Saturday, July 10, 2010

A Look at Some Recent Images

Another week has come and gone.
With very high temperatures and humidity,we have not been able to get as many pictures as we would have liked.
Today I am showing you a variety of images taken by Jake over the last week or two.
The Marbled Godwit must be nesting in our area.
We have seen them around a few times,just a couple of miles south of town.
AS the sun was in the western sky,this bird made several passes.
I love the pattern on the wings.
Here is a side view,so you can see the belly.
This is also richly patterned.
On Thursday,we took a trip to Oak Hammock Marsh.
This is a large marsh area just north of Winnipeg.
We were somewhat disappointed with the lack of birds,but one sighting made up for this.
As we walked along a pair of Killdeer were putting on a dramatic display.
Jake finally noticed why.Huddled in among the stones were four of the smallest Killdeer We had ever seen.They can not have been very old,and of course they never moved.
We got several pictures and walked away,allowing the parents to tend to them.
The other day on yet another drive in the country,we came upon this scene.
THis is a typical scene in southern Manitoba.
A field of gold,which will at the right time be harvested and turned into cash.
It seems that the summer is speeding along and before we know it the combines will be out in full force.
 We usually don't see owls during daylight hours,so this one was a treat.
A Great Horned Owl sitting on  a fence post.
It was too far away for a good picture,but worth taking anyway.
 Finally,a look to the east,where storm clouds are gathering.
The immensity of these clouds amazes me.
The water towers you see just right of the center of the picture,are where we get our water from in Morden.They stand alongside of Lake Minniwasta,and draw water from there.
Right now our lake is full and we are thankful for that.
A lot of people depend on this water source.

Thought for today:
Stop every now and then.
Just stop and enjoy.
Take a deep breath.
Relax and take in the abundance of life.


Dawning Inspiration said...

What a beautiful place you get to live in - and visit! Such tiny little baby birds... and wow, that yellow field is breath-taking. Lovely!

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Beautiful pictures of your area, Ruth (and Jake).... Love the Marbled Godwit... I have never seen one --but they are gorgeous birds.

I cannot believe those baby Killdeer.... They are SO tiny... You all captured a great picture of them...

Love the field of gold... What a gorgeous picture!!!!

Thanks to both of you.

Christy said...

Beautiful images. I would have taken the image of the owl as well. I so understand the heat lately. I haven't gotten as many images taken as I would like. Looking forward to my trip to see the Tall Ships this next weekend. I should have lots to share then.

Diane said...

I don't know if I told you that I love your header, especially the little bird singing. The Marbled Godwit is a beautiful bird, I've never seen it - and of course I've never seen the baby Kildeer. How precious, aren't those the sweetest little faces??? The field of gold, is that canola? Great shots, Diane

Connie said...

You certainly caught the Marbled Godwit in beautiful light.

I love big clouds. Yours may be a little intimidating ... did they bring wind or moisture?

Arija said...

Ruth, that godwit is such a spectacularly beautiful bird, and what great in-flight photos!
It is so lovely to see an owl, we don't have many here.

Monica H said...

What graceful birds.

These photos are so relaxing to me.

Dorothy said...

Wonderful post Ruth! I'm amazed at your photography!! Love that second picture!

Valerie@composition-life said...

Ruth - beautiful pictures. Those first two amaze me - such great shots of the bird in flight! Magazine cover quality!!

The owl and the clouds - just make me long for simpler times - and to live in the country somewhere away from the hustle and bustle of the crazy world.

Too much stress. Why do we do this to ourselves??

I enjoy much peace - when looking at your photos!


Kerri Farley said...

I LOVE your thought for the day Ruth!! And your images are amazing! That flight shot is incredible.

We are in need of rain very badly here!

S. Etole said...

Pretty amazing photos ... I had never heard of a Godwit.

Regina said...

Wow what a lovely place! Beautiful creatures and the golden field is breataking.
Have a wonderful week ahead.
God bless both.

Sandra said...

perfect camafloge on the kill deer and I have only ever seen one owl like that and it was in the day time, sitting up in a tree starting down at me as i walked in Washington Park near Daytona FL. beautiful field of yellow.

Carole Barkett said...

I'd forgotten how beautiful the fields in bloom were. The Godwit does have beautiful patterns and it's amazing how many birds display such beauty only when in flight.

Montanagirl said...

Lovely photos! I'm still behind on commenting, but always enjoy your posts and photos so much.

Out on the prairie said...

I thought there would be more of a nest for the killdeer, I watched their display a few weeks ago. I could have almost stepped on the young, it was in a parking next to a prairie I go to.Godwit is super, they are up around you more.

Shelley said...

Wow - I was just holding my breath experiencing each little miracle and beauty in your photos. That field of gold was magnificent. Love those killdeer - they are very dramatic! My hubby had one fly in his face before when we were out walking in a field.

Pat said...

The field of bright yellow flowers is gorgeous, and I love the patterns on the Marbled Godwit. The tiny killdeer are so cute!

Have a blessed week, Ruth.

Connie said...

Thanks for your recent comment and prayers. I know God has good things ahead.

Willard said...

A wonderful series! The flight photos are exceptional. That is another species that I have never seen.

Barbie ♥ said...

Ruth, this entire post was simply amazing! I've never really seen a marbled godwit and Jake's pictures were incredible! You know how I love those flight shots..the first one was just posed for perfection! The second really showed how they get that name - the pattern looked just like marbling!!! The baby killdeer - oh I have never seen any that small and it was precious to see them so camo'd! I LOVE the owl and the setting in which you captured the picture. And the golden field was simply gorgeous!!

Patty said...

That's one thing both Abe and I need to do more often, is stop and enjoy.
Lovely photos you posted. Thanks for your visits.

My name is Riet said...

Your pictures are so beautiful. How great you saw that own. Wonderful

me ann my camera said...

The godwit photo is beautiful(a great photo capture!) as is the one of the owl! I never ever get close to an owl and seldom see one. The picture is great!!!

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful photos! I love the Godwit, it is a beautiful bird. Love the cute baby Killdeer. Awesome sighting of the owl.

George said...

These are all wonderful pictures. The Marbled Godwit is a gorgeous bird. I also like the picture of the wide open spaces of Manitoba.

Mary said...

Those first two shots are really wonderful...what a beautiful bird! I love those baby Killdeer! I knew they would be cute. We went to check on the nest we've been watching and it was gone...completely. I'm going to tell myself that the eggs hatched and the birds left. I hope so. I would be thrilled to see an owl that close and get any photo!

Jesson Balaoing said...

Thanks for sharing, nice post!

Jesson Balaoing said...

Thanks for sharing, nice post!

Michele said...

Oh wow... such amazing images and to see where you live is neat.
You live in such a different area than me and it's so awesome.
I would love to see it with my own eyes!! It's really beautiful.

It's been hot here but the day always ends with a thunderstorm lately but it doesn't cool it down like you would think so.


Anita Johnson said...

I'd be in heaven...well, almost, to spot an owl like that...just beautiful photos! :-)

Peggy said...

Awesome post! Those godwit flight shots are awesome! And the GHO! What!?! Daytime?!? Congrats!