Friday, March 19, 2010

Distracted (Blame it on the Weather)

I have been totally side tracked lately by the weather. First it was seemingly unending wind and rain that always seems to find a way into the house... hard to stay creatively focused when you are sopping up leaks... but then the sun came out and I truly lost my focus.


This sudden burst of light and warmth has distracted me even more. I am completely enthralled by it, and the knowing that Life is quivering right beneath the surface of this nearby field, and that soon everything will be lush and green... well I feel like a kid anticipating the arrival of Santa Clause.


The Snow Geese, (above) and Tundra Swans have made their yearly pilgrimage to Middle Creek, a wonderful Wildlife preserve just a few minutes from my home.


That patch of white off in the distance is a large flock of Snow Geese. They later came right up to the road, exactly when my camera's battery decided to die. Sigh.


Those white dots on the lake are Tundra Swans. (I definitely need a camera with a good zoom lens.) I cannot describe the thrill I get when I see a flock of swans fly above me.


Here's Ellie Mae balancing on a log and hamming it up for the camera... she's happy about Springs arrival, too!

27 comments:

nicolette said...

Wonderful pictures Victoria!

Victoria Bennett Beyer said...

A flock of swans - that sounds like such a beautiful thing to see in flight!

BaileyGirl5 said...

"Life is quivering below the surface" .... I love that! I'll think of that now when I'm out on my walks.

Miss Ellie Mae looks adorable in her sweater.

dosfishes said...

Ooh, you are so luck to have snow geese. Our Canada geese are back and our ducks on the pond and in the back yard now laying their first eggs this week. Everyone is twitterpated! including me.

Linda said...

Great pictures! And I love Ellie Mae's smile. She obviously loves her mommy. Give her a kiss for me.

Linda

Colleen MacDonald said...

Ahhh, the thrill of spring, it's so delicious! Love your photos; I know what you mean about getting a zoom lens: I think it might be my next investment (but I think I have to get a new camera for that, too). Ellie Mae looks so dashing in her sweater!

kelly said...

Ellie Mae's smiling face just made me laugh right out loud. So great!

Mrs Moen said...

Great pictures! I love all the colours and textures of nature coming to life again.

Stephanie said...

Isn't she a sweetie in her stylish doggie sweater. Our weather has been glorious for almost an entire week. I feel like my bones are finally starting to thaw.

hensteeth said...

V...it is such a treat to see that baby girl of yours. I love her to bits.
It is also wonderful to see your neck of the woods and how very beautiful it is ... the blue sky and the birds. Just wonderful. x

picciolo said...

what wonderful scenery you have close to you, and I love Ellie Mae's jumper!
: )

Chookyblue...... said...

love the photos........

britt said...

Look at your canine logger! How very cute. I can't wait for spring to be fully upon us!

Allie said...

I can relate to distracted - I just want to get outside! Turning cold here tomorrow though, so the sewing room should get a workout.
Ellie Mae looks adorable. You live in a very beautiful place!

Fer said...

Aawww bless her! You live in a very beautiful part of the country.

Adélie said...

Beautiful post and pictures, but someone almost steals the show... your dog is such a cutie! (and soooo elegant also)

Dee / Cloth Company said...

I share the feeling of being captive to the weather... glad you could get out and enjoy the spring air and all the beauty within it.

henny said...

Beautiful pics, Vic! Thanks for sharing. I wish I were there visiting you :)

connie said...

Oh, my god, Ellie Mae is absolutely adorable. I love the photo of her in her sweater. The other photos are great too but once I saw the photo of your precious girl I forgot about the rest. ENJOY the sunshine!!! I am too....

yahaira said...

I love seeing little snippets of your neighborhood (can we still call it a neighborhood with that much land? :) )

and ms Elli Mae is just too cute! hope she's enjoying this weather we're having

Fleur de Boheme said...

So you have a new dog!!! She is gorgeous!! So happy for you.

We´re very down right now as our old cat Frasse is terminally ill and we will have to put him to sleep very soon... He is 15 years old and a long and happy life, but it´s so hard as he has followed us for so many years - from our very first rented flat in Germany to Denmark, Norway and finally back to Denmark. Can´t imagine him not being a part of our life anymore, but then it´s important to let go and not keep them alive for our own sake...

Enjoy spring, Kirsten

quiltycat said...

What wonderful photos (..and places near home)...but Elli Mae and her smile are simply adorable!
nichi

XUE said...

Ellie Mae would be so right for Tokyo where there many, many fashionable doggies like her! Always so wonderful to come by & visit you, Vic. Always manage to brighten my day.

Dorrie said...

Lovely pic! And I am completely in love with Miss Ellie!

jacquie said...

Ellie Mae is looking quite stunning...fending off that last chill before spring establishes itself. we got surprised by 8 inches of spring snow yesterday, but it's almost gone now..the spring sun does wonders.

QuiltSwissy said...

LOL. What a lucky girl that Ellie Mae is! She looks very very happy!

glen and the very happy Swissy and very smelly Basset!

Digs said...

Ack... she's cute and talented!