I love my backyard. It’s my little oasis, a place to escape to and run away from the world. I run away often.
I sometimes just sit on the dirt in my garden and watch the bumble bees and birds. Here is a photo from over the weekend:
If I am real still, the male american goldfinch will visit the feeder even though I am only 6 feet away! The female is more timid, sitting on the telephone wires, yelling at the male for taking such a risk. Does the male recognize me? Or is the goldfinch just comfortable with humans? I wonder…
I want to remember the garden and my birds just how it looked over the weekend. In early spring, things look a little bare. In late summer, things start to dry out, but this day was perfect!
In this sketch I have lavender growing in the foreground, carpet flower in mid, and purple coneflower just beginning to bloom in the background. On the finch feeder, a male house finch sits on the left and a male american goldfinch sits to the right. Sometimes the goldfinches will rest on the purple coneflower stem(I love when they do that) and the stem barely moves and does not even bend. Light as a feather, I guess. Later in the summer when the coneflower is ripe, the female especially loves to eat seeds from the head.
I escape from the world and watch the wildlife in my garden, every chance I can get.