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

22 comments:

  1. Oh Ruth....you KNOW I love seeing birds! This post was such a special treat for me. Exceptional images. Love the mirror like pond, the feathered friends....but, must admit, I was green with envy with your wood duck. How many years now have I tried to find and get a good photo of a wood duck?--------I've lost track.

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  2. Lovely photos dear Ruth. Hang in there, spring will be there for you in a bit more time.

    Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady

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  3. Super photo of the male wood duck! I have never been so close to one. I see them in the distance. :)

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  4. One of the things I always look forward to is your splendid photos. Each of these is gorgeous. I like not only the Wood Duck, but the first one of the Canada Goose taking off from the marsh.

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  5. The calm waters of the lake are very soothing to watch & then the bright vivid colours of the male wood duck really pop! Glorious spring photos!

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  6. that wood duck is a beauty and the little junco looks like he is smiling.. it is true that i feel better when looking forward to something..

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  7. Wow the duck is beautiful. What amazing colors.
    One thing I look forward to each day is my ice cream at the end of the day. : )

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  8. Wood ducks are so colorful! I have had too much rain to be able to get out with my camera.

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  9. Lovely pictures, Ruth! I am looking forward to Spring, too. I agree that it helps my state of mind to have something to look forward to.

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  10. I 'am' looking forward to spring --like most of us---but I DO love winter and we haven't had much so far.. SO---I want more winter before spring gets here... Great group of pictures though.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  11. The round bale of hay looks very out of place amongst the birds and water.

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  13. That's a beautiful Wood Duck. I just love your thought about having something to look forward to. Diane

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  14. I love the last quote and I too look forward to spring. We have a new house, so I look forward to seeing how this house handles the long winter. I'm going to try container tomatoes this summer...maybe 60 some days away?

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  15. The wood duck is gorgeous, to the point of not looking really. I have never seen one!! I see the juncos in the winter, they are so pretty in the snow!

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  16. Oh, what an absolutely stunning wood duck!!! WOW!

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  17. I think I'll dream a bit about spring by looking at your photos, Ruth. It's a long time away yet here in the mountains of CO. That wood duck photo is wonderful!

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  18. i love the hay shot & the duck shot. i hope i have not told you this story before, or it will be a repeat ... my hubby had a pet duck as a kid, he was not full duck a part some kind of other bird too, he was so huge ... his name was Killer ... he had 2 different colored eyes & we have pictures of him in our house. the hubby love it. he looks like a real character, such style & attitude. ( :

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  19. Ruth, I'm doing my best to push some of our weather your way! We've had lots of rain but today it's clear and sunny and the temperature just topped 17 degrees. A refreshing touch of the coming season I hope. Suppose to be nice again tomorrow too!

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  20. Hey there Ruth.....The duck is so colorful and pretty!! A great close up! Our winds today have been extremely strong. Perhaps these are March winds coming in early. If so...Spring is just around the corner...

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  21. As much as I still would like a pretty snow, I will be glad to see spring come too. I love what you said at the beginning of the post about we always need to look forward to something. I just cannot imagine not doing so either. Your photos are amazing :)

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  22. "Splendid" is definitely the right word to describe the wood duck's plumage. The wood duck is certainly one of God's more creative creations.

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