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Dove, Hydrangea and Burning Bush

brown dove
Last week I saw this brown mourning dove wander about in my yard.

dove on a wire
Soon after he noticed that I was following him (her?) around with my camera, he settled on this high phone wire in the back of my yard.

Oh, by the way, did you know that Noah sent out a dove: “And he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground.” But before the dove, he sent out a raven. I didn’t have any ravens showing up in my back yard.

burning bush bright red
My neighbor’s burning bush is quite spectacular – bright red at this time of year. Ah, another Biblical reference, except the burning bush doesn’t show up in the weekly Torah reading until winter time.

hydrangea flower dry
Here’s the how the dry oak leaf hydrangea flower looks – this photo was taken the same day as the red hydrangea leaf photos.

Carver says

I love the burning bush and mourning dove. I also like the way hydrangea looks when it's old dry blooms like that as well as when they are still in flower. There is so much beauty in each of the four seasons.

Leora says

Ah, is that what it's called, a mourning dove? I learn so much from my Nature Notes friends - thank you!

magiceye says

lovely images!

Ilana-Davita says

Your bird shots are always beautiful.

NatureFootstep2 says

I wanted to see that dove when I visited Costa Rica, but sadly enough, I didn´t. :(

Vicki says

Beautiful images, and it's nice to be reminded of the biblical references.

Michelle says

The mourning doves are called as such because the soft 'whooo...whooo..whoo..' call sounds sad...but they eat a lot of weed seeds and I think they have very sweet faces..I love the burning bush and now I know what the bush is that my neighbor's have and it's a hydrangea...Michelle

Jill says

You bring new meaning to the idea of "creating art in your own backyard." Great images!

Leora says

Yes, sometimes my backyard is as far as I get in terms of enjoying the great outdoors. Can't imagine living in a city.

floristpenang says

Beautiful combination of nature and bird.I love to look at those pictures.Keep it up.