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January 29, 2012

More Proof!

Filed under: For the Birds — Karma @ 2:31 pm
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I mentioned yesterday that it seemed like I had missed February due to the recent weather.  This morning I gained even more evidence that something seems to be wrong with the calendar.  I saw a freakin’ robin!

I almost used that for my post title today since I was so shocked.  I never see robins here until March.

I apologize for the not-great quality of these.  I had a better picture, I’m sure of it, but I messed up; I blame my pre-coffee morning brain.  Let me back up a little bit.  When I wandered out of bed this morning and opened the door to let the dogs out, I noticed this out on my deck:

It hadn’t snowed during the night, but I thought it might just be an interesting frost pattern.  Hmm, I thought to myself, maybe a chance to get the elusive frost pictures so many of us were missing from last month’s photo hunt and an opportunity to use my really neglected  extension tubes.

Bundled in my bathrobe and slippers, I went outside.  I heard birds chirping that I really thought I wouldn’t normally hear in January.  I had that thought yesterday during my walk too.  I looked around and, lo and behold, if there wasn’t a robin in my  sycamore tree.  I took the extension tubes off and clicked away at the robin.  Put the tubes back on and only then did I notice the display on my camera saying “no card”….grrrrr!  I’d left in the computer again.   Sigh!  What were the chances the robin would still be there by the time I retrieved the card?

Tromp back inside, fetch the card, take tubes off again, robin is still in tree!  Yay!  Not posed as nicely this time around, but I still have proof for my blog readers!  Now what about that frost?  Croutch down low, find focus point and… “change battery pack”  says display this time! Argh!  Couldn’t you have told me that, Andre, when I went inside to fetch the memory card?

Since I was too lazy to try to figure out how to stabilize the camera at that level (I was still pre-coffee at this point), this is the best I was able to get hand-holding with the three tubes attached:

All that before breakfast and coffee!  If that isn’t proof that I love you, dear blog readers, I’m not sure what is!  😉

By the way, this has nothing to do with the calendar being wrong, but Mr. and Mrs. C stopped by again this morning.  I waited patiently for the two of them to be close enough together to have them both in one shot, but it didn’t happen.  I did get a couple pictures that I thought were cute though.  He:

and she:


  1. Aha! You weren’t listening when I previously posted a Robin photo and said it was a harbinger of spring. 🙂
    Cute Cardinal pictures, by the way. 🙂

    Comment by Bob Zeller — January 29, 2012 @ 4:10 pm | Reply

    • I’m sure spring feels much closer in Texas than it does in Massachusetts, Bob!

      Comment by Karma — January 30, 2012 @ 4:24 pm | Reply

  2. That’s a male robin. He’s lost because he refused to stop and ask for directions. Typical man ! 😉

    Comment by Sybil — January 29, 2012 @ 5:46 pm | Reply

  3. Did you know that not all robins migrate? You can read more here: http://www.learner.org/jnorth/tm/robin/ConfusingMigration.html Each winter during the deepest cold spell a flock of robins arrives in our yard and eats all of the berries off the weeping cherry trees and my holly bushes, they were here a couple weeks ago when it was so cold. My holly shrubs were covered in berries but no more. Your blue sky is spectacular and kudos to you for giving such great effort, a true photographer!

    Comment by Becky Sue — January 29, 2012 @ 9:38 pm | Reply

    • You know I did wonder a bit what the deal with robins was. My mom sees them during the winter down at the Cape.
      Thanks Becky.

      Comment by Karma — January 30, 2012 @ 4:26 pm | Reply

  4. Haha, I’m with Sybil 😀
    Annndd…. me thinks you can blame that stoopit Canon for your mess-up 😉 My Nikon ♥ won’t let me take pictures without a memory card. The battery… well, you’ll have to remember to put it on the charger when it gets low.
    Check your settings, though, there might be one that won’t allow you to take pictures unless there’s a memory card inserted 🙂

    Comment by TheDailyClick — January 30, 2012 @ 6:08 am | Reply

    • Always take a shot at the Canon, huh? LOL. I should definitely look and see if I can change a setting. Luckily, however, I have 2 batteries – one always charged and ready to go when the other dies.

      Comment by Karma — January 30, 2012 @ 4:27 pm | Reply

  5. Ha! You crack me up, Karen!

    I remember a similar reaction in Winter 2010 when I was trudging around in the ample snow at our local park when I saw HUNDREDS of robins in the ornamental cherry trees. (I was surprised to say the leaast). It was then that I learnt that the robins don’t (necesssarily) head South. Makes me wonder why we think of them as a sign of spring??

    Yes, I am very familiar with your camera woes. For me, there probably would have been a few more trips back to the house (tripod, remote clicker, deflector, etc). When I am really on the ball, I have a bag that I grab that contains these things!

    Comment by milkayphoto — January 30, 2012 @ 10:26 am | Reply

    • Glad to give you a little smile Tracy.
      I thought about getting the tripod out, but I wasn’t that motivated standing in my slippers and bathrobe and awaiting the first cup of coffee of the day! Good thing I was just on the back deck and not out at a park or something!
      It is weird about the robins. There must be some story about how they came to be signs of spring. Maybe that will be another blog post!

      Comment by Karma — January 30, 2012 @ 4:30 pm | Reply

  6. A few years ago I got a shot of a robin sitting on a snow-covered branch. I soon realized that wasn’t so unusual here and now I too wonder why they’re viewed as a sign of spring. Cardinals, however, we do not ever get, so I love seeing yours.

    Comment by Carol — January 30, 2012 @ 11:07 am | Reply

    • The cardinals are cuties, aren’t they? I will definitley have to look into the sign of spring thing! Thanks, Carol.

      Comment by Karma — January 30, 2012 @ 4:30 pm | Reply

  7. Lol, and to think our robins are synonymous with winter and snow… Glad you managed to bag a few shots though Karen.. 🙂

    Comment by FS Photography — January 31, 2012 @ 6:58 pm | Reply

    • Well, Brian, I’m learning that robins are not necessarily that first sign of spring. I guess their movement has more to do with food availability than the seasons. I’m still not used to seeing them in the winter, so it was still a surprise for me.
      BTW, do you have any idea whether Canon has a setting like Michaela mentioned, of not allowing the shutter to click if there’s no memory card in place?

      Comment by Karma — January 31, 2012 @ 7:42 pm | Reply

  8. Loving that last photo, especially. It looks like we’re peeking into it; that it’s a gift. We’re wondering about our unusual winter here, too. I was glad to get away because nothing–nothing–looked interesting to photograph.

    Comment by Kathy — February 5, 2012 @ 5:12 pm | Reply

  9. […] I was granted a new photo session with our friend the robin who, I’ve learned since my last post about him, really isn’t so strange to see at this time of […]

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