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Monday, March 24, 2014

More Spring Flowers (which are hiding in our part of the country right now!)

Still here...
still waiting....
the snow to melt
reveal spring flowers.
I have been seeing everyone else's posts on Facebook
daffodils and tulips.
This morning, was 16 degrees BELOW zero...
and we have at least two feet of snow
which doesn't look as it will melt for many weeks yet.
I am trying to be patient.
Anyone have the definition for patient?
I decided I needed to get my eyes on some spring flowers today, so went back in my archives to last year's treasures....and am posting them for you (and ME!) today.
Spring Beauties:
Hillside of Blood Root:
More Spring Beauties:
Blood root by the old log:
Trout lilies!:
Trout Lillies with spring beauties on the forest floor:
Spring beauties by the mushroomed log:
The Spring Beauties, Trout Lilies and Bloodroot are the first few wood wildflowers that show up here when the snow melts, followed by Trilliums.
I will be going through some more of my wildflower photos and will be posting some Trilliums soon for you!
Happy Spring Everyone, and I am happy for those of you wayyyyy ahead of us in your blooms!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Signs of Spring!! (Last YEAR!!...we are in a BLIZZARD here today~!)

All I could think of to stay sane today was to post-process some pictures I took last May.....
You see, the U.P. is having a blizzard today in our part of Michigan.  Already have gotten another 4 inches of snow and it doesn't look like it is slowing down anytime soon.
I always have a ton of images that I haven't had time to post process, so that was I decided I would do today....pick some wonderfully happy, gloriously warm past days that I captured with my lens and think SPRING as much as possible.
These shots were taken in May last year...just after the snow melted here and the first few spring flowers broke through the forest floor.
Spring Beauties:

I found a mushroom on a log that formed a perfect rose!:
Dutchman's Britches beside a spring waterfall:
Blue Indigo bird on spring branches:
Spring waterfall in the emerging green wood:
Single Trout Lily:
Spring Beauties growing on the rock wall:
Trout Lilies by the tree:
There, now I feel a little bit better....
How about YOU?
It is supposed to continue to snow for two more days in a row.
I am not sure I can take it.
So, be prepared for more spring pictures soon.
It's therapy...........................

Friday, March 7, 2014

A Little Tropical? How about Flamingos?

Boy, it has been some time since I posted here!  But, I just don't want to close down my blog. It has sent a lot of people to me regarding my photography, for which I am thrilled.  I have gotten to sell some of my prints or donate them to organizations with little money, but who do great things regarding nature.

For that reason, I just can't close it down.

So, forgive me for not posting regularly like so many other devoted bloggers. I am just too busy with doing photography and being on many, many community boards. 

So much for retirement in a rocking chair wondering what to do with one's time, right? 

This winter has been very brutal in the Upper Peninsula (U.P.) of Michigan.

Beyond brutal!

To keep our sanity, we took two trips to the tropics. In January, we went to Ixtapa, Mexico and in February we went to the island of Cozumel in Mexico.  To be honest, the best photos I took were a bunch of sunsets in Ixtapa, which I hope to post here another time.

But our last trip to Cozumel was at the Iberostar Resort and on their property were a bunch of awesome flamingos and iquanas.

The property was lush and green and warm and looked like a tropical park and it was wonderful to get out of the frozen tundra and just enjoy the sun, beach and tropical green along with being able to see these awesome creatures.

So, for this post, I am going to share some of the Flamingos we saw. Hopefully I can post some of the iguana soon on another post, and then get to those gorgeous Ixtapa sunsets!

 As always, my images are not to be copied or printed without permission, all rights reserved. If you are ever interested in having them, please contact me directly instead.  Thanks so much!

Who doesn't like some Flamingos???

Flamingo party!:

Flamingos under the bridge:


What do you think the flamingo on the right is saying to the fluffed up flamingo?:

Looking for supper:
Skimming his nose on the water, looking for more to eat: 

Splish, splash:
Let's shake it off!
Fluffy flamingo feathers!: (I am deeply smitten)
They are the most majestic, gorgeous birds on this planet. I could have spent my entire vacation just sitting beside that pond and watching them......

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I retired in June 2008 and started my blog in November 2008. I worked at several jobs as a Registered Nurse prior to retirement. I LOVE being retired! Blogging has offered me a whole new venue to start writing again and to share new hobbies such as gardening, birdwatching and sharing my nature photography. If you like my blog, PLEASE click on "follow this blog". Having a lot of followers reading my blog gives me incentive to continue to do photography and to continue to write. I also LOVE comments, so I encourage you to leave me a comment after you read my posts. Thanks everyone, for taking the time to read me!!

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