I dress to match Evelyn’s flowers: 

11 April, 2021 I dress to  match Evelyn’s flowers: 

I don’t have an overwhelming amount of pictures this week (or at least I didn’t when I started) – but I have lots of flowers. I photographed these purple beauties in our front bed yesterday:  

Front yard flowers – sent me scurrying to find a matching hoodie:

I held all my sweatshirts next to it until I found one that matched. I wore it to the river this morning. Evelyn joined us on our hike today, and she took this picture at Pony Pasture 9:32 this morning: 

Evelyn took the picture and planted the flowers; I picked out the hoodie to match:

Ev also has sweet smelling viburnum blooming in our backyard: 

Viburnum in our backyard. So many wonderful smells!

And – since I didn’t put up a blog post last week – I have to include the most recent owl I photographed. This Barred Owl was on the branch at Pony Pasture Easter morning (4/4/2021) at 10:08: 

Barred Owl from Pony Pasture, Easter Sunday (4/4) 2021:

And since I’m putting up owls I saw but didn’t post last week, this is the final decent picture I took of a young Great horned owl from Bryan Park at 10:52 AM on Monday, March 29. Two weeks ago tomorrow: 

One more soon-to-fledge Great Horned Owl from Bryan Park – 3/29/2021:

Evelyn says I just like to say the word “passerine.” I also like to say the word “raptor,” which is the bird I photograph most often. They sit still for much longer, so it’s easier. I got an enjoyable image of a Chipping sparrow (Spizella passerina) the week before last: 

This Chipping Sparrow surely knew it was posing; no photographer could resist this:

I saw another sweet passerine this week, an Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) a few days ago: 

Cute little Phoebe at Three Lakes Park. They were regular visitors at our cabin years ago.

The first time I mentioned redbuds on this blog was precisely ten years ago tomorrow – on April 12, 2011. The name of the blog post was Lots of plants, a few animals, a Special Delivery from Amazon:. It also has a picture of Dash in a cardboard box; as I type these words, he’s snoozing in a chair in front of an open window in the living room. That blog post also has a picture of me with four dogs at Pony Pasture, including Mackey! 

Evelyn has a redbud blooming enthusiastically in our backyard. I took this one at Pony Pasture at 10:22 this morning. It’s the same one as in that decade-old blog post: 

Freshly blooming redbud from Pony Pasture this morning

I’ve been reading a good book recently, an antidote to my bad habit of reading too much bad news. It’s a book called Hope Matters: Why Changing the Way We Think Is Critical to Solving the Environmental Crisis by a woman named Elin Kelsey. In her author biography it says “Elin Kelsey, PhD, is a leading spokesperson, scholar and educator in the area of evidence-based hope.” I’ll reiterate that last phrase, since it’s the one that matters: “evidence-based hope.” She doesn’t write as a cheerleader or a person of prayer, she writes as a scientist. It’s a reassuring perspective. 

I was hoping to locate a Trout Lily at the river this morning. It’s a favorite Spring “ephemeral” flower of mine but I didn’t find one today. I did find Virginia Bluebells, and the mayapples are just beginning to bloom. Here’s one of each:

Bluebell from a week ago:
May apple flower popped open after the rain at Pony Pasture this morning:

I hope to put up a post next week – and I hope you’ll check it out! 

Meanwhile – I have more flowers from this week I haven’t used! Flowers fade quick this time of year, so let me include them this week. The smell of these fragrant small daffodils is blowing through our open kitchen window:

Sweet smelling and sweet looking daffodils on our kitchen windowsill (as I type these words):

Also, since I opened this blog post with purple flowers, I’ll close it with purple flowers – not quite purple enough to match my hoodie. I photographed our across-the-street neighbor’s wisteria this afternoon just before 2:00. You could hide a couple of garden sheds behind this wall of wisteria. You can smell it from two blocks away:

Our neighbor’s wisteria. April 11, 2021 is an exceptionally good day to be alive.

Have a great week, 


About Jay McLaughlin

I am a rehabilitation counselor. I have many friends with autism and traumatic brain injuries. They help me learn new things constantly. I hike with dogs at the James River in Richmond - a lot. I've completed an Iron distance triathlon a year for 11 years. My most recent was in Wilmington, NC in November, 2013. I currently compete in mid-distance triathlons. And work and hike and take pictures and write and eat.
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2 Responses to I dress to match Evelyn’s flowers: 

  1. Sally says:

    Great post, Jay! Regards to you and Evelyn.

    • Hi Sally! I don’t know how I missed this – thank you for your kind words! I’m responding (FINALLY) on Earth Day, 2021 – and it’s a perfect post for Earth Day! So Happy Earth Day, and thank you again for your kind words! Regards to you and Frank, all best,

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