Monday, June 8, 2015

My Wisconsin Neighborhood and a Triple Crown Winner

'...and don't come back!!'

A sassy red winged blackbird that was annoyed with us for enjoying a late-afternoon walk past his territory. He wasn't shy about voicing his opinion.

Good morning, friends. This morning I'm sharing some photos from the weekend. We had a couple long rains in between the sunny days, so the gardens in the area are doing great. We attended a beautiful wedding on Saturday and a great concert at our church on Sunday. In between, we got a couple nice walks in. Farmers are scrambling to plant the last of the crops.


On Fifth Avenue
Poplars, ferns, and a lone horse?
The ferns are especially for Sandra (MadSnapper)

This is the time of year when any fields that aren't already planted are worked from early morning until late at night. Eager to get the soybeans in, presumably. It's way too late for a corn crop.


Our high bush cranberry, or rather, what it will look like in another month or two.
Right now the cedar waxwings are eating the berries leftover from last year's crop.


Cedar waxwings, top, in our cranberry bush
Red winged blackbird, bottom, atop an elm

Irises, including a lovely gift of iris and hosta leaves (great idea!) in a darling sheep glass
from Carla of The River Flowing blog.
She knows I like love sheep! :-)


Way to go, American Pharaoh!!!!!
I am so thrilled with Saturday's Belmont Stakes.
It's about time we have another Triple Crown Winner!


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Do you know how long it took me to remember the RIGHT way to spell 'pharaoh'???
What were they thinking.
I guess it can be spelled any way they want. He's one terrific horse!

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61 comments:

Gayle said...

Great post and captions.

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful images from your neighborhood. I love the fun lone horse, loud mouthed Redwing Blackbird. And the ferns are pretty. I wish I saw more Waxwings here, they come and go quickly. I was thrilled to see the American Pharaoh won the Triple Crown, 37 years is a long time to go without a winner. Have a happy day and week ahead!

Lynne said...

Love your post and the ferns, flowers and messages . . .

Deb said...

Mornin' Judy: Lots of pretty pictures here this morning. Your bird shots are always wonderful and I can't get enough of the cranberry bush with the red feeder.Around here there are lots of farmers growing crops, too. We just picked up more siding for the mouse-house last week from a saw-mill /soybean and corn growers. Lots of rain here today but that's ok, we need it. What a lovely horse and such a winner. :)

Deb said...

Mornin' Judy: Lots of pretty pictures here this morning. Your bird shots are always wonderful and I can't get enough of the cranberry bush with the red feeder.Around here there are lots of farmers growing crops, too. We just picked up more siding for the mouse-house last week from a saw-mill /soybean and corn growers. Lots of rain here today but that's ok, we need it. What a lovely horse and such a winner. :)

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Good Morning!!

Beautiful photos, Blooms and Birds!!
Thanks so much for your visits!!

Hugs,
Deb

"E", ...Beth... , from VA. said...

i enjoy your iris ... i was shocked to hear he won ..,i know it was exciting for so many. fun!! ( :

Sandra said...

I love my ferns and also the wooden horse... I also like tractors, so lots to like here and the Iris are wonderful.... American Pharaoh is a stunning horse. we saw them bathing him on TV today.. they said to put him with a mare they will get 75 to 100 thousand per time, and he will do it 4 times a day... OH MY

Stacey said...

Your flowers and fields are so pretty! We have lots of redwing blackbirds here. They are a little pesky because of their numbers but I still like them. :)

Arlene said...

It looks lovely up your way Judy! I agree...congrats on the Triple Crown American Pharoah. We used to live in Louisville, Ky so we keep up with the horses!!

Tired Teacher said...

The trill of the red-wing blackbird and the meadow lark always signal that spring is officially here!

Love the iris in the glass - I can almost smell them.

Pamela Gordon said...

It is such a wonderful time of the year with all the spring planting and gardening going on all around us. i feel sorry for those that live in large cities and don't get to see and enjoy rural life. Your photos are beautiful. Have a wonderful week!

Cheryl said...

Sounds like the best of weekends!!
Love your photo of the red winged blackbird...I think they're such pretty birds!

happywonderer.com said...

Great shots in the neighborhood! You captured the birds well. That was quite the win for American Pharaoh! And yes, I had to try again in the spelling putting the o before the a!! Have a wonderful week!

Susie said...

Judy, I enjoyed that race. Glad for all the winners, trainers and the jockey. I loved your bird photos and the flowers also. Hope you are enjoying the start of this new week. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Jeri Landers said...

You do take marvelous photos. I know those birds can be a bit peevish when we enter "THEIR" space. The barn swallows nesting in our porch eaves tend to dive bomb us. So, You love sheep? I have 3 pet sheep.. silly but true.

podso said...

Our neighborhoods are certainly different and I would love to live in yours and smell all that fresh air and enjoy the open spaces.

ladyfi said...

Great shots - I really like that first one!

TexWisGirl said...

thanks for the wisconsin dosage!

Rose said...

I can hear that red-wing now! Have seen that look many times. The irises are beautiful...I just simply love them.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I believe your rain headed our way Judy, a downpour yesterday and today...but much needed by our farmers. Irises are on the garden club competition tonight and I have one Siberian to show, I've been thinking about planting some bearded varieties again. iris borer ruined quite a few so they all got chucked but there are some nice colour combinations available these days.
My late father would have loved that race, he followed the horses closely and went to the track when his funds allowed.
Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

Linda Kay said...

Judy, I guess once they put the name on the horse it sticks? Anyway it was great to see a horse break a long-standing record and by such a huge margin! The irises are so beautiful.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I was so excited for the Triple Crown!!! And, such a beautiful horse, to boot!

The crops here are nearly ready for harvesting. Sadly, tho, instead of cotton like last year, most fields are with sorghum.

Of course, me being me.....I LOVE the bird photos!!!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Enjoyed your great shots of nature. Some mocking birds around here get pretty loud if you walk by a tree where they have a nest, and often will swoop down close to your head.
Thanks for stopping by. Yes - your explanation of the difference between jam and preserves is correct. :)

Theresa said...

Beautiful red berries:) I have some scattered throughout my woods! I watched the race and that is one talented horse! Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

Red Rose Alley said...

Judy, the flowers are blooming and the birds are singing in your area. That red winged blackbird is a beauty. I see them around here sometimes, but can never get a good picture of it cause the red feathers are often hidden. I love your cranberry bush, what a sight. And the purple irises are so pretty.

Thanks for taking us around your Wisconsin neighborhood. It was a treat for me, and I'd love to see in person someday.

~Sheri

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful floral photos and collage ~ love the horse one too! ~ Great post!

Happy Week to you,
artmusedog and carol

L. D. said...

I think they misspelled it not knowing so. Once he is registered I guess it sticks. i really like the wooden horse. Your iris blooms are so wonderful. I enjoyed all of your photos.

Gail Dixon said...

Expert captures of the sassy Red-winged blackbird! :) Enjoyed viewing the cranberries, the horse and Waxwings. Lots going in there for a photographer.

colleen said...

The colors really pop, especially the red.

Primitive Stars said...

Such a great post, enjoyed it all. Love those birds pictures too..Blessings Francine.

Janey and Co. said...

Beautiful pictures. That is funny that the bird scolds you. Maybe they are building a nest.?

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That blackbird is really cross with you! I swear I can almost hear him. Yep that horse made history! Yay!

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Your photos are great of the cedar waxwings and the red-winged blackbirds. I get a little unglued by dive bombing birds. It was great to have another triple crown winner! Great horse you have there! ♥

Al said...

Very pretty birds and scenery. And yes, a triple crown winner is exciting!

Mildred said...

Very beautiful photos. The glass from Carla is so sweet.

Our little cat, Ditto, passed away today. He was 9 and was recently diagnosed with cancer of the jaw bone. We sure will miss him.

Donna said...

I agree American Pharoah is an amazing horse...won by a mile showing he deserves the Triple Crown...a good horse and a beauty too! I was screaming through the whole race like I was there....tears of joy as he won!

September Violets said...

Aren't blackbirds great defenders of territory?! He looks really angry! We had one attacking us in our canoe once when we were paddling through a swamp. It was a bit tricky to get away from him as the water was thick with green vegetation and we could barely move. Crazy birds! I like seeing all your farmer photos ... reminds me of 'home' :)
Wendy

Terri D said...

I was excited for the Triple Crown winner too! Wonderful photos, as always. Hope the crops will be okay!!

Felicia said...

your iris' are so very pretty.

I was glad there is a triple crown winner again too.

Kira Anastasia said...

I love your pictures! Wisconsin is one of my favorite states -- I came so close to moving there, but my husband-to-be's job opportunity in Waukesha fell through. Now I have your blog to admire the countryside vicariously!

Vee said...

Beautiful farm country! So much beauty in the country. Our farms are so much smaller in my corner. That is one contrary bird!

Shelia said...

What a horsie! Yay! Pretty snaps too. Thank you so much for your advice!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Debby Ray said...

Beautiful country photos, Judy...and that red-winged blackbird looks pretty mad! Hubby and I have been keeping up with American Pharoah and watched the first two races. He was working this weekend and I forgot it was one and missed it! I was tickled to hear on the news that night that he had taken it all!

Gattina said...

Nice to see another rural side of Wisconsin. I was there many times when my aunt was still alive and lived in Madison.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

LOL that bird really WAS annoyed, huh :)

Carla from The River said...

Hi Judy,
I am so happy you liked your bouquet and the sheep glass.
I love your gardens. Your home is so lovely and we loved visiting the last few days.

We will do a switch with our iris, you can add yellow and I can add burgundy. :-))

Great photos of our pretty state of Wisconsin and guess who is planning to come to Wisconsin? Bobby Jean!

Have a great week,
Carla

Gentle Joy said...

Hi.... I found you after you visited and commented on Gentle Joy Photography.... so glad I did... your pictures are beautiful. I am now following you on GFC and Pinterest. So nice to "meet" you. :)

Missy George said...

Beautiful pictures...No I don't know how to spell it anymore..I've seen it spelled wrong too often..Just look at the muscles in his neck..

Hannah said...

I love your Cedar Waxwing photos, they are one of my favorite childhood birds I don't get to see anymore. I love the song of the red-winged and tri-color blackbirds, so fluid. The irises are gorgeous.

VioletSky said...

There is nothing shy about red winged blackbirds!
And the Triple Crown was exciting (even if it does look as if his name is spelled wrong!)

Margaret Adamson said...

Great action shot of the Red winded Blackbird adn I loved the Waxwings as well as the beautiful Iris.

Adam Jones said...

The Blackbird is a super capture.

Lea said...

Lovely images!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I had never seen a red wing black bird : beautiful, even if angry!

Stephanie said...

Beautiful birds and beautiful flowers, dear Judy. It's always a pleasure to visit you. Hugs!

Debbie said...

i am probably the only human, who sat in front of the t.v. and did not watch the race. didn't know it was on (shocking right)!!!!

the iris are gorgeous and those black birds are deceiving. beautiful but also bossy!!!!

Marie C said...

Really stunning photos, Judy! Love the redwing blackbird and the iris and the views on your walks. Gorgeous cranberry bush! I've seen that on your header and wondered what it was...I didn't know cranberries grew anywhere but in bogs! I don't follow horse racing, but I love it when there's a good story there, and it sounds like there is! Your log horse was cute too.

Judy S. said...

Great photos! That was a great race, too!

Neil said...

Great photos.

pattisjarrett said...

R-W Blackbirds make sure everyone knows, too! Love the stick horse. It's been a long time since we've had a Triple Crown winner.

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