Welcome to Colleen’s Corner. This is a column meant for fun and some information About myself: I am Colleen Fielding, a Freelance Photographer you often see me on the side of the road or in various places taking photos of different things animals, birds, places, people etc. l have lived in Lumby just over 8 years,you have seen my photos in the newspaper (Lumby Valley Times) and once in awhile in the Vernon Morning Star, and the Lumby Art Gallery. Photography is my passion. Disclaimer: The information on some of my photos that I write about a lot of times come from the Internet or books I research them, hopefully the facts are as close to the truth as I can come.
As I walked through my yard today, I saw that the leaves are now falling from my Lilac trees, and I thought to myself “okay, time to do fall yard cleanup.” We have gravel on the ground and no grass, so raking is pretty easy. We just put our leaves on the gardens, helps to keep them warm and is a great mulch for the gardens. Going through the yard I see the things that will need to be put away, the fairies, the gnomes, the frogs (not real frogs, just ornaments) and all the other ornaments in my yard.
But there hanging off the trees are my bird feeders. I have a lot of cool ones, I don’t feed the birds anymore ever since one of the cats that live around here killed one of the Hairy Woodpeckers that have been coming to my yard since I lived here, every year they would bring their young and feed them at my feeders filled with suet and nuts for them. I was devastated when I found the poor little Woodpecker, I carefully wrapped it up and buried it. About a half hour later the baby Woodpecker came by looking for its parent right near where I had buried it. The young bird waited around my yard in the same spot not even moving even though I was close to it for over an hour, then it flew off and I never saw it again.
So now although I no longer feed the birds, I still keep my bird feeders up as they give me such joy just looking at them. I have the regular bird feeders that you see everywhere, you might even have them in your own yard. I have a Fox one (pictured) that when the sun shines on it , it is so cool that it almost looks real.
I have some that look like a Sunflower, 2 of them that hang from the trees, and one that is on a stake that goes in the ground. One that looks like a Red Cardinal, a LadyBug, a Dragonfly, a Duck, a Bee, one that looks like a small barn that when you have food in it the birds can sit under the top and check out their surroundings to be sure they are safe. I even have one that is shaped like a Snowman.
Yes I do have some pretty cool ones, which I keep up all year round whether there is food in them or not, I can see them from my window, they are so nice to look at giving me a smile even on blah days.
But enough chatter, I must go outside, grab the rake (I actually like raking) and do some Fall cleanup.