Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sights and sounds of spring

From the time I was a little girl, I've loved lying in bed in the morning with the window open, taking in the world through my ears. In the past few days I've been hearing the songs of cardinals and mourning doves along with various other chirping and squawking. And neighbor kids going down the sidewalk on roller skates and tiny bicycles with training wheels.

We've had an unusually warm spring thus far. I hope we have a temperate summer, because I hate closing the windows to run air conditioning. But in the spirit of "watch out what you wish for" I hasten to send a message out into the ether-verse that I also don't want to have to wear my winter jacket to the 4th of July baseball game!

This picture was the first photo I took with my first digital camera in 2003. My film camera had broken, and suddenly a family of cardinals was hanging out in our yard. I've never yet gotten a great cardinal photo, but I'm not giving up!

22 comments:

Jeanie said...

I have loved hearing the birds in the early morning lately when I am out walking the dog before the sun comes up. Spring has just taunted us so far here....a couple of warm days and then some snow. I know it will settle in for good soon and I can't wait. Your cardinal is beautiful.

Julie Magers Soulen said...

I loved how you shared the sounds of your childhood. I could hear the birds, and skates with you. Keep shooting pictures. That is how we all start.

Cheers!
Julie
Julie Magers Soulen Photography

DJan said...

Nothing wrong with THAT cardinal picture, it's great! And we have had a very cold and wet week after lots of warm weather. Now it's in the mid-50s and pretty darn nice. I had to go look at your profile to remind myself where you are living. (Minnes-OH-ta)...

Far Side of Fifty said...

You have Cardinals..I am so jealous! Keep trying for photos!! We hardly ever get them this far north..so enjoy them for me too! :)

Kat said...

I think the cardinal photo is great. I enjoyed your post. I too listen to the sounds in the morning with the window open. It is a nice start to a day.

IndigoWrath said...

Hey Blissed-Out! Well, I think this photo is pretty damned fabulous, but please keep trying for an even better one. As for early morning birds in the UK, I'm not a fan. They start real early, and I sleep light. Bah humbug. Indigo

BONNIE K said...

I also love those sounds. The day starts out on a peaceful note when it begins with hearing the birds. My husband works out of our home and it overlooks the back yard. We have these amazing birds that are hanging out on the lilac tree. I commented on that today and he said he didn't notice. I told him if I worked here all week, I'd just sit and watch the birds all day long.

hummer said...

This morning I was lying listing to the doves outside my window. It is so relaxing to listen to our feathered friends.
Like look of your blog.

gayle said...

That is a great photo!! I need to learn how to use our (thought it was mine) new camera but so far just haven't

Cheryl said...

Great color contrast. Long lens helps with cardinals. They are so quick to launch with a human around. I'll go out on the deck with my camera first thing in the morning and wait. Slow movements on my part have yielded great results. Keep playing.

Mrsblogalot said...

That's a great shot. I've found that since my cat ran off, I've been lucky to see a few of these around myself. Love them! ...and my cat of course if she ever comes back (-:

grammy said...

Hi, I ran across you at Jeanie's...
love to collect Grandma's
I read a few of you posts and you talk about your Grands about as much as I do (o:
They are a Joy to me and keep me ticking and laughing and throwing spoons over the fence (read my last post) glad I came to visit.

UberGrumpy said...

How lovely! Starting the day with 'spot the cardinal'. Took me right back to our Atlanta time

Matthew said...

It really is a lovely picture.

How marvellous to hear tales of spring. Autumn's setting in here - cooler nights, the hint of woodsmoke. Life on the other side of the planet, huh? :)

Marion Williams-Bennett said...

I read this late last night, and then this morning went for a long walk with no iPod, no head phones. Ears open to hear the music of the birds. It was amazing!

Thank you for this!

Ms Sparrow said...

I love listening to the birds in the early morning as long as they aren't Blue Jays! That is one bird that should be seen and NOT heard.
I'm with you on wishing for a balmy summer. The high humidity kills me--but at the same time, I heard that the Northwoods is so dry
they have burn warnings out. I guess we can't have rain without humidity.

Everyday Kathy said...

When we moved in there were a couple of birds living in nests... sadly I think they will all stay away now because of Jessie's exuberance -- "HI Birdie... how you doing?!!! Come back birdie, oh I love you very so much please stay!"

You'll get that photo one day!

Kathy said...

That is why I love mornings so much. The birds are so wonderful and I love just listening to nature.

Leah Rubin said...

How funny that you posted this today-- I'm planning a post for Friday on the topics of the morning sounds of birds!

I, too, love watching them out my kitchen window, and have several pairs of cardinal out there!

Have a great day!

Mayet said...

This is why I love to be in the countryside. We wake up hearing the birds, and while having breakfast squirrels will come out while the ducks swim in the river.

have a lovely day!

Allyson said...

Y'know that's how we judge if spring has come to Kentucky...when the cardinals come out. Which reminds me...

How do you know when spring has come to Kentucky?

The Cardinals are sitting on the fence, watching the Cats play. Ha. Happy Spring!

Anita said...

Continued happiness to you this spring, and summer too. :)

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