Now that Spring is on the way, I am anxiously waiting for this beautiful bird to appear. The Rose Breasted Grosbeak comes through each spring and stops to eat at my bird feeder. He shows up around Easter, when my lilac is blooming. His gorgeous colors make him stand out against the green foliage of Spring.
My pyracantha bushes were loaded with berries this summer. As winter came on, and food got scarce, the birds gradually began eating them. Today I was delighted to see three bluebirds on the bushes feeding on the last of the berries. I am thinking that they might be migrating north already. We are expecting warm weather this week in the high 60 F and maybe even 70 F. Spring is on the way!
Bluebirds stop and eat
Last of the summer berries
Food for the journey
Photos: Dwight L. Roth
I am linking this to the Monday Haibun for Frank Tassone’s prompt spring.
The warm days over Christmas have given the flower bulbs a jump start. I saw these daffodils pushing through the ground in my flower beds. It was a pleasant reminder that winter will not last long and spring is on the way.
While we celebrated with family and friends
Daffodils remind us the seasons never end
New growth has started generating new flowers
Pushing through the ground with warm sun and showers
Shivering in the grip of winter
Avoiding the cold wind
I sit in my chair and remind myself
That soon this too will end
When the hoarfrost is gone
With the ever rising sun
The earth will thaw
The woods will ring
With a hauntingly familiar hum
A chorus of frogs
Singing their mating calls
Looking for one another
To celebrate the thaw
When I hear that song rising
In the cool clear air
I know spring is near
Flowers will soon be here
As frogs of spring shout out their joyous song
Joy springs in my heart
I know it won’t be long
Till with the frogs of spring
I too will sing along
With that symphony of joy by the woodland’s throng
What do you do when you get a couple of days of warm weather in the middle of winter? You paint Summer! Yesterday was an unusually warm seventy degrees Fahrenheit. I decided to paint a photo on Masonite board that came into the local Habitat Restore. I kept the landscape and added the barn for a point of interest. I took out a few of the cows in the field. It was sixty degrees today, but warm enough to finish the painting.
In my flower bed I saw that daffodils were pushing up through the ground, in spite of the fact that we had snow five days ago that shut everything down for three days. When I stooped down to take a close-up photo, I discovered that there was a hidden crocus blooming among them. How amazing to see nature’s resilience.
Winter showed herself with snow and ice
Closed down schools as airports de-iced
We were cautious // afraid to come out
For fear we might fall or get stuck while in route
We stayed all cozy and warm in our house
Crocuses and daffodils hid quiet as a mouse
The sun came out with snow on the ground
Kissed shoots and warmed leaves in beds all around