What’s Up? – A small sample of Spring

A Small Sample of Spring…  

I wrote this post on: Feb.7th, 2018                


The past week we had a teaser two days samples of Spring, on which we had sunshine and  semi-warm days (Low 60º F). The sudden new energy of seeing bright and warmer days worked on me, also, was inviting for my avian friends. Those sunny days inspired me to sit behind my camera and wait for birds to appear…my plan paid off! I had the opportunity to shoot photos of a variety of birds. (See photo gallery)

I set my birds up, cleaned their feeders and filled them with plenty of seeds and water,  then little by little the birds showed up! That was really rewarding.

Today is a different story whatsoever, it is raining buckets! At 8:00 am we got phone alert message from Tyler’s School saying that all children in School were being moved to a shelter because of high winds and possibilities of  tornados.

We’ve had thunders and heavy rain so far. I hope we never get to see a tornado in our area.


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This scene may look familiar to you…



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Back to town!


I’m back to Georgia. I drove from Virginia yesterday and got home in the evening, I was tired and a bit angry because my trip stretched to driving for 12 1/2 hours what should have been 10 hours. I got caught under a violent storm in route through South Carolina. There were warning of tornados in the area and it rained so much! So I was delayed because the highway traffic was extremely slow.
In Virginia I met family that I didn’t see for long time.
Although I wasn’t in Georgia I have a photo gallery for you that I shot days before I left town. Soon I’ll try to catch up with you my dear friends. Thank you! ~ H.J..


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My Town’s weather has changed to very cool in the early morning but then switches to a warm and humid afternoon. Most of my birds are waiting for the sun to be out higher in the sky to approach the feeders. By then the temperature is more inspiring for them and they frolic around with their comrades more animated.

On a personal note… 

One of my cousin’s husband is in critical condition and we all are fearing for his life. He has an  Aneurism  forming in a hard to reach area of the brain. We all pray for him.

About my tests…

I‘ve recently received the results of my tests, here they are:

  1. I do not have any underline cancerous whatsoever.
  2. The procedure I had in the stomach, two clips were inserted to stop the bleeding are looking good and healing normally.
  3. The Pathology Lab indicates that I have a presence of *H. Pylori. I’ll be taking some medicine to get rid of the bacteria.

* H. pylori are spiral-shaped bacteria that grow in the digestive tract and have a tendency to attack the stomach lining. H. pylori infections are usually harmless, but they’re responsible for the majority of ulcers in the stomach and small intestine.

H. pylori is a common type of bacteria that usually infects the stomach. They may be present in more than half of all people in the world, according to the Mayo Clinic. The “H” in the name is short for Helicobacter. “Helico” means spiral. The bacteria are spiral shaped.


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FIGure that!


Despite the hot weather and the sticky inconvenience of the humidity, product of the summer storms and hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico… Life continues, patterns of weather have changed and we have no choice but adapt to it.

I see my birds busy as always but at different times, the feeders get empty at a faster rate, seems like my avians friends are improving their appetites.

My fig tree being so young only 3 1/2 ft. tall surprised us by having beautiful fruits which got ripen in the tree but then ALL were eaten by the birds in one day!

My beautiful Ruby-throated Hummingbirds must have nested nearby because I see them very often. They are so tiny and gracious.

I’ve seen and heard many cicadas lately. These insects are amazing when they create a loud sound wave with their wings.

Many of my birds are currently molting and do not look exactly pretty at the moment, In the possible I try not to show them under the process.


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What’s Up?…

Rain…rain, and more rain!


While the SouthWest of USA is getting weather temperatures into the 100’s degrees, we are in the SouthEast getting rain every day! Some of the States like Mississippi and Alabama are also getting hit by strong storms and tornados causing extensive damage.

Having rainy days is more difficult for birds to get their meals. If there’s a break from rain from time to time, I take the opportunity to refill their feeders and pray that it doesn’t rain back too soon… Otherwise, the rain washes out everything and spoils all the seeds. It’s a waste of feed.

I have plenty of photos shot before the rain started… in fact, here are some of them for you. Enjoy!


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