Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Very Breath of Spring

“Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring?”  ~ Neltje Blanchan

Spring.. it ain't over yet. Come join me in taking in a few more sights around my neck of the woods, and Frank's. 


red tulip One of just a few red tulips which grace my front yard this spring. 





daffodil bud Not far away, a daffodil bud shortly before it opens.





 lil red guy Outside my back window, this little cutie was enjoying some of the seed which was scattered primarily for the birds. The photo quality is poor as it was taken through two panes of glass. I've always loved red squirrels, and especially since I was introduced to sweet, little Roxy. Go on and have a look - she's adorable. 





creek view roots Frank lives near a lovely creek which makes its way into Lake Ontario. Each year, they lose more trees and other plant life to erosion. I suppose it won't be too much longer until this tree loses its grip and makes its way into the great lake. For now, it still makes a pretty picture. 





walnut2 There are a lot of walnuts to be found around the area.





robin pecking And of course, what self-respecting spring season makes its appearance without the obligatory robin. This one stopped pecking in the dirt in order to watch me rather closely. You can see some of the wet earth on its beak. 






sunset behind new growthBack home again, the sun is setting behind a new leafy growth.

That's it for today. I'll have more images for you in a few days.

58 comments:

Frank Baron said...

Nice collection. The tulip looks terrific. :)

yaya said...

Love all the pics but the squirrel is so cute and your "poor" quality pic is about a million times better than any attempts I make! Love the last shot too...very cool looking!

Stephen Hayes said...

Keep them coming. This is as close to outside as I got today.

SueAnn Lommler said...

Beautiful images. I especially like the "baby" daffodil pic.
Hugs
SueAnn

Dave said...

Nice photos Hilary. I specially liked the squirrel and the robin - Dave

Robin said...

Ah, I'm enjoying your Spring shots! They make me long for Spring here, despite Autumn not even having departed yet.

Anvilcloud said...

The last picture is very interesting and dramatic.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Spring is exciting and beautiful. Your pictures have shown that very well.

Brian Miller said...

yay...love that little bud about to burst into daffodil...and the squirrel...smiles. happy sunday hilary!

Bob Bushell said...

Lovely images of spring Hilary, my fave is the first, superb.

TexWisGirl said...

loveliness. thanks for appreciating all of it and sharing it with us. :)

ZeldaMom said...

I went and checked out Roxy...she has got to be about the cutest thing I have ever seen.
I love going along on a walk with you. I never even think to take pictures along the way on my walks.
Must be why I'm not a photographer. hahaha

messymimi said...

Spring never tires of putting on a new show, and i never tire of seeing it through your eyes.

photowannabe said...

Love your signs of spring photos, especially the daffodil. Love the close-up.
I guess our spring has officially sprung since the temps. are in the high 80's today.

Out on the prairie said...

Very nice with a lovely finish

Gary said...

We have some incredible tulip growing around the dogwood tree in our front yard. I'd love to see how you would photograph them.

Happy Spring!

DJan said...

Thank you, as always just beautiful pictures. Your squirrel is MUCH cuter than mine. I like little ones, not big ones that waddle onto my porch. :-)

JillsyGirl Studio said...

Now that I have my new buddy "Mac", your images are even MORE amazing!!

CiCi said...

Did you eat the walnut? I like the robin. I see so many in the back yard here.
Is the squirrel fairly young do you think?

Rita said...

Lovely shots. I especially love the little squirrel!! ;)

Leah J. Utas said...

It's such a glorious time of year. Thanks for this.

Red said...

That's fine with me for a day! Spring! Great photos! Starting with the vivid red tulip was a real eye opener.

lime said...

that last shot just gives me a serene feeling. so peaceful.

Slamdunk said...

It has been dry here this year so the robins are getting more dirt than worms.

I did need your spring images today. The weather here was a brrr 39 degrees with rain and cold.

Cloudia said...

that does it!

I'm getting a better camera.





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Gillian Olson said...

Great pictures, that last on especially. Spring is my favorite time of year; I love the scents and sights.

Daniel LaFrance said...

They are beautiful for a variety of reasons. The last image has a smoldering smoky effect which is quite interesting.

I'll be honest, the ball like item in your hand at first glance reminded me of dung. :)

Michael Manning said...

Of course, Hilary, I love all of your photos. But the Robin was my favorite one here. :)

ellen abbott said...

Hilary, you have such an amazing eye. wonderful photos.

Daryl Edelstein said...

love that robin and the tilt of its head

L. D. Burgus said...

You have some great spring shots.

L. D. Burgus said...

You have some great spring shots.

ladyfi said...

Just gorgeous! Spring hasn't even started over here yet!

Suldog said...

What? No softball photos? That's what Spring is all about!

Just kidding. These were lovely.

Anita said...

Bring on Spring! Our second spring, that is. :) I love these images. Heavenly. Ahhh...

Hmmm... I think the tree roots and the squirrel are my favorites.

~JarieLyn~ said...

As usual, the sights around your area are very lovely. Oh, and I think the image of the squirrel is very good despite shooting through two panes of glass.

Crabby McSlacker said...

I had NO IDEA that's what a walnut looks like in the wild; I spend way too much time in grocery stores. Thanks not only for the pretty pictures, but for the educational component!

sage said...

The title of this post is so poetic. Beautiful photos!

Karen said...

I like your "spring collection." Lovely as always and forever fashionable. :)

Friko said...

The same question as always: how do birds let you get close enough and how do they sit still long enough for you to take close ups?

Excellent shots.

the Bag Lady said...

Spring appears to be much more advanced at your house than it is here.
Great pictures, Hilary!

Dianne said...

the daffodil bud is stunning!
as is the sunset
and now it's snowing
such a wild ride this year

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

You have blooming tulips already!
Ours have green growth poking up through the dirt but no bulbs yet.

Mental P Mama said...

The only thing that could make this better is Benny! :)

Barbara said...

That last photo is amazing! I can't wait to see the daffodil - they're one of my favorites and the only thing I miss from our previous home. I guess I should just plant some!

Betty Manousos said...

what a feast for the eyes, dear hilary! the daffodil but is exquisite as are all of these photos.

thanks for the beauty you offer us through your lens.

big hugs!

Maggie May said...

It is lovely to see those buds and new growth everywhere.
In England we need a bit of warmth to go with it!
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Indrani said...

Supreme captures.
I am in love with the daffodil bud!

missing moments said...

Love that melting sun ...

Pauline said...

Always love my walks with you. Someday in person, maybe?

Gayle said...

Your photos/wit/taste...on beyond zebra (as Dr. Seuss would say). All so wonderful! I wanna breathe in your springtime.
Gayle

SandyCarlson said...

These are wonderful. The squirrel--I want to hug the little guy! Beautiful post.

Jayne said...

Oh, Hilary, I've missed your photos (took a little break recently), and these are absolutely stunning. I particularly like the flowers and leafy growth zoomed in for us all. Breathtaking. :)

Hilary said...

Thanks kindly, everyone. As always, your sweet comments continue to make my day. :)

Cheryl Kohan said...

All great shots...no surprise! The tulip is unbelievable. That squirrel capture might not look perfect to you but it looks pretty darned perfect to me!

Linda said...

The tulip is truly lovely. The squirrel wins the cute prize, though.

Ruby said...

Beautiful pictures!! Love the flowers!

Lisa RedWillow said...

Outstanding as always. In fact took my breath away.
Gorgeous beyond words. '

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