As I do each month, I enjoyed looking back over my archived photos, taken three years previously, to remember how things were then and maybe get some idea of what to expect this year. As usual, I searched for images which reflected favorite memes: critters of all kinds (especially birds), skies and clouds, reflections, flowers and fences, as well as scenes which speak for themselves.
This was our final stay in our Illinois condo. It had served as our second home for eleven years, but keeping two residences was getting to be a chore. We vacated it late in May and closed the sale remotely during the next month.
Early May is the height of songbird migration in NE Illinois, providing lots of color in the May photo archives. The first entry was a Baltimore Oriole:
Less colorful but nonetheless intriguing, a Great Horned Owl:
A few years earlier, within walking distance of our condo, we had discovered the first nesting Lark Sparrows in the county. To be honest, MaryLou spotted them and noted that they were unusual.
When I looked at them through the binoculars I recognized their strikingly bold face patterns. Lark Sparrows were back again this spring:
They can be difficult to see out on the dry prairie:
In the same field were Savannah Sparrows...
...and the smaller Grasshopper Sparrows:
A pair of House Sparrows snuggled on a fencepost:
Also in the prairie, a Killdeer guarded two chicks:
Along the woodland path, Trout Lilies bloomed:
Wake Robin flowers were opening:
Blue Violets are the Illinois State Flowers:
Our daughter's family had gained two new pups within two weeks, a black Standard Poodle (Casador) and another Tibetan Mastiff (Moncada) to join Agramonte:
Agramonte greets the newest member of the pack:
The last of our furniture was towed away:
Sunset over neighborhood Jones Meadow Park:
On final approach to the Fort Lauderdale airport, we could find our house and familiar landmarks (click to enlarge):
We ended the month in Florida. A back yard highlight was a Tricolored Heron:
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Please visit the links to all these posts to see some excellent photos on display