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Sharing Memories My Camera Captured

Time waits for no one, but my Sony captures and saves memories I hold dear to my heart.

Our Beautiful Azaleas

We have Gran Hollingsworth to thank for our azaleas, which are breathtaking. Each boasts its beauty in a variety of colors.

They grow in most of our one-acre yard, shared with pecan trees, pear trees, plum trees, peach trees, tangerine trees, roses, lilies, an herb tree, oaks, evergreens, and cedars.

Also, a wild cherry tree, and a few others that I cannot name at the moment, but I will be posting a lot of photos as time goes on.

I will take pictures of the azaleas when they bloom. And of course, more of my sweet pets. Sweetie and KeeKee are having fun and strutting their stuff for my Sony video camera.

Gran planted her azaleas in 1959 or 1960, and we have protected them, fed them, and given them the best treatment we knew how to give.

We still honor her after all these years by taking care of her plants. Gran was a strong Lady of the South, and I will discuss her more later on this blog in many of the posts that will accent the conversation.

I always visit her grave with her favorite flowers every March. I hope she knows we are still looking after the beautiful flowers she planted herself.

Photo of a Butterfly on my Herb Tree.

Photo of a Butterfly on my Herb Tree.

Azaleas around a Cedar Trees.

Azaleas around a Cedar Trees.

It's bedtime in the Country

Every night or afternoon, I should say—about 6:00 p.m.—our sweetie angel gets his donut, and he is ready to go night-night.

He has done this since he was eight weeks old, when we were so lucky to get him. Now he is seven years old and is very healthy—thank God and green apples!

Since we do not have children, our pets are our children. I have six nephews whom I see on holidays and sometimes in between on special occasions.

They are busy living their lives, and I fully understand, as I am busy living mine.

I did enjoy my nephews when they were small and growing up. We had fun on the weekends and during the summer months.

They all became good, respectful men who honor their parents, and yes, I am very proud of them.

Well, as you can tell by now, there are not too many people who live down our country road to talk to, so I write.

Azaleas by the Oaks in our yard.

Azaleas by the Oaks in our yard.

My First Azaleas of Spring

Because it rained last night and today is March 1stI thought I might have a few azaleas starting to bloom early. So, I took my Sony for a walk in our yard.

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To my surprise, beautiful blooms unfolded in many colors, and so many were ready to bloom. Here is the first picture below for me to share with you, my friends.

Squirrels, Sparrows, Red Birds and Doves

These Are Gran's Azaleaus

Gran had a name for every plant, bush, and tree. She called each one by their old-fashioned names.

Names, taught to her from childhood by her mother and all her aunts. Gran was born in Georgia, the oldest of thirteen children.

She was a little lady, about five feet tall, but don't get on her bad side, as she always called it.

I pray that I can always take care of her beautiful flowers, which she has enjoyed for so many years and which are one of our greatest gifts to treasure.

After a hard day at work, their beauty seems to heal all my bumps and bruises from an office environment.

I will sit in my yard and inhale their fragrance and sooth my tired eyes with their beauty.

Carolina Jasmine

Carolina Jasmine is 20 years old.

Carolina Jasmine is 20 years old.

My Caroline Jasmine

Oh, the sweet, heavenly smell of Carolina jasmine. Every year when it blooms, I'm reminded of my great-great grandmother. Why? Because she was born in South Carolina in 1830 and died in 1889 in Florida. Her story is interesting, to say the least. She is one lady I would like to meet if I could go back in time.(We will discuss her more later.) I need a time machine—one that works, please!

Anyway, here are my Carolina jasmine flowers below, and you can almost smell them.

First Azaleas of Spring in our yard

First Azaleas of Spring in our yard

Mama Raccoon

Mama Raccoon

Sparrows Visiting Our Yard

Our Redbud Tree

This red-bud tree catches everyone's eye as they drive by on our country highway. I noticed a lot of bikers who pass our home on their way to the Gulf; they slow down every year to look into our yard when it blooms. I am so happy to share the beauty of nature and the results of Gran's loving hands in planting so many beautiful things in our yard.

KeeKee loves to hunt and chase grasshoppers, crickets, lizards, and butterflies. He is so active that sometimes I cannot keep up with him. He loves to run and climb all the huge oak trees in our yard and roll on the grass, waiting for me to rub his back.

He lives to take naps during the day, sleeps late on cold mornings, and eats late. He has his own schedule, which changes often to his benefit.

He has his own pets—now it is a mama raccoon—and he waits for her every evening to share his dry food with her. He will sit and watch while she eats, and then he will walk with her to the birdbath to drink water. Then she walks back into the woods behind our house.

Sometimes, she will bring her four babies with her, as I believe she is teaching them where to go for food that is safe.

Animals are so wonderful to watch, but I cannot get close enough for a good photo. However, I will add the one I took from a distance.

My Sony Cyber Shot is 16 Years Old and is Still Working

KeeKee On The Hunt

KeeKee On The Hunt

Sweetie with his snowman and other toys,

Sweetie with his snowman and other toys,

Sweetie Loves his Snowman and Elephant

I gave Sweetie the Snowman when he was only two months old, so he thinks the Snowman is his brother, and he always takes him a Milk Bone every night and places it by the Snowman on the couch.

Our living room belongs to him, and he lets us visit and watch TV if we are good that day. Otherwise, he wants me to stay in my computer room so he can sleep at my feet on one of his pillows.

My girlfriends tell everyone they want to be reincarnated as one of my pets because no one treats them as well as I do my pets. They like to tease me about it, but they are just as loving with their animal family members.

Pets are our Gift to Ourselves

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2011 Barbara Purvis Hunter


Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on February 20, 2015:

Hi peachpurple,

I love my Sony camera and I can make videos with it too. I am happy that you visited and commented. I do hope you have a wonderful weekend. It is 28 degrees here in Florida at 8:44 am. I am not looking forward to going outside today.



peachy from Home Sweet Home on February 20, 2015:

Your digital camera takes good pictures, mine is canon, very blurry

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on February 19, 2015:

Hi Audrey,

I love my flowers and I am worried about them tonight as it will be freezing. I am hoping the trees will protect them as most of the bushes are as high as some trees.

I am happy you enjoyed this hub. I love living in the country.

Until Later,


Audrey Howitt from California on February 19, 2015:

Your pictures are wonderful! No wonder you keep your camera with you!

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on February 17, 2014:

Hi Daisy,

Thanks for the visit and the Birthday greeting. You have a great week.

Bobbi Purvis

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on February 17, 2014:


I enjoyed reading your article. I usually have my Olympus camera with me. When I don't bring it, I miss some great shots.

Have a very happy February 17th birthday!

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on October 15, 2012:


I am so happy you visited and commented. I love my pets and all animals and birds. I will visit you hubs tonight. I wish we had smell-a-email and I would send some Carolina Jasmine scent.

Thanks again,

Bobbi Purvis

Bobbi Purvis

frogyfish from Central United States of America on October 15, 2012:

Your walk with that Sony was delightful and interesting. I do envy you that Carolina Jasmine for it is one of my favorite flowers and it doesn't grow here. I could get drunk on its fragrance :-)

Thank you for taking such good care of those pets too!

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