Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sunday Safari

By 10 am the temperatures were in the upper 40's F.
The wind was calm.
I went outside to be with the birds.

A pair of Tufted Titmice came for nuts

as did a pair of Carolina Wrens.

I am far from Spring

but milkweed seeds are dancing

and migration has begun.

The sparrows have begun shopping for
nesting boxes.

In February, the Tall Grass Prairie
 often is blanketed with snow.
My gardens are still snow covered.
I sat with my books and my note pad.
My camera nestled on my lap.

As the temperatures rise the snow slowly waters
my bulbs and perennials.
I do not want to hurry Spring.
I am content to watch as she slowly emerges.

I shall be planting my chives soon.
They are an early Spring herb
that the bees and butterflies love.

A pair of Red-tailed Hawks hunted
my backyard.
I enjoyed the sun on my face.

We celebrate Valentine's Day

I shall celebrate all week.

Have a
Happy Valentine's Day.

Happy Sunday Safari.


Wendy said...

What a magnificent hawk! You do take such amazing shots! I'm surprised that your migration has started already. Ours is not until mid-March.

Happy Valentine's Sherry, I love that last pic!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

It was a glorious day here too. The sun is enough to lift ones spirit to the sky.

Cheryl said...

Dear Sherry,

So many birds, the hawk is magnificent.
I have many birds in the garden. At the moment reed buntings come to share food with the sparrows.
I still have not been able to capture them with my camera. I have given up trying to take photographs of the birds......

The milkweed seed is just so beautiful dancing on the winter air. A new plant for summer......

Have a wonderful week with your valentine.......

Rose said...

A Happy Valentine's Day to you, too, Sherry! Such a lovely collection of photos to brighten my day. The weather here, too, is warmer, and the sun is shining; I am enjoying the respite from the cold. Best of all, the birds have returned! Last week, the downy woodpecker and a red-headed woodpecker were both at my feeders, the first time I've seen either of them this winter. I'm hoping they will stay around for the Bird Watch this weekend.

~Sheila~ said...

A beautiful post.
Just stopping by (before you forget me!),
to wish you a Happy Valentine's Day.
much love

Juliet said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Sherry!

Sorry to hear you've been ill too (so have I) - but glad that you were able to go outside today - I hope that means you're recovering.

I do like the dragons & ladybirds in your previous post :-D