Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Sightings

The last few days have felt more like summer than spring.
I has been gorgeous.Being outside is all I wanted to do.

Granddaughter Kai and I made some peanut butter pine cones for the birds.
It didn't take very long for the Pine Siskins to find these treats.


The Blue Jays are very active as well.
This one perched at the very top of this evergreen and waited for me to put out more peanuts.


Of course i have spent hours at the Pembina Valley Hawk Watch.
When there are few birds in the sky,I look for other interesting photo opportunities.
This marshy area is on the side of a hill.It is kind of strange,but it gave me  a picture. 

Just for a change,I am adding a couple of rose images.
One of Jake's cousins dropped off a rose for me at Valentine's Day.
She is a sweetheart.Of course,I needed to get pictures of this special flower.

I had some fun with some of these pictures.
Here I added a soft colour filter.I really like how this turned out. 

Thought for today:
Flowers don't worry about how the're going to bloom.  They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful.

37 comments:

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Hi Ruth, Love the roses... Gorgeous photos!!!! Can't wait 'til our roses bloom here.

It's like Summer here also--but I love it. The flowers love it also..

You spoil your birdies just like I spoil mine... My Red bellied Woodpecker pecks on the metal at the top of our chimney early in the morning to wake me up --telling me to get his suet out for him... (We put the suet up at nights to keep the raccoons from eating it.) When I put it out in the morning, the Red-bellied is ready and waiting!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Ginny Hartzler said...

Ruth, the next to last picture of the orange rose just takes my breath away, it is a true masterpiece!! I'm glad to hear that you are having good weather and doing well.

George said...

The Pine Siskins certainly are enjoying the treats you and Kai made for them. I really like your photos of the roses. You are getting very good with Photoshop.

Hilary said...

I love the treatment you gave that rose.. it looks so delicate and perfect. The image of the Siskins is beautiful. I love those peanut butter pine cones.. good idea.

Karin said...

Love the perfection of the roses! That Blue Jay surveying his kingdom looks regal! Be you had fun putting the cones together with Kai and the birds have fun feeding! I saw one interesting feeding station - a whole loaf of bread with a hole down the middle from end to end. I imagined with a lovely rain that would plop to the ground, but maybe it could work!

Nancy said...

Ruth, what beautiful photographs..I love your editing...
I agree with you that these wonderful warm days are great to be outside with a camera.....

I love the pine cone feeders...I enjoy doing that as well....Birds love them...

Diane said...

The rose is beautiful - both ways. I'm glad you're having beautiful weather and doing some things you love to do. Diane

ChrisJ said...

Like your quote for the day -- He is the Light.

Elaine said...

The rose photos are so beautiful! It's good that you can spend time with Kai--the birds are very appreciative too. We've been a little cooler than here than normal. I'm envying you your warm weather.

Ruth said...

I love the pinecones and Siskins. Peanut butter had doubled in price around here recently. I haven't been willing to pay the price for us, but I still buy peanuts for the Blue Jays and Cardinals. :-)

Sandra said...

i never thought about putting peanut butter on pine cones, but here the squirrels would carry the pine cone away, they eat the pine cones and drop all the mess on our deck for me to sweep up. those birds on the cones are so beautiful and i like that marsh snow pic.

Montanagirl said...

Very nice series of photos as always! Love what you did with the Rose, and you Thought for Today is perfect!

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

The jay looks regal as he awaits his peanuts. They ARE demanding, aren't they? But so beautiful.

TexWisGirl said...

love the texture of rose petals. so soft.

TexWisGirl said...

and those p.b. pine cones are so cool! :)

Christine said...

What beautiful little birds! Love what you did with the rose. Hugs!

happyone said...

What gorgeous photos.

Connie said...

Beautiful photos. I never tire of seeing the birds - you are so good to them. Both of the roses are beautiful - not sure I have a favorite.

Unknown said...

Ruth, wonderful post! I love the peanut better cones!
Never heard of that before!
From the temperature we have been hearing about back there, your snow must be all but gone.
We have a sunny day today, so that may bode well for Springs arrival!

Kay said...

I wish I lived more in the country so I could see more species of birds. I see some different ones when I'm out hiking, but at home I don't see many.

S. Etole said...

Wonderful images and the thought that you shared. Spring is unseasonably early here, too.

Debbie said...

oh i love your thought for today!!

i have made those pine cones but had way to much trouble with the squirells!!

Unknown said...

I love your photos!!! Spring is such a wonderful time for bird photography!!!
Hugs,
Chris :o)

Janice K said...

I always enjoy your posts and thoughts for the day, and this one was no exception. I sure don't want this wonderful weather to leave, but it is still March, but right now you just have to LOVE it!

Dawning Inspiration said...

I've GOT to do that - with the peanut butter and pine cones.... oh the pictures I will get!!!! (I hope!!)

Neal said...

Very, very nice!

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

I love your photo of the Blur Jay perched on the top of the pine. Your last photo of your special rose is very beautiful.

Nora said...

love the soft filter rose...very nice and fun to see how you made your bird seed feeders...I always feel good when I visit here.

EG CameraGirl said...

I really like your thought for today - it's so positive. How nice of Jake's sister to bring you a rose!

The hawk watch must be an amazing event.

Pat said...

Now I want to make one of those peanut butter pine cones for the birds! That sounds like a fun activity to do with Kai.

The roses are lovely with the soft light effect, and I really like the still quietness of the snow-covered marsh area.

Have a wonderful weekend, Ruth!

My name is Riet said...

It looks like you spoil the birds Ruth but then they bring you pleasure of course. I love those roses.
\Thank you for putting me on your prayerslist Ruth. I appreciate it very much. It is not an easy operation so I need all the help there is. Thank you.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

That's a great idea, Ruth. I bet you had fun making it. I saw one pine siskin this year who stayed at the thistle feeder chasing the goldfinches. Your roses are beautiful too. Hope you have a good week.

Tiago Braga said...

Hello =) I found your blog, during a visit to a friend's blog, and i decicded to come here to vistit you, i like what i saw, always good photos with very wise and kind words =) i will come back soon!

I like the photos with the birds, very nice

big kiss

Mary said...

Bet is was fun working on those with Kai :-) The birds love our efforts. I still have one in the freezer and now it is too hot to put it outside. Oh, well. I'll take the mild winter and early spring any day and not complain.

Shug said...

Hi Ruth...Happy Sunday afternoon...
I love your thought for the day!
Perfect words!

John's Island said...

Hi Ruth, I always enjoy stopping by your blog. Always positive and the pictures are excellent. Thank you for sharing! John

Anonymous said...

Nice photography as usual. I have no roses. In fact none of my flowers are up except the daffodils were up and have not faded into history. Am looking forward, each day, to the return of the birds. So far it has been hot for several days and we expect frost tonight so we have a lot of things to cover up and protect.

I am trying to get the word out to all blogger friends that I have a new birds blog.

Since I was hacked I had to give up my old user name and the blogs that went with it.

So this is the new birds blog and I hope you can come visit. Birds Birds Birds and Birds