Flowers and Baby Birds

A group of our neighbors that enjoyed a hike this past week along the Middle Prong trail.
A group of our neighbors that enjoyed a hike this past week along the Middle Prong trail.

We enjoyed a lovely hike with neighbors this past week, on a trail not far from our house. Due to the amounts of rainfall we’ve received the past week and a half, the water was really up and flowing, making for several amazing waterfalls with awesome sound effects. We walked along enjoying (with me stopping to pet) all of the beautiful green moss in its glory, with the moisture, and the wild flowers that are blooming at present. The neatest thing we saw was an amazing yellow fungi that Wes found close to the river bed. It was a particularly special hike to us, since our neighbor, Paul Reynolds, had a lung transplant a few of months ago and is doing wonderful and able to once again enjoy hiking.

A beautiful waterfall along the Middle Prong in the Smokies.
A beautiful waterfall along the Middle Prong in the Smokies.
An amazing yellow fungus growing close to the river.
An amazing yellow fungus growing close to the river.

       Mommy Dovecakes gets the award for being the best mother! She never leaves her nest but has faithfully sat there during all of the storms and deluges that have come our way during the past two weeks. She is so very kind to let us quietly have a look at her, as we pass by on our daily nature path walk. The Carolina Wrens (Peedeepeeps) now has three eggs in their beautiful little nest on our back porch. They continue to enjoy their pecan crunchies almost daily, with me sitting or kneeling close by. Activity is abuzz as the yard is full of baby House Finches and the Chickadees fledged today. We are treated to daily sightings of Vicious, the Black snake, and he was seen with “a friend” so we’re hoping there will be babies soon.

The Carolina Wren's nest on the back porch.
The Carolina Wren's nest on the back porch.
Part of our nature path with Doveckes nest being in the Cedar on the left.
Part of our nature path with Dovecakes nest being in the Cedar on the left.

       The neighbors moss bank, across from us, is absolutely amazing after all of the rain! I find it very difficult, if not impossible to pass it without stopping to pet it! Several of the Azaleas continue to bloom, and the Peonies have now joined in the parade of color. These are one of my favorites, and nearly every room of the house has a vase with Peonies in it at present. They have the most wonderfully, delightful smell to them, filling the room with their fragrance at times. The Bearded Irises continue to add to the daily show of color with their blooms of surprise.

The neighbors beautiful moss bank across the way.
The neighbors beautiful moss bank across the way.
One of my personal favorits, a pink Peonie.
One of my personal favorites, a pink Peonie.

        We had a lovely evening yesterday with friends Tricia , Daisy, Fred and Barb, as we hosted a Mother’s Day dinner on our screen porch. They enjoyed a tasty meal of baked spinach ziti, garlic bread and carrot cake piled high with cream cheese frosting and topped with candied carrots! While our taste buds were being delighted, we enjoyed a great production put on by the Shrews as they continued to come and gather any and all pecans offered to them! The table was set with a tropical themed and brightly colored setting and was back dropped by my Dinosaur sculpture that is now pink (which is to my camo-loving brothers dismay I’m sure) Ha! I think she looks quite lovely and there’s no doubt to her presence now!

Dino and her butterfly friend in the secret garden.
Dino and her butterfly friend in the secret garden.

         Below is Wes’ new miniature painted from a photo taken in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

"Cosby Creek by the Picnic Area" by Wes, 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches, shown wit
"Cosby Creek by the Picnic Area" by Wes, 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches, shown with transparent penny for scale.

         Thank you very much Mona, for giving me the “Mona’s Mini Blog Award” this past week! I’m giving it to two miniature artist that don’t have blogs, but I feel greatly deserve this award: Kay Petryszak and Janet Laird-Lagassee. Not only are both of these ladies great miniature artists, but each do so much for the world of miniature art behind the scenes working as I’m aware watching Wes spend the hours on the computer and paperwork with them both for the Miniature Artists of America society.
For part of this award, I’m to list five of my favorite movies. Not being able to remember most movies that I watch, this has taken some time, but alas I believe I have come up with some. They are as follows; “Jurassic Park”, “Babe”, “Miss Potter” the story of Beatrix Potter, “The Ugly Dachshund” and one I recently enjoyed, “How to Steal a Million”. Thanks so much again Mona for this award!

Until Next Time ~ Rachelle 🙂

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4 thoughts on “Flowers and Baby Birds

  1. Rachelle, what wonderful choices for the Mini Blog Award! Thanks so much for passing it along to them.

    Every time I tune in to one of your blog posts I am treated to the most amazing scenes of nature, and some of the great miniatures that result from them!

  2. Hi Mona,
    I thought they were two well deserved choices. You’re most welcome, and thanks again for passing it to me!

    I love sharing the natural beauty, that we are privileged to enjoy daily, with others. . . so I’m glad you enjoy it!
    Rachelle 🙂

    1. Hi Vicki,
      The peonies are one of my personal all time favorites. . . . . I find them simply amazing! I would love to get one in that dark shade that is almost red.
      Enjoy yours.
      Rachelle 🙂

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