Bluebirds

Thrilled to have the opportunity to photograph some fine looking bluebirds at Mordecai Historic Park in downtown Raleigh. I go to this location for peace and tranquility of nature. While taking flower pictures, some bluebirds landed nearby. They are so beautiful and sound so sweet.

I manage the website and newsletter for the North Carolina Bluebird Society. I receive many donations of photos for their Web and newsletter content.  Now I have a few of my own snapshots to help spread the word about this precious shy bird. 

Natural Beauty

Love the WRAL Azalea Garden!!! Such a beautiful & peaceful place. Floral beauty everywhere, wind chimes in the gentle breeze, birds singing.  Especially appreciated the pink dogwood flowers in bloom. A pleasant place for some time in nature last weekend.

Raleigh Robins

I have been trying to walk any chance available. A couple strolls around the library with a camera in hand adds exercise to my day, as well as photo opportunities. Snapped the first little cutie enjoying the sun rays in parking lot by Wake County North Regional Library.  Then three robins  in a row on the sidewalk added more reminders of spring and warm days ahead. The sounds of the birds singing was music to my ears after a long day in an office setting.  Hope you are enjoying spring as much as I am.

Happy First Friday of Spring!!!

Friday Greetings!  This day is extra special, being the first weekend of Spring. Isn’t this daffodil such a symbol of fun, sun, and warmer times on the horizon.  Photo taken yesterday on a stroll around Mordecai Historic Park in downtown Raleigh, NC. That is such a place of peace and tranquility. Hope you have a wonderul March 22.

Happy Sunday & St. Patrick’s Day

Hello, Friends. Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday/St. Patrick’s Day. Went outside this morning to start of a beautiful North Carolina day. Snapped a few photos of my “Hoosier Flowering Almond” that is in early stages of bloom. This plant means so much to me. I love flowers, and this one is especially gorgeous. And, a sign of spring and sentimental value.

It is pink, which is my favorite color (the green leaves can be the symbol of St. Paddy’s Day color for today).  It was transplanted from family land in Houston, IN to Knightdale, NC in 1996. Always long for home, but this floral reminder of Indiana helps.   More about my hometown can be found at houstonindiana.com.

Houston, Indiana    

 

Spring is Here!!!

So grateful that my favorite season is finally here….Well, officially on Wednesday, but close enough today.  Love the sights, sounds, and smell of spring. So nice to hear the birds singing so sweetly and seeing the flowers are bursting out with pops of color.  The fresh fragrance adds to the bliss of the upcoming months. Love it, love it, love it.  Posting a few photos from evening strolls around Lake Lynn in Raleigh that capture the start of something fabulous!!!  Hope you are having a wonderful Saturday!

A Hint of Spring in Wake County, North Carolina

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The beginning of  Spring 2019 in Knightdale, North Carolina!  It is certainly a welcome sight, especially after the recent lingering cold spell.  Spring is my favorite season.  Such a positive vibe with everything coming back to life and warm days ahead for months. I have a new camera just waiting to capture the new floral blooms in the upcoming months.  Last year I had such fun taking photos of tulips.  I can’t wait for the Tulips of 2019 to start arriving.

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

Indiana Flowering Almond in North Carolina

Tiny sprouts of Indiana Flowering Almond peeking out in early March. It is slowly but surely coming to life again. This plant was transported to North Carolina in 1996 by by Dolly, wonderful lady who raised me. It blooms for a short time every year and it is breathtaking. Indiana neighbor Mary Alice had saved several starts from the Ryan family land. She sent the roots for me by Dolly when she came to stay with me for over a month when I bought my first house. Love that this plant is from Indiana and that two precious Houston, Indiana ladies cared enough for me to have some natural beauty from home while living out of state.

Indiana Flowering Almond Indiana spring flower

Hometown Pride – Houston, Indiana

To combine my personal interests and Web skills, I joined an effort in my
hometown to preserve a schoolhouse that was built in 1910. This non-profit organization, Houston School Restoration Committee (HSRC), is dedicated to maintain and improve the school for its historic value and use for community events. I implemented a website for the HSRC, as well as a website for the Houston Indiana Fall Festival, an annual fundraiser for HSRC. I also started a Facebook page for the HSRC.

 
Currently this social media has 285 “likes”, which I think is excellent for a tiny little place in rural Indiana in a remote area near the Hoosier National Forest. This online channel helps people connect to talk about their memories and love of the small village and slower lifestyle of Houston, Indiana and nearby areas in Jackson and Brown counties of the Hoosier state.

The links for these digital marketing endeavors can be found as follows:

  1. houstonschoolrestorationcommittee.org
  2. houstonindianafallfestival.org
  3. Facebook