Sunday, March 05, 2006

Signs Of Spring...

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Willow catkins emerging along the shore of Stanfield Marsh on Thursday, March 2, 2006.

For Norene and Clairesgarden, who own the same model camera, this was shot in the manual setting, super-macro mode, f/3.5 at 1/1000th of a second.

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Blogger dragonfly183 said...

I'm first I'm first, lol. I love pussy willows :). i saw some pink ones on ebay i nearly bought once :).

2:23 PM  
Blogger Granny said...

I'm second. We called them pussy willows too in New York State and also in Arkansas. Hi dragonfly183 of the Land of Opportunity (and the only diamond mine).

One comment - all photos.

Bluebirds - nesting soon?

Robin - the one bird I always recognize.

Great pics and thanks.

3:10 PM  
Blogger Norene Griffin said...

They remind me of little beans.

10:00 PM  
Blogger clairesgarden said...

love the close ups, nature has marvels to look at. the bluebirds are so lovely, we dont get them here and your robin is quite different too. I can't get the camera out quick enough to photograph birds, lucky that plants dont have feet or they'd be off too! and the house, it sits pretty still too(hopefully). I am not going to tell anybody what my new camera can do, I'm just going to forward them to your site!!

11:10 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

Great photographs, Jim. Love the birds and the pussy willows! We heard a frog in our yard last night. First time since last summer. It's a sure sign of spring. We are thawing out, and it's fantastic!

9:58 AM  
Blogger dragonfly183 said...

Pssst, granny, Clinton changed the state motto, its the natural state now. . . Would you bleieve I have never been to the diamond mine, lol.

10:12 AM  
Blogger sonia a. mascaro said...

Beautiful photo, Jim! Yes, I agree with Norene, they look little beans.

And thank you so mcuh for your visiting and gentle comment!

12:37 PM  
Blogger Spider Girl said...

A gorgeous picture! And a true sign of Spring!

11:00 PM  
Blogger Madcap said...

We're still under a foot of snow and counting, here. I don't think we'll be seeing pussy-willows for another month at least.

Regarding those apple varieties, I don't think the Mordens would be the thing for your area. They're bred for -40C winters, but they'll bloom early if there's warmth. We lost all our blossoms last year due to an early false spring.

7:27 PM  
Blogger Taradharma said...

I love visiting here. Such beautiful photos, in-depth commentary, slice-of-life moments, and two folks living a fine life. You two are gorgeous together!

11:52 PM  
Blogger Gwyn Calvetti said...

What a beautiful photo! Ours won't be much longer, though snow is predicted soon.

BTW, we call them pussy willows, too.

7:33 AM  

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