I thought it was over. I thoughtwith the emerging tulips Spring had arrived. Yet today we had temperatures that dropped into the 30’s, and (albeit only for about 2 minutes), we actually had hail, rain and a touch of snow. What is going on?
I’m not sure why this winter brought us more snow or why it lingered a little longer than usual, but like most people I speak with around here, I am ready to move on. In the winter, I love the winter. I love the beauty of the first and subsequent snowfalls. And I don’t think I would want to live in an area that doesn’t give me at least a taste of all four seasons. However, now I am ready for Spring. I am ready for the warmth and comfort of the sun. I am ready to shed a few layers and wear a t-shirt without having to worry about bringing a coat along. I am ready to walk barefoot in the grass. Any day now Mother Nature will give in and the Spring weather will match up with the dates on thecalendar. Maybe tomorrow?
For now, here is my farewell to winter: A posting of a few scenic winter shots and nature images from this past snowy, beautiful winter.
I took my kids to visit their cousins who live near Barnegat. It was a bit warmer than it had been in previous days, so we decided to take a quick beach walk by the lighthouse. To our pleasant surprise, we were able to get a nice look at some Harlequin Ducks (both male and female), Greater Scaups and a female Long-Tailed Duck. I didn’t get the greatest pictures, but good enough to document a few “lifers” (the females).
Here are a few more visitors I have had the pleasure of seeing in my yard during this winter’s snow…
The male Goldfinches will be getting their beautiful bright yellow feathers as soon as the spring arrives. For now, they still have their winter colors.
This Song Sparrow was fun to watch as he “drank” the snow. It’s hard to see in this image, but he still has snow on his short bill.
The abundance of small birds in my yard also brings in some larger ones…. The Sharped-shinned and Cooper’s Hawks often dive in and chase the little ones in and out of the trees. It is very interesting to see, but I can’t help but wish for a failed attempt while I’m watching.
Other year-round visitors that spend a lot of time in my yard stuffing themselves full of sunflower seeds, is the Grey Squirrel. They wreak havoc on my feeders, but I enjoy their antics anyway!
It has been a cold winter with more snow than I expected. The snow makes driving more difficult, of course, and there have been an unusually high number of delayed openings and days off from school this season. Even though I have heard many people complain about the harsh weather and express their opinion that they are ready for spring, I can’t help but enjoy every snowfall we have had. I love the snow. I love the beauty of the snowflakes and the way the snow coats the trees and ground. If we are going to have the cold, we might as well have snow to accompany it. Along with the beauty of the snow, comes some wonderful nature photo opportunities….
I wanted to share a few images I shot today on my first just-for-fun photo outing in far too long. In January I decided to take several classes at one of our local colleges. I didn’t think it would be that difficult to add in a few classes to my already hectic life, but it was! Once involved in my classes, I realized that I would not be able to devote as much time to my family and my photography and do well in all aspects. So, photography had to get put on the “back burner” for a while. Fortunately the load has been lifted; as of this past Friday I am officially done with all classes and finals and back in photographic business!
I’d like to apologize to anyone that I have not gotten back to, who may have tried to reach me via email recently. Between being busy with school and getting a new computer, I have missed and lost many emails in the transition and have not had the time to find them and get back to everyone. Although my modified summer hours will begin as soon my children’s school year ends, I should have a little more time to work on my personal photography as well as take on more portrait sessions.
In the meantime, here is one set of the images I got today, “Dogwoods and Dandelion Seeds”….
What a crazy busy, fun month!…. The end of the school year, a trip to Florida to visit wonderful friends, catching up on work, nature exploration, and lots of time playing baseball and tennis…. June has come and gone.
I have been quite neglectful about posting images on my blog and updating my galleries. This coming month, however, I plan to post some of my favorite images, update you on my new tracy bodeo photography products and sessions and share with you my latest charity project. Of course this all still has to be squeezed in between more nature excursions, sports and lots of quality family time!
The rest of the summer is sure to fly by as well. I hope you enjoy every fleeting moment!
An afternoon walk at Jacobsburg State Park to look for some Spring migrants, started and ended with a wonderful find… the Ovenbird. The Ovenbird is a small warbler that breeds in Pennsylvania (and many other surrounding states). It’s song, a loud “teacher, teacher, teacher”, can easily heard throughout the forests, but the bird itself is often difficult to get a glimpse of. I was lucky this past Wednesday when at the end of my walk (after hearing several right when I got out of my car and throughout the walk) I could hear two birds calling nearby, just off the edge of the trail. Finally after scanning the area with and without binoculars, I caught sight of one of these beautiful birds and was able to quickly capture a few nice images.
I also came across this poem about the Ovenbird, written by one of my favorite poets. Enjoy.
A new photography exhibit featuring the work of the Hillcrest Camera Club ( http://hillcrestcamera.org/ ) will be opening at the Bethlehem Rotunda (next to the Bethlehem Public Library) starting this Sunday, April 3rd, 2011. There will be an artists’ reception from 2:00 – 4:00 pm Sunday afternoon, where you can meet some of the photographers and ask questions about their art. The show will contain a diversity of photographic subjects, ranging from portraiture to nature to the abstract. The photographs will also be presented in a variety of ways– traditional framed prints, canvas wraps, panoramas…. It is wonderful to be a part of this exhibit as well as be a member of the Hillcrest Camera Club and I encourage anyone who loves photography to join or visit our group. I also hope to see you at the artists’ reception for this exhibit this Sunday, April 3rd. If you can’t make it to the reception, please feel free to view the exhibit anytime during regular Bethlehem Town Hall hours. The exhibit runs through the end of April.