Today August 22, 2004 at about 7:30 A.M., enjoying my daily
cup of 8 O’clock Columbia coffee after grinding the beans and brewing them in an
antique drip coffee maker, a vivid picture formed of ole Juan Valdez himself
standing beside his jackass with a hundred pound sack of coffee beans tied to
the jack’s back heading for the market. I suppose too many TV ads for 8 O’clock
coffee helped form this mental image as I sipped and savored the hot coffee while
keeping the weather beaten swing moving ever so slowly back and forth to deprive
an occasional mosquito of his morning meal!
The usual neighborhood birds were waking up to the cool overcast morning and
there was a little competition going between a mocking bird, blue jay and wren
to see which one could sing the loudest and fastest. The blue jay had the edge
but the mocking bird had much more tenacity and continued long after the blue
jay left the immediate area.
The distant sounds of a migrating flock of geese flying south reaffirmed that
the autumnal equinox is only weeks away. The tree leaves are taking on a dull
look with the vibrant multi hues of green fading into colors of the rainbow with
process heading toward dormancy only to reappear again in the
spring. One cannot but be in awe toward our Creator who put all this into
motion with a specific plan for everything on the face of the earth, below and
above! It is very easy at such times to reflect on our many blessings and
gives thanks for the start of another day.
The morning serenity encompasses the smell of a dew soaked freshly cut lawn,
birds chattering, the rustle of the leaves in the overhead limbs of a large
white oak tree and the falling debris as a gray squirrel feeds on the immature
white oak acorns.
The cup of coffee didn’t last too long and a refill was in order. I decided to
get the little digital camera and capture a few pixs of the wild flowers and
flora in the yard.
This pix of “Black Eyed Susie” and another sure sign that fall of the year is
right around the corner.
The dandelions below are plentiful this year and close their pedals early in the
afternoon hours favoring bright sunlight instead.
This is a bloom off a Rose of Sharon tree at the edge of our carport. You can see
the stigma clearly on this bloom and the pistil, which has pollen or part of it
that has fallen onto the reddish part of the bloom. Can you say “BEAUTIMOUS”.
This pix nearly gives off the fragrance of the bloom!
The below “fruit” of the dogwood tree is about ready for the squirrels and
birds to help nature complete it’s cycle once again. Deer will also feed on the
dogwood seeds but squirrels devour them until they are gone.
Blue jays and Mocking birds will transplant them through their digestive system
without a degree in ecology!
A couple insects are enjoying this wild flower also. If anyone can give me the
name of these wild flowers, please do so.
The little blue wildflower and others like it
are growing in a small serpentine shaped drainage ditch adjacent to the side and
rear lawn. I have taken several pixs up close of it but can’t get the focus just
right with the little digital camera. The background is what is reflecting the
infrared back to the camera and it is off set from the center of the lenses and
that is my guess as to why the focus is slightly off with the little wild
flower. A solution will be to try and focus on the leaves (background) and hold
that focus and then reposition on the little flower. I will give that a try at
my next attempt. The blue flower is about the size of a quarter so not too much
to reflect the infrared focus information back to the camera’s electronics!
Commelina communis - Asiatic Dayflower, Mouse Ears, Dew Herb. The blossom
of this member of the Spiderwort family lasts for one day. Introduced from its
native Asia, it is considered weedy or invasive by some authorities, having
spread widely throughout eastern North America.
There are plenty of wild flowers and flora around us; just look.
Later Bill aka Mickey.
Morning Meditation 06-28-09
It has been about five (5) years since the above short story was written and not
much has changed since then as far as getting up in the morning. My normal
wake up time is around 0530 even on my off days from work and don't think my
internal alarm clock will ever change; or it appears so anyway!
The first thing after my pit stop to the bathroom is getting a pot of fresh
ground "decaffeinated" coffee brewing which takes about 15 minutes
and a few daily medications to keep my blood pressure and cholesterol in check
with a multi-purpose vitamin.
This morning, I decided to shoot a few practice broadhead arrows into several 3D
deer targets positioned near my practice tree stand in the back yard in
preparation for the upcoming deer archery hunting season in early September.
Below is a pix taken from the deck showing the placement of the deer targets.
You can see a white object hanging from the tree stand metal platform which is
"my bucket" that I put my arrows into and there is also a snap
hook attached to the same pull-up rope for raising and lower my bow. The
3D targets are positioned at 11, 15 and 20 yards from the shooting platform and
most of my deer taken are between 11 and 15 yards...so much for making long
shots with the bow and arrow....grin if you must. However, the deer do
look much farther than they actually are when you are twenty (20) feet above the
After shooting around 9 or 10 arrows, I made it back to the house and poured a
fresh brewed cup of coffee and went inside the deck gazebo and started taking in
the morning sounds with the most prominent one being the singing of several
mockingbirds. A red headed woodpecker was close by also hammering away
sounding his high pitched call. Morning is a very relaxing and serene time
and one can meditate and give thanks to the start of another wonderful day that
God our creator has allowed!
Summer is here and our temperature is in the mid 90's now and the high 60's
early in the morning and an excellent time to sit on the deck enjoying the
cooler morning temperature and taking in the early sounds. Pix taken from
the gazebo looking across the deck:
The Rose of Sharon blooms are one of my favorites and had to take another pix of
them. We have called this small tree or large shrub a cottonwood, however
it is actually a Rose of Sharon and has grown quite a bit in the past four or five
years and will probably have to trim the one next to the carport which we
planted too close. The Rose of Sharon shrubs are from seedlings from our
neighbor Johnny Hildreth (deceased) yard and he later cut his "cottonwood" tree
down because it was getting too large. We have several other smaller
Rose of Sharon shrubs planted on our lower driveway where we had our Halloween
parties, etc. which is about taken over by poison oak and will get the area back
in shape come cooler weather. Pix of a Rose of Sharon bloom:
Brief History Of the Rose Of Sharon
The Rose of Sharon is called "Shrub Althea." Its scientific
name-Hibiscus syriacus-implies it comes from the Middle East, but Its true
origins are India and East Asia. The Rose of Sharon is the national flower
of Korea. Theses days the rose is widely grown worldwide as a
ornamental. In the United States it tends to do best east of the Great
The Rose of Sharon comes in many colors-especially white, lilac, and
pink: it blooms like a single flower, or as a hybridized double.
Blooms first appear in late spring and continue through early fall, making
this rose one of the few summer-blooming shrubs. Their blossoms open
in early morning and close at night, and usually last no more than three
days. No matter, the Rose of Sharon's color always has an
intensely maroon central spot formed at the bases of the five large pedals.
This rose is a special rose in that it attracts hummingbirds to feed from
it. Gardeners welcome this flower for the purpose of attracting these
birds to their flower gardens.
The almost-rectangular leaf of the Rose of Sharon is semi-glossy dark
green and is about 3" long. After the leaves drop in the fall the Rose of
Sharon goes into a long resting period being one of the last shrubs to green
up in the spring. Some gardeners think that their precious rose has
died because of this.
Also called Althea, a widely cultivated shrub or small tree, Hibiscus
syriacus, of the Mallow family having showy, white, reddish or
The plant mentioned in the Bible (Solomon 2:1). Apparently the rose
referred to in the Bible and in part being symbolic to Jesus was a bright
red or crimson color, or a white rose with red pedals.
My most favorite smell has to be the honeysuckle vines when they are in full
blossom. At this time of the year, they are blooming across the street and
behind our home and the smallest gentle breeze will bring that wonderful fragrance
permeating the entire surroundings and it is near heavenly! Pix below of
Our six (6) deck tomato plants are beginning to bear their "fruit" and we
have already enjoyed a couple BLT, Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato sandwiches
served on toasted wheat bread, slathered with Dukes Mayonnaise, fresh piece of
lettuce and seasoned with salt and black pepper. To my bride and myself,
the BLT sandwich made from a fresh "home grown"
an indicator that summer is here. We definitely enjoy them as long as they
are in season and when our deck tomatoes are depleted, we resort to the local
farmers market and others that have them available. Below pix of three of
the six tomato potted plants:
We used a special moisture release type potting soil by Miracle Grow and
with all the rain we had last month, I believe too much nitrogen was released
causing the plants leaves to die off prematurely but they are still hanging in
When the temperature gets too high for my bride and myself in the gazebo, we
turn the overhead ceiling fan on and it keeps the air circulating very well with
a breeze that cools you down. Pix below:
Our only complaint with the gazebo which we purchased from Sears, the small and
large canopies will last only a couple years before the sun's UV causes
them to deteriorate and simply dry rot and fall apart.
Well, I know I have rambled enough and will get off the keyboard. We just
finished up a meal consisting of Venison
cubed steak with onion and mushroom gravy, sticky rice, stewed yellow squash
and onions, sliced tomato and Mary Bee's T biscuits.
Bill aka Mickey Porter 06-28-09.
Took this pix of the Asiatic Dayflower on 08-17-12
that comes back each year in one of our upper
yard drainage ditches. Our son William, Jr. sent me his older Canon DSLR
camera outfit that he no longer uses due to a serious Canon upgrade of which I
had to give the camera a field test this morning. It reminded me of my ole
Nikon F2 days with the 35mm but with digital capability. I like the
options available on the DSLR since if goes far beyond the point and shoot mode
with a tremendous amount of flexibility.
Web published on 08-17-12 by Bill aka Mickey
LEAVING ON A SPIRITUAL NOTE
It is hard to imagine that so many do not believe
or understand that our entire Universe was created by God, because they have no
link, for Bible verses about God's Creation.
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