It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds~ Aesop
My love affair with birds started when I was a very young child. I bred and raised parakeets and cockatiels as a kid. I had two egrets, one pigeon, two cockatiels, and one great blue heron find me at picnics or hikes or at home, who I adopted and raised at various points in my life.
I talk to birds wherever I am and they tend to talk back. You should try it. I highly recommend it.
Birds just make me happy. Always have and I find more and more now that I am retired, that the things that made me happy as a kid, still make me happy as an adult, and once again now, I have time for them!
I cannot however adopt a bird until I stop traveling, so I get my bird fix these days by hanging out with the wild Holler birds, and visiting people who rescue birds.
Check out the birds at Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary. Free flight was started by a veternarian who loved birds. He built the facility next to his veterinary hospital that of course treats birds. Free flight is a non-profit that accepts birds with special problems and houses them in a natural tropical setting, where birds are kept in open air perchs with other flock members as they are in the wild. The results are magical, for the birds and for people who are encouraged to visit and interact with the birds.
People leave this place in love with birds! You can see it happening right before your eyes, when the bird decides to hop on them.
The helpful cockatoo got me a better photo by thoughtfully removing this boys hat. I didn’t even have to ask him! Smart chirper.
This one had strong preferences for certain tunes on this woman’s i pod and danced in approval when she picked the ones he liked.
Big brother was quite brave and showed his little sister how to handle a big bird!
The staff thought this eclectus might enjoy calling The Holler home. The only hard part is walking away. We have room for free flight aviaries at The Holler, so someday….. I might be able to breed some birds that are critically endangered in the wild.
All I know is that I grew up not questioning God. God was there like the birds and the wind~ Jane Godall
Cheers to you from all your feathered friends~
For more info check out: http://www.freeflightbirds.com
I went to the nursery to buy a Silk Tree, but never got around to buying it. I got railroaded!
This outdoor garden miniature railroad has to be one of the most creative and whimsical I have ever seen. Check out The Santa Fe Depot.
It recreates actual locations in the American Southwest. Anyone want to stop at the Dino Park?
The diner is busy, it must be good!
The potter has real mini-Talvera pots!
There were three trains running when I was here, on 1400 feet of outdoor track.
There are towns, and zoos, and mountain retreats, churches, boatyards and waterfalls.
There is a 7000 gallon water feature flowing around the tracks with growing water plants, rivers and lakes.
There were Native American villages.
One of the most remarkable aspects of this railroad is the selection of living miniature plants resembling small rose bushes, shrubs, apple trees, pine tress, and grasses. Pure hortocultural genius.
You could spend hours here, continuously discovering new clever things!
Like this fisherman catching a blue shark!! (Please click to enlarge so you can see this scene more clearly).
Cheers to you from the Anderson Nursery Garden Railroad~
For more info check out: http://www.walterandersen.com/garden-railroad/
This a Holler rose photographed inside.
These are Holler roses outside. Flora and fauna will never let you down.
They are blooming in November as if it were spring.
The continuous heat and sunshine from the terrible drought has them confused.
I know there is a catastrophic decline in honeybee populations.
But not at The Holler. We have enough blooming plants year round to support many thousands of honeybees… and butterflies, and of course caterpillars and all sorts of other exotic, perculiar and sometimes scary insects. I love The Holler. If you are thinking of moving somewhere, and have a choice, I vote for a humble, rural area, with not too many people, but LOTS of flora and fauna. They will show you how to be happy.
So I brought some roses inside to see which way you liked them better. Inside or outside? Please tell….
Cheers to you from The Holler flora & fauna. <3
Running toward the cliff getting airborne as he goes~
Tapping towards the drop~
Para-sailing 372 feet above Blacks Beach, La Jolla, California.
Life is but a breeze.
Headed over to my hometown today to visit a parental, and stopped to watch the air catchers.
When I was a undergrad, my classes looked down over this scene and I was forever distracted.
Cheers to you from the mellow air catchers above Blacks Beach~