About dinahmow

A New Zealander, currently living in tropical Queensland,Australia (with 2 cats and one Main Man).Old enough to remember George VI, white tennis balls and life-before-television.You want more? Read the blog!

MORE MADCAP ADVENTURES COMING TO YOU FROM THE BUCKEYE STATE.

I’ve been soaking up as much of the local flora as can fit in my brain.My “fix” has to last as I’ve no idea when I’ll be back.

cherry flower

Probably the last of the blossom;cherries are starting to fatten.The wildlife will get most of ’em.

And this, we decided, is an Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus )IMG_2171

Who is “we”? Ms Daisyfae and me. After our laugh-a-minute meeting in NY a few years I hoped another trip Stateside might come up.There was an invitation to “come visit” and the little ducks were all in a row.

I’ve been walking her dog and he, being  an old dog, is happy to set a slow pace.So I get to look carefully at all the trees I either don’t know or had forgotten. Isn’t the Internet  wonderful!

This is Cercis canadensis or “Redbud” to most people. IMG_2176

We’re on our way out to dinner very soon so I’ll keep this brief.Have a Honey Locust (Gleditsia triacanthos) while I apply some war-paint…IMG_2180

We had a wonderful day out in Yellow Springs and had lunch with an old blog friend and tomorrow is set to be a busy day so if I’m not back til I get home you’ll know why.Here’s  the “Absolutely Fabulous” Corinne from http://jafabrit.blogspot.com/p/jafatit.html  We found a marvellous shop choc-full of vintage glitz and glamour.Like these shades. You’re rockin’  them, girl!

Corrine Bayraktaroglu's photo.

 

Now, I’m just going to try this beauty for size.IMG_2210

IN WHICH I TICK OFF MORE ‘FIRSTS’

 

Sung about, written about and probably even cursed by light sleepers, the Mocking Bird eluded me until now. I think this is a juvenile (because another bird was bringing it grubs and bugs to eat).IMG_2109

And, because I know some of you want to hear  it…

I was lamenting the lack of arachnid Kodak moments. But the rainstorms the other day must have brought out a load of Incey-Winceys. So far, only  Orchard Orb Weavers that I can see (Leucauge venusta), but they’re new to me so they count!

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And the real reason I’m here…Maggie, the ancient and venerable Border Collie.IMG_4949

Post-prandial snooze.

OK, this is a short post, but I have other things to do. Those of you who dip your toes in the muddied waters of Facebook know how to find me.

 

IN WHICH I CROSS BOTH THE EQUATOR AND THE DATELINE.

So if this post is a bit muddled I have two damn’ good excuses, right?

Actually, I crossed both lines a few days ago. In the normally fraught what-to-pack frenzy, this trip was a breeze – pretty much what I’d be wearing at home.But not as scruffy!

I’m in Sarasota,FL, staying in a friend’s house and looking out for one old dog and one slightly younger cat. And, rain being its usual fickle self, playing with hoses.

Did I use an F word ? Yes. Back at home, when rain might have been expected to chuff off for 6 months or more, My Man emails that it’s been raining on and off, sometimes quite hard , since I left.Well, enough that he hasn’t had to rush about and water desperate plants!

I’m seeing birds and butterflies new to me and, with a new 70-300mm lens, hoping to have some worthwhile pictures.

The day after I arrived, my friend drove us out The Celery Fields  where I saw my first Grackle. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Boat-tailed_Grackle/id

 

This chap is familiar to me – the Cardinal.That’s Mrs Cardinal on the left. If I manage to get a closer, brighter shot I’ll come back and edit.Don’t hold your breath!

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https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_Cardinal/id

 

But this a newbie https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-bellied_woodpecker

The Mourning Doves  will have to wait.Also the Blue Jays and as for flutterbyes-hah! I’m beginning to think the easiest way to catch the blighters is to video them and grab a screen shot! But here’s a Monarch that wont make it into the National Geographic                                monarch IMG_2069 (2)

I rarely manage more than a cat-nap on long-haul flights, so I take a book. I stuffed a Jack Higgins spy/terrorist/kidnapper paper back in my bag and started reading on my flight to Brisbane.Left the wretched thing on the ‘plane and wished the cleaners luck. With something like 13+ hours ahead I went looking for something more interesting and settled for this, partly because the period interests me, partly ‘cos it has a nice cover! http://www.tworoadsbooks.com/fiction/the-words-in-my-hand-guinevere-glasfurd/  I’ve not finished it yet (I may be on holiday, but still have things to do) but can recommend it for those who like historical fact-based novels. What really “gets” me though is Glasfurd’s way with words.No further spoilers,try it and see.

And before leaving I’d re-read all of the “Millenium” trilogy.Unfamiliar to you? That’s the Stig Larsson books about the girl with the dragon tattoo.Somehow, I’d missed #2 years ago, though  I did see all three movies (good stuff!). And that’s about it for my reading list, unless you count various technical periodicals and garden tomes.

The sun is dipping and I can see some Orange Fritillaries in the garden so that means hose time and one more crack at snapping a butterfly…

How about a squirrel? Squirrels are easy!IMG_2063.JPG