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.
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.