“A sunbeam giving the air a kiss”

I find it very difficult to capture hummingbirds, but nonetheless, I recently camped out by the feeder and tried my best.  We have ruby-throated hummingbirds here, and most of them are females.  One flew right up to me and hovered very near my face.  I wish I could have captured that.

The Hummingbird
By Harry Hibbard Kemp

The sunlight speaks. And it’s voice is a bird
It glimmers half-guessed half-seen half-heard
Above the flower bed. Over the lawn–
A flashing dip and it is gone.
And all it lends to the eye is this–
A sunbeam giving the air a kiss.

Overnight pop-up

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Overnight pop-up

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A sudden appearance

The sudden appearance of mushrooms after a summer rain is one of the more impressive spectacles of the plant world. (John Tyler Bonner)

These popped up overnight in our garden.

After the rain

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After the rain

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Fun


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Roses After the Rain

Rain during the past few days has brought refreshing temporary relief from our drought and also encouraged our rose bush to bloom once more…

Roses after the rain

Roses after the rain 2

Roses after the rain 3

It also reminded me for the first time in years of the song Roses After the Rain, written by my ex brother-in-law and recorded by country music singer Ricky Van Shelton.  I found my copy of the demo tape (literally a cassette tape) and wanted to record it on SoundCloud so I could upload it to this post.  The demo tape is by an unknown studio singer and is much nicer than the actual recorded version by Van Shelton.  However, none of the old cassette players in our house work anymore.  So here is the Van Shelton version in which, in my humble opinion, he massacred the melody and made the original almost unrecognizable. The lyrics,  which were written by my ex brother-in-law William Lavelle Burnette, remain the same (thank goodness).


Beginning First Grade

Ben is a first grader!

Believing for Ben

Three years ago our little trooper’s life was in danger, and we did not know what lay ahead for him.  This week he began first grade!  We thank you all for your prayers for and support of Ben these past three years, and we thank Dr. Alejandro Berenstein in New York for the vascular neurosurgery that saved Ben’s life.  Most of all we thank God for His healing grace.

Ben’s mom took these photos (one is a selfie of herself with Ben) on his first day of school…

#BenStrong   #Soli Deo Gloria

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Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge

Painted on the floor of the Stovall Mill Covered Bridge in White County, Georgia



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Weekly Photo Challenge: Morning

Rocky Face Sunrise

Rocky Face sunrise

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Tardiva Hydrangea

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