Saturday, June 2, 2012

Let all things now living, a song of thanksgiving ...

We've been slowly creating a small ecosystem beside the house. Well, it's not quite correct to say that we are creating it since we just added what already existed in creation to what started out as a bit of a bare spot. A friend had donated a half dozen birch saplings which are now over 20' high - these have since pretty much claimed sole possession of the (former) perennial garden around the ponds. I 'liberated' some plants out of the wild (where undoubtedly they weren't being appreciated), including marsh marigolds and irises - they thrive near the edge of pond.

The marsh marigolds have already had their 15 minutes of fame this spring and now it's the irises' turn. The rain relented this afternoon, and although the wind was gusty at times, I was able to give them their due. I thought only Sasha and I were there, but it turned out that I disturbed another denizen who ended up playing a game of hide and seek with me (last photo). We have a symbiotic relationship - we 'provide' the ecosystem and (s)he in turn keeps the frog population in check.



21 comments:

Lúcia said...

A small paradise. :)
Have a good Sunday Rick!

BlueShell said...

Oh Rick...after seven years..."All nature sings"indeed!What a marvelous idea!!! God is there for you...for sure: look those iris...divine!
You are a blessed man. I do thank you for having your friendship.
Have a blessed weekend too!
Isabel (BlueShell)

Pieces of Sunshine said...

What a beautiful idea Rick, the perfect way to outgrow your garden - spreading it around for all to enjoy. Love your second photo and your garden custodian!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

The Irises are beautiful. Your yard and gardens sound like a gorgeous place.Thanks for sharing parts of it with me.Have a wonderful Sunday.

teca said...

A delightful garden... these flowers are perfect for any light shine in the eyes of the most missed.
And... what friend you have around!!!! :))

Good week, honey!
Warm hugs, sweet beijos and love.

Amelia said...

Hi Rick, look like you are having a little paradise beside your house.
The irises sure look gorgeous and the color is so sweet.
But you visitor..... give me goosebumps!!! LOL

Have a lovely weekend. Regards.

P/S If you try out my Tropical dessert, let me know if it taste heavenly to you. Thanks for your warm thought, I'm still very excited with my achievement.

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

it keeps the frog population in check? what's going to keep him/her & their kind in check? what kind of snake is that? not poisonous, i assume, by the shape of its head...
Irises around the pond, huh? I'm going to pass that on to my mom cuz they have 2 ponds at their farm & nothing at all growing around them... they need something to spruce them up! LoL! =)

Thanks so much for visiting

Leslie said...

Oh, irises! We had them growing around our spring-fed pond, in Illinois, where I grew up. I think my favorite photo is the second one. I like the diagonal lines in it. And your snake friend is pretty elegant, too!

Marty said...

it must be a wonderful place Rick, even s'il y a des serpents !!!!
tu auras a lot of beautifuls shots à faire pour notre plus grand plaisir!
je te wish une super nouvelle week !
wet bisous to day ! il pleut il pleut! c'est la fête aux grenouilles!

lisa. said...

What beautiful images these are Rick.
You have indeed created a wonderful ecosystem!

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful photos. The snake sure blends in to it's surroundings. You must have a beautiful spot there around the pond. Blessings.

Nancy said...

Always happy when nature gets to reclaim a little bit of itself back -- great idea and wonderful results. :)

Stephanie said...

Stunning shots! A little bit of paradise you have.

Rick said...

Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments - always a bright spot in my day !

Tricia - fortunately we don't have any venomous snakes here - the pond does attract a number of garter snakes since we have a good supply of frogs (and lots of tadpoles = more frogs). Not sure what keeps the snakes in check (bigger garter snakes ?) but they don't outnumber the frogs. yet ;-)

Michelle said...

So nice that you have worked on this ecosystem next to your house. Nothing like the beauty of nature....even the snake :)

imac said...

WOW, snakes alive Rick, beautiful lilies too

S. Etole said...

What a beautiful little flower. I was surprised by a garter snake in my flower bed a couple of days ago.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Beautiful flowers and LOVE the snake. Good capture of all.

darlin said...

Rick I LOVE your new look here, the background is stunning!

Your Irises are beautiful, as are the photos of them... the snake, well you can keep that one! It's funny how it's cute in the photo but you wouldn't get me near it even though I'm sure it's harmless. Is it a garter snake? (I'm not sure if I spelled that right but there's no red squiggle under it!)

It's sure awesome to be outdoors taking photos again, the beauty nature provides for us is stunning and your blog is so appropriately named.. All Nature Sings, that it does if we just stop long enough to listen to the songs.

I still have to try that site out you sent me the link for, thanks for sending it. It's funny how I'm so busy these days but don't seem to be getting a whole lot accomplished. It's almost time to come out of "No worries" mode and get things happening on this end... then it'll be no worries when it's all done! ;-)


Have yourself a wonderful weekend, cheers.

Vincentmc said...

A wonderful website. Thank you so much for sharing.

Tom

Here I Am/Carrie said...

Love your making a bit of a eco system in your yard. Everyone should have this. The joys of new flowers and the creatures that join the area. Captures that tell the story of a beautiful place you have helped to create. Hugs Carrie