Friday, February 5, 2016

Anticipation

I read somewhere that in order to have good mental health,we should always have something to look forward to.It may be something big,like a dream vacation,or it could be something small,something that to many people would be  insignificant.
I trust that I am not the only person looking forward to spring,that's not to say that I don't enjoy each day and try to find joy in each day.
As we look forward to spring,join me in looking back to spring and summer of 2015.


The Kaleida Marsh usually yields something of interest.The calm water is only slightly disturbed when a Canada Goose takes off or lands.


The Lesser Scaup have arrived and are enjoying the open water.


At St.Vital Park,Winnipeg,the male Wood Duck shows off his splendid plumage. This is a beautiful duck and one that I enjoy seeing and photographing.


Back on my yard there are birds of all sorts.I think this is a Ruby-crowned Kinglet,but I am open to correction.Whatever the name,he is a little cutie.


Of course in spring the yard is alive with the twittering of the Dark-eyed Juncos.These birds may not be brightly coloured,but their cheerful twitter always brightens my day.


Closing Thought:
Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world. ~Virgil A. Kraft

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Spring Scenes From 2015

The first month of 2016 is all but a memory by now.What will the next month bring or each one after it? It's a good thing we don't know that,all we need to do is cherish each moment.
Today I have a variety of images taken during the early spring of 2015.


An old broken down building is all that remains of what could well have been part of a farm yard,years ago.


This is an iPhone shot.I am treated to a scene like this on many mornings,on my way to work.Because this is obviously taken on the tracks and I am stopped in my car,I don't have a lot of time.I am not happy about the flares,but still like the image enough to share it.

The leafless tres show that this is early in spring,but those clouds look like they might bring a good rain to wake up the earth and speed the growth of new leaves.

As the ice on the small ponds melts,it leaves little fingers of clear ice on some of the surfaces,creating intricate designs.


The Canada Geese don't seem to mind the icy water of a nearby pond.Soon the remaining ice will thaw and the geese can set up for nesting and raising their families.

Closing Thought:
Let us learn to appreciate there will be times when the trees will be bare,
and look forward to the time when we may pick fruit.
Anton Chekhov