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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Inspired by . . . Oreo Cookie Cows and Hummers

Last week, in the midst of a rather difficult day, the Hummers returned.

 

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As you see the weather was not the most accommodating, but they are formidable little creatures!  The black-chinned hummingbirds are gracing my humble abode once again, and  my heart delights!

 

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The ruby-throats will arrive, probably in another month or so, creating a war zone for a time. But they will move on north, to visit some of you, while the black-chins remain. If the Phoebe is my winter JOY, the black-chins are indeed my summer JOY. I never tire of watching them and have been known to burn dinner because I was watching out of the window rather than over the stove!

 

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French Kiss Texture Purple Prose and crackle overlay

But what is a bit of burned food to these tiny miracles! {I think you know my opinion on the matter!}

Something else that happened last week, was that I finally got pictures of the Oreo Cookie Cows! I’ve been trying for three years, quite literally, to get these shots, and while the cows were not as close as I would have liked, I could not wait another moment to share these with you!

What are Oreo Cookies Cows, you ask? Well, see for yourself!

 

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Yes, I am having a bit of fun. As some of you may already know, these are actually Belted Galloway cattle. But I like to call them my Oreo cookie cows, just for fun!

 

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French Kiss texture Impressions

 

As you see I’ve been playing around with some new {to me} textures and overlays. If you’re interested in textures and fun stuff like that, Leslie offers several as a free download for new members. You can check it out here.

And finally, I’ve been trying for awhile to get a good shot of the sweet chickadees that grace my feeders year-round. They flit about and move so fast, it’s really quite a challenge! But, I finally captured one and had some fun applying a grunge texture, then a blend mode, and then masked out the bird itself.

 

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He’s sitting on a branch of the crepe myrtle tree in my front yard. This was just taken just a few days ago, and today I see that the branches are budding!

 

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

 

Blessings,

June

 

 

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25 comments:

  1. Such delicate birds, great images! And then Oreos. The difference in the subjects made me chuckle. I have never seen an "oreo." They are quite intriguing. Happy spring!

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  2. I'm so glad you shared these pix! You knew I'd love those Oreo Cookie Cows, didn't ya?

    So cute...All of them!!

    And a crepe myrtle TREE? They grow as bushes in Arizona...LOL

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  3. I've never seen such cows! I love them! And your hummingbird against the blue is gorgeous!

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  4. These are great! I love the cows

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  5. The oreo cookie cows are wonderful! I've never seen this kind of cow before! Love that your hummers are back. The texture treatments make such interesting photos! All wonderful shots!

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  6. Just love to see the hummingbirds. And the cow is cute :)

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  7. Beautiful shots, lady. Fun to peek into your world!

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  8. Ha! I didn't think about how different they were. Like sharing elephants and mice, lol! Happy spring to you too, Sharon!

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  9. Everything is bigger in Texas, y'all! ;)

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  10. Thanks, Elizabeth! I'm so happy they're back!

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  11. Thanks for stopping by, Marie! I enjoy working with textures. Sometimes they can make a not so great photo fun. Have a blessed day!

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  12. They are fun, Lux! I enjoy looking for them every time we pass by that ranch. Hope you're having a great week!

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  13. Good to see you here, friend! From the FB stream I see your still deep in book launch - so exciting! So proud of you and glad things are going well!

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  14. Spring is in the air!


    That's one of the advantages of living here, as you know, we get the hummingbirds year round. They're such a treat to watch play in the late afternoon.


    Just when you think you've heard of everything… "Oreo cookie cows?" I thought to myself… but as they say a picture is worth a thousand words, certainly more than three anyway… Great pictures!

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  15. These are so nice! I'm always impressed with those who can photograph hummingbirds. I'm convinced that I'll never be able to do it as they are just too fast!

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  16. Nada está parado no caminho entre nós e Deus. Nada está impedindo-nos de sua Santa presença

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  17. Hello June, I am looking to seeing my ruby-throated hummers return.. You are so lucky to see the hummers there.. And I love the Oreo cattle, so pretty. Cute shot of the chickadee.. Thank you so much for linking up, have a happy new week!

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  18. I know! Fun, right ? ! thanks for stopping by :)

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  19. I remember! We used to have "wars" on our back patio. Aggressive little creatures! I know people that have them year round here, too, but I think our landscape is too open for winter visitors. They only disappear for a couple of months though. I think the last one I saw was in November. The cows are a bit of fun :) Thanks for stopping by, Floyd!

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  20. Don't give up, Kim! You just have to wait for them to land :)

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  21. Thanks for stopping by! Now I just have to figure out how to translate your comment! I hope you can read mine, have a great week!

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  22. Ramblingwoods.com just posted a migration map of average arrival dates, you may want to check it out! It shows that some ruby's have been spotted as far north as N. Carolina already! I haven't seen any here yet, but there have been many other sightings in Texas.Have a great week, Eileen!

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