Saturday, November 28, 2009


While running errands a couple of weeks ago, I saw a beautiful pyracantha bush just brimming with berries only a block and a half from my house. I vowed to go back with my camera to take a picture because it instantly reminded me of my dear Grandmother’s pyracantha bush at the farm in Coleman, TX. I walked down the street to take this photo a week later.


Grandma used to sit next to a window in her living room where she watched all the birds and other critters, especially in the mornings while drinking coffee, with a pair of binoculars and a Birds of North America book close at hand.

Just outside that window was a pyracantha bush that attracted many bird species in the fall and winter months. Her favorite sighting was a Painted Bunting.

Painted Bunting

A Painted Bunting*

What a joy to be reminded of Grandma. She would have been 98 years old this month. I owe my love of birds, plants, and reading to her. Furthermore, I inherited her Birds of North America book that contains dates of birds sightings and other related notes. Thanks Grandma!

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