Sunday, May 9, 2021

Early Spring Sightings

 A quick stop at the Discovery Nature Sanctuary on April 10 yielded a few early spring images.

On one of the ponds two male Mallards were slowly gliding along,creating interesting lines in the calm water.



One of last years Milkweed pods still had a few seeds hanging on. These thin filaments glisten in any small amount of light.



I also checked out a known field of Prairie Crocuses. It was even a little early for them, but they still showed some beauty.



Some of the flower buds were just emerging from the cold ground. They are hard to see, as they blend in with the ground so well.



I love the soft look of these special flowers. 



The Prairie Crocus is the flower of Manitoba, so therefore it is illegal to dig them up or even to pick them. it is best to walk carefully and take as many pictures as you want. This assures us that these flowers will be around for others to enjoy.



Nowadays, it is not that easy to find these flowers,but I remember as a child we used to pick many of them. They were growing in abundance in almost any pasture. Back then we did not know that they were a protected species, or maybe they were not even listed as such then.


Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Discovery Nature Sanctuary

In recent years a new nature preserve has taken shape.

The beauty is that it is only about eight miles from my place, so I can go there often.

Discovery Nature Sanctuary is located just east of Winkler, Manitoba. This place is still new, but it offers some relaxed walking paths, a creek, a pond complete with marshes at the edge. Also, it features some mature trees as well as shrubs. All this attracts a variety of birds. I have added a link to the Facebook page of this site.

My first visit there this spring was early, so not too much green around yet, but that didn’t mean there was nothing of interest .

All photos in this post were taken on April 10,2021.

The empty shell of last years milkweed was still hanging on.


Along the edge of the pond, I spotted this fella. I believe it is a Mink and that may mean that the ground nesting birds will have to work a little harder to protect their nests.



What do you see here? I see a bird, don't ask me what kind, but it looks like spread wings to me.



I love this old tree, and yes, it is alive,but as I said it was early, so no leaves at that time.



The creek is calm, waiting for the action of the waterfowl which is sure to happen shortly.

Yes, this place is at the edge of the industrial area of the city, but the birds really don't care.



Lord, thank You for the detail You put into creation and for being at work even when we can’t see it.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Sunset At The Marsh

Friends, we are once again stepping into a new month. What will the month of May bring? 

We don't know, and in my opinion that is a good thing. We can all do our part to make this month or any time the best it can be. 

Take time to see the beauty of springtime, whether it be returning birds, new growth or even a beautiful sunset.

Today I ask you to join me at the marsh, Kaleida Marsh to be exact.

The birds on the water became secondary as the sun was setting and giving us that path of gold across the water.




I know I take far too many photos at a time like this, but I don't want to miss even a moment of beauty.



A small flock of ducks are silhouetted against that orange sky.


The look and feel of the sunset changed moment by moment. I really like the moody look in this shot and the next.



This was one of those sunsets that held me spellbound, even as the light faded.



At the edge of the Pembina Valley stands a small cluster of mature trees, which look like one tree, hence it is referred to at my home as The Tree. 
This is the scene I captured recently. the dull cloudy sky left me with a rather dull picture, but with the right programs that can all be changed.

 


Here is the same picture, taken into Luminar and a more interesting sky added to it.
Luminar is a very easy to use, yet powerful editing program.
I don't like changing the look of a photo so drastically, without telling my viewers what I have done.
Which version do you prefer?


A setting sun still whispers a promise for tomorrow.

Monday, April 26, 2021

A Prayer

Today I share a hymn with you. It is a prayer we can all pray.

The title is," Lord I Need You."

Lord, I come, I confess

Bowing here I find my rest

Without You I fall apart

You're the One that guides my heart


Where sin runs deep Your grace is more

Where grace is found is where You are

Where You are, Lord, I am free

Holiness is Christ in me


So teach my song to rise to You

When temptation comes my way

When I cannot stand I'll fall on You

Jesus, You're my hope and stay


Lord, I need You, oh, I need You

Every hour I need You

My one defense, my righteousness

Oh God, how I need You

You're my one defense, my righteousness

Oh God, how I need You

My one defense, my righteousness

Oh God, how I need You


 Now a confession. I temporarily decided to move my blog to Wordpress, but upon further investigation, I realize that is likely not in my best interest or that of my followers, as I am not willing to pay to have the ads on Wordpress removed, so here I am, back on Blogger.

Sorry for any inconvenience .

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Moving to WordPress


I am making a move to WordPress for my blog.

I trust you will follow me there.

Here is the link for my latest post:

Ruth's Photo Blog