Monday, June 2, 2014

Into the Woods


Spring was in a holding pattern a few weeks ago.  There was unwelcome cold, rain, tornadoes, and floods.  Now the landscape is lush and green.  But we are still having cold, rain, tornadoes and floods. Yikes.  So when the sun finally came out earlier this month it seemed like a joyous event. I headed to Wood Lake Nature Center for some well...nature.


The buds were unfolding their wings.


There was a little bit of color sprouting around.  But not much!



A hawk was waiting for a meal to drop by.  I love how the new growth looks like a watercolor wash in the background.


All the other birds were darting around for their meals.  This photo has a literal water background.  But it also looks like a watercolor wash.  


The muskrats were swimming around.


I spotted a nest in the vines.


The buds were accumulating overhead.  Now spring is turning into summer.  But there is such beauty in the contrast of the beginning.

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20 comments:

Maggid said...

Isn't it a gift? We had such a l-o-n-g winter -that every little thing stops us in amazement . . . NOT that i am requesting another winter that overstays its welcome - BUT , , i sure marvel at the aftereffect.
Happy Day to YOU!!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What a lovely way to put the beauty of this cusp season into words (and pictures). I love the (natural) water-color-wash effect!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I love your woods. Wood are always fun because so many surprises just waiting to be seen!
love
tweedles

DJan said...

Beautiful! Thanks for the tour in your part of the world, Sharon. :-)

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful stir of life! :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Glad you are starting to see better weather now!

Roan said...

I love the hawk! Nice shots of spring.

Teri and the cats of Curlz and Swirlz said...

I love the first photo...just makes me want to walk and listen and sit and contemplate...

Linda Hensley said...

I'm SO glad winter finally ended. I love seeing all your signs of spring, and I'm happy to see flowers again too. Love the hawk.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

What beautiful landscape!! And the hawk is gorgeous. I agree, a watercolor work of art for the backdrop.

Caren Gittleman said...

just gorgeous photos! Thanks because now I can't get "Muskrat Love"out of my head lol

eileeninmd said...

What a lovely spot for birding. I love the boardwalk shot..Cool hawk and a pretty RW Blackbird. Great post.

Brian King said...

Beautiful photos! I love the hawk! Very handsome.

Marie said...

Each photo a wonderful delight!

Margaret Adamson said...

I Sharon The Hawk is very handsome but all your shots are wonderful

Gary Phillips said...

Great post!! Boom, Bobbi and Gary.

Creations By Mit said...

Beautiful images, as always!

bailey-road.com said...

i love that shot of the hawk!

Stewart M said...

Nice pictures - I like the water background bird (I don't know enough about birds of the US to name it!) - I think there is a reed between the bird and the camera, which give it an nice hidden feel.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Pat Tillett said...

Spring, summer or fall, I'm betting this is a great place to stroll around in. Very nice photos Sharon...