It’s A Bird! It’s A Lizard! It’s A Meme!

Wildlife Wednesday. It’s coming your way.

On the first Wednesday of each month, beginning on July 2, 2014, please join in sharing your blog posts about wildlife visitors in your gardens.

When I told my son that I was starting a meme on my blog to promote posts about wildlife gardening, he was very happy that I had joined 2008.   He asked if I knew what a meme was.  “Yes,”  I said, smugly, “I looked it up on Wikipedia!”   He rolled his eyes.


I’m not much of a photographer.  Oh sure, I take the occasional  good photograph–clear, well-framed, decent color. In short, all the things you want in a presentable photograph.  And, that’s about it.  Presentable.  I don’t blog to show off photographic prowess, because I possess little of that.  (I’m not entirely sure why I’m blogging, but that’s fodder for another post.)  I admire those bloggers who are terrific photographers and take the time to identify their subjects and teach the rest of us a thing or two.

I think that’s why gardeners blog.  Gardeners love sharing what they’ve experienced in their gardens and learning from others’ mistakes or successes.  Blogging promotes development of large, overlapping and active garden interests.  Each blogger is a unique voice in garden blogging.  Maybe we love wildflowers and native plants or enjoy garden design. Perhaps we’re interested in sustainable/ecologically appropriate gardening methods or we wish to share our triumphs and/or failures with vegetable/fruit production.  Whatever motivates our gardening and blogging interests, our alliance with wildlife is an intrinsic part of the gardening process.

So let’s join together every first Wednesday of the month, starting next Wednesday, July 2 and post about wildlife in our gardens.  Whether silly or serious,


or pesky,

(especially when they’re stealing tomatoes), write and photograph about the who’s and what’s in your garden.

On Wildlife Wednesday I’ll ask that you leave a comment on my post with a link to yours so readers can enjoy a variety of posts about wild critters in gardens.

Next Wednesday, July 2, 2014.  Wildlife Wednesday!!

For more information about wildlife gardening, visit the Garden for Wildlife link of the National Wildlife Federation.


9 thoughts on “It’s A Bird! It’s A Lizard! It’s A Meme!

  1. Woohoo! Wildlife Wednesdays! Five day countdown…can’t wait!

    Say, that first shot of the bees? Really striking – I think you don’t give your photography skills the credit they deserve. And I love the labels appearing directly in/on your photos. I must investigate if that is potentially possible with my set-up here. So helpful and so much more succinct than the method where I try in captions to describe precisely where in a displayed photo you must direct your eyes to catch some particular detail I’d like to share. So much yet to learn…


    • Thanks, Deb. I get photos right–sometimes. Yup, there’s always lots to learn. And that’s a good thing, too. My honeybees love to visit two of my birdbaths: a solid blue one and the one in the photo that has blue glaze with another more neutral glaze–it’s the color, I think. They’re not as likely to visit the other baths which are all light to neutral colors. My husband wrote the program for me to label–I don’t use it enough. It’s very basic (apparently) and I bet you can figure out something for your deal.


  2. I’m glad you posted a reminder. I was planning my posts for next week and kept thinking there was something new I wanted to do. See you Wednesday!

    You have a nice collection of wildlife to feature. The tomato thief is a funny one.


    • Oh, I’m so glad you’re going to participate! I hope it’ll be fun for all and not too much work!. There was a trio of mockingbirds who were (and still are) stealing my tomatoes. I know I should be irritated, but I have enough and I’m okay with sharing. If they start messing with my squash though, that’s a different thing!


  3. Isn’t it a hoot to amuse our children with our blogging ways? 😉 I will join your meme one of these days — I just keep forgetting. Today I watched a finch at the fountain and fluttering butterflies.


    • My Aaron rolls his eyes at me–one is so smart about so many things at 19. Please join in when you can! It’s been interesting to refocus a little bit away from “just plants” and also forcing myself to work on camera skills is something I must, must do. There are more butterflies this year than in several! Yippy!! I’ve enjoyed mine, too.


  4. I love your idea of aiming the camera onto the wildlfie that visits. And thank you for encouraging those of us who are amateurs. Love your pictures — especially the tomato thief!


    • Ha! Those mockingbirds have enjoyed the tomatoes this summer. Sometimes it’s hard to be an amateur in this gardening/wildlife hobby. The pros just take such incredible photos and I know with my pedestrian efforts, it seems a bit lame. But, for me, it’s about learning something new and developing some new skills, so that will have to suffice.


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