Sunday, May 13, 2012

Spring things

So maybe I get a bit drawn in to things I can't change (re: my last entry).

 Oh, well.

Butterflies and zebras
And moonbeams and fairy tales
That's all she ever thinks about
Riding with the wind

That's about the only Jimi Hendrix tune I can almost play. The Cooker and I went out for a walk in the woods with our cameras. A few things are starting to come up, but not much flowering yet. The Painted Lady butterfly was from today, my buddy, Rune the Fjordhorse' picture was from last week before we took him to live with his sire and half brother outside of Duluth. He is too large for a normal Fjord as is his brother, but they will be an awesome driving pair. I missed the big full moon because of the cloudy weather, but got this shot a few days later in the middle of the day.

The birds are migrating back from their winter hiding places. The bugs are starting to hatch on the ponds and the warblers are starting to find them. They are really hard to get a photo of because they are small, skittish, and don't come very close. Here is what used to be a Magnolia warbler (I think) that is now referred to as a yellow-rump. I don't think it would have chosen the name change.
There was even a Baltimore Oriole at the hummingbird feeder for a few minutes this morning. Of course we have our own non-migratory birds. Which one doesn't belong in this group?
 Walking on we found where we had started up a bridge club about 10 years ago. It is about 24 feet long and I can drive our truck or tractor over it with confidence. It took a few days to build, but it should last quite a few years yet.
Until next time I bid you adieu.


  1. Can I join your bridge club? As always, your photos are great!!!

  2. I love warblers, and we had a Baltimore Oriole visit last week. So gorgeous!!

    Love your chickens and, er, chicken-dog!

  3. Do the little dog and the chickens play well together? I think our little dog would chase chickens if he had a chance. That moon is gorgeous. You are a little behind us with spring things, but it is wonderful.

  4. The picture of the dog hanging with the chickens is priceless.

  5. Now you're putting those lenses to good use. Great stuff.

  6. Beautiiful pictures!
    And have you ever heard Sting's version of "Little Wing"?
    Gorgeous. One of my all-time favorites.

  7. Kay, my club is open to everyone!

    Knatolee, I think Mijo has some undiagnosed identity issues.

    Carol, most species seem to get along reasonably well as long as one isn't looked at as food for the other.

    MP, thanks!

    Mr.C, thanks! you're no slouch yourself!

    Dawn, thanks, and yes, There are a handful of good covers out there.

  8. Right now I'm listening to Solveig's song while enjoying your pics. of birds and esp. the moon. Thanks for providing a nice interlude in my day!

    Also love your photo from the old mountain farm. I have a great uncle (or something like that) on my mother's side who wrote a history of their family. It's interesting, but at times confused and obviously inaccurate. But then ... they're Irish. My dad's family, from Eastern Europe, is a complete mystery. Don't even know the original spelling of my grandfather's name.

    It's interesting stuff, tho', isn't it?

  9. I bet the yellow rump is pretty cross about his new name too!

  10. Your pictures are just lovely!
    I especially like the butterfly, no the moon, no the doggy with the chickens or are they hens (I never know the difference). You know what I mean...