Recently, my attention moved from the flowers in the garden to the critters in the garden. Or in my case, the lack of feathered critters in my garden.
Where were all the birds? I don’t have cats anymore, so I set out to lure birds to my safe, fenced yard.
Step one was making these upcycled bird feeders. A couple of thrift store plates drilled with a ceramic bit to make a hole in the center, some hanging hardware and a measure of fishing line was all I needed to open my backyard diner.
Open for lunch
In a few weeks, I had some curious and hungry cardinals regularly visiting the feeder, so I made another four for the yard. I add water to a few to give the birds a nice, clean drinking hole.
I’ve decided to make more of these bird feedres and sell them at the different street shows I do around West Palm Beach.
HueDew will have a booth at Dachstoberfest in West Palm Beach on Sunday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds benefits Dachshund Rescue South Florida, a foster-based rescue out of South Florida. It is a rescue that is dear to my heart as I have been a volunteer for them for years and have photographed many a dog in need of a home. I’m planning on using those photos of the rescued dogs in my designs.
The rescue dogs are ready for their closeup!
The big draw for Dachstoberfest are the doxie races. It is a hoot to watch these little long dogs race to the finish.
In the meantime, I’m racing to the finish to come up with some cool designs to print on HueDew’s aluminun cuff bracelets and rubber coasters to sell at the event. Booth fee goes directly to DRSF!
The pink tassel-flower can look super charged with the right back light. It takes on an electrical aura thanks to its pollen-laden stamens that look more like fiber-optic cables in the right light.
I used a LensBaby to focus on only a few of the electric pink stamens to make a less traditional image of this hot-pink flowering shrub. As the light changed, I also photographed a more traditional image using the LensBaby.
This evergreen powderpuff shrub attracts butterflies like Giant Swallowtails, Zebras, and Peacocks. Even though it can grow to be 12 to 15 feet high with a 10 to 15-foot spread, it can also be used in bonsai.