Sunday, May 15, 2011

Things That Spring Brings

I'm still in part time mode and I don't expect that to change in the near future. I'll visit blogs when I can, and continue with my regular posts and the Posts of the Week as time permits, but I won't be commenting with my usual degree of regularity throughout most of the upcoming warm spring and summer months. Thanks for understanding my sporadic visits.

Spring is such an incredible season. It brings sights, sounds and sensations all its own. Please join me, and I'll be happy to share some of my recent spring moments.


rainydaytulips
Beautiful spring tulips - a gift from a friend who came to dinner one evening. I was leaving for Frank's the next day, so I brought them with me.




tulip pinky
They brightened up his front window on a rainy day. This one with its solitary stray petal reminds me of a lady's hand, holding a teacup - pinky raised, whilst sipping delicately.




dont leave me
From the outside looking in, they somehow made Benny's sad "don't leave me" face even more forlorn.




red-winged blackbird
When the rain ended, we took a walk through the field along the creek. There were plenty of red-winged blackbirds still singing for a mate.




beaverevidence
Nature's finest architect was in the neighbouhood. The beaver is the official Canadian symbol and on this day, we saw many trees which had been gnawed down for dams or lodges. We never did see the critter despite the evidence of its presence.



flyonabottle2
After the walk, we settled on the back deck for drink. I had one of those girly drinks which goes down like a soda but has that mini-kick (more like a nudge) to it. This fly must have found it appealing too.



orange tulip2
At the end of the day, the setting sun cast a soft orange glow upon the tulips.

I hope you enjoyed checking out some of the spring sights with me.

67 comments:

Linda said...

That shot of Benny and the tulips is priceless! :)

Kristina P. said...

I love driving through neighborhoods and seeing all the beautiful tulips in bloom.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Sporadic visits. I think I need to instill that in those who think my lake house has become a second home - for them.

(I might begin handing out a mop as they enter the door - my kids excluded in this rant, as they are always welcome and mop, as my mom is, and my...)

Enjoy your time. I'll appreciate the beauty of your photos as they come.

ADRIAN said...

I love the image of Benny it has an ethereal quality.

ds said...

Benny's face is priceless (those are beautiful tulips), but I also love the blackbird. I've yet to see one this spring, and they are such beautiful birds! Happy wanderings--I'll look forward to whatever you choose to post, whenever you choose to do so!

Lisa RedWillow said...

Its so nice to get out and enjoy what little spring and summer we have here in Canada . Your right.
Loved your blog. The tree and the beavers work is wonderful.
Have a wonderful week coming up.

missing moments said...

Oh, it's so hard to keep up with blogging this time of year with all the stuff to enjoy outdoors. Your photos are lovely, especially Benny's expression.

thrviewfinder said...

Beautiful shots.. The first three are awesome... Benny shot is my favorite.. I wish i had tulip flowers

ladyfi said...

Wonderful shots... the tulips are so graceful. And that shot with Benny is so precious!

Birdie said...

Going out and enjoying the Spring and Summer is what you should be doing. Go at it and enjoy!

Love the beaver pictures. There are many marshes where I live and there is one in particular where a beaver has chopped down more trees than not. The city crews have wrapped the rest in wire but she just keeps finding the ones that didn't get covered. (It is a big marsh!) I like our funny little rodent symbol. Such hard and industrious workers. :-)

roobo69 said...

Thanks for that - I could do with some images of Spring right now... It's way too chilly down my way just at the moment...

slommler said...

Thanks for sharing your spring photos with me...loved the journey!
The one of Benny hit my heart with a smile for sure.
The tulips are gorgeous!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Shrinky said...

Oh, Benny peeking through the tuplips is so beautiful! Blogland always slows down a beat when the sun comes out, just as it should - enjoy the Summer!

Cricket said...

Heh, heh. You reminded me a bit of a Dave Barry column about travel to Canada. All I remember is it was standard, travel guide format, with questions and answers like

Spelling of "center?" Incorrect.

Beavers on currency? Yes.

Here's an oldie for your listening pleasure. Suits the current weather and that forlorn dog: The Kingston Trio Early Morning Rain.

Twain12 said...

what lovely pictures, Benny's is my favorite, even with the sad face.

Brian Miller said...

aww...what a great shot of bennie!

Maggie May said...

Just adored Benny and the tulips.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Gary's third pottery blog said...

BENNY baby! :)

Kat said...

Those tulips are gorgeous and I love how it looks like they are reaching for the sunlight. LOVE the shot of Benny and the tulips. Perfection! :)

Leah J. Utas said...

The gnawed stumped looked like ice cream with flecks of real vanilla in it. Well done.

Tabor said...

Lovely as always and glad I have found some time to catch up on my favorite bloggers today!

texwisgirl said...

very nice - especially the pup one.

DJan said...

I always enjoy your pictures, and as usual you give me ideas of what I should be taking pictures of. As everyone else has said, the picture of the tulips and Benny is especially wonderful.

Anvilcloud said...

My fave: dog and tulips thru the window.

Bossy Betty said...

The tulip shots are great, but Benny and tulips too! OHHHH!!!!

Karen said...

Hilary, I love the idea of rainey day tulips. Benny's pic is adorable. I've never seen wild beavers or their handiwork. Thanks

Zuzana said...

Beautiful snapshot of magical moments in time...
That is life at it's best, enjoy it my dear Hilary.
As always, all your images have a story to tell and leave me speechless.
xoxo

Scott said...

Tulips mean Spring and who doesn't love that. Nice ones here!

ellen abbott said...

I love the shot of the single tulip.

steviewren said...

Beautiful tulips! I love the color of them. The shot of Benny beside them is a delight. Hope you are having a wonderful spring.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

your photography is really stunning, hilary!

terrific composition!
...visiting your blog has been a great pleasure to me.

betty xx

Tabouleh said...

Beautiful pictures all of them ... but my favorite of the bunch are all the Tulip ones... they are breath taking...
I love the Spring... it reminds me of rebirth....
I enjoy your posts no matter how sporadic they will become.

Maggie said...

Thanks for taking the time to stop in. That Tulip against the raindrops on the window is a classic. We will see you when we see ya. :)

christinemyoung said...

glad you are taking time for you :)

the pretty pink drink with the icky black fly is a fantastic juxtaposition!

Bob Bushell said...

What are springtime highlights, it's too much for making your minds up, they are all fantastic.

Cloudia said...

wow!

we are the blogosphere's noisy parrots, LOL



Thrilled to be BACK-

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Elizabeth Grimes said...

The colors are beautiful on the tulips. And Benny, what a cutie!

Mustafa Şenalp said...

Çok Güzel Site. :)

Pauline said...

Reading here is like taking a walk through an illustrated book of poetry.

MaggieGem said...

Fabulous shots! Love that redwinged blackbird!

Red said...

I like the shot of the stump left by the beaver. Beavers are cetainly archetects and engineers, but to me they are artists. Each stump is a work of art. Just my humble opinion.

Steve Gravano said...

The tulip close-up's are beautiful. Is Benny sad or just wondering if they are edible?

Joanna Jenkins said...

There is something about tulips that always make me smile. The color in your are so beautiful.

Hope the sun has come out in your neighborhood.

xo jj

Lori said...

Since I really love tulips I enjoyed these pics..love the one of Benny and the tulips. I am glad you are out enjoying and living life. XX

Daryl said...

Lovely . its nice that Benny doesnt eat tulips .. Gus, our sweet departed Gus, loved tulips tho alas they didnt love him back .. that cat could pass gas .. oh boy

Suldog said...

There isn't anything you photograph that doesn't look great, even a fly. I'm consistently amazed when I come here.

Nancy said...

I loved the shot of Benny - he is so sweet. The blackbird is beautiful.
I, too, find that visiting as much as I would like to is just not happening. I can't write, research, blog, and still visit - or I'm on the computer ALL of the time.

Susan in the Boonies said...

I hate flies. I GUESS they're a necessary evil, but really, you have to wonder, are they REALLY necessary?

Dianne said...

the way you captured the many facets of the tulips is wondrous

and Benny! I don't know that I could leave after seeing that face
I'd spend my days at home or I'd need to run for the car without looking back

than again Isadora cries when I put "outside" shoes on and I've gotten over it ;)

messymimi said...

When you have the eyes to see it, and you do, every day is a thing of beauty.

Moi said...

I loved, loved, loved the Benny with tulips pic. Enjoy the warmer months.......take care!

Mental P Mama said...

Benny and the tulips needs to be everywhere. As a matter of fact, I think he will be my new desktop pic;)

SandyCarlson said...

These things are so very beautiful. Perfect. BDM (Benny Da Man) rocks, as ever.

Frank Baron said...

Ben's wistful look, the lone tulip, and the blackbird are my three faves among a fine batch. :)

Dave said...

A nice selection of spring flowers Hilary. I was very interested in the tree stump that the beaver left behind after cutting down the tree. I wonder if that could be troublesome for forests? - Dave

Shammickite said...

I'm very happy that the calendar tells me that it's SPRING in S Ontario but unfortunately the thermometer isn't co-operating at the moment. Cool and Damp, too many raindrops. Your tulips are lovely, and the shot of naughty Benny is great! I've been a bad blogger for about a month, just too many things going on here, things that i could blog about but I just haven't had time..... anyway I'm back now, and I hope to be staying in blog mode for a while!

Barbara said...

You can see I'm still in part-time mode myself. Beautiful tulips, beautiful photos and what a lovely day. Poor Benny, though!

Dawn said...

I feel as though I've hit part-time blogging due to our (FINALLY) arrival of spring. Glad to hear it isn't just me....but time outdoors seems to call a lot lately:)
LOVELY captures....made my afternoon bright(er)!

Unknown Mami said...

That tulip did look like it was holding its pinky up. Thank you for suggesting it because my imagination enjoyed the suggestion.

SandyCarlson said...

Another look at Benny and the tulips made my evening.

beth said...

i loved seeing your spring...and the dog/tulip photo is fantastically cute !!

Hilary said...

Thank you everyone for coming to visit, leaving such kind comments and for understanding my less frequent visits to your own fine blogs. You folks are the best!

Snappy Di said...

Look at that Benny face. I might need a Benny face in this house. :-)

Di

kazia said...

picture of the dog with flowers looks great :)

CherylK said...

That Benny....he's just adorable, isn't he? Love the flowers. Who wouldn't love flowers especially those photos of yours.

You just take your time. I've been so lax about visiting, too. It must have something to do with spring fever. Go with the flow, right?

lime said...

that second picture is positively poetic. just love that orange against the dreary window.

Sandy said...

Your photography is awesome...love it.