Monday, May 21, 2018

Birds On My Yard and More

It seems I can never catch up with pictures, but even though these are not from a day or so ago, the subjects remain interesting and, in my eyes, beautiful.

The male Purple Finch is a handsome fella and has a most beautiful voice as well.

Dark-eyed Juncos come through this area in early spring and late fall.I look forward to their cheerful twitter as they arrive in spring.

Common Redpoll is a bird I don't see every year.Usually they are in my area in winter, but this year a few showed up very early in spring or some might call it late winter.

The well known American Robin is a common bird and yet so very welcome each spring. Notice that this one has some unusual white spots on him.He is healthy and has been hanging around and feeding.

The Swans are beautiful and elegant.Unfortunately,I usually see them at too great a distance to get really good pictures.

Spring brings the various sparrows as well. The White-throated Sparrow is a cute bird.They also have a cheery song which brightens the yard each spring.

Love them or hate them, the Common Grackle is a beautiful bird.I can't say that I love their habits, such as being very messy eaters and also raiding other birds nests, but I still can appreciate their looks.

As the sun sets in the west, it paints a path of gold over the water.

Meanwhile in another part of the sky, the moon rises and sheds it's light on the now darkened world.

 Something to Think About:
Your day will go the way the corners of your mouth turn.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Manitoba Crocus

The Prairie or Manitoba Crocus is one that most Manitobans know well. I can recall as a child that we had meadows filled with them.

I have always loved this diminutive flower.It grows low to the ground and blooms before most of the grasses even start to grow.

Nowadays it can be a challenge to find these flowers growing in the wild.I should mention, that these flowers do not grow well when dug up and planted in a garden.It is best to leave them where they are and enjoy them so future generations can also enjoy them. 
I did find out about a small patch in rural Manitoba that had Crocuses like I remember from my childhood. These locations are not given out too readily, for fear that the flowers may be picked or dug up.

The color of these early spring flowers is so soft and gentle.
I did find out while my reading about these flowers, that they are actually poisonous to people, but only if ingested.

Isn't that just the most pretty sight? To walk in a meadow like this one has to be so careful not to step on any plants.

Those short stems are covered in soft hairs, almost like a soft blanket to keep them warm.By now these flowers are only a memory, till spring rolls around again next year.

Something To Think About:
Matthew 6:28-30 NIV
[28]“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. [29] Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. [30] If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?