Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Spring Enlivens The Spirit! Oh Joy!




Warmer days have come our way and Spring is nearly here!! Wild Honey Bees are gathering pollen from Snowdrops emerging from the thawing earth . . .  around the mighty trunk of a giant Sugar Maple!
Where higher towards the sky Raptors eye and fly!

Mottled breast and branches camouflage. 

Joyous flight fills with light!



This young Red-tailed Hawk might have been born here last year... and gives me much joy by taking flight in my direction. Our snow is melting! I was able to work outdoors yesterday for the first time in months! Today is another gorgeous day and the snow continues to slip away! Spring seems very near! It is exciting to feel, sense and see the changes!! My spirit soars with this splendid buteo!

42 comments:

Floridagirl said...

Beautiful shots of the bee and the hawk! How wonderful that spring is headed your way!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Oh Carol it looks so gorgeous in flight. Just look at those markings. Wonderful shots! That honeybee is loving your snowdrops.

Trädgårdsmakare Hillevissan said...

Nice photos, nice story told. And spring is on it's way. So pretty.

Edith Hope said...

Dear Carol, I do share your joy. These pictures have given me untold pleasure. There is clearly an artist's eye behind the camera which makes the images so much more than a series of photographs.

And such detail. The underside of the honey bee is such that I feel that I could touch its 'fur', and that tiny leg outstretched. Wonderful. THe bird is so majestic and, as you remark, so well adapted to blend with both tree and sky.

Your postings are always exceedingly thoughtful and considered and such a delight to read. Thank you for sharing this moment of spring with us.

Kate said...

Spectacular photos, Carol. Deep breath. Spring at last! :))

Liza said...

Really beautiful photos, thank you so much for sharing!

Ami said...

I surely can feel your spring spirits in this posting! Beautiful pictures!

Gela said...

Lovely pictures. Have a nice day/Gela

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

Beautiful photos Carol. That bee looks like she's trying on a hat that's a few sizes too large! Gorgeous Buteo shots too!

FlowerLady said...

Those are wonderful shots of the hawk Carol. I love the little bee pollinating your snowdrops too.

Glad you are seeing spring happening, finally.

Happy Spring and Happy Gardening.

FlowerLady

Rob (ourfrenchgarden) said...

Hi Carol

Spring is in the air, what a positive lift it is.

Great shots of the snowdrops and the hawk.

It was 21C here today. Spring is starting.

Cheryl said...

Wonderful photos! I haven't seen a bee yet, but noticed the geese migrating back now.

Liz said...

We've had our first Bees and Hoverflies over the past couple of weeks too and nothing cheers me up quite so much as the sound of buzzing around the garden.

Wonderful Hawk photos, such amazing birds!

Roses and Lilacs said...

Such a handsome hawk. I have a pair of redtails living right up the lane from the farm. They hang around the feeders too often.

We are snow free here. Balmy temperatures for March. I was outside checking out the perennial garden progress yesterday.
Marnie

Darla said...

Posted the difference between snowdrops and snowflakes just now. Beautiful captures....oh and the hawk....perfect!

Deborah at Kilbourne Grove said...

I am blown away with the pictures of your buddy, Hawk, although my heart belongs to your snowdrops.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I'm so happy you are able to get outside and enjoy your yard. The hawk pictures are beautiful. Scrolling through them quickly is like watching it really fly.

Anonymous said...

Incredible! xoxo sb

Kyna said...

All of those pictures were so beautiful...I kept thinking 'That's my favourite!' and then I'd see the next one and change my mind lol. That hawk is awesome!!

Christine B. said...

Every year I tell myself I am going to watch the raptors migrate back here and every year I flake out. This pics are inspiration enough...road trip! OK, maybe in a month or so.

Christine in Alaska

Jim Groble said...

I can't pick a favorite picture. yhey all very very nice. jim

Randy Emmitt said...

Carol,
happy St Patty's day to you!
You did a great job on these beautiful Red-tailed Hawk photos! I have been seeing 3-4 of them chasing each other as I work in Julia's yard.

Les said...

Stunning are the photos of the hawk with the sunlight coming through its wings. Thank you!

lotusleaf said...

Beautiful photos of the bird and the bee!

sweet bay said...

Magnificent shots of the hawk in flight. They are gorgeous.

Ceara said...

Oh my what beautiful photos! You must have an amazing camera.

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Wonderful, wonderful photos of flying creatures, and their impressive feet.

Noelle said...

What beautiful examples of flowers and wildlife. I love the close-up of the bee and the raptor is truly majestic.

Bernie said...

Fabulous photos of the hawk ... great stuff.

noel said...

aaaah yes carol, your post today did just that....lift me up with your inspiring words and amazing visuals...so glad spring is just around the corner for you my friend.

Kimberly said...

Yes, spring is a joy, isn't it? Your photos are wonderful...contest worthy, I must say. I enjoyed the hawk in flight and the bee at work. NICE!!

Marie said...

Great pictures! The hawk is amazing! Thank you for this wonderful post.

Zuzu said...

Wonderful shots of Spring 2010! I'm watching closely for the signs of Spring here. The temps are rising, the ice and snow are melting, and the birds are beginning to return! :)
Wishing you a lovely day, Carol.

Anja said...

Dear Carol!
I have not words enoug to describe how I feel about your beautiful photos.Your pictures of the Hawk is stunning! Thank you again for an incredible "viewing experience"! (You know - my English....;))!)/Anja

joey said...

National Geographic should be knocking on your door, Carol ... stunning!

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Another masterpiece, Carol! Bravo!

debsgarden said...

Your photos truly capture the joy of spring. The hawk pictures are breathtaking! We have a hawk family nesting on our property, and it is great to watch them. However, I was a bit horrified recently when one swooped down, clutched a ground squirrel, then returned to a tree branch above my head, where it picked out it's victim's entrails for lunch! As my son would say, it's the food chain.

Lillebeth said...

Oh yes, dear Carol, so joyful! And the Red hawk. You really can catch the birds and flowers at their beauty peek. I so wish you a wonderful weekend and hope that you are fully recovered. Kram!

ruma2008 said...

Red-tailed Hawk is a splendid figure.
I can watch by the one flake of his feather.

Fly a moment.
He is really like a brave man.

Thank you for showing a wonderful view.

ruma

Barbara said...

You win the prize for best snowdrop photos! With bees!

leavesnbloom said...

Carol that little bee just can't get enough! fantastic photos of the raptor in flight and its plumage when it shows its full wing span is just awesome. Great photography.

bloominrs said...

The hawk photos are stunning especially the light filtered through his feathers.
So glad spring has arrived for you. Love those bees.

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