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Sunday, April 13, 2014

First Signs Of Spring


Besides rain, that is!  So, do you see them?



Tiny green leaf buds!





Green grass and Robins!


But my favorite sign of spring is this couple!
All winter they have been in the trees, eating from my feeder.
But something new happened this week!



Mr. Cardinal feeds Miss Cardinal!
It's the sweetest thing!
I guess they're done just being friends and
the courtship has begun.  Almost time to build a nest!

34 comments:

  1. Beautiful Betsy! I love the cardinals! Reslly sweet!
    XO

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    1. They are so cute. She just sits on a branch and wait from him to bring her a bite. ha.

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  2. Oh Love it is....a nest, some eggs, and a new family....it must be Spring!! Mr. Cardinal, what a sweetheart.

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    1. I hope so! The last time a cardinal couple has a nest of eggs on my trees a snake got them! So sad.

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  3. Brilliant photos, Betsy.
    Love the way you are getting the focus on the subject and the background is blurred.
    So the emphasis is on the subject - very much like our eyes work - I think.
    Probably called controlled depth of focus or something like that.

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    1. How many nests would Mrs Cardinal require?
      Is she easy to please or doew she act like Mrs Wren?
      Easier being a budgie I think! LOL

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    2. Yes, the focusing is becoming easier. Depth of field. It's the aperture and ISO I'm still having trouble with. Practice makes perfect I guess. haha.

      I think Mrs Cardinal is a more practical girl that Mrs. Wren. She makes her own nest and just one! lol....

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    3. Ah! yes! I forgot the term . . . . yes . . . depth of field.
      My dad used to be able to work out depth of fields from aperture settings and shutter speeds. It was Greek to me!

      What a lucky fellow Mr Cardinal is! I wonder what jobs he does around the nest! lol
      Isn't it strange how different birds vary in their architectural preferences. I expect Mr Wren would prefer to put his feet up and do the crossword rather than build three houses. lol

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  4. Love-ly! :) the green is easy on the eyes, that's for sure!

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    1. Yes, it sure is. Just lovely. The sound of lawn mowers yesterday really made it seem like spring!

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  5. Ahh, the continuing story of the cardinals! Love it.

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    1. I think is Silver, but David remember i is bet you sign your comments lol

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  6. everything is popping here...
    even got a bit of a kiss from the sun yesterday
    turning me pink....

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  7. :) Such happy pictures today!

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  8. We've had several days of spring, but now it's raining....and the rain will bring the cold back with it. Only supposed to be 50 degrees tomorrow. YUCK!

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    1. We're supposed to get snow on Tuesday!

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  9. So much better sights
    Than snow and cold nights
    Wow, she really made him work for it
    A spring fling may happen in a bit

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    1. Made him work a bit
      playing hard to get
      Kiss my feet and feed my mouth
      that's what courting is all about.
      lol....

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  10. Beautiful spring photos! It seems like everything turned green here very quickly. I think it was all the rain. It is so uplifting to the spirit to be able to get out in the warm breeze and the lush green grass. I've seen a lot of robins here, but no cardinals yet. Your sweet couple is adorable ♥

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    1. I have the windows open today. I do love a warm breeze coming through the house! We're supposed to get cold and have some snow on Tuesday! I'm sure it won't stick, though.

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  11. Lovely to see Mr and Mrs preparing for spring! I wonder if you will have lots of little cardinals flying around soon! xx

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    1. I hope so...would be so fun to watch!

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  12. Beautiful shots, Betsy...
    I love it when Mr feeds Mrs♥️
    Your grass is REALLY green.....
    Enjoy your week...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. All that rain really helped in the last week! Everything suddenly looks and feels like spring!

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  13. Amazing photos of your feathered friends.

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    1. Aren't the sweet? I'm so glad they hang just outside my window!

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  14. It seems spring has left us and gone to you...cold tonight and snow coming...ugh! Your photos are beautiful!

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  15. Sweet red couple. Wish someone would come and feed me.

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