Monthly Archives: February 2016

State of Mind-Clarity After The Rain

Moment of Clarity

Moment of Clarity

After the rain stopped on Wednesday, there was a sense of clarity in the air. The air seemed fresh. Sights and sounds seemed more intense. I became aware of small details in my environment. My eyes were drawn to the tiny raindrops clinging to the branches of this tree. Each glistening droplet seemed more amazing and more beautiful than the next. A gentle wind urged the release of raindrops and they began falling toward the ground. Sharing the sense of urgency, I rushed to get my camera. I wanted to see the drops in even clearer focus. I wanted to capture the moment before it faded away.

*posted in response to the daily post weekly photo challenge to share an image where you see a particularly strong connection between what we see and what you felt as you pressed that shutter button on your camera or phone.

State of Mind

My Little Chickadee

Look who I saw singing in the rain today!!! A little Carolina Chickadee! Yay! A new bird to add to my sighting list!! This is the first time I have ever seen one with my own eyes!

I am continually amazed at the beauty of each of the different types of birds I have the pleasure of seeing right in my back yard! To me, each small creature seems like a gift from God! I truly feel blessed!

Now, the sun is shining and I have a smile on my face! Have a great day everyone!

Watching Like A Hawk

By now, many of you know how much I love my little backyard birds. So, I was worried when I heard lots of bird sounds and saw this big hawk high up in a tree near my yard. I fear for the safety of the little song birds when predators are around. I have only seen a hawk one other time, and when I did, I had the misfortune to see it soar by holding his prey. I know it is a natural part of wildlife, but I don’t like to see it.

This is a Cooper’s hawk. He is fierce. He is magnificent. These hawks feed on small birds and mammals that they capture in surprise attacks. According to my Sibley field guide, they are 16.5 inches tall with a wing span of 31 inches and weigh 1 pound. They can be found year round in my area but are uncommon to see.

My hands were unsteady, but I managed to capture some shots of this large bird as he patiently surveyed his surroundings. I went back inside before I had to witness any action. The bird sounds settled, so he may have just flown away. At least that’s what I like to think.

February 2016-The Changing Seasons V1

I am posting this photo gallery as a version 1 entry for Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons challenge for February and also for the daily post weekly photo challenge: Seasons

February has been fickle. Last week, snow and ice were treacherous. Right now, it is 55 degrees. I much prefer the weather of today, even though there has been some rain.

Right before the bad weather, a large flock of robins returned to my backyard trees. Icy conditions had been forecast and I decided these birds were serving fair warning to prepare before the storm. In fact, there were many, many fallen branches from the heavy ice. I was lucky and never lost my power although thousands in my town did. The squirrels and sparrows seemed pleased when they could finally warm up in the sun.

This weekend, the squirrels have been dining leisurely and there have been lots of bird songs filling the warmer air. I hope the mockingbird was simply echoing a tune and not mocking my hopes for an early spring!

You can see my single photo version 2 entry for February here. To see my previous changing Seasons posts, you can click on the header at the top of the page. consider joining in so we can see the seasonal changes you experience!

February-The Changing Seasons V2

February

February

February Haiku (Fickle)

Prompting icy tears
Fickle February sneers
Brutal heartbreaker

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Hearts are one of the first things that come to my mind when thinking of February. The association of February and Valentine’s Day is automatic. Red and pink hearts abound. Candy boxes and cards and lockets in the shape of hearts take center stage.

I like the red stones and curved shape of this heart pendant. I have had it for a long time, and it was not a Valentine’s Day present. Still, when February comes around, that is when I find myself looking for it in my jewelry box. This month seems a perfect time to wear it!

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This is my Version 2 entry into Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons Challenge. Check out his blog for other interpretations of the theme and think about joining us in the challenge!

Late to the Party

Cheers!

Cheers!

I’m late to the party, But here I am! My blogger buddy, Jacqueline over at a cooking pot and twisted tales, is hosting a blog party! Here is the the link to her Valentine Blog Bash:

YES!! Party Link Live – Love Thing Valentine Blog Bash and Mingle… Join the fun!

Hope you all have fun at the social! I brought along a little wine for a toast!

Cheers across the blogosphere
Cheers to blog friends, new and dear!

Happy Valentine’s Day
to you and you and you and you…

Life Imitates Art-Impressionist

Selfie With My Cat

Selfie With My Cat

Auguste Renoir, Woman with a Cat, French, 1841 - 1919, c. 1875, oil on canvas, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin E. Levy

Auguste Renoir, Woman with a Cat, French, 1841 – 1919, c. 1875, oil on canvas, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin E. Levy

I love visiting the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. I am partial to the impressionists. One of my favorite Renoir paintings, Woman with a Cat, inspired my self portrait. Of course, I am drawn to the painting because I can relate to the subjects!

Open Access Image: Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington

posted in response to the Daily post photo challenge to find inspiration in a work of art and imitate it:
Life Imitates Art

Color Your World Gold

image

Golden Haiku (Precious)

Precious golden rose
A sentimental keepsake
Everlasting love

*posted for JNW’s Color Your World Gold photo challenge

Color Your World Fuchsia

Rhododendron Redux

Rhododendron Redux

I’m back with rhododendrons again. Today, JNW’s Color Your World Challenge is Fuchsia, so I thought I’d grab the opportunity to post a picture of one of my favorite flowers. I don’t think I’ve shared this particular shot before. Soak in the color!

Time Capture

Time Capture

Time Capture

How to capture time: photographs

Sometimes our memories need a boost. Looking at the moments captured in our photographs can bring back a flood of memories and emotions. Photos allow us to momentarily re-live the past.

I enjoy taking pictures of nature and places and things. Looking at those photos reminds me to appreciate the beauty of the world around me. But it is looking at old photo albums, with simple snapshots, that takes me back in time and reminds me of who I really am.

me and my little brother back in the day

me and my little brother back in the day

I’m wishing you all great times this weekend!

*posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge:
Time

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