Monday, January 24, 2011

Birds and Tea

In thinking about what I should post today,I had lots of different ideas,but decided to show you some recent bird pictures.
These are perhaps some of my best shots of these particular birds.The Setting was at A Rocha,in the Pembina Valley.The birds were quite used to human activity and therefore came very close,a photographers dream.

The Black-capped Chickadee is a favourite.
I love this birds cheery disposition.


An American Goldfinch in winter plumage is still just as pretty,if not as bright as in summer.



Until this picture was taken,I had never been happy with the pictures I got of the White-breasted Nuthatch.
They seldom sit still for very long and I find they are often on a high branch,thus the pictures are not great.
Now I have to admit that I got a good shot of the Nuthatch.
Will that keep me from trying for more? Definitely not.
The fun is in the trying and so I will continue to take pictures,every chance I get.

As for the tea in the title.
While taking the above pictures I was treated to a warm cup of tea and some good conversation.
The other day while having a cup of tea with two friends,I realized that I don't have to go to the beach to see a sandy shore.
I looked into my cup of tea and saw this.
It reminded me of sand on a beach.
Hmmm,does this mean that I am wishing for warmer temperatures? YES!!!


Until those warmer days come I will continue to enjoy a cup of tea whenever I can.Who knows what other scenes may show up in my cup.:)

A promise for today:
The steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting,and you're right in the middle of it.

34 comments:

  1. Ruth, I love that fluffy chickadee!!! These are all such wonderful photos and I enjoyed seeing them. They cheer me up! I can certainly see the sandy seashore in your teacup! I'm ready for warmer weather too!!!!

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  2. Such wonderful photos of the birds. I can see the glint of white in their eyes - I always try to capture that myself on sunny days.

    There is nothing like an afternoon cup of tea to warm the heart on these cold winter days.

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  3. Ruth, excellent shots. I really like the Nuthatch. Probably because it's not on my list yet!
    I'll join you in that cup of tea, and also wishing for warmer weather!

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  4. Nothing like a warm cup of tea on a cold day with friends ... especially following a birding outing!

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  5. Beautiful! Just beautiful! And that DOES look like sand in the shallows at the beach. Keep warm, my friend.

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  6. Very nice series, Ruth. And that Nuthatch shot is just superb!

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  7. The tea does look warm and inviting. I love your pictures of the birds, Ruth. They look close enough to touch and just gorgeous. Diane

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  8. Birds and tea...I couldn't think of a better combination :-)

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  9. Bird pictures EXCELLENT...love the Goldfinch...used to watch those all year from my husbands bedroom window when he was bedridden! We both loved to watch the birds...you triggered a really nice memory!

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  10. These pictures are so clear. Just love them. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  11. Beautiful pictures, Ruth.. I love that picture of the Nuthatch. It is hard to catch them STILL....

    Your tea looks yummy... And YES----Spring is coming.. Maybe it's not coming soon enough, but it will come...

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  12. You got some exceptional pictures of the birds -- these are very good. I also like the beach you see in the bottom of your tea cup. Hopefully warmer weather will get here before too long.

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  13. Absolutely great shots Ruth. I love all your birds but you know me, I love the chickadee just that little bit more than the others.

    I wonder what the tea sediment is saying? Is it that you need a holiday on a warm beach photographing kingfishers?

    Hugs and Blessings . . . Arija

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  14. Those are beautiful pictures! I especially like the Chickadee and the Nuthatch! Great job! I enjoy hot tea in the afternoon, too. But tonight it's decaf coffee with Hazelnut creamer and Splenda.
    Hope you have a great new week!

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  15. Ruth, I think all your photos are major great but...got to love that Chickadee capture. Thumbs-up!!!

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  16. These are indeed very good bird pictures! My hat is off to anyone who can get a good one of the nervous little chickadees! Yes, it does look like the beach in your teacup!!! It is the sandy shoreline!!

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  17. Such clear, sharp images. The birds offer so much entertainment.

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  18. Love your chickadee Ruth! They, and the nuthatches, are SO hard to capture well, and you did it magnificently!

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  19. amazing that the beach is in your tea. great shot of it to. the sweet little birds all fit under one word. "adorable" and super shots of them

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  20. Your pictures are bea-u-te-ous (f that's a word!) Thank you for blessing me with them. Now I'll go make myself a cup of tea. :) Stay warm--both body and soul.

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  21. Hello, I am visiting from Betsy's via Cicero's.

    Your photos are really beautiful, they are three dimensional. I love watching birds, but they are not as colorful here. But they are cute little creatures.

    I love picture of tea too, there are more than meets the eye if we stopped to observe and reflect.

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  22. Ruth,
    Those are such lovely photos of the little creatures. You capture their essence well!

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  23. Oh, Ruth, all these photos of these fuzzy, feathery cuties are so lovely. Your DOF is wonderful and they are sharp and exposed perfectly. I love them all!

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  24. Ruth - these are superb; so crisp and clear you could almost count the feathers. And a great shot of the nuthatch - I tried last summer too, but they flit around upside down on tree trunks so quickly that it's almost impossible to capture them (I used continuous shooting mode and got 1 or 2 decent ones from among 25 shots!).

    Nice 'beach' too ... spring is less than 2 months away !

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  25. Oh .... I think I'm in love....with that yellow Goldfinch!! Such beautiful birds! And yep - I could use some warmer weather... and I think it's coming!!

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  26. I'd love to be there and enjoy that tea with you Ruth. Your pictures always make me smile and I am always a bit envious. They are so beautiful. Aren't we glad we have our birds. They make a sometimes gloomy day somehow brighter.
    Have a special Day Ruth.♥
    B.

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  27. Such pretty birds and wonderful captures! Now, I'm off for a cup of tea!

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  28. The little black capped Chickadee is the provincial bird of Nb and I never tire of seeing it. Like you, I love to photograph the same birds over again. The red breasted nuthatch is always a delightful subject. However all I seem to be seeing this winter are crows, lots of them, but I sm starting to enjoy the sightings. What lovely dreams your teacup holds, a sandy beach... if only. I can hardlyb wait until spring this year. "If you keep a green bough in your heartm=, the singing bird will come. Hsppy picture taking. Ann.

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  29. AWESOME pics Ruth! And I see that sandy seashore in your cup .... and I'm LONGING for it :)

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  30. Ruth, these are FANTASTIC! The nuthatch is so cute and I love chickadees! They are so fluffy and teeny and I just want to scritch their bellies. lol

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  31. Wonderful post on your birds, Ruth! The Nuthatches are fast movers. Stay warm and enjoy that tea!

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  32. Hi Ruth, Just found your blog. Very nicely done! Will stop back often for a cup of tea with you. Thanks for sharing. John

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  33. Love the bird photos, the Chickadee is my favorite for sure and I never thought of the ripples in the tea cup before, so true.

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  34. Those are all amazing shots Ruth, especially the one of the nuthatch. I also really like your goldfinches shots, I haven't been able to get any good pictures of them yet.

    Mmm, now I want tea ;)

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