Ah yes, Spring is in the air!
And everywhere in the neighborhood where I walk you can see the different critters pairing off…
Saw THE coolest brindle dog on the beach last night, his stunning coat on fire with the sunset.
Running through the dunes, down to the water’s edge and back again.
A veritable blur of flopping ears and tail a-wagging.
I think he was as happy as me to finally see the SUN! 🙂
So there’s this Massachusetts girl named Lori McKenna.
She’s a songer/songwriter, and someone I’ve been following her whole career.
Lori’s up for 4 Grammys tonight for her latest album, The Bird and the Rifle as well her song, “Humble and Kind”, that gave Tim McGraw a #1 hit.
I can’t think of a single time in our country when we could use a whole lot more humility and kindness.
Here’s Lori’s rendition of the amazing song that made me cry when she sang it.
For all the right reasons.
You GO GIRL!
Just when I thought the world that I’d seen before me on my winter walk could not have gotten any greyer…
I returned to the car and saw a bright glow down along the shore.
So I went to look.
The color and the light, the sky and the water were on fire with oranges and pinks and blues. What a welcome surprise to my hungry heart that had seen only gray skies, for days upon days!
And there, moving out upon the water I saw a pair of brants.
Murmuring softly to one another.
Anyone know what time the Kitten Bowl starts?
She’s practicing all her moves, gettin’ loosened up.
So it won’t interfere with Naptime Halftime.
Ever get home from a shoot, and find out that your focus wasn’t quite what it should have been?
That your images are more than just a little blurry?
I’d been drawn to the Red River inlet where I know the brants love to gather. Suddenly I could hear a flock of Canadas flying up, honking wildly, stirred by some dog nearby.
Oh my, they were glorious, so close I could hear the wind through their feathers!!
Yet try as I might, I could not move fast enough to get any clear shots.
Still, back home in my studio, it seemed such a shame to just let the photos go. And in doing so the magic of the moment as well; the shapes, the movements, the sounds of those birds still so fresh in my mind.
Determined to find some way to keep the moment alive, I began to dig a little deeper…
To share with you. ❤
That’s what I love most about Chickadees.
This morning I was trying to get a nice photo of Mr. Chickadee. It snowed overnight, and I was dying to capture him in his top hat and tails against the frosted trees.
I followed him with my camera for the longest time as he flitted here, then there, then back again.
‘Til I finally heard him exclaim, “Pardon me, but I simply don’t have time to pose for you today, you see I’m rather BUSY getting my breakfast!” as he plunged his whole head into the soft bark of yet another tree.