We’ve been having some snowy cold days here in the middle of the U.S. So many days in a row now that a hint of the sun peeking through the clouds brings about a feeling of warmth. Remembering the days when my daughter and I would go for a drive and find a place where we hadn’t been before so I could take some pictures. Some of those days were more hot than warm, but always a good time. Also thinking about the days when I would walk around the lake, with my camera in hand, enjoying the gentle breeze as I took pictures of the landscape or butterflies or different birds. Ahhh… those nice warm days.
Needing some reminders of the warmer days, I went through my photos from last year of flowers and flowering weeds. These were some nice memories of warmer (and sometimes much hotter) days. If you are having day after day of cold and clouds, maybe these flowers will make your days a feel a bit warmer too.
Until I can get back outdoors to take more photos, I am content to spend my evenings on the couch, with a blanket on as I write or edit photos or read but mostly, spending time on social media or watching some TV (British comedies are a favorite to watch) or playing solitaire on my laptop, each of these with my cat cuddled up next to me. Not really a bad way to spend time on a cold night. 🙂
However you are spending your time, I hope you have enjoyed looking at these photos.
Do you have a place where you go when you just need some time? It might be your escape or your reflective place or the place where you can just- be. I have a place – it is the lake near my house. Even on cold days, I love to go there, take pictures, watch the animals and some times just to listen.
Here’s a few pictures from the last time I was there:
Where is your place? If you don’t already have a place, I hope you get to find one.
A family of cardinals has moved into the field behind my house and I could not be happier. The opportunities to get pictures of the cardinals are almost endless.
Here’s a few of my most recent pictures:
This fascination/obsession of mine with cardinals has not been a life long thing. It has only been since this past Summer when I got my camera and noticed the cardinals. They may have been there all along, but this is the first that I have noticed and paid attention.
A few more pictures:
When I got my camera, there were some pictures that I had on my “to capture” list. Getting a picture of the male cardinal was on that list. His bright red feathers stand out in any backdrop: Winter snow, Summer green and the browns of Autumn.
The more I tried to get pictures of the male, the more I got to see the female and the beauty she possess. She doesn’t have the full body of red feathers, but her muted colors stand out on their own. Her orange beak is vibrant and usually the first thing I notice. Then her wings and tail feathers have a beautiful, subtle hue.
Here’s a few pictures of this beauty:
I’ve learned a few things about these birds as I have worked at getting pictures of them:
Their distinctive sound. I know when they are in the yard or the nearby trees, because I hear their chirp. That is my queue to get my camera and take some pictures.
Best time of day to get a picture of a cardinal – Near sunrise or sunset. Once I knew this little tidbit I would watch for the cardinals at these times. Almost without fail, the would be near the bird feeder at these times.
If the belief is true: A sighting of a cardinal is the spirit of a loved one coming to visit, then I am very blessed as I get visited daily.
Hope you are blessed with inspiration and peace. Have a wonderful day!