Monday, May 11, 2009

Signs of Spring

It was a little cold this weekend at the cabin. It stayed in the 50's so I wasn't able to go kayaking to search for my loons. But even though it was cold, I did see signs of spring everywhere...


The trees are blooming...






The tulips are blooming...





It was the first time I saw the gray squirrel running about....he looks a little skinny so I will need to give him some peanuts....





The male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks were singing their hearts out in our trees...




And Mrs. Robin finished building her nest and was laying on her eggs!



Yesterday the twig was brown and bare;
To-day the glint of green is there;
Tomorrow will be leaflets spare;
I know no thing so wondrous fair,
No miracle so strangely rare.
I wonder what will next be there!

~L.H. Bailey

27 comments:

Calming Scents said...

it was cold here also, never got to as warm as they said it would. today its not doing anything good either and they said it would. we have had this blanket of cool temps and clouds just hovering over wisconsin.

your pictures as usual are beautiful, your robin is doing exactly what mine is.

Carol said...

I know you're so happy to see signs of spring!

April said...

Sorry some cold weather put a damper on your kayaking plans. It was warm here, so I can't complain. That Grosbeak is GORGEOUS...I've never seen one before.

Sandi Keene said...

Your pictures make me so happy!

The Retired One said...

Wonderful signs of spring!
It was chilly here too, but managed to ride the woods and found some more turtles sunning and saw 8 partridge...but they were so fast, I didn't get any photos of them..darn!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Wonderful pictures...so pretty.
I think the squirrel was sucking it in...looking for sympathy. :)

Just a little something from Judy said...

You knew it would help to make my Monday a better one if you shared some of your outstanding photography skills with the blogworld, right? Just absolutely gorgeous photos!! Thank you Shelley!

reliv4life said...

I love the robin, and the poem - thanks!

American Way Farm said...

Rose-breasted grosbeaks are absolutely beautiful, as are the evening grosbeaks. Great pics. -Sandy

Dawn said...

your signs of spring are full of hope! i love that red tulip! really pretty!

Jen said...

Very colorful indeed! That Red-Breasted Grosbeak would look nice in my yard. :)

Darla said...

50's are good working weather if the sun is shining. Been in the 90's around here. It is beginning to look like spring. Great photos as usual and thanks for the compliment on my last post..

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

How beautiful Shelly...I want your camara.lol It takes great pictures:)

Glad your seeing spring finally at your log cabin!
Rondell

Karen said...

You know, you really do have a very special gift with the camera. Your pictures speak volumes all by themselves. You are truly Blessed.
I want to know how your neighbors are? And when are we planning a sleep over so we can all stare at them through 25 pair of binoculars and make sure they see us! Can you imagine? LOL I think that would be great!
Ok, I'm bad. (I still think it'd be funny.)
HAGD! Karen

Joyce said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I love your blog and the photos make me SMILE:) thanks for sharing the log cabin and the kayaking and all the fun things in life:)
Joyce

Charli and me said...

The poem was lovely. Your pictures were amazing. I especially like the one with mother bird in her nest ♥

Shellmo said...

Dawnie - Can't wait till we each have our Robin babies!

Carol - I am! This weekend is suppose to hit in the 70's...

April - The Grosbeak sings such a pretty song too - you would love it!

Sandi - I'm so glad! :-)

Retired One - You've got the best wildlife variety by you!

Busy Bee - you're probably right!And the chipmunks have me fooled too!

Judy - you are too sweet! Thank you! I've been trying to improve my photo skills and hope to take more formal lessons instead of winging it all the time! LOL!

Michele - glad you liked it!

Sandy - I love those evening grosbeaks too!!

Dawn - thank you! I am hopeful that the weather improves by next weekend.... :-)

Jen -I will send him right over. Do you want the gray squirrel too? :=0

Darla - Can't believe you & I have a 40 degree difference in weather, wow! Can you send me and extra 20 degrees? :-)

Rondell - thank you! It's a Canon Rebel XTI - I love it!

Karen- I already know that I would love to have you as a guest!!!!

Joyce - you are so kind!! :-) And I think your blog is great!!

Charli - I hope I can get some baby photos in a couple weeks! Might need a ladder though.. :-)

Charles said...

Spring has sprung
the grass has riz
I wonders where
the birdies is?

In the past, we have had a mockingbird nest in our Crepe Myrtle tree in the front yard. Those little boogers are VERY territorial! The neighbor's cat was walking down the middle of the street and it was dive bombing her, swooping down with it little "talons". It was funny to see!

Last year it swooped down on me but then it must've realized that I am the one who fills the bird feeders!
Connie

Ginger said...

That grosbeak bird has the prettiest markings on it. The squirrel is looking at you like where's lunch. lol.
I think your tulips are really pretty. That's a sure sign of spring.
We warmed up to 80 the last few days and I am loving sitting out in the patio.

grammy said...

Looks great... now if it would just warm up to match the pics (o:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Shelley, It's great to be back--and I'm enjoying catching up on your blogs. BUT---I'm sorry you haven't been able to see your loons yet. Darn!!!!! Maybe this weekend!!!

Love your spring colors in Northern Michigan.
Hugs,
Betsy

Judy said...

I love seeing signs of spring. The squirrel definitely needs some of those peanuts!! He is a cutie.

Denise said...

It sounds like you had a really nice weekend!

XXDenise

JANE said...

I so loce your nature pics especially of the birds (I'm sure Marvin does too)!

Catherine Holman said...

Great photos, but my favorites are the birds!
Hugs,
Cathie

Anne said...

I am SO stealing that poem. Gorgeous pix!

Heather said...

I can't believe how skinny your little squirrel is! Ours are fat, fat, FAT!! ('cause they're eating all our bird seed!)