Saturday, January 02, 2010

"Goodnight Moon"

The view through my office window. 

I've been adopted by this little red bird. When he runs out of seeds he doesn't go elsewhere. He just stares through the window as if to say... Hellooo - aren't you forgetting somebody??

Sunrise on the messy 'Bird Tree.' Same view out my office window. 
Yup - they are definitely running low on food. I need more java before I bundle up and remedy this situation.

I didn't haul myself out of bed at dawn to see if my little red bird was still here. No, no. Much different agenda, this a.m. (Plus, I knew he would be. He'd probably come indoors if I'd let him.)

I wanted a fab parting shot of that very big and pretty rare NYE blue moon. Had the bright idea of capturing her right when she touched the tip of this mountain. I'd noticed a couple days ago that she doesn't say goodnight until I'm in the mood for a good morning.

As you can see, this effort was hardly worth warming up the coffee pot for. A storm came rumbling over the peaks and our big blue moon went bye-bye.

However! While I was standing there shaking my fist at the clouds and the wind, something cool happened!

Two hot air balloons popped out of that same cloud cover. Just imagine the blue moon photos they have!

* Goodnight Moon is a marvelous bedtime story, written by Margaret Brown in 1947. If you've read the book you may remember my favorite line: "Goodnight room. Goodnight moon. Goodnight light, and the red balloon..."


jan said...

What a cute little bird friend! And another great view from your windows! I can see the appeal of living where you do...even with the cold!

I would have thought that baloon-ers would be reluctant to fly when those kind of clouds were about! I hope the hot air in them kept the passengers warm! Brrrrr!

Anonymous said...

Those balloons were a great parting shot anyhow! Oh how I wish I could have bird feeders hanging like you do. The elk and bear destroy them consistently (that goes for hummingbird feeders in season too).

Goodnight Moon--goodbye and sweet dreams :)

Carol said...

I love that book too Kate! Goodnight Moon! Love your silver mountain view too! Great shots of the surprising balloons. Lovely beginning to the day! Carol

Anonymous said...

Hi !
That shot of the storm coming in is worthy of NGS.-your bro

PS: What type of bird is that red bird; it's not a Robin ?

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Kate, See... You weren't supposed to have that shot of the moon. You were treated with a fun surprise!! Thanks for sharing. Have a great day. (That little red bird looks like a finch!)

Noelle Johnson said...

Hi Kate,

Your little red friend reminds me of a dog who gives your that look that just makes you want to feed them more...I do love your storm cloud photo and the hot air balloons :-)

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hi, Jan!
He's a cutie and he's definitely got my number. I made a special trip to a bird food store down in Salt Lake to get him some goodies. But, I know nothing about birds, told the clerk he was a wren. Now I see from Shady's comment that he's a finch. Oh, well.... :))

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hi, Bookworm!
The bird tree came about as a safe haven for birdies in my yard because I own 2 cats. Seemed like a dirty trick to put a birdfeeder out if the serial kitties had access to it! :))

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hi, Carol!
Well, thanks, I push my poor little digital camera to the breaking point sometimes. My NYE is to get a bigger, cooler, faster camera. We shall see.... :D

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hello, Bro;
Wow, thanks! NGS?? Laying it on a bit thick, aren't you? Hee-hee. I do appreciate a loyal family member.

Are you keeping warm? I saw it was 20 below zero at your shack this week! So, don't expect a visit from me anytime soon! :D

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Happy New Year, AZ! He is a clever little bird. Knows how to spot a sucker when he sees one... (that would be me!) Thanks for stopping by.

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hi, Shady!
So glad you stopped by! So, he's a Finch? I didn't know they stuck around for the winter. He seems too little and fragile to handle the cold and snow.

Gail said...

The mountains are beauty enough.

sasha said...


Love all the photos lately, of the moon, flowers and especially the coyote(wow what a sight). The one of you and B. is really nice too. Hope we'll see the full moon on our snowshoe hike.
See ya.

Kathy Green said...

Nice balloon pictures! You were lucky to catch those. I didn't think balloons would be flying at this time of the year. You have some great looking birdfeeders too. Kathy

Anonymous said...

What a fabulous post! It had drama, wildlife, humor and drop dead gorgeousness! The balloons shot is superb. Simply perfect. I love your little red finch, house finch?


Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Wow. Thank you, Frances. That is very kind of you to say.

I guess he's a finch. But, now you're making me nervous. If he's a house finch does that mean he truly does want to come inside? :)

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I love the view out your window! We need to work at keeping the feeders filled, too. I'm glad to see the birds are also eating seeds from my deadheads.

We like the book Goodnight Moon, too. It's one of our grandson's favorites. He also loves pointing to the real moon, saying, "Moon, moon!"

I like your photo of the clouds and moon. The one with the balloons is awesome!

thismngardener said...

Hi Kate!
I love LOVE the book Goodnight Moon! Many, many times have I read it. What beautiful photos. And I love all your birdfeeders! I need to get a better setup going for mine. Seeds in the shed, feeders in the back, 15 crusty inches of snow, and not a shoveled path to be found...

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Thx, honey;
Please do... say hello more often?

And ~ keep me in the loop on T? ~ I am an eentsy bit worried about her...