Thursday, April 5, 2012

A Golden Drop of Sun

Sometime in March, the weather began warming up considerably. It eventually cooled down to more normal temperatures but for about a week, we had summer-like conditions. Most of these photos were taken before it really heated up. Over the course of a few days, there was gold in these here parts.



golden drop of sun
A bud about to emerge was sitting in a fine ray of sunlight. A water droplet from an earlier rainfall clings to it. If you look closely, you can see a tiny starburst shining from the water, making it a golden drop of sun.





beautiful old roots
This beautiful old tangle of roots sure look golden in the late-day sunshine.






nest building time2
It's nesting season, and this little cutie had a mouthful of golden bark in her mouth ready to augment her home. Squirrels sure can do a lot of damage to trees stripping them this way.





spikey2
Before my younger son grew his hair long, he sported a spiky do for a while. This kind of reminds me of those days.







tree base
A rather large hole at the base of this tree. Do you suppose something lives in there?







jake
I know it's not this guy. This is Jake, the golden lab and he lives on my street. He's as golden of heart as the name of the breed suggests.





sappy
A close up view of a broken branch. It appears to be oozing some sort of golden sap or something. Whatever it is, it caught my eye.





golden wings
Last year's seeds were still clinging to this twig. They reminded me of golden wings.

I'll have more photos for you in a few days. Thanks always for stopping by.

58 comments:

Lisa said...

Your view is warming and so beautiful
I love the warmth of the sun

Its snowing here. :)

SueAnn said...

Your photos are gorgeous. I especially like the drop of dew glistening in the sunlight.
Hugs
SueAnn

Brian Miller said...

ha love the squirrel with the mouth full...too cute...that trunk too is pretty cool to look at

sage said...

Lovely photos, love the warmth of the lighting.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

I just love squirrels and labs :)

Merisi said...

Beautiful golden moments captured in time!

Happy Easter to you and yours,
Merisi

Leah J. Utas said...

You have such a lovely view of the world as you find the beauty in everything.

Shrinky said...

Jake reminds me of my Jake, 'cept of course, our jake has a bit more fur about his ears. The glistening dew-drop is precious, what a wonderful capture. The huddle of roots up there reminds me of a sun-bleached carcass. Ahh Hilary, as I am always saying, you have such an eye for spotting the extraordinary in the ordinary that most of us miss.

I actually popped by to plunder your Post of the Week selections..

ladyfi said...

I love the golden light of spring.

Out on the prairie said...

Solid gold, I have fun catching the colors different light offers

Linda said...

I would have missed the little star burst if you hadn't called attention to it. Very nice. I liked the spiky thing and the clinging seeds, too.

Red said...

A golden theme that extends widely . Well done. As always some neat ideas for photos. Now you question ,"Does something live in there?" Yes! Micro life. species upon species.ll you need is a high powered microsopic lens and you will see nothing but color.

TexWisGirl said...

love sweet jake. but the squirrel takes the prize today. :)

rosaria williams said...

It has been a different spring everywhere! I love those seeds still hanging on.
Have a Happy Easter, Hilary.

Frank Baron said...

Good stuff. I don't think the trees mind donating some bark and leaves for the squirrel's nest construction. They're repaid when the critters distribute the tree's seed and help ensure future generations. It's win-win. :)

Bossy Betty said...

You are the photographer I want to be when I grow up. Seriously, your pictures just take my breath away....

Stephen Hayes said...

I imagine the squirrels actually help the trees by removing old bark and making it possible for birds to get at pesky insects, but I was a poor science student at school.

s.m. said...

Your photos are gorgeous! Thank you

s.m. said...

Your photos are gorgeous! Thank you

ellen abbott said...

beautiful images Hilary. so hard to pick a favorite.

Rita said...

Lovely photos! You really have a gift. :)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Thanks for sharing these images of gold. Beauty can be seen in the most common things.

Suldog said...

The bark in the mouth makes the squirrel appear to be smiling :-)

Daryl Edelstein said...

so pretty

messymimi said...

A gold star post!

CiCi said...

The picture of the squirrel with the mouth full of bark is one of the best photos I have ever seen. I watch the squirrels here and have not seen them actually work on their nests. I have come across nests of brand new ground squirrels and that was a thrill. Duh, should have thought to get pictures of that.

Bob Bushell said...

You're a lovely photographer, who shoots everything, I mean everything. Thanks Hilary.

Friko said...

Beautiful golden moments, every one of them.

Susan in the Boonies said...

so many great shots, but the shot of Jake is so like my Deaky Boy, that I can't help but be in love.

Tiago Braga said...

from the first until the last, amazing, amazing

Madge Bloom said...

That squirrel is TOO cute!

SD ~ Dawning Inspiration said...

Now I have that song in my head!! ;o)

What a great capture - the squirrel with nesting material in its mouth.

And wow - the spikey thing - that's cool.

And oh yes - my favorite reminder of childhood "twirly copters!!"

Great shots of the golden sun!!

Glo said...

I especially love your first photo of the bud with its sun star twinkle! Thanks for sharing such gorgeous golden moments...

Adam said...

I like the squirrel picture

Barb said...

Those last leaves remind me of tiny spun-gold hearts. I like your golden spring light in the photos.

Barbara said...

I love how that burr's spikes reminded you of your son! Ah, a mother's heart...

Cloudia said...

HOW do you do it ... and DO it... and DO it???!!!


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Maggie May said...

There is a great diversity of photos in your posts and they are all always magnificent, no matter what you shoot.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Steve Gravano said...

Awesome collection, the dangling seeds at the end is right up mu alley, beautifully done! We are experiencing the same weather conditions. It was warmer at the end of March and now it is cooling to more normal temperatures. I was trying to get an early start on the garden...oh well.

Anvilcloud said...

Good gracious, good golden.

Mental P Mama said...

Always such a treat, and golden.

Betty Manousos@ CUT and DRY said...

simply exquisite!!

i'm in awe of your photography!!
thanks for brightening my day, dear hilary.

happy weekend!

Betty Manousos@ CUT and DRY said...

...and jake is so sweet!

Anita said...

Everytime I visit here, I am reminded of the fact that I have not bought a new camera yet. When the busy-ness of spring break is over, I MUST get to a shop to shop!

I LOVE how you capture so much detail. It's so alive and mesmerizing. (I'm sure I've told you this before.)

Give Jake a hug for me. :)

Gillian Olson said...

Love your golden moments.

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Great capture of the nesting squirrel! I know they can be pesky, but I just love them. :)

SandyCarlson said...

My laptop just made the rounds so everyone could see that squirrel shot!

yaya said...

So much beauty in the everyday things! I love the squirrel shot. Unfortunately, they do a ton of damage to many things besides trees. But they do come in cute packages don't they?

Dave said...

These are unusual but interesting photos Hilary. "Golden" is your theme... - Dave

Ruby said...

I like these excellent shots, especially the close up of the spike :)

Dianne said...

No one captures water droplets the way you do
so perfect

Jake is a sweetie

Cheryl Kohan said...

I did see the starburst in the first photo...very cool! I've seen many a squirrel scampering up a tree but never with anything in their mouths! That is a priceless shot, Hilary.

Daniel LaFrance said...

So many beautiful images and each has its own special magic. You bring life to everything you capture and I don't think it can get much better than that.

Have yourself a great weekend, mon amie.

s.m. said...

Happy Easter!
to You and your family!

Russell said...

Enjoyed this post and the one from Wednesday, too. I especially liked your post from last Sunday - April 1.

Light is everything and you always do such a nice job of capturing it.

Take care.

lime said...

all are wonderful but i especially love the close up texture of that spiky plant.

a belated thank you for the post of the week nod and wishing you and your family a blessed passover.

Pauline said...

big happy sigh

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

Oh, that first photograph with the liquid gold! Exquisite!