This is one of the new photomontages that we will be offering this year, shown right next to its very inspiration.
Spring is the time of the year when I get most of my pictures of flowers and birds. The colors are brighter and the greens are new and after each shower the air seems more transparent. Nature's rebirth after the long winter months.
All that energy is also showing in our new line of products. We are adding greeting cards and bookmarks to our prints and calendars. For 2012 we will offer again the Bluebird Country calendar, with many new images. And all new for 2012, Orchid Garden Calendar. I'll post some images soon.
Be sure to visit our galley often. You won't be disappointed.
Last Tuesday we visited the Orchid House at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The setting is tropical with thousands of orchids in full bloom on display. Combining that with several water features makes it a very beautiful place.
Entering the formal garden, with its raised flowers beds and pergolas, is like experiencing an explosion of color. You can find most of the colors of the rainbow in the form of orchids from pale yellow to dark red, including the white Sarraceniaceae from the tepuis in Venezuela (which means "house of the gods" in the tongue of the local natives).
The naturalistic garden is a little less colorful but more adventurous. If you look carefully you can find rare orchids from far away parts of the world hidden in the heavy foliage.
A day well spent and a promise to ourselves of more visits to see all the other gardens and the canopy walk.
Last year in March, a bluebird couple inspected our birdhouse. Obviously it wasn’t up to their standards because they didn’t come back. Soon after that, a less pretentious chickadee couple moved in and after a few weeks their three little chicks hatched.
You can see the pictures here.
This year, another bluebird couple has been checking our birdhouse and its neighborhood. Good food and water close by with a 24 hour security fence around the backyard. Maybe not the kind of luxury home to which they were accustomed but a fine house just the same.
They have been in and out several times during the day. The male perches on the roof and looks around, his head turning like a periscope, and the female goes inside to look around. But they still look undecided.
A chickadee couple has also been eyeing the house. It is too soon to know who is going to nest in our birdhouse but it will be interesting to see who will make it their home.