July snowballs…

Those that have read my blog for a while know that Snowball flowers are one of my favorite since childhood. In my garden I had a Snowball Shrub (Viburnum plicatum). The Snowballs I observe in abundance now are Snowball Hydrangea (Handrangea arborescens), a shrub with a lower profile and native to the United States of unlike the Viburnum species. Thier intricate, delicate, complicated design is truly the work of higher being.

The delicate color changes with subtle lighting changes. Flowers are a greenish white in the sunlight and a golden off-white in the shade. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Simple design of each flower plus dozens, perhaps hundereds or blooms per cluster equal an established miracle. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Posing while waiting for a treat…

The Pelicans are waiting patiently for a fisherman to drop some bait. They are young, thus their brownish colors. These were sitting on the rail of Anglin’s Pier in Lauderdale by the Sea, allowing me to capture some images. They are amazing creatures to observe. I was able to get close enough to capture the details in the feather patterns.

Cousins calmly holding this pose for me. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Drop of water hanging on the tip of this bird’s beak. It must have just landed after a fish dive in the water. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

The shades of brown feathers indicate this is a young Pelican. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Layers and patterns courtesy of nature. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Dear deer candy…

Snow packed Yews copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

Snow packed Yews copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

Last night’s fresh layer of snow formed a condensed blanket on these Yews as the sun’s heat competed with the airs 14-degree temperature this afternoon.

Blanketed Yew copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

Blanketed Yew copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

Yews (Taxus) is the food of choice, sweet treat, when the deer cross border from the forest preserve into our garden. As the snow covers any remaining plant life, on the forest floor, it becomes more and more common place to have morning and afternoon visits with our neighbors. The result is tidy shrubs and contented deer.

Evening image of deer feasting on Yews, winter of 2012;  copyright 2012 Pamela Breitberg

Evening image of deer feasting on Yews, winter of 2012; copyright 2012 Pamela Breitberg

For information on the preferred diet of deer, check out http://njaes.rutgers.edu/deerresistance/.