We have just arrived, jet-lagged, in Cologne, Germany. The Cologne Cathedral is on beautiful display outside our hotel window. It is stunning at sunset.
The Hohenzollern Bridge over The Rhine River leads into the old city. Every inch of the bridge fencing on one side is covered with hundreds of thousands of “love locks!”
Lovers place these locks on the bridge swearing ever-lasting love and toss the keys into the Rhine.
We are traveling and I will be blogging as we go. Please understand that I will not be able to follow and comment on your posts as much as I would like. I will check in though, whenever I can.
Until then, cheers to you from beautiful Cologne Germany~
The bees have swarmed the hummer’s feeders!
We have massive annual swarms of honeybees and lots of bees year round at The Holler. There are many flowers and orchards to keep all the pollinators happy. We want to provide a safe haven for bee populations which are in decline and for hummingbirds as well.
But the hummers are not the least bit happy with the bees taking over their feeders. The bees go after the hummers, and can sting them.
I have to cover up as much as possible to take photos of the action. Of course I covered up with a blue jacket and hood, not knowing bees were specifically attracted to blue, and the bees came after me! It probably would have been better if I had researched this first.
I haven’t seen a bee sting a hummingbird but the hummingbirds are definitely afraid of them.
The feeders have been moved to our inner-courtyard to solve this problem which is nice because it seems like the hummingbirds are actually in our house, and they are also protected from the bees!
Cheers to you from the previously stressed, but hopefully recovering, Holler hummers, and their important cohort pollinators, the honeybees~
Meet Domino the mountain barn cat. He has a horse named Buddy.
Domino has an attitude. Must be from wrassling with the racoons and gophers and squirrels he protects his horse from up on Round House Ranch on Mt. Palomar.
Domino likes to sleep in his saddle in his tree on the mountain. All cats like to sleep in their saddles, not just cowboys like you probably thought.
Buddy is a working horse and loves to round up cattle on the range. He takes charge of the bulls no problem, but Domino? No way.
Domino is more brains than brawn, and that is always more of a challenge for a working stiff like Buddy.
Cheers to you from Domino the cat, and his horse, Buddy!
“This is the land the sunset washes,
These are the banks of the Yellow Sea;
Where it rose, or whither it rushes,
These are the western mystery!” Emily Dickinson
We get some nice sunsets at The Holler.
Probably due to the sun setting over the ocean and the lack of ambient light pollution.
Reflection off Holler windows.
Of course the sun puts on a beautiful sky show for us everywhere! Patagonian Sunset.
Shining path Mid- Atlantic.
Cheers to you from our yellow sea~
(Scarlet Macaw) “Sweet Love.” These birds have this figured out. (Please click to enlarge)
Many birds raise offspring jointly and mate for life.
(Yellow Crowned Amazon Parrot) Some of the birds at the Bloedel Conservatory in Vancouver BC are endangered in the wild.
Birds don’t wage wars and they don’t wipe out multiple species and habitats.
(Red Shouldered Macaw) Sometimes I wonder who is more highly evolved?
(Eclectus Parrot) “Imagine all the people living life in peace.”
Cheers to you from our peaceable feathered friends. We can learn a lot from them~
Lyrics Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach & John Lennon.