The DP’s Weekly Photo Challenge is Spring and so I walked to my garden to grab a photo of my favorite SPRING flowering shrub- the Chinese Snowball Bush:
However, this walk led to some “rabbit” trails.
The first rabbit trail…
has to do with the Azalea shrub – because it is one of the most popular spring flowering shrubs here in Virginia. Here is one I received many years ago – it sure has been a slow grower.
This reminded me of a neighborhood in North Richmond that has charming houses with well-established azaleas. So while passing through that neighborhood, I grabbed two photos from the car window. Also, for those that like to jog/run, there is an Azalea Trail Run each year in Alabama – and I heard it is beautiful.
Also on Laburnum Avenue – sits the lone statue of A.P. Hill – and I have heard some say that they wish an SUV would run into it. I have no opinion either way – But there is controversy about why this monument is not on Monument Avenue with the others.
The other rabbit trail…
has to do with the activity going on across from the snowball bush – there is a bird’s nest!
I have been staying away from this area because the momma bird is always out zipping around and squawking, which is actually what great mommas do when we guard what we love! But also, I just did NOT care to peek. I have been kind of annoyed by the birds for a few years now – for a couple of reasons – and part of it is the mess they make – on the furniture, the house, etc. I even took out our backyard water feature because it became a nasty “droppings” zone. One time I started a poem that began, “When I planted all those trees for view- I did not know all those darn birds would come too….” just kidding….
Anyhow, inspired again by Amy Moranto’s blog, and also after enjoying the song birds last month, I decided to take a look.
As I was peeking in the nest home, and saw abounding life – you know, as the little belly moved up and down with air – Well it reminded me of a Monk episode where Natalie (season 7, episode 8) ran to get her camera to capture some of the wonder that is felt when you see these little babes.
Seeing newly hatched birds is just kinda wonderful!
So I grabbed my camera and took some pictures.
I also grabbed a little video – and as I started NOTICING more signs of spring – I realized this was exactly what Jo was getting at when she started her Monday Walk challenge, and so my last rabbit trail was making a two minute video to share:
In closing, I hope your Monday goes well, and if it is one of those “trying” Mondays – maybe you should add some cocoa powder to your coffee – or add some honey to your tea – Or better yet – go outside and take a little walk – to explore and…. “see”….