Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer

Friday, April 10, 2015

The End of the Cold Bare Season Ending~

Memes...I belong to two of them and it is such a great way to reach out and become friends with like-minded individuals.  Every week, we all gather up what we want to share, and some deliver even more posts, as I did in my first couple of years, per week.  I try to have a couple of drafts set up and waiting, just in! Once posted, it may take me a couple of days to visit other blogs and make comments.  I try to do my very best at this and in using my very slow to use laptop.  For every blog visit, and then the jumping to comment and then getting it relayed, may for me, take a couple of minutes and so if I miss you one week, I will hopefully catch you the next, and I so appreciate your understanding hearts.
I don't know about you all, who live in changing climates, but we bid a big farewell to Winter and the bareness it brings.  Sometimes there are surprises.  You just have to be looking for it,  when the quiet takes over your walk and they are watching you ;)  Winter season is not all bad,  in that being a birder and  nature photographer, you can see the birds and other wildlife, a whole lot better when the green canopy is missing. As I write, the colours of Spring that were formed last Autumn, are starting to unfurl.  Spring rains have brought about some flooding to our land, as well as strong winds produced our first tornado warnings, and yet, the brown tones of Winter are slowly fading, and being turned into beautiful shades of green and rich colours are returning, along with longer, warmer days.
I am so ready... are you?
My father-in-law, so many memories flowing in my thoughts...he always enjoyed when I shared my blog with him.  He just could never grasp how it all worked together, but he knew that he enjoyed it.  I miss him so!
Have a wonderful week, stay safe~

Remember to double click on the first image, to view a larger slide show presentation after you have read the narratives~

I will be linking up with Judith for:


Stewart for:

When I I usually see Vultures soaring, they are on the hunt for food, but this particular morning, these two seemed to be caught up in a flight ballet of sorts

A Red-tailed Hawk, gorgeous birds, so many different variations, but one of the main ways of telling it is a Red-tailed other than the really dark morphed, especially in young juveniles, whose tails are not yet red, is the belly band pattern of feathers.

I paced myself and walked quietly through this small herd of White-tailed Deer.  Because I held my camera up to my face, they never saw my eyes, and I was able to take these images and walk along and not disturb them, and they never even knew that I was aware that they were right there ;)

A juvenile Red-Shouldered Hawk~

It appears that this Coyote has had a past injury that healed nicely, and I am thinking this is a pregnant female.  They are considered vermin around her and many a farmer kill them on site and are allowed to do so~

I only got one capture of the wee Golden Crowned Kinglet, as they hardly rest while flitting about, looking for food~

The Dark-eyed Juncos, one of my favorite Winter visitors, have thinned out and soon, I will not see them until late Autumn~

One Sunday morning, a few weeks ago, I watched as the European Starlings went into a murmuration flight, just amazing~

I forget if I already shared this sweet little bird.  This was the only image that I got.  Not sure which species of Sparrow it is, but it was so pretty~


  1. a wonderful array of shots. Beautiful. Especially the airborne. Killing coyotes saddens me though. I love all creatures, but interfering with the balance is dangerous. An over abundance of real vermin can be more harmful for the rancher than a pack of coyotes. Ahhh...probably speaking to the choir.

  2. the starling images are very artful! love the deer herd! and i love the black vultures, too. :)

  3. I also love the bare trees in spring to easily watch the birds. Vultures have returned here....great shots of the Starlings and wow I had never heard about the deer and eyes...very cool.

  4. Oh yes, you filmed them very well. I love the Coyote and Starlings doing its show, lovely.

  5. These are beautiful captures Mary. I especially like the dance of the vultures and the Red Tailed Hawk.

  6. You did so well with the deer pictures Mary. They know that something is afoot but a walking camera is a new one? Great idea and I must try it rather than shoving my baseball cap down on my head and peering through the tiny bit left. It’s rather funny (peculiar) that many people don’t realise that birds and animals have eyes and ears far better than a human.

    I love those hawk pictures, and what fun might be had over here where the related Common Buzzard has such a band of dark feathers but across the chest.

    It so sad that many creatures are regarded as “vermin” when in fact all they wish to do is make a living and not take too much from the world.

    And lovely shots of both kinglet and junco in their soft Spring colours!

    Have a lovely weekend.

  7. I'm so ready for the warmer weather of spring to arrive soon too! Enjoyed the shots of the deer and coyote very much

  8. Happy spring Mary! Your photos and collages are all amazing, but the flight shots take my breath away. How do you do it! (I know, talent and a good camera, but it's amazing that you get the series ,and that murmuration. Awe inspiring.

  9. Hello Mary, awesome post and photos..the vultures photos are beautiful. And I love all the Hawk images.. Pretty Kinglet capture, they are quick around me! Happy Sunday, have a great new week ahead!

  10. Dear Mary,

    The spectacular murmuration of those European Starlings, looks to me, like a personification of aerodynamic applause honouring the debut of spring, and all the creatures of the forest and the skies have come out to greet it! Some, like the sweet deer, want to keep a low profile, and remain camouflaged behind the density of the branches, unlike the vultures, determined to celebrate with a big feast, or the solitary Red-Tailed Hawk, floating in the fresh air. The unveiling of the new season, a warmer, more colourful, time of renewal and hope, is anticipated by all, after a long, cold, and endless winter.

    Beautiful images, as always, thank you, my friend!

    P.S.: Thank you for your kind words on my current post! Ditto!!

  11. Lovely shot here ! Thanks for sharing !

  12. The vultures may have been performing a mating dance and every photo of the deer, I see they're keeping an eye on you.
    I feel sorry for the coyotes, they can be shot on sight by the farmers here too.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday Mary.

  13. Yes the Vultures are courting and you captured it well. ALl your shots andcollages are wonderful. Love the Deer shots also

  14. Such a lovely post! I enjoyed the narrative so much! The photos are amazing! got some great shots of a variety of birds and the deer also. Wonderful! Enjoyed starting my day with you....hope the rest of your day is a good one!

  15. oh Mary, how wonderful to walk amongst the dear. Your images are amazing. You must have been so close, and obviously they were unafraid of you. Wonderful. Is the cayote a threat when you go walking? I know I wouldn't want to be close to a dingo over here. Your birds images always amazing. And you are always a joy to visit. Obviously you are enjoying the start of spring. Your dear father-in-law passed away in winter, so now the spring is here and a new beginning and the next phase of life. Take care. And be at peace. Hugs from me in Australia.


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