Thursday, February 24, 2011

Winter Friends

On February 13,I took a little drive out of town.
I was not sure what I could expect,but here are a few pictures taken that day.Allow me to share some of my winter friends with you.

Just at the edge of town,these deer were feeding on the field.
They were so engrossed in their feeding,that they mostly ignored me.

I think this one was watching the traffic on the road,just down the hill from here.

I turned around after seeing the Deer and went north of town,looking for something interesting to photograph.
I came upon this stand of trees.
I like the delicate look of the branches against the sky.

Back at home is where I find the birds.
The Red-breasted Nuthatch is eating homemade suet,just outside the dining room window.
Having a bird feeder this close to the window,means always having a dirty window,but the rewards are worth it to me.

A little later in the day,I looked out and saw the White-breasted Nuthatch sitting motionless on another suet feeder.
He sat there for so long that I started looking around for a hawk or other predator.
I never did see any enemy,but I do think one must have been nearby.
I have noticed that whenever one sees the birds motionless or all disappearing in a hurry,be on the look out for a Hawk.

On the above photo,I cropped it a little and then I edited the wire out.The wire was actually in front of the bird,but I didn't like that look.
I do hope that soon I will be able to show pictures that don't have snow in them.Unfortunately that may be a while before that happens.

Thought for today:
When you awoke this morning,
you were given a wonderful gift —
a brand new day,a chance to "begin again."

44 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing your lovely drive today. I live in town now and miss seeing deer in the fields. The birds are beautiful as always, and I'm glad to know the names of them. Blessings on you.

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  2. Thinking about you today so was glad to see your post up. Glad you had a nice drive today. Yes, it will be nice to take pictures without snow in them once again ... but it will be a while for us too, at least up in the Cariboo. The Coast is green.

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  3. Those photos are beautiful, Ruth. I know you are ready for the snow to melt and spring to arrive, but I think those snow photos are stunning. Thank you for sharing them.

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  4. Lovely shots Ruth. I love the deer, they're such gentle, beautiful creatures. And the birds, of course, are beautiful, both of them are just so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Wow! You did great editing out that wire! I never noticed the disappearing act! Love the nuthatches. We only see the white-breasted ones. And the deer are beautiful!!!

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  6. What a wonderful drive you had! I'm glad I'm not the only one that goes on photography rides...I love your photos, but the details on the birds are amazing. I'm wondering what kind of lens you use.

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  7. Such amazing sight. The winter is wonderful! Soon is spring.
    Thank you for sharing Ruth.
    Blessings.
    xoxo
    Regina

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  8. Hi Ruth, Great pictures of the deer and the birds. I also love that row of trees. Your pictures are ALL GREAT..... Thanks for sharing..

    We are under a tornado watch tonight... GADS!!!
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  9. neat pictures
    The falcons harass the little birds around here along with the hawks.

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  10. Such lovely photos, Ruth. I love the deer and who couldn't resist a nuthatch. I sure know about looking for hawks when they disappear in a hurry but didn't know about their being still. I would never be able to leave the hatch of my suet open.. raccoons would steal the contents.

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  11. I LOVE the deer and bird pictures! Especially the last one! If wire was in front of the bird, how on earth did you manage to edit it out? I have been thinking of putting some kind of feeder in front of my picture window, but now it is almost spring.

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  12. That line of trees against the sky looks so lovely - so wispy! Oh, and I love deer - the one was standing guard while the others were feeding. Good for them! Those photos of the birds are just great Ruth! Thanks for taking me along on your drive!

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  13. Ruth, wonderful shots.
    I love the deer shots! I always thought it was so hard on them, this time of year. It's a wonder any of them survive.

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  14. Lovely shots of the deer Ruth and I am utterly impressed by your editing skills. I am nowhere near that facile with y programme yet.

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  15. Beautiful wildlife photos Ruth, thanks for sharing them with us. Hope you have a great weekend.

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  16. Wonderful photos. Your comment for the day was timed perfectly for me... I'm applying for a job that I would like at a hardware store today. Wish me luck!

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  17. Nice series, Ruth! But I LOVE that tree shot.

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  18. you did a fantastic job on edit of the fence. i love those sweet deer and have only ever seen 2 deer in the wild, in GA and they were running really fast. have never taken a photo of one, so am a little envious. the trees are awesome all standing so prim and proper in a row. great shot.

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  19. Great images and here is a second to photos in the near future without snow in them.

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  20. Love the stand-of-trees photo and the little nuthatch with suet on his beak. The deer lay outside our gate... do they think I will open it for them to come in? Likely, since they don't even bother to move as I drive by. ;)

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  21. All of these are beautiful pictures, Ruth! Great deer pictures and like you, I like to see the bare-branched trees against the sky!
    Blessings for your weekend!

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  22. I love the Photos. and especially the thought for today.

    I have just recently hung some suet baskets around our yard, to my surpprise, a wide variety of birds love it. I will be hanging a few more.

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  23. Beautiful picture's, Ruth! Wow!!

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  24. What a lovely drive Ruth and the deer are beautiful! They look like they are doing fine getting through the winter.

    Winter is staring to break here, we had rain and very high winds today. I told my wife that they were March winds but she had to remind me that its still Feb :( She's the realist but with only a couple of days to go I'll still call them March winds, can't wait till we have the pretty blooms like you posted in your previous post.

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  25. Thanks for taking us along on your Sunday drive. I really like your photos of the deer and of the trees.
    You did a wonderful job of editing out the wire in your last photo.

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  26. I've never photographed a white-breasted nuthatch as I have only seen the red-breasted variety at my feeders. I'm fascinated that the deer were so close to the road during daylight hours!

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  27. Great pictures Ruth,,I guess the bird watch should be starting soon..

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  28. A lovely series of photos today! You did an excellent job on the editing on that last photo.

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  29. What a gift today Ruth. :c) Love seeing all your photos and esp. love your little nuthatch. Have a beautiful day.

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  30. Those are great Ruth. I can't pick a favorite because I like them all.

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  31. We don't usually see these white breasted nuthatches sitting so still! Great capture. I've seen the red breasted one once. So pretty!

    Love the deer - when I saw them - it looked almost like the shots I got this week in my yard. I will post them soon.

    Stay warm - we are on the upswing - the days are getting longer - when I took my youngest to baseball practice this morning at 7 am it was light out!

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  32. A beautiful series, Ruth. Like you, I am anxious for winter to end. The snow was all gone here for a short time, but it snowed again last week, and now is mostly melted.

    Your first two photos remind me of my friends that I visit and photograph almost every morning and evening.

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  33. Ruth, these are STUNNING! I love the deer, and all the trees lined up like soldiers are beautiful!

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  34. Beautiful photos, Ruth! Aren't God's creatures beautiful too!!!

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  35. Thank you, Ruth, for your kind words when you stopped by my blog. I recognized you from Richard and Betsy's blogs. I know from some of the things I have read that you are walking the journey through grief, and I must applaud you; because inspite of your loss, you are so encouraging to others. Your faith really shines through.

    I enjoyed seeing your deer. I always consider it a special blessing every day I see deer around our house. And, I thought your comment about a possible hawk in the neighborhood when you saw the Nuthatch sitting so still was interesting. They are usually so active all the time, I have often wondered about them when I have seen them sitting that way...almost like they just ran out of gas.

    Thank you for blessing my day!

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  36. I like your winter friends a lot! Those deer look so peacful and hungry. Love the two nuthatches! If I didn't have feeders close to my window, I would never get any good bird shots :-) Great shots of them. I wish that I could edit out wires and twigs and such. They ruin so many shots. I really like that stand of trees...so delicate and lovely against the sky.

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  37. The snow in the fields is seems to be almost gone. Hopefully winter will end soon for the wild creatures too.

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  38. Your photos are beautiful. Since you liked the first movie I made about my birds, you might like this second one too.

    Here is a link to my 2nd movie. I am learning. I want to add sound but don't yet know how to do that.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeyWtY4pqdQ

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  39. Your posts always make me smile. I so relate to the "dirty windows".:-D)

    Splendid shots, Ruth!

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  40. Wonderful close-ups of the birds, Ruth. My favorite photo is the one of the bare trees against the sky--very artistic. You have a good eye for composition!

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  41. I just found your blog. I am in COMPLETE AWE at your talent. Your photos are beautiful!

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  42. You show us your amazing sight ... beautiful.

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  43. Ruth, beautiful shots of the deer and the tree shot is wonderful. My favorite are the nuthatches. Breat shots of both of them.

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  44. Your nuthatch pictures are very lovely. I hope the Red-breasted one that visited us so much last fall returns and hopefully we will have a white=breasted nuthatch come along this sprin/ summer also.

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