Thursday, March 13, 2014

Snowy Update and More

As promised here is the latest on the tagged Snowy Owl.
This bird was tagged in 2011,near Swift Current Saskatchewan.
The owl was likely 2 or 3 years old at the time.The information collected as a result of this tagging has shed light on the migratory patterns of these birds and also their lifespan.
This program has now been ended.
The owl I was privileged to photograph was the first tagged owl reported in Manitoba,so it is considered somewhat special.
It is a female as can be seen by all the barring on the plumage.

In keeping with a Snowy Owl,I wanted to show you one more frost picture.One day I noticed that the frost was especially delicate and looked like feathers on my windows.

Enough of wintery scenes,its time for spring.
When spring is slow in arriving outside I have to make it happen inside.a trip to the local Walmart was all I needed.A pot of Hyacinth and one of Daffodils and suddenly I have spring in my house.

Another macro of the small Hyacinth flowers.They look so cheery,standing on my kitchen table.

I made a stop at my local grocery store and what did I see.An American Robin,actually two of them,looking for small puddles of water on the parking lot.
Now that is a sure sign of spring.

Yours,O Lord,is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendour,for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
1 Chronicles 29:11


  1. Hi There, Doesn't it feel good to see a ROBIN??? That means that SPRING is on the way!!!!!

    Love the flowers of spring. When we got home yesterday, we saw some little Crocuses and some hyacinths blooming in our yard. How wonderful is that!!!

    Love the Snowy Owl --and of course the frost.. It does look like feathers!!!


  2. That's interesting about the Snowy Owl you photographed. Thanks for passing on the information. I really like your feathery frost picture, and those beautiful Spring blossoms are always a delight.

  3. I love the frost pic, it does look like feathers! then spring inside your house is a beautiful idea

  4. Great info about the Snowy Owl and I love that photo of it.

    The frosty feathers are beautiful and the robin and flowers sure signs of spring being on its' way.

    Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

  5. Lovely shot of the Snowy Owl. Your spring flowers are so pretty. I'm hoping spring is on its way here as well.

  6. yellow flowers always make me happy and robins mean spring all over the world... love the frosty feathers.

  7. How thrilling to get photos of that special snowy owl!! We've actually had a recent sighting of one not far from here. Hope I can locate him before he gets away. LOVE that shot of the feather pattern on the glass. Awesome!

  8. i always love to see (or hear) the robins as they remind me of home (wisconsin's state bird). that snowy is so beautiful. yes, i'm ready for spring, but i LOVED your frost feather photo!!!!!

  9. Oh I really need to buy some flowers!! They do bring Spring!!!
    and LOVE your Owl!!

  10. This is a happy post, Ruth. Very interesting about the Snowy Owl. Your flowers are beautiful and I know the hyacinths smell divine. Have a beautiful day. Diane

  11. The frost feather photo is exquisite! I love how you treat yourself to bouquets of flowers on occasion. It's a nice thing to do for yourself. And for those of us who enjoy seeing the pictures.

  12. Ruth, great shots! The Spring blast of colour is wonderful. Don't you just love the aroma from the Hyacinth! The best ever!

  13. As beautiful as winter is as seen through your lens (gorgeous owl and frost images), it's nice to bring some spring into focus. I love the flower idea.

  14. Interesting how this owl was tagged. sorry that the program has ended.
    Such a Beautiful bird. I love the smell of hyacinths. such a refreshing fragrance.

    And oh.....those flakes look like fern leaves...
    so pretty.

  15. HI Ruth great shot of the Owl and I love the frost on the window. the spring flowers wold brighten up any day. Have a great weekend.

  16. I can almost smell those hyacinths. We had another 6.7" of snow this week, but things are melting!!!

  17. The owl fascinates me, thanks for the rest of the story! We have many robins here, but snow coming tonight. I had breakfast every morning next to my forced hyacinths, at least it smelled like spring for awhile!

  18. I have been trying to see the snowy all winter. They are here but no sightings for me!!

    This one is beautiful and you have the most amazing frost and snow in Canada.....almost worth living there for!!

    Have a happy Sunday!!

  19. Ruth-your owl and frozen photographs are beautiful but I understand how you feel about the cold...enough already! I hope spring starts to show for you soon.

  20. Lovely series of photos, and I'm glad you ended with a touch of spring!

  21. Hi Ruth. Your macro photo's are so great. I love the flowers and the frost and that owl is super. Have a nice week.

  22. thanks for brightening my day!
    gorgeous photos, ruth!

    happy st.patrick's day!
    big hugs~

  23. Never saw an owl like this. Looks like and old grandpa with a snow white beard.

  24. Hi Ruth, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  25. Hi Ruth, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  26. Just stopping by to say hello, and spend a little time looking at your various and Beautiful photos. Nice to see a snowy owl, and then a robin. Seems like winter and then spring all in one blog. So nice to see the vivid colors of spring flowers also. And I always love reading the Word of the day. Very delightful indeed.
    Hope to find you well and hope you have a lovely, photo filled spring as well.
    Take care and God Bless you Ruth.
    Dianne :)

  27. ...the robins are something special this time of year to me!! And your Spring flowers...beautiful choices!! Brightens up the day, doesn't it?

    And your 'fern' frost is gorgeous!!

    Special owl too; goes without saying.

  28. Loved your tagged owl story,green reflections in your bird bath and that lovely icy forest growing on your window.
    Glad you got yourself those spring bulbs , they are so very special while waiting for the snows to melt.
    We humans are odd creatures, a few months ago people could not wait for the first snow and now they all hope it will go away as quickly as possible.


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