Spring?

Can it really be?

Can spring be arriving early this year?

I looked back at my blog….it began in July of 2006. I wanted to see when the earliest photo of a Crocus was published. It seems the earliest post was dated March 22. Yesterday, I used this photo for my photo journal, stating I could not believe the Crocuses were beginning to show their colors. I figured in a few days, the flowers would be open….

Surpise. surprise…..this was taken today!

And this…..

Even though winter is my favorite season, spring really is a pretty time of the year with leaves and flowers and such. I don’t look forward at all to the bugs…especially mosquitoes.

Yesterday, Murphy and I went over to Honeoye so I could pick up a couple of things I needed at the store. Well, to get out of the house, too. When I was looking at the meat department, I found a little package of marrow bones. The bones were small ones that would be perfect for Murphy.

When we got back home, Murphy and I sat on the front porch just enjoying the warmth of the day. I got one of the bones out for Murphy and he gnawed and worked away for a couple of hours. I like giving him these bones because they really do help to keep a dog’s teeth clean.

The only problem with the raw bones is that the family gets all squeamish and grossed out by “raw meat”. Ah well, Murphy gets a good beard washing and all is well!

Two Posts Monday!

Yes, today is two post day!  That is partly because my little netbook went out online and caught a virus on Friday evening! I have no idea what I did or where I went to make that happen….I went to the same places I always go, but ended up with a stupid popup that warned me of the twelve viruses my computer picked up.  For a mere $79.99,  they would magically disappear!

I knew better than to proceed, so I shut the computer off and told Mark about it.  He was busy with paperwork on Saturday, so I didn’t want to bother him to fix the computer.  On Sunday morning, it only took him about twenty minutes to rectify the situation.  I am so happy he knows how to eliminate these bothersome bugs!

After fixing the netbook, we decided a Sunday drive was in order.  Destination: Geneva.  Before we went out, I washed the Subaru to get rid of the grungy salt that was covering it.  I grabbed Murphy, put him in the back seat, and we were off!  Mark opened the moonroof, and off we went.  Yes, it was so warm, we could actually comfortably drive with the roof open!  Murphy greatly appreciated it….his nose was working hard in the back, sniffing out all the scents entering!

I was anxious to see if there was any migrating waterfowl at Seneca Lake, but was disappointed when we saw none.  We drove through the park at the north end of the lake and couldn’t believe all the people out enjoying the summerlike weather! On our way back home, we stopped at McDonald’s and picked up an ice cream cone.  We bought it specifically for Murphy.

Oh my goodness!!  The wee lad ripped into that cone and enjoyed every bite!  He doesn’t get such treats very often and he was over the moon!

We headed into the setting sun on our way home along Route 5 &20.  It was so beautiful.  I sat and took

photo after photo of the incredibly colorful skies. Too bad we were kind of bouncing along at fifty-five miles per hour!  Since I couldn’t quite settle on one specific photo, here are a few….

Lucky for you….my SD card was now full, so I couldn’t take another photo!

However, I did save my favorite one for last.  We had stopped at a tiny pond located right  along the highway.  It is a designated wetland area for migrant birds.  At first, I didn’t see any, but upon closer inspection, there were a few Canada Geese.

As you can see, the sunset was just beyond astonishing!  It was such a great way to end an enjoyable day!

Changeable Skies Last Friday

Mark and I took a ride to Dundee last Friday.  Talk about changeable skies!  One minute, snow would be falling down like a fury, the next minute, the sun was shining, melting all the snow!  It was as though Mother Nature accidentally sent snow, then quickly shined her sun down to sweep away the white fluff!  Funny weather…

We left home in a dousing of snow. As we worked our way toward Dundee, you can see the weather was sunny and bright on the road leading up and out of Middlesex!  We leisurely followed this Amish (or Mennonite) buggy at a snail’s pace until it was safe to pass!

And we passed through Penn Yan, where the sun continued to shine.  Hey, why were we the *only* ones with snow falling?

Please excuse the dirty windshield!  Tough taking photos with a heavy telephoto lens. Add dirty windows, and…well….yuck!

Dundee is such a cute little community.  Mark really likes it there. Perhaps because they have a speedway there?  Maybe. While Mark pulled into a side street to look at the GPS, I hopped out and took a photo of this pretty stained glass window on a church. I really liked the window, but then again, I don’t think I have ever seen a stained glass window I didn’t like!

On our way back, the snow finally reached the region between Dundee and Penn Yan!  It was as though the precipitation was in a cyclic pattern. Snow. Sun. Snow. Sun. Of course, as the day progressed, the snow didn’t melt anymore!

You can see that the snow is coming down as I snapped this photo cautioning of buggies on the roadways. I also took this photo out the side window….

If you look closely, in about the left two-thirds of the photo, you can see that the sky is dark.  This was an advancing  snowstorm coming in once again.  On the right, you can see the blue sky and white clouds.

Changeable skies. Literally! 

Oh, and if you want to know what it was like around 11:30 that morning,  before we left???

hehehe…..

BLIZZARD!

Not Too Much New…

Let’s see….Michelle got all her grades updated for her second quarter at Rochester Institute of Technology. (RIT)  She has managed to maintain a 4.0 average once again! Michelle has had this week off for her spring break.  All the state schools begin their break next week, but she starts classes again next Monday.

Things have just been pretty low key here and today, the temperature soared into the 60’s!  Wow!  It was such a beautiful day.  I have noticed all the spring plants….tulips, daffodils, crocuses, and hyacinths, are all poking their way up and out of the ground.  This was such a strange winter! Spring is arriving too soon!

Since not too much new here,  I’ll post a photo I took this afternoon (for a smile!)

Too Cute Fun in the Snow

Yesterday afternoon,  I was getting panicky as I didn’t yet have a photo for my daily photo journal. 

As I was adjusting the woodstove,  I spotted a Rose-Breasted Woodpecker sitting on the feeder outside the window.  The whole thing played out rather humorously……he looked at me, me at him, etc. and so on and so forth.

I am guessing that this particular woodpecker is perhaps a juvenile male, as he has the bright red color over his beak.  He is just “missing” a bit between his cap and beak.  The female woodpeckers of this species only have the red to their “foreheads”, not all the way down to the beak.  Of course, this could be a weird female!

Anyway, I s-l-o-w-l-y inched my way over to an end table between the bird and me.  The camera was sitting there and I was sure as soon as I picked it up, my subject would flee.  But, that was not the case!  In previous encounters with males,  (mature) they would fly away as soon as eye contact was made.  This little bird was so brave, he just kept looking at me to make sure everything was kosher.

It snowed pretty hard from time to time and the birds were frequenting the wire feeders with suet inside them.  This little fellow was anxious to get his fill, but was just so photogenic and downright cute! I must confess that some of that “mess” on the window is *not* snow, but gunk from birdie beaks.  It is so hard to keep the window clean. (And I won’t even get into the side of the house below the feeder…..)

As I sorted through the thirty-some photos taken of this bird,  I had forgotten I had photographed another male early in the day.  It wasn’t until this evening when I looked at the photo in its full size that I realized the wee chap was snoozing on the side of the tree!

One Last Friday Night Post

I had so much fun going out Friday night and just hanging out in the “city”.  Yeah. I don’t get out enough…hehehe….

I had mentioned in a previous post that Murphy and I moved around the city from place to place.  At one point in time, we were sitting in the WalMart parking lot in the rain.  As I watched through the windshield, I decided to try to capture some of the feel…I wound up with some unique shots….

I liked how no two photos were the same and the “sparkling” tree in the left front added another dimension. 

I love weather and I love being out in it.  I so missed this year of snowmobiling.  Even though there was some snow on Tug Hill, the conditions just didn’t prove to be what we would like.  Mark spent some time reading on snowmobile forums and some of the folks there said that there have been a couple of snowless years in the past couple of decades.  They claim that the year following the snowless winters produced lots of snow.  Guess we will have to wait a few months to see if that theory pans out.

In the meantime,  I really love being out in the rain like this and just feeling nice and cozy in the warm car!

Okay. So, Perhaps *I* Have Lost My Mind…..

Or….maybe  someone might be able to explain this to me???  (I am sure after my post about my “date” with Murphy, some might think I am crazy. But what about this?) Let me just say yesterday was a somewhat “strange” day!

I had gone to the City Pier to capture some shots like this:

Coots.  Coots bobbing about in the waves.  You can see that the water was beginning to get a bit “restless” with the wind that was blowing.  I had my telephoto lens mounted to the Nikon.  The lens weighs a good three pounds, and fighting against the wind was a real project.  In thinking about it,  even with my monopod, I would have struggled for clarity in the photos.  The only way I could have gotten clear photos,  I would have needed shelter.

I decided to take a photo of Squaw Island.  I pointed in that direction and thought I saw something rather curious…..Enlarge the rest of the photos….In the first two,  take a good look at the right side of the island…..

Enough said.  Now, let your imagination run amuck.

I do know that it is possible to walk to Squaw Island in the water.  However, that wind was strong!  There were several cars parked beside me on the pier.  People were in the cars, but no one seemed to see what I saw!!!  I mean, wouldn’t you be staring if you came upon something like this?

Oh my.  In the end, I left before seeing if the fellow in question came ashore.  Truthfully,  I half thought he would spread out his arms and mount up in flight with that flock…….

Date Night….with Murphy!

hahaha!  Don’t you ever go on a date with your pup?  No? 

Last night, Murphy and I were out late.  I really enjoyed the time, as I love playing a bit with night photography.  It is always fun watching action and playing with different lenses.  We also moved around a little.  I shopped in a few stores which Murphy probably totally appreciated since he could sleep in peace while I was gone!

Here are some shots from our “date night”….

My telephoto lens is big and clunky because the glass is big.  This makes it easier to take some interesting night shots. Of course, the reason the shots become interesting is because I was not using a tripod.  Thus, all the lights have “trails” on them. The street was shiny, as these photos were actually taken in the rain.  Of course, Murphy and I were neatly tucked away, warm and comfy, inside the Subaru!

And another with the telephoto lens. 

As we sat parked along Main Street in Canandaigua,  I could not believe all the police activity taking place!  At one point, a city police car pulled off a side street and headed up Main Street (north) in the SOUTHBOUND lane.  He was going so fast, then yanked the car into the northbound lane where there was a break in the median.  I was talking to Carly at the time, and I nearly lost it!  What a very strange maneuver that was….

I switched out lenses to my fixed lens.  This one is considered more of a portrait lens.  Of course, Murphy could care less.  He found my purse to be a comfortable (comforting?) pillow!

I laughed when I saw his eyes remained closed in this photo, even with the flash going off!

Yes, the new dashboard!

And just one more.  The street scene with the tiny lens….

It really was a fun night out.  We really must do this more often, Murphy! The downside to our night out was watching out for deer on the way home.  We saw them along the road and even on the road!  They seemed to be everywhere! 

The weather was calling for high winds beginning around 2 am.   Since we had some severely wicked  wind a week ago,  I was expecting worse….the weatherman said the Finger Lakes was going to get the worst of it during the night, but they really didn’t seem that bad.