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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Scrub Jay and Orchid January 17, 2015

Welcome, today I am linking with-

Wild Bird Wednesday hosted by Stewart M.

Today's Flowers hosted by Denise

Saturday's Critters hosted by Eileen

Macro Monday 2 hosted by Gemma and Mystical Magical Teacher

I Heart Macro hosted by Laura

Mostly Steller's Jays come to eat seeds on my deck,  "Who's the new kid?"

but a couple of times a Scrub Jay has come on over, they are usually in nearby neighborhoods at lower altitude.  "Hi guys, nice spread!"

"Check it out!"

Egad!

"You guys are seriously fluffy!"

"Well, I'm off!"

When I lived in San Diego the Scrub Jays lived there, but if we went camping in the "mountains", in Julian, we would see the birds there that also live here in my woodsy garden- The Steller's Jays, Juncos, Nuthatches and Chickadees.   It's like I live on a camping trip now.

Featured house plant this week is an orchid, this one has splotchy petals and seems to bloom about twice a year like a former orchid.  It is just opening new flowers now,

It also bloomed in June. "Doing my Fearsome Fang impersonation."


In the beauty of the flowers and the birds, I can't help but see the loving hand of Creator God and thank Him.    -Hannah

or cameras are macro

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64 comments:

  1. Hello Hannah, both of the Jays are pretty. I love their blue colors.. Your orchid is beautiful. Wonderful images..Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Eileen, the blue color is great, I love the blue wing feathers of the Steller's with the little black lines across. Thanks for hosting!

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  2. Wonderful orchid...
    Best regards, Karin

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    1. Thanks, Karin, I'm always surprised when I don't manage to kill some beautiful flower with my care.

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  3. I'd be happy to see either a Steller's Jay or a Scrub Jay Hannah. Blue is such an unusual and beautiful colour for birds.

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    1. Thanks, Phil, it is great when they come around, it's actually been a while, I've often wondered what the invisible line is that keeps the Scrub Jays away,

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  4. Both Jays are beautiful and lovely to have them in your garden. Have a lovely weekend.

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    1. Thanks, Margaret, the blues are amazing. I like seeing your exotic birds.

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  5. The birds and the flowers are both beautiful.

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    1. Thanks, Romi, I feel blessed to have orchids blooming again on my windowsill.

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  6. Those jays are such a lovely colour!!!

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    1. Thanks, Judy, I kind of like the Steller's plumage better but the Scrub Jay's colors are beautiful too if not as rich in texture.

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  7. The Jays have such beautiful colors, and we love to see them on our feeders. Loved your pictures of the orchid. Beautiful.

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    1. Thanks, Linda, those beautiful houseplants help me make it through the long cold winter.

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  8. would love to see both of these types of jays! lovely!

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    1. Thanks, Theresa, it's great to have the wildlife come to me!

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  9. Lovely post!
    I love the way that you've transformed your beautiful bird photos into a fun story.

    Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thanks, Derek, it's fun to try to create a little fantasy.

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  10. Delightful orchids Hanna and your birds are lovely too. Thank you so much for sharing with Today's Flowers, and happy weekend :)

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    1. Thanks, Denise, I marvel when I can keep any houseplant alive and especially when they bloom.

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  11. Love those Jays. So different from our Northern Blue Jay.
    The orchid is really beautiful.

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    1. Thanks, Pat, they all do look very different, but I like it that their personalities are so similar. I also like the peachy European Jay. The speckled orchids are so colorful compared to the plain ones I've grown before.

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  12. Great shots of the birds, especially the Steller's jay.

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    1. Thanks, Alison, it was hard to get the Scrub Jay since it seemed especially shy and only hung out down the ramp with the group of Steller's, but the blue of the Steller's is so fantastic!

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  13. Both jays are pretty birds. The blue colours are lovely. The orchid is gorgeous, but then I've never seen an ugly orchid. Have a wonderful weekend, Hannah!

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    1. Thanks, Gunilla, I enjoy the bright blues. Hubbie is recovering from cataract surgery so I'm having to do double chores outside.

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  14. Beautiful birds ! I love their blue accents !
    The orchids are really beautiful !
    Have a happy weekend :)

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    1. Thanks, the wing feathers of the Steller's really impress me.

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    1. Thanks, Adam, they haven't seemed to come around much lately.

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  16. Steller's Jay is very pretty. I do not see them where I live (nor the scrub jays).
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    1. Thanks, we seem to have different birds coming our feeders, nice to see yours. I wish I could get some woodpeckers to come again.

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  17. Wonderful jay pictures and that is a lovely orchid.

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    1. Thanks, Dorothy, I love the blues but I miss the red of the Cardinals, great to see yours.

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  18. Hello!:) Such a beautiful bright blue colour in both Jays. They are beautiful birds, and your photos are great.

    Your orchids are all very pretty.

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    1. Thanks, the jays are pretty, but also fun to watch, I heard one today but didn't see it.

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  19. Having birds as your neighbors, you are such a lucky one.

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    1. Birds can make nice neighbors, like the woodpeckers, Nuthatches, Chickadees, that eat insects and can really help out. There are a few birds that eat blueberries and cherries that I could live without, but it is nice to have birds around, and fun to feed them.

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  20. Not a fan of BlueJays..Bad birds..The others are also at my feeders..I rescued an orchid about a month ago.It was on the sale table and has 3 stems on it with buds..Pretty big..Hope it makes it..I don't have a lot of luck with them but every now and then I give one a try..It probably needs re-potting but I'll wait until after it blooms..Happy Sunday..

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    1. Blue Jays do have their raucous moments, for sure. But I'm not aware of their damaging any plants I grow, so I enjoy their antics. Putting some seed down on the deck for them seems to keep them off the railings where the little birds come. I have a couple of orchids now, but a few in the past eventually bit the dust. I will just enjoy this one while it lasts.

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  21. First,love the music...love the houseplant, but the jays...are such beautiful shades of blue!!! especially the first one!,Phyllis

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  22. Thanks, Phyllis, I'm glad you enjoyed the music, another version on You Tube has the people playing, the keyboardist is fun to watch with his bendy fingers.

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  23. Wonderful blues and purples in those stellar jays. I like the spots on the orchid petals too.

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    1. Thanks, Abrianna, they are very colorful, and amusing.

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  24. the jays are beautiful and so are the orchids.

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    1. Thanks, Felicia, they get me through the winter.

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    1. Thanks, Katrin, it's fun trying to take photos of them.

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  26. Dear Hannah,
    these blue birds are so pretty!
    Have a nice day,
    Yours, Sarah

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    1. Thanks, Sarah, it's nice to have mild enough winters that the birds are not always in the ice and snow. Your flowers help me dream of spring.

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  27. A very colorful Jay. Loved to see it :)

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    1. Thanks, blues are kind of hard to find in the bird world, especially here.

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  28. I love those fluffy blue feathers Hannah and the gorgeous orchids too! Thanks for your kind words and for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro:-)

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    1. Thanks, Laura, their tail feathers always impress me with the wonderful blue and the black cross-hatching.

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  29. These blue birds are amazing! Wonderful shots! The orchids are beautiful too!

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    1. Thanks, Mary, I like the peach colored European Jay too.

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  30. Oh, what an expressive bird! Come to me...

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    1. Ha ha, your comment is funny. They are cute, I can imagine them as a pet bird.

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  31. Hi Hannah, I love your fluffy blue jays! What a treat to live amongst all those sweet birdie callers :D)

    Your orchids are fabulous... aren't their markings and whole structure simply stunning.

    A delightful post, thank you :D)

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  32. I saw the Scrub Jay in Colorado once. The Stellar's Jay in Oregon. Both are beautiful birds. Nice photos of the birds and blooms. :)

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    1. Thanks, Gail, I've also seen a Gray Jay in Colorado, up in the mountains. They all seem to act like jay birds.;-)

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  33. Stellar shots of the Scrub and Stellar Jays!

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  34. Thanks, I just wish the Scrub Jay would come back some so I could try to get a better shot.

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  35. Dearest Hannah; Oh, Great Bird Jays are, SO graceful looking♡♡♡  And your orchid is GORGEOUS; I smiled reading your caption, "Doing my Fearsome Fang impersonation." :-) Love the beautiful dark red. Unfortunately, we don't have space for them during winter time; how I wish I had. Thank you very much for sharing us your pretty baby♪
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

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