Monday, April 2, 2012

Recalling Winter's White Surprise ~ Dreams of Pearly Petals

Winter white robin
absent pigments of color
feathers like petals

Time passing quickly
winter mild and not so white
dreams on milky clouds

A rare bird sighting
white gown among crabapples
wistful pearly blooms

 Magnolia stellata
fluttering snow-white petals
sweeten spring evenings

White pillow promise
plump peonies bush and tree
stippling a landscape

Snowball hydrangea 
light before white birch tree trunks
follow later on

A white time just past
April may bring new carpets
mist reflecting light

Petals and flights of birds
unfurl and arrive too soon
springs frosty freeze tease

A ghostly robin
albinism or leucism
perilous for life

It truly was a special February day, when I chanced to look out and see this beautiful bird harvesting apples with other robins. A rare sighting . . . but one in thirty-thousand . . . it is reported by Journey North. You can learn more about this phenomenon here. A white robin may be beautiful to observe but it is a danger to the robin, as it stands out in the flock and can be more easily preyed upon. 
Eyeing this white robin inspired me to dream of pearly white blooms. I did not realize then how soon many would unfurl.
The early summer heat, that pressed upon spring, melting snowdrops while tempting many magnolia blooms to cast off their protective calyx-armor, parted, as suddenly as it came and left us cold . . . dipping into temperatures of low 20's F. 
Everywhere one notes brownish tinges on early blooms within the trees. Here too, my today stellata wishes her portrait not to be seen so I share last years photos. 
A strange winter and beginning spring to go with this unique sighting of a white robin.
Our peonies are hardly even showing just now but there are many buds along with a sundry of stirrings through the delicate detritus that makes up the garden carpet. You will not find me out there digging or tidying anything up for awhile . . . just in case there are butterflies in process.
 The American woodcock is still enjoying the fields and open sky at dawn and dusk . . . I so enjoy trying to catch a glimpse of him and hearing his mating wing song.
Happiest of Aprils to All! 


Fishtail Cottage said...


Lona said...

What a wonderful surprise. It looks so beautiful with its white feathers. Your Magnolia is blooming so lovely.All of those peonies in bloom looks so wonderful.

africanaussie said...

Oh gosh! I really enjoyed this little adventure into your world of white. the words, and the photos - superb!

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

What an amazing sight Carol..precious gift to find this white robin and all the white blooms as well...

Country Gal said...

Fantastic photos! I have never seen till now a white Robin , awesome do you have or know of a birding group in your area? I bet they would love to see photos of the white Robin , it may be a new species ! have a great day !

Debra Howard said...

What a rare and wonderful blessing to see such a beautiful Robin. All the white flowers are gorgeous too. Great pics.

Gardeningbren said...

Your wonderful blog and beautiful words never fail to surprise me. A white robin; your heart must have fluttered to no end. I can't imagine!! Mine would have stopped! Such inspiration, your whole post. Thank you.

Ramona @pwconnect said...

Lovely photos! We have one of those crabapple trees in our yard. I've never seen the birds touch the fruits, though!

Gillian Olson said...

What an amazing sighting, thanks for sharing it and the other wonderful whites with us.

Carol............. said...

Your photos are awesome!

Ruben said...

WOW, what a sighting!!! A white Robin! Fantastic photos, I beleive many bird watchers envy you.

And you make me longing even more for summer with your photos of magnolia, hydrangea, paeonies.

Have a nice week!

Linda said...

How is it that you had your camera at the ready to capture a white robin?!
I would have never imagined one to be so beautiful....
we are all blessed to have shared in it's wonder.

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Carol:
This post is pure delight, illustrating as it does so many of the wonders of Nature to be seen by the careful observer even in the midst of winter. And you, dear Carol, are just that. A careful, and we believe, seasoned watcher who takes a real joy in seeing the passage of time, the passing of the seasons as they slowly unfold, with an eye that misses nothing and a mind open to record all.

And, in addition to all of that, you have in this post extended the wintry theme to include so many beautiful images of garden plants seen in all of their white glory - many of which will be there to delight as the year progresses.

But we cannot take ourselves away without mention of the truly amazing images of the robin in his winter white. Such pictures are, for us, pure heaven and show something we have never seen for ourselves. Thank you so much.

Thank you too for the lovely comment left on our latest post and to which we have made reply.

Sophia Callmer said...

As always so beautiful pictures and poetic, I haven't visited your blog for a long time. To much work, but I never get disapointed when I visit you. It seeems like you have had a "kind" winter just as we have had here in southern Sweden. Though right now it is rather cold and right before it was unusually warm, so all spring flowers are cold and freezing. kram Sophia

Eva said...

I remember well your mention, previously, of this beautiful visitor. You waited for the perfect time and related setting in which to frame him. Your words, as always, enhance the magic of this robin's appearance. I'm so glad to see that your stellata didn't suffer like so many in the valley. I keep meaning to say "thank you" for keeping us reminded of the coming of Earth Day.

sweetbay said...

Sorry to hear about your magnolia, that so often happens with early bloomers. :( That robin is beautiful. I think he's prettier than the regular ones! lol Such a unique frosted appearance. But you're right, his appearance is more perilous for him. Love the shot of the row of white peonies. Gorgeous.

sandy said...

That robin is a beauty! My friend and I saw a white jay (blue) last year, but didn't have a camera!

The couldn't have picked a better place to pose, could it?

Love all your photos!

Les said...

It looks like the robin was frosted.

Susan in the Pink hat said...

How interesting that it should retain a red breast and a dark eye! And how lucky for you. It's such a beautiful bird. I hope it will escape predation now that winter is past.

ann said...

Your spring is really quite lovely. The white Robin is most unusual and actually very pretty. Do you think that it will stay? Perfect photos.

Barbarapc said...

It does look like it's frosted with snow - how beautiful. The hot/cold spring has certainly brought some marvellous surprises. We've had birds I've never seen before, and the gentle winter has been kind to so many of the more tender plants. Such a gift to go out and discover what each morning has brought.

Sarah Laurence said...

What an interesting looking bird. I've never seen a white robin. Thanks for sharing!

Tammie Lee said...

i am enjoying seeing your white robin.
and your lovely themed post which is sprinkled with your sweet haiku's. thank you for sharing your beauty with us.

Susan in the Pink hat said...

Just a thought, you should submit the 5th picture down to National Geographic's reader submitted photo section and see if it gets anywhere.

Carol said...

Thank you everyone. I am so glad you enjoyed this beautiful bird as I did. Ann, I have not seen the robin for a few weeks now. The robins must have lots of other food for they are not in the crabapples so much now. I hope she/he made it and is planing on nesting nearby. I will certainly post if I see it again. Thank you Susan!

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

I remember watching a partially leucistic robin a number of years ago. I owned a very primitive camera at the time, and utterly failed to capture a likeness. Your photos are -- as always -- splendid.

Gail said...

Sighing over the stunning photos and that marvelous bird. xogail

Gabriel Rochard said...

Very happy to see you again, dear Carol. Your blog is still very rich, and I could not read the article about your Magnolia stellata without leaving any comment...
I love this elegant little tree.
And your recent sky's photo are marvellous.
Have a great day and talk to you soon

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