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April 9, 2011

Sights of Early Spring

Hi Everyone!  Sorry I’ve been a bit absent from the blog this week.  I’ve tried to keep up with reading all of you, but I haven’t posted myself since last weekend.  It has been a busy week, especially with waiting for my Red Sox to finally win a game during this first week of the baseball season.  That the win came against the Yankees made the win even sweeter – though I wish I didn’t have to wait through 6 losses to see it!  I did still manage to get outside a bit with my camera, so I wanted to share a few signs of spring I’ve managed to find.

This isn’t really a sign of spring, but I did buy a new bird feeder that seems to be more friendly to a variety of bird sizes:
new feeder

It has easily accessible openings for birds, but it closes down when something heavier than a bird, like a big ol’ gray squirrel, lands on it.  The squirrels eat frustrating amounts of seed, so I’d prefer to not have them emptying this feeder.  I have another feeder in a near-by tree that I’ll maybe put some cereal or other squirrel treat in so they don’t get too upset with me.

The new suet-cake I hung next to the feeder has been attracting some new visitors – this one is sunflower seed, and it seems to be popular.  I’ve never had grackle stop by before now:

male grackle

I guess these birds can be considered to be pests, but I’ve never had any issue with them.  I think the iridescent feathers are pretty.

The robins have been back around in fairly large flocks, but I haven’t gotten a nice picture just yet.  They are one of the first signs of spring around here (they seem to return in early March) so I wanted to include at least one picture in this post.  I didn’t get the nice red breast, but I thought this one looking like it was looking back at me was kind of cute:
robin

In addition to having my eyes out for bird visitors, I’ve been scouring the yard looking for signs of growth.  Some of my favorite perennials are just beginning to reach for the light of day:

bleeding heart sprout

Bleeding Heart

peony sprout

Peony

lupin sprout

Lupin

daffodils to be

Daffodils… many daffodils are actually blooming right now, but it will be a couple weeks still before I see mine.  Mine are planted on the north side of my house, so it is generally late April before I have blooms.

I was experimenting with fill-flash trying to get a picture of rhododendron buds, possibly to be used for my photo hunt.  I wasn’t overly impressed with the shots I took, and wasn’t sure my flash actually fired. According to the EXIF data on this one, it didn’t:

rhododendron bud

I’ll keep trying; maybe these buds just aren’t too photogenic?  Maybe it’s me?  Anyway, for the heck of it, I took this picture to see if my flash was firing:

IMG_4110

It fired there!  That got me thinking about this week’s Picture Inspiration prompt, which was: “The Shape of Surprise….As you continue your reflection seeking, this week study shape. You don’t need to show context or the object reflected, just pay attention to the shape, color, light of the reflection itself. Share your own shape of surprise this week in this reflection from your world.”

I can’t decide if I want to use this shot for my prompt submission or not.  Any thoughts about it?  I’ll keep looking for other shots too.

Tomorrow is the big Worldwide WordPress 5kBecky and I are planning to walk together; it should be fun to see our different blog posts about the day.  Today is actually looking like the nicer day of the weekend – I hope the weather holds out for our walk!