It has been a loooong winter! If you live in the northern, northern hemisphere, I don’t need to tell you that!
The month of February was especially painful for those of us who long for spring like a little kid wishing for Christmas morning.
I did manage to get out once or twice for photo expeditions and thought I’d share a few of the results with you. With luck, the next batch will be full of spring blossoms!
(As always click on the image and click again to view it full size.)
Foggy Panorama with Eagle
I took the first photo in an attempt to capture that little tree lined peninsula out in the river on a very foggy February morning. I was aware of a bird crossing the frame which I assumed was a Pelican. When I reviewed the shot later, much to Mr. Occam’s dismay, it was a Bald Eagle with a fish that was almost as big as he was! My kind of surprise.
The 2nd photo was also a consolation prize. We could hear an Owl in the trees down by the marsh just before sunset and ran down to try and spot him. Alas, no luck, but the rising moon was impressive.
And it wouldn’t be February if there were no Camellias! These hardy blooms have had a hard time staying fresh between freezes, but there were a few good intervals. This is one known as Pink Perfection, and I think the name is self-explanatory.
Only 6 more days until the Spring Equinox! Hang in there.
As the countdown indicates, we’ve not quite reached the first day of summer, but since it’s been over 100 F in Deb Land the past few days, I hereby declare that summer haikus, 2014 may commence!
“the marsh is a stage in the shape of the wind
cat-tail top hats nod
approving of soft rush ballerinas”
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Momentary departure from photography for a sec. This Todd Kincannon tweet occurred 2 days ago and thanks to Steve Marmel, (@Marmel) I saw it this morning.
But 2 days from now, I’m sure I will still be trying to forget this disgusting representative of SC GOP and his complete lack of empathy or even basic decency and common sense.
Pro-gun or not, this is beyond the pale. How low can our political discourse get? C’mon, people!
Hey Todd! Insensitive much?
— Steve Marmel (@Marmel) May 27, 2014
PS: So proud that Kincannon is from my home state. NOT.
The “Sunday Shows” get me riled up. It occurs to me that others may have the same level of anxiety after listening to politicians who, quite frankly, seem to be insane.
Remedy for us all: two of my most serene shots from the past week. Enjoy! Breathe deep.
Hope you feel calm and serene! Thanks for visiting. Peace.
As I post this, it’s not yet 7 on a Sunday morning after a very, very long Saturday day and night.
As I begged the coffee to take effect, I was downloading some garden shots from my camera and these yellows refreshed my tired eyes. I hope they will do the same for you if you are in need.
Straight out of the camera with just some cropping and brightness adjustments. Enjoy!
psst! I think this 3rd one’s my favorite.Tweet
This is true:
However, .. it will happen! Here in the southern USA, it already has.
So today I’ve added my favorite day to the home page countdown: Summer Solstice! Those of you who know me or my blog know that I L-O-V-E summer!
So,…what’s this solstice thing? According to the Farmer’s Almanac:
The word SOLSTICE is from the Latin solstitium, from sol (sun) and stitium (to stop), reflecting the fact that the Sun appears to stop at this time (and again at the winter solstice).
This year it happens on June 21st, at 651AM EDT. The timing of the solstice depends on when the Sun reaches its farthest point north of the equator. By then, I should have lots of these little guys in the garden.
In temperate regions, we notice that the Sun is higher in the sky throughout the day, and its rays strike Earth at a more direct angle, causing the efficient warming we call summer.
This summer solstice is the day with the most hours of sunlight during the whole year.
Don’t you love that?
The reliable Farmer’s Almanac has a list of 10 Ways to Celebrate Summer
For my friends in northern climes who are literally buried in ice and snow and my southern friends experiencing this unusual cold, and rare wintry precip, take heart – 36 days til the Spring Equinox!
I know – 36 seems like A LOT of days right now, so meanwhile, I continue to try to spread light and color for all my fellow S.A.D. sufferers.
Here is today’s offering, and for a look back at some from last winter, here are links to 3 oldies-but-goodies: