Little Squirrely … I leave unshelled peanuts in various locations around the yard. This one doesn’t bother anyone. Although one day I happened to look out the window and saw 2 squirrels in the tree, they moved so quickly it seemed as if they were flying .. territorial clash or something?
Signs of spring. Bulbs planted, forgotten .. thrive emerging from beneath the rock. When I see this type of growth I am always reminded of the words of Kashtin (when I saw them perform in Victoria, many years ago) that sometimes a plant has to go through a rock before it can flower. This resonates with me. Emergence is a stronger and thriving life in the sunshine.
Yippeeeeeeeeeeeee .. here I am again! Planted years ago, and popping up already .. preparing to display lovely blue flowers in the spring. The magnificent rose bush that resides nearby ..proudly showing new growth and also a graceful remainder of a rosebud from last season.Once again at the most beautiful jewel of serenity close by .. the walkway at Swan Lake .. I plan to visit there again today. Love this place so much.
Such beauty …
At Swan . beautiful moss and lichen adorn a tree branch .. lots of material for the birds to use in their nests ..
Lovely …up above …
It was a quiet time of the day when I went for my little walk .. a gentle breeze created the smallest of little wavelets on the surface of the water. Such a peaceful place to be.
Stately Geese in a side marsh .. looking over .. ever so subtlely .. perhaps I had some flatted oats with me? Not today guys .. I need to visit the Nature House to buy a little packet of the oats for them, on another visit…
Some Mallards were busily seeking out delicious treats from the water …
Stopped for awhile to gaze at this hawk, tucked away in the branches. Looking for a midday meal.
Suddenly, the hawk flew away and I stood there awhile, watching this raptor soar up above and then away.
Back at home, I was wandering around the yard and saw this beautiful Spotted Towhee perched in some branches, near one of the bird feeders. These birds are very shy and I knew it would fly away so I stood quietly … hoping to get some pictures. I zoomed in as much as possible, from 30 feet away.
Patience was rewarded. Such a strikingly handsome bird.
I fought the urge to take a photo of this camper, which was filling up at a local gas station. But I could only stand this for awhile and in the end, grabbed my camera and took a pic just as it was leaving the station. And I fought the urge to go and speak to the driver .. to ask questions about this lovely camper. If I see it again, though, and it is possible to speak with them .. well .. I will do that!
It is so lovely to feel the approach of spring .. with the emergence of bulbs .. although it is still February and I know that there will be frosts again in the coming months. The ground will thaw and freeze and repeat.
Still, it is wonderful to be outside and dream about changing the garden. I should be outside, cleaning up the various areas, and keep putting that work off for a little bit more. So I can practise my fiddle and play with my beads and wire. When the days are warm and sunny it will be impossible to stay inside when the outdoors beckons so tantalizingly.
And it looks like the day ahead is going to be one of these lovely sunny days so I’d best get going and see what adventures await me and my camera!