip toe upon an insect or two enjoying the pollen. Guess it is just my form of Yoga. 🙂

The first flowers that have started blooming in my flower beds are the Iris. Seeing these bloom year after year reminds me of all the summers when I would get to help my grandparents work in their flower gardens. We would spend afternoons tending to them; clipping the dead leaves and blooms, watering, planting new flowers. Then we would get to enjoy the beautiful colors all summer long. Now I carry on this flower gardening tradition – and I love it!

Below are some pictures of the Iris that are blooming. As mentioned above, I’m not much for taking the panoramic view, I have fun with the different view. Hope you enjoy the Iris.

Pink and Purple Iris
Iris close up
Inside the Iris
Iris Bud
One Iris Stem
Inside the purple Iris
Another view

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my pictures! Hope you enjoyed them!

All photos are originals by Kim Stites


Back yard Photographer – Another beautiful sunrise!

Thursday morning greeted me with this beautiful sunrise. I had gone outside to check on the flowers (to see how near they were to blooming). The sunrise caught my attention. I went back inside to get my camera. I took several pictures from different vantage points. (I’m sure my neighbors were once again concerned when the noticed me taking pictures standing in the street.) Some times the “perfect” picture is the first one taken. The others just don’t measure up.

For this picture it was just a step out onto my deck, looking through the trees. No need to go into the street for this one. 🙂

I hope you enjoy the picture!

A painting by Mother Nature

Photos are originals by Kim Stites

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Back yard Photographer – Hide and Seek

This is not just a game for children. Birds and other critters like to play it too. Ok it is a little one sided as they are the ones hiding and you get to do all the seeking – it is still fun to play! 🙂

Here are some pictures of a robin I had fun ‘seeking’ while it tried to hide.

Hiding on the other side of the fence
Here I am in the flower bed. Bet you can’t see me!
What are you doing here? This is MY hiding spot!
Well fine… Just stay there! But be Quiet!

Hope you are having a wonderful Spring and are getting to enjoy some outdoor games!

Thank you for stopping by my blog and checking out my photos!

All photos are originals by Kim Stites