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We’d like to congratulate The Casual Philosopher, for earning that first blogging award, and thanks for nominating us for the WordPress Family Award! The rules for this honor are simple. Link back to the nominator, then make 10 nominations of your own.

  1. Phil Lanoue – http://phillanoue.com/ – Stunning wildlife photography.
  2. Mad Queen Linda – magicbusstop.wordpress.com. Life, full speed ahead!
  3. Janaline’s World Travel – http://janalinesworldjourney.com/ Seems like she’s been everywhere.
  4. Taking a Deep Breath – We could all use one.  http://bebs1.wordpress.com/
  5. 3rdCulture Children – An adventure with family: 3rd culture children.com
  6. The Blonde Gardener – Gardening and travels based in Arkansas: http://theblondegardener.com/
  7. Humbled pie –  Life and travels in the South. – http://humbledpie.wordpress.com/
  8. Under the Skies of Arkansas –  Photo adventures of a sometimes barefoot bicyclist in Arkansas – http://undertheskysofark.wordpress.com/
  9. Sofacents –  The slogan says it all: From Ad-Man to Stay-At-Home-Dad Man!! http://www.sofacents.com/
  10. Naomi Baltuck –  So enjoy this writer’s writings and images. http://naomibaltuck.wordpress.com/
  11. Bonus nominee, but has also been nominated twice for this award: Front Range Scribbles. Music, radio, The Rockies. Writings of someone who used to live in Arkansas: http://frontrangescribbles.com/

(Please note, that after a few weeks this post will relocate here: https://suburbanferndaleark.wordpress.com/honors/)

There’s a ginger in the woods

It seems red-heads or “gingers” get a lot of grief. I suppose it’s because they stand out, as does this little cedar tree.

A red-headed cedar tree stands out against the greening forest. Sadly, its rusty head probably means it is a former cedar tree.
SEEING RED — A red-headed cedar tree stands out against the greening forest. Sadly, its rusty head probably means it is a former cedar tree. Between years of deluge has been a year of hard drought. That’s a lot of stress for any plant to take.

Balancing act

Foraging carpenter bee draws pollen from our lavender patch.

Carpenter bee hangs on when lavender plant bends under he weight.
BALANCING ACT – Pollen-laden carpenter bee hangs on as the lavender plant bends under her weight. She almost looks like she’s in yoga’s plow pose, with her legs sticking up over her thorax. Carpenter bees are very curious. When out photographing, often these bees (which are generally solitary, unlike honey bees) will hover in front of you, rising and dropping, as if sizing you up.

Winged beauties

The last few weeks in the Ouachitas have been a treat for the eyes.

Hunting for breakfast

Flower crab spider makes two tries for breakfast.  The first one, the wasp, got away. The second, a small beetle, may be lunch by now. (sorry, didn’t stick around to see how the story ended.)

Weekly photo challenge: (Agri) Culture

Whether driving a combine, raising catfish and show horses, or selling honey at the farmers market, in Arkansas, about one in six folks is employed in some facet of agriculture.

More views of culture than you can shake a stick at:
http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/photo-challenge-culture/

Including:

Ouachita bouquet

The eastern Arkansas Ouachita Mountains have been generous this spring.

He’s back!

Napoleon, the boss hummingbird is back, having made a successful trans-Gulf flight from his winter quarters in Mexico or south Florida. He went right to where the feeder had been hanging the last few summers. Took a few minutes this morning to make some nectar and give the feeder an overdue scrub. Not long afterward, a second hummingbird appeared.

Napoleon surveys his domain in the Arkansas Ouachitas from the bottom half of our flag staff. We took the top half, with flag, inside in anticipation of some heavy thunderstorms earlier in the week.
Napoleon surveys his domain in the Arkansas Ouachitas from the bottom half of our flag staff. (We took the top half, with flag, inside in anticipation of some heavy thunderstorms earlier in the week.)