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Waiting for Spring

When you find yourself closed in during the winter months Spring is foremost on your mind.  The flowers in bloom, the new life, people having the ability to walk or ride in shirt sleeves and shorts, and, we move the clocks forward.  (Spring ahead and Fall back.) “Daylight Savings Time,” begins in th U.S. March 12th.

All the outdoor jobs need to be started, ie; scraping and painting the deck, replacing or painting windows on the home or garage, replacing trim on the garage, raking the yard to allow the new grass room to grow, caulking here and there around the house and garage, and cleaning out the garden for new growth. (to mention a few.)

Everything feels different in the Spring, doesn’t it?  The birds are singing their Spring songs, the air smells fresh and clean, at first – then the locust trees blossom with a fragrance that some love and others hate. Then, in the Central U.S., the honeysuckle blossoms with another powerful fragrance.  (allergy sufferers beware!) Meanwhile, many floral species have already bloomed and we’re enjoying their beauty. Downpours happen regularly to help everything grow to its full potential, while we hope the rains don’t plug our gutters with falling tree buds.  (I finally got smart and bought a utlilty pump that sets down, halfway, in my deck, and pumps out the water through a garden hose so the eight inch deep area under the deck doesn’t overflow and allow  water to find its way into our kitchen.

So, get ready, be prepared, and enjoy it.  Don’t forget to have your allergy medicine close at hand.  Oh yes, one more thing, why does March always feel like it lasts forever?

Dan O. De Ment

 

My wife, Jean, grooming our Feral Cat, Muffin

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Jean grooms Muffin when she can.  Sometimes Muffin walks or scurries away, but today she just plopped down and enjoyed the attention.  She’ll roll over, stretch out, or even lie on her side.  She often moves forward as she’s being groomed but always close to the ground.  She had a burr in her tail here and didn’t mind having it removed at all.  Jean didn’t know I was taking the picture but she’s a good sport and was OK with me posting this.  Muffin couldn’t have cared less.

Dan O. De Ment

Where’s the Male American Gold Finch?

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Well, I’ll admit my focus here wasn’t the best.  But, since it’s a fun shot I’ll not worry much about it – this time.  Hint:  if you enlarge you’ll see the part of him I could capture … two yellow sides with a black stripe down the center.  He’s well hidden.

Dan O. De Ment

American Gold Finch resting between Feedings

 

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I  captured this  Male Gold Finch the other morning as he rested and checked the area before continuing to feed.  Gold Finches are always cautious and alert.

Dan O. De Ment

A heads up on, “Finches.”

I noticed earlier today, both male and female Finches are beginning to feed on Cone Plant seeds. “They love the Seeds.”   So, if you live in the Midwest, and love to shoot Finches, get your camera ready.  They really are a great subject and usually spend time on the plants. They are very cautious, however, so the best way to capture them is to be sitting somewhat near the plants  –  not to close –  so they’ll get use to your presence and start feeding.  I’ve got a 75-300 zoom that works well in these situations. I also have a Point and Shoot that takes excellent images.  Whatever you’ve got that works well for you will do the job.

Dan O.De Ment