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April 4, 2015

Spring is Trying

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Hey Robin, look what I found today under the melting snow!
Spring is trying!

Maybe they won’t be as late as I thought! ūüôā
Lots of snow melted around here yesterday with the 60 degree day. It isn’t quite as warm today and it’s rather blustery, but still above 40. Looks like temps are going to stay that way over the next week, so maybe the last of the cursed white stuff will finally be gone.

Happy Easter!
Happy Easter tomorrow, if you celebrate it. It is a get-together with my sister’s family and eat some good food day for me. Enjoy your day however you spend it!

March 19, 2012

Happy Spring!

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Spring officially starts in less than 4 hours as I am typing this post.¬† It has sure felt like spring in most of the country for a couple weeks now.¬† I’m not complaining!¬† I’ll jump on the band wagon and share a few fun signs of spring from my little part of the world.
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Lilac bud

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Daylily sprouts

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Chives sprouting in my herb bucket

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My bare feet!

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See ya later!

April 23, 2011

My Spring Photo Hunt

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The April photo scavenger hunt results are rolling in and I can tell you I’m¬†loving them so far!¬† I’m really enjoying seeing everyone’s take on the shots.¬† You¬† have until tomorrow to post and drop me a link¬†or drop me a note letting me know you need a couple more days to finish up.¬† Like our friend Scott, I will write a wrap-up post about the results.¬† Here’s my look at the list.

Body of water:
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Nantucket Sound from Smuggler’s Beach in South Yarmouth, MA

When I first thought of this prompt, I worded it the way I did because I thought it left it wide open for interpretation.¬† I had the idea in my head to try to create the shape of a body, perhaps in the sand, and then fill it with water for an extra cutesy interpretation, but I went traditional.¬† It’s got me thinking about coming up with more word-play fun for June though!

Train:
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This is part of my husband’s HO scale Tyco toy train from when he was a little boy.¬† There are actually train tracks in my town, but I never managed to have a camera available when I was out and a train went by.¬† I was poking through my girls’ old toys in the basement when my husband came home and asked what I was doing.¬† “A train?” he asked, “I’ve got a train,” and promptly came up with an old box with all his train cars and track pieces.

Hood:
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Sarah, in action, doing her math homework, wearing one of her favorite hooded sweatshirts.

Sprout:
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Bleeding Heart sprouts in morning light

Bud:
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¬†Lilac buds from the other evening I wrote about¬†with all three extension tubes attached to the 55-250mm lens.¬† I’m still wondering if anyone is going the Budweiser route for this one!

Basket:
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The favorite basket of Teddy and Daphne – it stores the leashes and collars for “walkies.”¬† Teddy regulary nudges this basket with his nose to try to give me a hint about what he’d like to do!

Bunny:
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He wasn’t carrying any treats or colored eggs, but a bunny nonetheless, spotted at the edge of our driveway.

Bonus:

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If ever there was karma, this had to be it.¬† The day after I posted my list for this hunt, including my bonus of a close-up Mr. Cardinal, this guy landed on my suet cage and hung around to enjoy a snack while I got to take as many pictures as I liked!¬† Ever since, it seems, he’s been hanging around more than I’ve ever had a cardinal hang around.

Remember it isn’t too late to get your photos posted!

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:
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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:
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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:

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Bleeding Heart

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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:

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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:

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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 5k.  Becky 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 РI hope the weather holds out for our walk!