Saturday, January 31, 2015

BIRD D'POT, NATURE NOTES AND WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY

From my archives when we were in Florida last year.

An egret I know but I need a little help identifying what kind it is.  I am thinking a Great Egret but would like to know for sure.  I am still having a hard time identifying between adults and juveniles also.

Added note as of: 2-1-15
Kenneth at Rosyfinch Ramblings (click on this link to see his blog) has ID'd this bird as a Great White Heron, a subspecies of the Great Blue Heron.  You can read the info he gave in my comment section.  Thanks Kenneth!




Muscovy Duck




A pair of Wood Ducks




Green Heron



You can click on the links below to see other participants.  I would like to thank Anni, Michelle and Stewart for these very enjoyable memes.

Friday, January 30, 2015

TODAY'S FLOWERS # 334

You can find all kinds of beautiful flowers from around the world if you click here.  Our new link opens on Saturday at 12.00 a.m. (East Coast Standard Time USA) and closes the following Thursday at 11.30 p.m.



At the beginning of September 2014 we took a different walk on Manassas Battlefield.  This was a quieter area and not everyone knows that it is there.  Apart from one or two people we were the only ones in sight for ninety-nine percent of the time, and we were there for almost two hours.



I am not too good at identifying wildflowers.  Maybe one of you lovely people will help me out.


Added note: 1-31-15  I have been trying to identify this wildflower below, and I think I may have found it.  I started scrolling down on this page and when I came to the 11th photo it was almost identifical to my photo.  You can take a look at the page here.  It is a great blog hosted by DenPro called Field Biology in Southeastern Ohio and has some great information on there.   If I have it correct this is a Waterpepper or Pennsylvania Smartweed, Polygonum pensylvanicum.  There are similar ones it might be also.  I would be very interested in any feedback you might have.





Ginny from Let Your Light Shine says this is a Wild Sunflower, thank you Ginny.  I have Ginny's link to her blog below.









These Oak leaves were identified by Dianne over at Schmidleysscribblings.  Her blog is here.  Thanks Dianne!












Thank you Beatrice Euphemie for identifying my purple flower below as Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris - see here to read more).  You can visit Beatrice's blog here.  Thank you Beatrice.




Luiz Santilli Jnr created Today's Flowers and asked me a few years ago to take over his role as host.  I was very happy to do so.  He occasionally pops in to say hello, so "Hello Luiz and thank you!"


Today's Flowers' home page can be found here.






I am linking with Laura's iHeartMacro here.



Thanks to Ginny of Let Your light Shine she identified the wildflower above.  I was surprised to find out that it was the Queen Anne's Lace.  I have never seen it in this stage before.  This is after the blooms have gone and the stems begin to curl into themselves. Ginny also identified my yellow flower fourth from the top, the Wild Sunflower.  Thanks so much Ginny.  You can visit Ginny at her blog here.






I got a little creative thank's to Judith's Mosaic Monday.  
Since I have been participating in this particular meme, I have enjoyed playing more with my Paint Shop Pro program.






Thank you for these lovely memes Ladies



Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Upside down or right side up?



"Each time I see the Upside-Down Man
Standing in the water,
I look at him and start to laugh
Although I shouldn't Oughtter.
For maybe in another world,
Another time,
Another town, 
Maybe HE is right side up
And I am upside down."

~Shel Silverstein~

Monday, January 26, 2015

BIRD D'POT, NATURE NOTES AND WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY



Please forgive me if I am sharing these birds again - albeit in slightly different poses - but I am running low on bird photos as I haven't been out and about lately.   I've since identified the bird in the first two photos as a Hooded Crow but correct me if I am wrong.



I shared these birds in a previous post, which you can see at this link.


The bird above is a Eurasian Magpie and the bird below is a Fieldfare.



And as I am also linking with Michelle's Nature Notes, I thought I would add a couple of other flying friends, bees.


All my photos were taken in a botanical garden when we were in Norway last summer. I still have many photographs to share from that trip.





You can click on the links below to see other participants.  I would like to thank our hosts for these great memes.

Monday Food Post - Honey Salmon in Foil

It has been a couple of weeks since I put up a Monday food post, so here I am, trying to get back in the groove. My thanks to Chungah for our delicious meal tonight.  It was an easy dish to do and was on the table 30 minutes from start to finish. You can see her recipe here at 'Damn Delicous'  I enjoy visiting her blog and there are a whole lot of recipes that I want to prepare, so please pop on over.  You will have a great time looking at all those delicious meals.


Honey Salmon in Foil
4 servings

1/4 cup honey
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 lbs. salmon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Line a baking dish with foil.

In a small bowl whisk together honey, garlic, olive oil, white wine vinegar, thyme, salt and pepper to taste.

Place salmon onto prepared baking sheet and fold up all four sides of the foil.

Spoon the honey mixture over the salmon.

Fold the sides of the foil over the salmon, covering completely and sealing the packet closed.

Place into oven and bake until cooked through, about 15 to 20 minutes.  (Baking time may need to be adjusted depending on the thickness of your salmon).  Fish is cooked when it flakes easily with a fork.

Serve immediately.

Nutritional Facts
 (I always thank the host for including these.)

There are four servings

Amount per serving:

Calories: 511.3
Calories from Fat: 197.1
% Daily Value (see below)
Total fat: 21.9g34%
Saturated Fat: 3.3g17%
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 161.0mg54%
Sodium: 128.4mg5%
Total Carbohydrate: 18.2g6%
Dietary Fiber: 0.2g1%
Sugars: 17.3g
Protein: 57.9g116%

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.  Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Fish is one of the few food sources with naturally occurring vitamin D, a vitamin that is most famously known for its bone health.  However, recent research has shown that vitamin D plays a key role in many other parts of the body.  For example, vitamin D is very important for a strong and healthy immune system.

With this meal you get nearly 800 IU of vitamin D per serving. That is more than the minimum daily recommended amount of 600 IU.

Nutritional information provided by Jessica Penner, RD at Smart Nutrition, link here.


What did we think of our meal?  We enjoyed it very much.   To look at the salmon it looks very pale, in comparison to say if you had grilled it and reminds me of the poached salmon my mother used to make.  This was mentioned in Chungah's recipe but as she also said, it tasted delicious.  

I did have to pop it back in the oven because it wasn't quite ready even after 20 minutes.  She was right again when she said that we might have to adjust our cooking time depending on the thickness of the salmon purchased.  For us 25 minutes took care of it.

Gregg doesn't eat salmon.  When we went shopping today he chose cod.  I cooked it the same way as the salmon in its own foil packet and it turned out great.  They cooked in about the same amount of time.

I didn't have any white wine vinegar so I used rice wine vinegar.  

Gregg likes to make his own concoction of cocktail sauce for his seafood and mixed together some ketchup with horseradish sauce.  

I roasted cauliflower and broccoli as a side and topped the salmon with slices of lemon to make it look more attractive.  A few sprigs of parsley would also go well I think.

We don't keep leftovers when it is seafood so we bought smaller pieces of fish than above.  We cut down on ingredients accordingly.

Would we make it again?  Yes, most definitely!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sharing....

I am bouncing over to Devon today. Wherever I go I like to pick up a postcard or two even when I go back home.  I bought these lovely ones when I was in England last summer.








Saturday, January 24, 2015

TODAY'S FLOWERS # 333

You can find all kinds of beautiful flowers from around the world if you click here.  Our new link opens on Saturday at 12.00 a.m. (East Coast Standard Time USA) and closes the following Thursday at 11.30 p.m.



I found this week's flowers in CostCo.  I really enjoyed the simple color combination of green and white, with yellow here and there and a touch of lavender in the wrapping.  This bouquet was with  other more colorful bouquets and those were lovely too but, this particular one really caught my eye.  I didn't buy them, just took one quick photo with my cell phone.  All the other photos are parts of the one shot.  Thank you CostCo!















Luiz Santilli Jnr created Today's Flowers and asked me a few years ago to take over his role as host.  I was very happy to do so.  He occasionally pops in to say hello, so "Hello Luiz and thank you!"


Today's Flowers' home page can be found here.



I am linking with Laura's iHeartMacro here.

and also Judith's Mosaic Monday.  



Thank you for these lovely memes Ladies

Friday, January 23, 2015

CAMERA CRITTERS, SATURDAY'S CRITTERS AND MOSAIC MONDAY


Norwegian Fjord Horses


We found these beautiful horses while heading towards Drangedal in June 2014.  

Here are maps showing where Drangedal is located....


and a closer one.


The following shows our route.  We were staying in Oslo.  It took us a little over four hours with the stops we made.  We could have taken a shorter southern route but Gregg realized when planning his route that we would be able to drive through the town where my sister and her family lived for a few years.  My son and I visited it once years ago but I couldn't really remember much of the town.  However, it was nice to see it again.


It is a beautiful country and wherever we went we were impressed with the incredible scenery, and were thrilled to meet these lovely horses. 





The two larger horses were friendly and walked right up to the fence when we stopped the car to take a closer look.  I expect they were hoping for a treat but sorry to say we didn't have any apples or carrots with us.



The smaller, darker horse was a little more reticent.  He stayed right where he was.....


but I got a pretty good close-up of him.  Such a sweet little horse.  I am not actually sure if he is a Fjord Horse or some other breed.  


You can read all about Fjord Horses here.  It reads in part, "The Fjord horse or Norwegian Fjord Horse is a relatively small but very strong horse breed from the mountainous regions of Western Norway.  It is an agile breed of light draught horse build.  All Fjord horses are dun in color, with five variations in shade recognized in the breed standard.  One of the world's oldest breeds, it has been used for hundreds of years as a farm horse in Norway, and in modern times is popular for its generally good temperament. It is used both as a harness horse and under saddle. (Dun means it has the dun gene which is a dilution gene that affects both red and black pigments in the coat color of a horse.  The dun gene has the ability to affect the appearance of all black, bay or chestnut-based horses to some degree by lightening the base body coat and suppressing the underlying base color to the mane, tale, legs and "primitive markings".  You can read more about the dun gene here.)


They had the prettiest eyes.


and horses always seem to me to have noble faces.











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