Friday, May 6, 2022

Finding Beauty

I know that by now we all want warm temperatures and spring, but bear with me as I have a few more wintery and early spring pictures to share. 

Look up, look way up. What do you see?

During spring at the Pembina Valley you may well see one of these, or many of them. This beautiful Harlan's Hawk, a subspecies of the more common Red-tailed Hawk graces the blue sky.

Spring also brings large flocks of geese. Most common are the Canada Goose, but we regularly see the somewhat smaller Greater White-fronted Goose, such as these in the photo below.

I always enjoy watching the sunsets and as most of you know, Lake Minniwasta is a favourite spot to watch the sun setting.
In this picture, you can see that we still have ice on the lake and I might add that as of yesterday,May 5, there is still some ice left.

This may not look like much of a picture, but notice the small rainbow cloud in the middle. This is referred to as 'cloud iridescence.

With the thawing of the ice, unique shapes can occur. Here is a small ridge of ice that caught my attention.

Another small ice formation seems to be mimicking a goose.
See next shot.

A Canada goose stretching it's wings. 

 I trust that as you go into each day you will choose to find beauty and joy.


Haddock said...

That ridge of ice on the water looks wonderful.

Hootin Anni said...

Okay, tho I'm not a gal who enjoys harsh, cold, winters..
.that you still have some lake ice sounds pretty good right now (you will understand if you read my recent blog). And that harlan's hawk is awesome (I saw a kreiger's hawk...all white except for tail). I ❤️ hawks!!

Mary said...

What a great bunch of photos, as always. I love the goose with its wings up and the hawk soaring.

MadSnapper said...

you are a great hunter and finder of beauty everywhere you go. that ice does look like a bird. love that sunset.

Ginny Hartzler said...

Simply glorious and really artistic photos! My favorite is the cloud, and the ice art. The second ice one looks like a bird spreading it's wings!

happyone said...

Beautiful pictures.
The ice formation really does look like a goose. Amazing.

Marie Smith said...

We have snow around some stands of trees here still. I hope we have the last of it for now.

Rose said...

Wow... some great photos here. I smiled at the ice acting like a goose. I absolutely love your sunset photos. They are so beautiful.

photowannabe said...

Thank you for sharing your beauty and joy.
The birds are delightful and the iridescent rainbow cloud is wonderful.
We haven't had a really pretty sunset for some time.
Our weather doesn't seem to know what to do...will we have rain? Will we have a heat wave? Will the mountains get more snow? Could be all of the above..
Fickle May

William Kendall said...

These are beautiful shots.

Rose L said...

I do believe you can find beauty in every day. It might be small but it can light up your soul. Taking photographs shares it with everyone.

E.liza"BETH" said...

i might need to count again but i think it was 4 & 5 shots. those are amazing. what great sun views. happy week. take care. big hugs. ( :

George said...

While I'm glad that our ice is gone, I enjoyed both of your photos of the floating ice formations. Your sunset pictures are gorgeous as ever.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

We had one day of very warm record-breaking weather this week and it already made me yearn for the fall and winter, Ruth. I am not a big fan of summer's heat, except I do like summer's long sunlight and seeing things grow. It is true that every day has beauty to cherish.

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