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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:

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


lupin sprout


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:


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!


  1. I’ll be out tomorrow too, although I think I’m walking 5 miles instead of the 3.1. It’s a new (to me) trail, and looks interesting so might be worth the extra mileage.

    Would you believe I took a photos of rhododendron buds yesterday? And I was similarly disappointed? I thought it might good for the scavenger hunt, too. Maybe you’re right. They just aren’t photogenic.

    Looks like you have plenty of signs of spring popping up. Yay! I like the last shot, and think it would fit the prompt well.

    Comment by Robin — April 9, 2011 @ 5:43 pm | Reply

    • I hope your new trail worked out for you! Turns out I walked a new trail to and went more like 5 miles rather than 5K.
      I guess we’ll just have to stick with shooting rhododendron blooms rather than buds!

      Comment by Karma — April 10, 2011 @ 7:39 pm | Reply

  2. I can’t wait for all your flowers to grow and bloom, especially the bleeding heart! Wonder if they would grow here in TX?
    Have fun on your 5k tomorrow! I’ll be doing an “official” one, too.

    Comment by thedailyclick — April 9, 2011 @ 8:48 pm | Reply

    • I don’t think bleeding hearts are very particular about where they grow – give them a try. My plant has been going for years and it has never disappointed.

      Comment by Karma — April 10, 2011 @ 7:40 pm | Reply

  3. I have that same feeder! The birds do really love it but sometimes the springs let go, not sure if it’s a squirrels doing but then I have to do some maintenance. I, too, have been sorely disappointed by the Red Sox. 😦 Pedroia is kicking some butt and I wish the others would step up to his caliber of play. And I’m not overly enthused by this week’s prompt.

    Let’s hope that the sun stays with us today. Forecast reads mostly sunny and 60.

    Comment by Becky Sue — April 10, 2011 @ 8:07 am | Reply

    • Let’s keep our fingers and toes and anything else crossed for the Sox tonight!
      I thought the weather worked out nicely for us today – not too hot or too cold, just right for our walk!

      Comment by Karma — April 10, 2011 @ 7:42 pm | Reply

  4. […] so many of them land at a time that their weight gets the feeders swinging and they come unscrewed. I wrote last year about not having a problem with this so-called nuisance bird, but now I’m starting to understand.  Each time I fill the feeders, a group of about 20 […]

    Pingback by Leaping into March « Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog — March 3, 2012 @ 11:07 am | Reply

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