The first time I noticed yellow finches flitting around was two years ago. They were feasting on sunflower seeds from the tall stalks of once beautiful sunshine flowers that now were just pin cushions of seeds providing nourishment to the birds. By the time I noticed them they flew away, yellow streaks to across the field to find the protection of an old tree. These are elusive little birds.
I have been on a mission to photograph these guys. Today when I arrived to check my garden’s harvest I saw them fly over to the fence with their not so showy finch cousins. No sudden moves. I walked v…..e……..r………y……..s…….l…..o……..w…….l……y through the garden and stood very still, sometimes squatting out of site waiting for a yellow finch, also known as a gold finch, to present himself to my camera. Finally one began streaking around the garden looking for food as his little body caught the late afternoon sun.
The name alone brings a smile to my face. Images of Pooh bear with his hand in the honey, the dog who won my heart as a teenager, Honeybear, a stuffed golden bear that I sent with my baby on her journey to be with her family…. this flower reminds me of all these moments through my life. The flower looks like one could just lay in it’s petals and take a nice nap until it came time to go to seed and the golden finches come to feed.
This is my new favorite flower. Thinking of way to grow them all year! The Goldy Honey Bear Sunflower from Botanical Interests.
A few weeks back I was watering my patio plants and found a walking stick in one of my flowering pots. I have not seen a waking stick in forever and find them fascinating. They look just like a stick… camouflage at it’s finest. Then this morning my new neighbor invited me into her house to show me around and on the outside of one of the windows was a huge katydid. These guys look like leaves and the particular one picked the perfect place to land for a portrait.