Monday, January 31, 2011

Coming Soon to a Yard Near You

Tomorrow is February 1,2011.
What does this mean?
We are one day closer to spring,yet in southern Manitoba,
we can probably expect at least 6 more weeks of winter.
Since it will still be a while before the signs of spring show up,I will take a look back to spring 2008.

What says spring better than skeins of geese in the sky?


Early in spring I can look forward to seeing these Crocuses in my garden.
The color is so bright after all that winter white.

To me there is perhaps no sounds more spring like than that of the American Robin or the Western Meadowlark.


Each spring I know that the yellow-bellied Sapsucker will come to the Amur Maples on my yard.
The male with his bright red cap is quite a lovely bird.

Another spring bird in my area is the White-throated Sparrow.These guys not only look good,but also have a delightful song,which they whistle frequently.

Are you ready for spring,or have signs of it already made their presence known in your area?

Thought for today:
After winter comes the summer.
After night comes the dawn.
After every storm.there comes clear,open skies.

37 comments:

  1. I'm still enjoying winter although all the cold air that was sent this way from up there I could of done without.
    Yes I too look forward to the return of the snobirds and buds.

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  2. We are very far from spring with 10-12 new inches of snow coming tonight and tomorrow. Your pictures are a breath of fresh, spring air. I think I can hear the geese overhead!

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  3. I am very much looking forward to spring this year. I keep thinking that February is a short, cold mo th, then March will start warming.

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  4. 6 more weeks would be somewhat bearable. What I never liked was that we'd get teased with spring first - like a few warm(er) days in late March, only to have another good blizzard in April ! And in Calgary, spring kept on coming till it should have been summer - with many more wintry days thrown in !

    But these are beautiful shots Ruth - I especially liked the one of the crocuses !

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  5. You have succeeded in putting hope into my heart! This morning we had -30C and at the airport -38. We were above 0 last week,lol! Your photos are amazing - I can hear the geese and I love hearing them. Those crocus are so beautiful! Incredible shots of the birds too! Your blog is all beautifully decorated for February! Have a great week!

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  6. Wonderful birds. Can't say I've seen anything like that around here. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. It never hurts to dream a little. I dream of cooler temperatures and best of all, RAIN.
    I would love to look out on white fields rather than my poor shrivelled garden.

    To each his own and every season as it comes.

    Hugs and Blessings . . . Arija

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  8. Hi Ruth, We have had a Spring TEASE this week... The Robins have come back and even the Chipmunks have gotten up and come out of the ground, from their winter nap. The birds are singing --like Spring is here. BUT--it's NOT... We're supposed to get cold again at the end of the week... Like I said, it's just a Spring Tease...

    Beautiful pictures... I am certainly ready for Spring--and it WILL happen-----someday!!!! ha

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  9. What a welcome, colorful sight! It will be 6-8 weeks more before spring arrives here as well.

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  10. No signs of spring here! It's 34 below zero tonight! And we're cloaked in a world of white.

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  11. Breathtaking wonders!
    Spring is near!
    Blessings
    xo

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  12. I love the meadowlark and white throated sparrow pictures, birds that I have not snapped so far! Your header is beautiful with the roses and red headed woodpecker.

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  13. Ruth, lovely spring shots.
    I saw my first Robin of the year the other day, then Sharon & I saw one the next day, very close to home!
    We also have a snow drop blooming in the front yard. But it's below 0 cold right now with a miserable east wind! Suppose to warm up a bit in the next couple of days.

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  14. We got a 70 degree "tease" a couple of days ago. Hope Spring is close for us all! It sure has been a rough winter for many in North America.
    Do y'all in Canada honor "Ground Hog Day"? Never know what those groundhogs will see.Hahaha!
    Outstanding captures...as usual!!!

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  15. Beautiful taste of spring, Ruth! Spring will take longer to get here in the North than it will in Manitoba, although we have had a mild winter compared to the rest of North America. We are getting considerably more daylight than last month, and that always makes the tail end of winter easier to take.

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  16. For me, it's the one thing that makes the cold and gray tolerable... the fact that I KNOW spring will soon be coming. And here, sooner than later, as I already have bulbs rearing their heads!

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  17. OH so very pretty! I miss the colors.
    We have a storm warning on us for tonight and tomorrow. Not looking forward to driving in snow again - our roads have been clear for a week or so - I have kind of gotten used to it.

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  18. I AM READY! It stirs my soul to watch the birds become so active at each hint of snow melt. Robins came out of the trees, spreading across our field on Sunday. We are almost into that season between winter and spring - mud season.
    nellie

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  19. as always i love your little birds, no mater what year they were taken in. spring is already here, the oak tree is dropping those little things by the thousands that make us sneeze. another couple of weeks and pollen will be every where. our birds here are year round birds, so no new ones, but they do get louder and sing more when things start to turn green. this reminded me of a photo i took yesterday of the new green, i will have to post it

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  20. Lovely photos. I am very ready for spring!

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  21. beautiful photos...thanks for sharing...even in central Florida winter still holds on...but then on the other hand I don't want to rush to the ULTRA hot, ULTRA humid days of summer...I'm ready for the color of spring though!

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  22. Beautiful bird and flower shots, as always, Ruth! I really like the triple Vs of the geese in flight--skeins is an apt name for them! Your close-ups of the birds are amazing.

    I see some signs of springs as my daffodils have sprouted. No flowers yet, though.

    Bless you, my friend.

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  23. Yes I'm ready for spring, but I can't help but hope for one more good dose of winter before then, just to try to get some more real wintry photos.

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  24. I, too, am looking forward to Spring, although it sounds as if Old Man Winter is not quite through with us. Thanks for sharing your Spring 2008 with us. We have a few daffodils starting to poke up, but things are still pretty drab around here.

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  25. Hi Ruth! Lovely post on looking back. Your crocuses are beautiful. And I always love the bird photos. Have a great day!

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  26. Thanks for the breath of spring Ruth. I can just hear the sounds of the meadowlark in my mind. I always think they say "I see three pretty girls." My husband says they say "I see three sheepherders." Whatever, they always sound good. Your pictures are so pretty. I'm glad you said skeins of geese. I never knew that you called them. Diane

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  27. Love your new blog design and colors!! And oh yes - Spring will come. I actually saw my first crocus today!!! I paused while walking in the middle of a street because I was so stunned to see it!!!

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  28. Oh I would LOVE to see a little flower popping up! Lovely Spring pics Ruth!! I hope it comes sooner than later :)

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  29. I'm never ready for spring because we don't get much of a winter here in the low-country of SC and, because the summers are so brutally hot, I want to hold onto the cooler days as long as I can!

    Absolutely gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing them!

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  30. I love your header. As a matter of fact I love all of the pictures. You always do a great job.

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  31. I will be happy to see the geese going North again instead of South. Your flowers are very pretty.

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  32. Ruth love your thought for the day and your images of Spring..delightful!
    I see the American Robin here and wondered what they were..very different from what I see back home.
    Waving to you from AZ xo

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  33. Your camera is taking some beautiful photographs, Ruth. I like the crispness of the White-throated Sparrow as much as the geese flying overhead.

    We are under a lot of ice from the ice storm and now snow on top of that. I am so looking forward to springtime but we got a couple of months to go yet.

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  34. Spring is a faint hope right now but the days are getting longer. Last year we had the earliest spring I have ever seen. I wonder if it could happen two years in a row?

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  35. I'm not quite ready for spring yet, I still wanna do some winter activities! I also need to add a few more winter birds to my list ;)

    Lovely pictures, I really like the white-throated sparrow, their song reminds me of being at my grandparents' cottage back when I was little. Nice memories :)

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  36. I can hardly wait for Spring, thanks for taking me there, even for just a couple minutes!

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