Every year, just before the spring flowers begin to appear in Newburgh, Indiana, where Susan and I live,
the Garden Pixies arrive from their winter vacation in some warmer part of the Country. You may not know about Garden
but I'm sure there are many in your neighborhood. They're just very hard to see.
I discovered them by accident. I was taking pictures of tulips that were beginning to open in our garden. A breeze was
making the flowers sway back and forth.
I was afraid that they would be blurred in the photos, so I made an adjustment on the camera to make it take pictures more
quickly. Then I took several
When I examined the pictures, the flowers looked clear and sharp, but there was a surprise in one picture. A mysterious
blurry shape was next to one of the
I couldn't see what it was. Maybe a hummingbird had flown by just as I snapped the picture. I adjusted my camera to take
pictures even more quickly and shot
There were only flowers in the first three pictures, but in the fourth I received a big surprise. The blurred shape was no
longer blurry, and it wasn't a
It was a pixie, and she appeared to be painting the flower!
I took many more pictures and discovered lots of pixies in our garden. They all seemed to be busy adding colors to our
flowers. Could pixies be painting all of
In some pictures the pixies appeared to be talking to each other. I couldn't hear them, but I wondered if I could with a
microphone and a recorder of some kind.
I still couldn't see them when I looked around, so I held the microphone near different flowers, hoping that I would just
happen to catch the voices of one or
When I played back my recordings, I heard tiny voices speaking very quickly. If those were the pixies talking, I would have
to play the tape at a different
speed in order to hear them.
I borrowed a better recorder from a friend and tried again. Like with the camera, I had to keep adjusting the recorder to
find the best speed. When I finally
did, I was amazed by what I heard.
I began to take pictures and make recordings at the same time to learn all I could about the pixies. The recordings are
very hard to hear clearly,
but I made plenty of notes and I have a huge collection of pictures. So I think the best way to tell you about them is to
show you photographs and tell you
stories about them.
There are four stories for you to enjoy, one for each season. Click on the images below to read them.
The Terrible-Tempered ice Dragon attacks the garden in Winter. April and her pet, Bugpuppy, have an adventure when the time comes for The Spring Flower Show.
In the Summer, Red Wrinkler and his Rowdy Cousins introduce a little too much play into their work. When Fall comes, Two Brave Pixies discover they'd rather be
doing something else.
I hope you enjoy them all. I also hope you will watch carefully in your own garden. Perhaps you will see these industrious pixies at work.
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