Sunday, February 28, 2010

it was good


Last night's sunset was pretty nice.



















But the full moon rising over the cornfield was pretty awesome too. I took several pictures of it from the backyard, the sunset in front of me, the moon behind.





Today we had an honest-to-god real spring day. Clear blue sky, temps in the 60s, a gentle breeze from the south.

A pair of blue jays are engaged in nest building. They keep breaking small twigs off my crepe myrtle trees and then flying across the road to the pine tree with them. I never was able to get a picture of one of them but while I was waiting, I noticed these little yew tree berries sprouting at my feet.


This cardinal was a little more cooperative. He was perched in the yew tree singing his little heart out.



I noticed this rose bud.




















And saw that the ginkgo tree is covered with very fat buds.


I decided to work in the back yard and get the rest of the cannas dug up from around the peach tree. The ornamental peach tree is in full bloom.


Finally, at the end of the day I wandered over to the confederate rose to see how it was doing. It was 10 feet tall last year and froze to the ground with our 20˚ weather last January. I'm happy to see that it is already coming out from the very bottom.



22 comments:

  1. We still have a way to go here before I start seeing anything like that, but I can feel it in the air!

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  2. ellen - the colours, the scents, the sounds - it's all here. thankyou. steven

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  3. Wonderful pictures! I can't wait for spring to come... the temperatures here have risen a little, but the weather... just rain and stuff.

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  4. Oh I am so jealous to see your blooming signs of spring. I am still snow covered!! Sigh! But I can feel spring coming. I just know it is. Your pics are wonderful! Loved the cardinal and the rose bud. Beautiful!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  5. That little green bud at the base of the tree is wonderful - so vulnerable and yet full of strength and promise. Thanks Ellen.

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  6. So pretty, thanks for the preview of what's to come.

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  7. Beautiful images! Wow. You're ahead of us in time seasonally. In about 3 weeks, I'll be able to take pics like these ... except of the moon of course.

    Happy spring!

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  8. I didn't have to wear a toboggan to church yesterday - does that count as spring? I'm thinking not, since we still have snow everywhere.

    I'm considering you to be my guide for what to look for when OUR spring gets here - I'll be taking pictures of green shoots too...

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  9. Still buried in snow in my little neck of the woods. No full moon visible through these thick gray skies.

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  10. yummy sights, soothing to my eyes, a visible spring of my dreams - gracias!

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  11. I loved seeing signs of spring - especially loved the cardinal, since we do not have them here. Ahhh, I'm ready for spring!

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  12. I see spring! Gotta make you feel good.

    I hope my Lady Banks Rose survived the weather. I brought her home with me from Savannah.

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  13. What a refreshing post Ellen.

    Amazing how life goes on, no matter what. That's the most hopeful fact that I hold on to in the midst of politics and global changes.

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  15. The cardinal is our state bird & I just never get tired of seeing them outside my window. So beautiful.

    The blue jays are pretty too but they are big meanies here - I have seen them beat up squirrels for snacks :) And they are loud

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  16. Blue Jays are horrible. They're the meanest birds and that includes ravens and vultures.

    What beautiful photos! What kinda camera do you have Ellen?

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  17. Oh Ellen! Spring just can't get here soon enough for me. Those photos really convinced me that it WILL happen. It will. I will. It will.

    Thank you so much. I needed that!

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  18. I never imagined I'd be so susceptible to signs of spring.

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  19. Hi Ellen

    thank you for showing me a glimpse of your emerging spring...it never fails to feel hopeful...

    Happy days

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  20. Oh, you're so lucky!

    While we have been seeing a variety of birds making a comeback...this is the first weekend I've seen any greenery or buds getting ready to bloom.

    It's all so lovely!

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