I actually started hearing the geese last month, but went to an urban park with a friend a couple of weeks ago to get a little closer and actually see some. It is fun to see them arrive and stake out their territory all around the park, with the little squabbles going on here and there. The ones I took photos of that were close were just walking around without a care in the world, raising their head when I took a shot or two, then just going on with their business. Indeed, there will be more to come.
Spring is such a wonderful time of year for me, but it seems to take its time. Although I wouldn’t want to rush it, as Spring seems to come and go so quickly, I do like to get a sneak preview of what is to come by visiting the local conservatory when everything outside is still rather drab. When I go into the temperate pavilion I can breathe deeper breaths, a wonderful feeling for a person with asthma. My love of colour is satiated, and my spirits are lifted for having made the visit, looking through my lens to capture images.
I wish to share with you a visual lift by viewing images of the blooms. Enjoy!
While visiting the conservatory, I took photos of plants in full, as well as in more abstracted ways, to observe and record the patterns of the leaves. I found the patterns so fascinating! Here are some examples.
I haven’t written for a while, as I have been busy with one thing or another, but lately I have been getting out more and taking my camera with me. My friends and I agreed it is a good time of year to see spring flowers before they appear outdoors and the feature pavilion at the Muttart Conservatory would be a treat, so that is where we headed.
I hope you enjoyed a taste of Spring flowers, now here are some fairy glens that were nestled around the flowers.
I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did . It helps me get through the colder days and even snow flurries that pop up every now and then at this time of year.
Here are images of a Black-Capped Chickadee that I took two days ago.
I lucked-out and had a couple of visitors while walking on the trails. I held my hand out to one Chickadee and it flew close and hovered, but did not land. It was a pleasant close encounter.I heard from a friend that she saw her first gulls, geese and Robin! I will be in her neck of the woods next week so will have my camera with me.
Referring to the title, In Time for Birding Season, I have received a call from the doctor’s office and am booked for cataract surgery May 1st for one eye and May 15th for the other. I am so joyful to hear the news!
Chickadees are always a welcome sight to behold and it always gives me joy to hear their peeps and calls. They are quick, constantly moving but their curiosity gives me an occasion to grab a shot of one as it comes to inspect what is going on. I lucked out with close proximity and good light with this particular one.
Every year I am surprised by the quickness of the transition from snow to puddles. It only took a couple of days after the last snowfall to change into more spring-like conditions with an abundance of water. Not that the snow is gone; no, there is still plenty of that. It has lost its pristine quality and evolved into a tinge of a more mushy grey and brown.
I did go for a walk to look and listen, and was rewarded with what I think is a call of a House Finch, and the gurgle of a Raven as it flew overhead. Sidewalks forced me to navigate carefully, inching along in spots where it was icy or covered in water of indeterminable depth until stepped in. No soakers. The air was fresh and I took some photos of the water and an obliging magpie that momentarily perched on a fence.
The two strongest signs that Spring is coming are:
I can open my windows to let in fresh air. I have not been able to do that for months because the ice was so thick.
My Clivia Lily is starting to bloom. I see that bright orange peaking up through the leaves, and I am happy because it did not bloom last year. I keep it in the sunny window and have started feeding it fertilizer in the past couple of weeks.
I am happy to see that the bike lanes are used all year round, I even see people riding in snow storms. The city keeps the lanes clean but today it was snowing so it is not as clear as usual, but the lanes are still being used. Some people complain about having to pay taxes for the lanes but I don’t mind as long as they are used. I have never walked down this street and not have a bicycle pass by.
It was a good day to walk in the neighbourhood and find some interesting images to capture on this snowy day. Some images are looking down the street, some looking at the sun through fog and others are close-ups. I hope you like them.