Spring is in the Air

Ah yes, Spring is in the air!

And everywhere in the neighborhood where I walk you can see the different critters pairing off…

Finding soul mates…

Making nesting plans.

I just LOVE this time of year, don’t you?!

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Brindle Dog on the Beach

Saw THE coolest brindle dog on the beach last night, his stunning coat on fire with the sunset.

forestbeachloop1022-web-medAnd he was all over the place!

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!  🙂

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Humble and Kind Will Always Get My Vote

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!

A Message from the Brants

Just when I thought the world that I’d seen before me on my winter walk could not have gotten any greyer…

Or colder…

Or bleaker.

I returned to the car and saw a bright glow down along the shore.

So I went to look.

forestbeach65-blogAnd my, oh my!

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.

forestbeach66-blogI looked to the horizon, and marveled at how my world had changed just by coming down to the shore.

forestbeach67-blogAnd as I watched the pair out there upon the water, a peace fell over me when I finally heard what they were saying…

forestbeach68-blog“All is well, all is well…”

forestbeach69-blog“All is truly well.”

forestbeach70-blog‘Night everyone.  🙂

 

 

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Marmee and the Kitten Bowl

Anyone know what time the Kitten Bowl starts?

marmee278-blogMarmee’s been asking.

She’s practicing all her moves, gettin’ loosened up.

marmee279-blogmarmee280-blog‘Round the ‘hood… they call her Quick.

marmee281-blog“Quick on the PAW”.

marmee284-blogYep.

marmee285-blogThat’s her.

marmee285-blogBest of all? I think it’s an early start for today’s game.

So it won’t interfere with Naptime Halftime.

Blog-Marmee320Priorities, priorities.  ❤

 

 

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Beyond the Blur

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?

canadageeseinwinter-redriver-4-blogThat happened to me yesterday morning.

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…

canadageeseinwinter-redriver-1-blogDetermined to find some way to rekindle the magic…

canadageeseinwinter-redriver-2-blogThe magic they had shared and left behind for me.

To share with you.  ❤

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“I’m BUSY!”

Honesty.

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.

sallygarden216-blogAnd busy he was,  so pardon me, indeed!   😉

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