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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Our World and Nature Notes: spring like days

We've had a string of days with spring weather although it's supposed to turn cold again.
My hellebore (lenten rose) above was beaten down by the snow and ice but is still a harbinger of spring.
The birds watched the sunset with me one evening after the rain ended.
I was photographing the sunset from my window and the birds were in the tree tops.
Most of the birds left but there was one that watched the sunset as long as I did.
 A bird was watching the sunrise with me one morning below.
 Male cardinals usually stand out but the one below found a tree with camouflage to suit his feathers.
 I love bare winter trees but am beginning to look for signs of new growth.
 A few of my daffodils are already blooming.
 The female cardinal below was keeping an eye on me.
 The titmouse below was also watching me.
 Titmouse move so fast it's hard for me to shoot them (with my camera of course).
 We've had some beautiful skies in between gray periods.
 The rest of the shots are from a walk this Sunday.
 It was a great day for a walk.
 The cormorants are still at the lake but they usually leave in the spring and return in the fall.
The gulls also leave this lake in the spring and return by late fall or early winter.
 The gulls must breed somewhere else because there are gulls year round where I live but they aren't at this particular lake after spring gets underway or in the summer.
I always start watching for them to return in the late fall.
 The great blue heron are at the lake year round.


Mary said...

A gorgeous series of photos! Beautiful birds and wonderful skies!

Mike said...

Great set of photos. I think my favorite is the lone bird in the tree during the sunset - the silhouette with the burnt sky in the background is wonderful.

EG CameraGirl said...

It looks quite different there than it looks here! I envy your daffodils!

Penelope Notes said...

The daffodils really caught my attention. In my neck of the woods the green stems are just starting to sprout. Thank goodness because we had a surprise snowfall and I don’t think the flowers would have liked it.

Anonymous said...

How lovely to see the daffodils and blue skies!

Valerie said...

Love the pattern created by the raindrops - great capture!

Lola said...

Wonderful combination of blue skies and daffodils - truly Spring-like!

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful array of photos ~ gorgeous ~ love them all ~ female cardinal is fascinating to me ~ Daffodils in bloom ~ how lovely ~ Spring is coming ~ thanks,

artmusedog and carol

Photo Cache said...

it's daffodils time, yay! so happy to see that :)

Carole M. said...

enjoyed each photograph, nature at play, and wish you warm sunny days ahead as you venture into spring (as we venture into autumn, my favourite time of year)

eileeninmd said...

It is nice that the birds keep you company while watching the sunset. I always enjoy your bird shots. Lovely series of photos.

Laura said...

so lovely to see the blossoms and beautiful birds.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful flowers and birds.

DeniseinVA said...

How marvelous that you have daffodils growing already. This is a great collection of photos Carver. I love them!

Fun60 said...

Loved the photos. Spring is definitely on its way.

Indrani said...

Wow! Excellent frames.

Hootin Anni said...

Love that the 'birds watched the sunset with you after a rainstorm'....and your Sunday walk was beautiful, thanks for taking me along.

Karen said...

Such lovely glimpses of spring! Cute little Titmouse.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The heron looks like he's guarding the flock of gulls! Wonderfl walk.

You already know what I'm going to say about the daffodils (That sentence should be in green ... so envious!)

Rambling Woods said...

Oh really do have signs of spring and it made me smile to see them.... Michelle

Anonymous said...

Your Hellebore is wonderful! Dianne


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