Thursday, April 7, 2016

Welcoming Spring

The prompts for this week's Friday's Hunt are the letter 'O', my week's favourite and spring.
Thank you Teresa at Eden Hills for hosting.
Ornamental grasses add great texture and structure to a garden, especially when left standing over winter.
Here it is spring and the snow covered yard is coming alive with birds and wildlife.
A rabbit eats bird seed and mini crabapples on the snow.
 Puffing up to stay warm the male cardinal is eating an apple ...
while his mate is eating peanuts on the deck railing.
 A male house finch is enjoying the apples too...
as are cedar waxwings.
 A grackle is impatient about getting to the peanut feeder...
and the black squirrel is hopeful that I'll notice it looking in the window and throw peanuts on the deck.
My favourite this week is a photo of our granddaughter Mia from a few years ago that I used in an article called Inspiring Tomorrow's Gardener in the new spring issue of Rural magazine.
I invite you to have a look at the magazine here and if you like the idea of "It's not where you live, it's how" subscribe for the free on-line magazine on the website. I'm honoured to be in the company of talented writers/photographers and an editor who works magic with the photos and text I send her. 
I will also be linking to Mosaic Monday.

46 comments:

  1. Great photos! Love those little birdies all puffed up and the sweet rabbit! Hopefully you see green soon :)

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  2. A cold spring is still lingering around, but I'm sure it'll pass soon. Take care Judith!

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  3. Hello Judith, I love the shot of your granddaughter. The image of the grasses with the snow is pretty. I love the cute bunny and the birds. Can you believe, we are expecting to have some snow tonight, winter is not over. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

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  4. Very nice articles in the magazine Judith! I like the motto, 'It's not where you live, it's how.'

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  5. Excellent bird photos. Two of my favorites: the cardinal which we don't have and the wax wing which does live here, but we don't often see them. Sweet granddaughter. They always make our flowers look spectacular, don't they?

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  6. Wonderful photos in spite of the snow. We've not had snow here In IN but it's sooo cold still. Any tulip or daffodil that blooms here is very brave. Have a grand weekend!

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  7. Wow! Judith, what fabulous photos! You must have a great camera. I like the motto too, "It's not where you live, but how." At the moment the ground here is bare and some grass is turning green. However, they are forecasting up to 20 cm of snow on Sunday. Brrr! I guess it's winter's one last April Fools joke on us. Spring is here and it can only get better after that. I really enjoyed your post. Have a lovely weekend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  8. Your photo's are beautiful, Judith.
    I loved the rabbits as they always have a way of touching my heart. We have a pet rabbit that we have house trained who is going through some health issues right now. We have been four months giving him critical care, but it has all been worth the time, effort and care.

    Have a glorious day in all it's glory~~
    Debbie

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  9. I hope that spring comes to find you soon! xx

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  10. Your photos are so clear and sharp, Judith! I especially love your birdie pictures and your sweet, little granddaughter. I wish I could lessons from you.
    Happy weekend!

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  11. Such beautiful photos! The cardinals are amazing! I will look at the magazine.

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  12. Such a beautiful photo of Mia and the tulips; I loved seeing all of the critters and the birds too. Lovely photography! It is going to get below freezing tonight so I covered up the tulips and the pulsatilla. We saw a male and female bluebird when walking on the bike trail today. Such a thrill!
    Hugs, Beth

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  13. I will definitely have a look at the magazine, Judith. I hope that true spring is just around the corner for you!

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  14. All these beautiful birds eating to stay alive! Your grand daughter is too cute:) Have a great weekend!
    A good month ago I started the challenge Seasons where anything or any experience. The thumbnail links is open from Sun - Wed. Welcome and hope to see you there!

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  15. your favorite is mine too!

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  16. Winter clearly has boundary issues. Hee! Your wildlife shots are wonderful. Your camera must have an amazing zoom lens.

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  17. Such pretty bird shots! As your granddaughter gets older, hopefully she will be interested in gardening!

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  18. Your granddaughter is adorable! Our local rabbit come into the side yard every morning to eat fallen seed under the bird feeders.

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  19. Some lovely photo's you've shared here but your grand-daughter Mia is so adorable, I love that photo of her and the flowers ... perfect.

    Have a lovely weekend

    All the best Jan

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  20. That looks like a great magazine, I will definitely subscribe. Now to go check out a couple of the issues.
    Enjoy your weekend!

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  21. I am still waiting for Spring to truly arrive here near Long Island Sound - happily no snow though. The wildlife near your home are awaiting Spring too, but are happily making the best use of the resources they have - without complaint! Nice pics!

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  22. You have lots of birds visiting Judith, we don't have the cedar waxwings yet. I really enjoyed the articles in Rural this month.

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  23. I love your RURAL article and that picture of your granddaughter.

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  24. What a lovely post, Judith! The bird photos are wonderful.
    Do you still have snow?? Well, the photo of your granddaughter admiring tulips is pretty and cheerful as spring itself.
    Thank you for hosting Mosaic Monday. Have a great new week!

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  25. Oh I do love the photo of your granddaughter - it's so very sweet. The bird shots are great as well.

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  26. Hi Judith - A wonderful collection of photos! That's a very sweet photo of your granddaughter...and please tell those Cardinals to fly my way!!

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  27. I get Rural Magazine by e-mail every month and enjoy every issue, Judith. It is nice to see your photos and articles in it. This photo of your granddaughter is so charming

    The cardinals in your post photos look very puffed up against the cold. Wonderful photos!

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  28. Fantastic photos Judith, especially the one of your granddaughter, and how wonderful to have an article in the magazine. Great post!

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  29. Hello, Judith! I wanted to thank you as always for hosting Mosaic Monday and I always love your beautiful images and post. Even though it will only be a monthly meme now I will always be creating the mosaics I love to use PicMonkey. Have fun with your gardening, have a happy week ahead!

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  30. That last photo is charming; pure joy... So heart-warming! Even a major bird lover like me has to choose that as my favorite this week, but of course I love the wonderful birds and signs of spring in your garden. Thank you for hosting...I've learned so much from you and the other participants. Once a month is great ... It is good of you to keep the meme going especially during your busy garden season!

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  31. Dearest Judith; Gorgeous picture of your granddaughter and adorable rabbit, birdies and squirrel♡♡♡ Hope the warm Spring is around the corner for you.
    Thank you very much for hosting and so sorry for my absence, Deare friend.

    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in Canada, xoxo Miyako*

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  32. I love seeing the birds and bunnies in the snow but I hope you get some warm weather soon. And I LOVE the new magazine! Have a wonderful week! Hugs!

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  33. It's still looking pretty chilly with you Judith. That is until you get to the photo of your Grand daughter, that warms your heart! Thank you for hosting. I am happy that you will be able to do both a monthly link up and have time for your great garden!
    Wren x

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  34. I think the little birds must look forward to spring too.
    Happy gardening and enjoy the start of spring.

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  35. I love Spring, don't you? Love all the birdies specially the Cardinals---we don't have them here. the shot of your Granddaughter is very nice. I think the idea of a monthly Mosaic Monday is perfect.

    MB

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  36. Judith, your photos of the birds are gorgeous. Mia admiring the tulips is a priceless photo. I hope you have that one in a frame.
    Thanks for hosting Mosaic Monday. I hear you about spending more time in the garden. I'd rather be there than sitting at my computer. Happy Spring and Happy Gardening to you.

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  37. I love the birds, such a gift from God, and that darling little lady Mia!! xoxo

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  38. So charming aspects of nature in Spring! It must be amazing to see in your yard, so many critters! So lovely, again!
    Greetings in April! Happy Spring!

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  39. Beautiful assortment of birds for this week. It looks horribly cold yet with all that snow. Hope you warm up soon. That is an adorable image of your future gardener. How nice to be able to contribute to the magazine. Thanks so much for joining Friday's Hunt. Hope you have a good week.

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  40. Beautiful cardinals, I've never seen one and they fascinate me.
    Your love of flowers will inspire beautiful Mia if she ever decides to be a serious gardener! The photo is a lovely one to cherish.

    Happy Monday!
    Ruby

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  41. Sweet picture of Mia and I like the snow bunny!

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  42. I like ornamental grasses, too, though we've never planted any here. What a sweet bunny! It looks cold there, considering how puffy the Cardinals are for insulation. That female is a beauty. Cedar Waxwings are one of the most elegant-looking birds. Cute squirrel, too!

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  43. How sweet your granddaughter is! The image is perfectly beautiful! I enjoyed your various birds too. Yes, the gardening season is coming soon. I always appreciate your host and joining Mosaic Monday. Thank you very much. Happy spring for you. Take care,Judith.

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  44. Thank you for hosting MM for such a long time--I am wondering how many years it's been. I think it's a nice idea to continue, but once a month. Blogging is slowing down, but it's understandable. Hope you are enjoying spring.

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  45. What glorious photos! (And I still cannot get over how late in the spring you have snow up there!)

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