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Sunday, April 20, 2014

HAPPY EASTER!! (SENDING YOU A HAPPY BLUE BIRD AND A PARADE PHOTO BLOG)


Hi Everybody!
Happy Easter!  Look what popped out of a special egg: An Indigo Bunting! He is my Easter Present. The blue, blue bird is the first Visitor of the Spring Migration fly over. The birds have been sighted in High Island, Texas. This beautiful boy is early to this area and came down to feed here at one of my feeding stations. I have shared Wikipedia info below about this little blue bird and Easter.  
Then: Surprise:  An Easter Parade.  Enjoy and spread the Peace of Easter.











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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter

Easter

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Easter (Old English Ēostre),[nb 1] also called the Pasch[4] or Pascha (the two latter names derived, through LatinPascha and Greek Πάσχα Paskha, fromHebrewפֶּסַח‎ Pesaḥ),[5][6] or Resurrection Sunday,[7][8] is a festival andholiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred three days after his crucifixion byRomans at Calvary.[9][10] It is the culmination of the Passion of Christ, preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.
The last week of Lent is called Holy Week, and it contains the days of theEaster Triduum, including Maundy Thursday (also known as Holy Thursday), commemorating the Last Supper and its preceding foot washing,[11][12] as well as Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus.[13] Easter is followed by a fifty-day period called Eastertide, or the Easter Season, ending with Pentecost Sunday.
Easter is a moveable feast, meaning it is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar. The First Council of Nicaea (325) established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon (the Paschal Full Moon) following the Marchequinox.[14] Ecclesiastically, the equinox is reckoned to be on 21 March (although the astronomical equinox occurs on 20 March in most years), and the "Full Moon" is not necessarily on the astronomically correct date. The date of Easter therefore varies from 22 March to 25 April inclusive. Eastern Christianitybases its calculations on the Julian calendar, whose 21 March corresponds, during the 21st century, to 3 April in the Gregorian calendar, and in which therefore the celebration of Easter varies between 4 April and 8 May.
Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover by much of its symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar. In many languages, the words for "Easter" and "Passover" are identical or very similar.[15] Easter customs vary across theChristian world, and include sunrise services, exclaiming the Paschal greeting,clipping the church,[16] and decorating Easter eggs, a symbol of the empty tomb.[17][18][19] The Easter lily, a symbol of the resurrection,[20][21] traditionally decorates the chancel area of churches on this day and for the rest of Eastertide.[22] Additional customs that have become associated with Easter and are observed by both Christians and some non-Christians include egg hunting, the Easter Bunny, and Easter parades.[23][24][25] There are also various traditional Easter foods that vary regionally.
Easter
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TypeChristian, cultural
SignificanceCelebrates the resurrection of Jesus
CelebrationsChurch services, festive family meals, Easter egg hunts and gift-giving
ObservancesPrayerall-night vigilsunrise service
DateEaster
2013 date31 March (Western)
5 May (Eastern)
2014 date20 April (Western)
20 April (Eastern)
2015 date5 April (Western)
12 April (Eastern)
Related toPassover, of which it is regarded the Christian equivalent; Septuagesima,SexagesimaQuinquagesima,Shrove TuesdayAsh WednesdayClean Monday,LentGreat LentPalm Sunday,Holy WeekMaundy Thursday,Good Friday, and Holy Saturdaywhich lead up to Easter; andThomas SundayAscension,PentecostTrinity Sunday, andCorpus Christi which follow it.











































































https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indigo_Bunting

Indigo Bunting

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) is a small seed-eating bird in the familyCardinalidae. It is migratory, ranging from southern Canada to northern Floridaduring the breeding season, and from southern Florida to northern South Americaduring the winter.[2] It often migrates by night, using the stars to navigate.[3] Its habitat is farmland, brush areas, and open woodland.[4] The Indigo Bunting is closely related to the Lazuli Bunting and interbreeds with the species where their ranges overlap.

Quintana, Texas Spring Migration

The Indigo Bunting is a small bird, with a length of 11.5–13 cm (4.5–5.1 in). It displayssexual dimorphism in its coloration; the male is a vibrant blue in the summer and a brown color during the winter months, while the female is brown year-round. The male displays brightly colored plumage during the breeding season to attract a mate. Nest-building and incubation are done solely by the female. The diet of the Indigo Bunting consists primarily of insects during the summer months and seeds during the winter months.


Description[edit]

The Indigo Bunting is a smallish songbird, around the size of a small sparrow. It measures 11.5–15 cm (4.5–5.9 in) long, with a wingspan of 18–23 cm (7.1–9.1 in).[11][2] Body mass averages 14.5 g (0.51 oz), with a reported range of 11.2–21.4 g (0.40–0.75 oz).[12] During the breeding season, the adult male appears mostly a vibrant cerulean blue. Only the head isindigo. The wings and tail are black with cerulean blue edges. In fall and winter plumage, the male has brown edges to the blue body and head feathers, which overlap to make the bird appear mostly brown. The adult female is brown on the upperparts and lighter brown on the underparts. It has indistinct wing bars and is faintly streaked with darker markings underneath.[13] The immature bird resembles the female in coloring, although a male may have hints of blue on the tail and shoulders and have darker streaks on the underside. The beak is short and conical. In the adult female, the bill is light brown tinged with blue, and in the adult male the upper half is brownish-black while the lower is light blue.[14] The feet and legs are black or gray.[15]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The habitat of the Indigo Bunting is brushy forest edges, open deciduous woods, second growth woodland, and farmland.[4]The breeding range stretches from southern Canada to Maine, south to northern Florida and eastern Texas, and westward to southern Nevada. The winter range begins in southern Florida and central Mexico and stretches south through the West Indies and Central America to northern South America.[2] It has occurred as a vagrant in Antigua and BarbudaBarbados,DenmarkEcuadorGermanyIcelandIrelandNetherlands, the Netherlands AntillesSaint Pierre and MiquelonSerbia and the United Kingdom.[1]
Indigo Bunting
Male (above), female (below)
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Cardinalidae
Genus:Passerina
Species:P. cyanea
Binomial name
Passerina cyanea
(Linnaeus, 1766)
Range of the Indigo Bunting
     Summer-only range     Migratory range     Winter-only range
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A male in breeding plumage












The Easter Parade on Rainbow Creek!!

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...this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek.  See You next time!

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Friday, April 18, 2014

SNAPDRAGONS AND ENGLISH DOGWOOD (APRIL FLOWERS IN THE SOUTH TEXAS GARDEN PHOTO BLOG)


Hi Everybody!!
This has been a great week to be near any location with Spring Flowers! I happen to live in a garden, so I am surrounded by flowers (by choice). Two garden favorites who bloom in April in the South Texas Garden are the Snapdragons (Annual) and English Dogwood/Mock Orange (Perennial). I use common names in this Blog, however,  universally plant nomenclature is in Latin: Antirrhinum and Philadelphus coronarius which are below in the Wikipedia Info.  Your photostudy is around the grounds of the bird sanctuary yesterday. Enjoy!

The Snapdragons!





https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antirrhinum

Antirrhinum

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Antirrhinum is a genus of plants commonly known as snapdragons or dragon flowers, from the flowers' fancied resemblance to the face of a dragon that opens and closes its mouth when laterally squeezed. They are native to rocky areas of Europe, the United States, and North Africa.[1]
Antirrhinum
Snapdragon
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
Phylum:Angiosperms
(unranked):Eudicots
(unranked):Asterids
Order:Lamiales
Family:Plantaginaceae
Genus:Antirrhinum
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The Garden Snapdragon is an important garden plant; cultivars of this species have showy white, crimson, or yellow bilabiate flowers. It is also important as a model organism in botanical research, and its genome has been studied in detail.
While Antirrhinum majus is the plant that is usually meant of the word "snapdragon" if used on its own, many other species in the genus, and in the family Scrophulariaceae more widely, have common names that include the word "snapdragon".

Growth[edit]

Snapdragons are often considered as cold-season annual plants and do best in full or partial sun, in well drained soil (although they do require regular watering[4]). They are classified commercially as a range of heights: dwarf (6-8 inches), medium (15-30 inches) and tall (30-48 inches).

Genetic studies[edit]

Snapdragon is a typical example of incomplete dominance by the red allele with the anthocyanin pigment. Any cross between red-flowered and white-flowered snapdragons, give an intermediate and heterozygous phenotype with pink flowers, that carries both the dominant and recessive alleles.[5]
Several species of Antirrhinum are self-incompatible, meaning that a plant cannot be fertilised by its own pollen.[6] Self-incompatibility in the genus has been studied since the early 1900s.[6] Self-incompatibility in Antirrhinum species is controlledgametophytically and shares many important features with self-incompatibility systems in Rosaceae and Solanaceae.[7]





















Presenting the "English Dogwood":















https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphus_coronarius

Philadelphus coronarius

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Philadelphus coronarius (sweet mock-orangeEnglish dogwood) is a speciesof flowering plant in the family Hydrangaceae, native to Southern Europe. It is adeciduous shrub growing to 3 m (10 ft) tall by 2.5 m (8 ft) wide, with toothed leaves and bowl-shaped white flowers with prominent stamens. In the species the blooms are abundant and very fragrant, but less so in the cultivars.[1]

Philadelphus coronarius
The specific epithet coronarius means "used for garlands".[2]

Cultivation[edit]

It is a popular ornamental plant for gardens in temperate regions, valued for its profuse sweetly scented white blossom in early summer. There are a large number of named cultivars. The following cultivars have gained the Royal Horticultural Society'sAward of Garden Merit:-
  • P. coronarius 'Aureus'[3]
  • P. coronarius 'Variegatus'[4]


Sweet Mock-orange
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
(unranked):Angiosperms
(unranked):Eudicots
(unranked):Asterids
Order:Cornales
Family:Hydrangeaceae
Genus:Philadelphus
Species:P. coronarius
Binomial name
Philadelphus coronarius
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...this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek.  See You next time!
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