Friday, April 21, 2017

Good-bye to Winter

Winter has left us, at least I hope it has so it is time to post some of my last "frosty" scenes.
Oh,I may re-visit winter when it gets too hot in summer, but for now, this will be the last wintery post.
All of the pictures were taken during the last few days of March,so keep that in mind. By now I am seeing green grass outside and the sunshine is warm and very pleasant.


An early morning visit to Lake Minniwasta,gave me this shot. These two were resting in the morning sunshine.


The lake was still all covered with ice.


The morning sunlight was creating shadows on the frozen lake.


I'm always looking for birds to photograph. This is one I had mixed feelings about.This is the Stars (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society ) helicopter leaving our local hospital. I am thankful we have access to this service, but also know that someone inside this chopper is very sick. That particular week we had this helicopter in our area at least four times.


 A spring visit to the Pembina Valley was perfectly timed. The river had just broken up.

That swift water would have been icy cold.

Everywhere I looked there were huge chunks of ice.I had to take pictures, so here are several of those shots.




This one reminded me of a crystal. It was the cleanest one I saw.


Closing Thought:
Every day may not be good,but there is something good in every day.

22 comments:

  1. photos like this are all new to me, I have never seen ice like that, the biggest piece would be a small waterfall, nothing on the ground or in water other than a bird bath.. everything is beautiful even though it lacks color, it is still awe inspiring

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  2. Wow...extraordinary. I am reading with my cellphone...had to enlarge the photos to see the beauty of it all. (At first glance with tiny omages I thought the first photo was of a pair of coyotes...glad I clickrd on 'em. 😊

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  3. The ice images are extraordinary...I'm sure it will be easy to say goodbye to winter!!

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  4. Wonderful photos of the river. Would hate to fall in there!!!

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  5. Though very gorgeous sights through your camera, I am ready to say goodbye to the winter season.

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  6. Ruth, wonderful images! I am happy to see Old Man Winter on the run! We are having a rare sunny day today and it's 18 degrees! But the rain is coming back tomorrow for another week. It has been relentless! I see it in the forecast all the way into May! Oh, well! It could always be worse!

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  7. I will really miss your winter pictures! They are stark, beautiful, and cold. The large thick chunks of ice are great pictures. I have never seen anything like them on a blog. I also love the frozen lake with the small trees. So your medical helicopter is STARS. Ours is Pegasus, and I have taken quite a few pictures of it. It flies critical people to the nearby University Hospital. It is a regular flier over our house, and I always feel bad to see or hear it. The story is usually in the paper the next day.

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  8. Great shots! I do hope your spring will stay a while though :D

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  9. Oh, I love that first shot of the deer. So beautiful. The second one is also lovely. We don't really see ice like that around here. I can only imagine the sound of that ice in the river breaking up. Winter has its charms, but I'm always glad to see it go so we can welcome the arrival of spring.

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  10. I have the same mixed feelings about helicopters...in general cause hearing one will remind me of the one that took Roger from her to a major hospital.

    I love that first shot of Pembina valley...

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  11. I hope you have indeed said goodbye to winter for now -- we're enjoying all the green we now have. I really enjoyed your pictures of the ice blocks.

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  12. Hey, I just noticed your phone photography on my sidebar. Will you continue to use it, or should I delete it? I enjoyed it!

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  13. How beautiful you make ice look!

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  14. I just LOVE that first shot of the deer enjoying the early morning sunshine. They look quite reluctant to move from their warm spot. Some great photos of the ice. The cut away sides remind me of a crumpet! Glad to hear things are not so frozen over for you now, and in a few more weeks it will be a distant memory ;) Enjoy your weekend,
    Wendy

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  15. WOW! That ice is thick! I can imagine how cold the water is. Today, Earth day, has been a collage of weather for us here in Oregon! All at once we got rain, wind and sunshine! Mother nature!

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  16. It's so wonderful to see the signs of spring as winter gives up it's hold. But I always think it's too early, it's too early. Not sure why. I guess it's because it's such a drastic change. Have a wonderful day and spring, Ruth.

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  17. I have never seen ice like that either! I think you must be strong to live in such a cold place Ruth.

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  18. i am always shocked how long it takes your neck of the woods to get out of the winter times ... we are having tons of rain this week. i know we need it ... not being ungrateful but it really makes ya sleepy. so green around here. makes me wonder what it is like in Ireland? giggles!!
    can't wait to start seeing all your spring and soon enough summer views. fingers crossed on that excitement!! ( :

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  19. those are some BIG chunks of ice! Every picture has it's own story.

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  20. What a neat series of winter photo Ruth. I enjoyed your trip.

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