The Many Faces of Spring

This morning I’m taking a break from posting about my recent trip to New Mexico. It seems spring has been the topic of many recent blog posts, and this morning I felt the need to appreciate it – spring, in its many faces. Spring – the season that wakens our hearts and souls after the brown or white days of winter. The warmth of the spring sunshine, the glory of the greens, the spring blossoms, the birds that return to our yards and feeders after having wintered in warmer climes.

In my part of the country, spring often brings with it those late snow flurries, dusting the earliest blooms with the little white stars that fall from the sky (I can call them stars now because we are past the time where they will come in abundance)

Covering the ground with a light spring blanket rather than the heavy winter blanket, providing a light background for a spring robin

The mornings are often cold, causing this little Pine Siskin to ruffle her feathers to provide more insulation

and coating the Grape Muscari with frost

The birds that are absent in winter begin to return; the pair of Collared Asian Doves that visit to pick up the droppings from the feeder above

the Evening Grosbeak – the male first, in his bright spring colors

and the female, who calls less attention to herself with her more muted coloring

the red and yellow Crossbills who pick out the pine seed from pine cones, but also visit the feeders

the goldfinch don their brighter colors like spots of sunshine in the trees

the White-Crowned Sparrow that only visits during the warmer months.

Never to be forgotten or ignored, there are those spring blossoms that make our hearts sing; the Daffodils are one of the earliest to bless us

and a little later, the Periwinkle blossoms.

Always with us, but seeming to frolic just a little bit more as the weather warms are the squirrels – those sprites that first devour all the food in their feeders and then come to gather what might be available in feeders meant for the birds. Annoying sometimes, but fun always.

Spring, the season of awakening. It fills our lives with enough.

About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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12 Responses to The Many Faces of Spring

  1. suzicate says:

    Birds, flowers, and squirrels…yay, spring! These faces brought a smile to mine!


  2. loisajay says:

    The birds are all so chubby and cute, but that squirrel–Adorable! What a picture! šŸ˜€


  3. Lisa says:

    Beautiful words! Spring does make our hearts sing. And the skiff of snow on those blossoms make them even lovelier.

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  4. I especially love your first two photos, Carol, with the “white star” sprinkles on the buds. Beautiful ode to spring. šŸ™‚


  5. Ohhhhhhhhh, I just loved looking at the photos in this post! You can tell that all of the birds and squirrels in your neck of the woods recommend Carol’s Restaurant!


  6. Karma says:

    I always love seeing the different birds from your part of the country. Squirrels, it seems, are very much the same everywhere, however, lol!

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  7. You have certainly spiked my craving for spring weather and scenery. Your gorgeous photos will get me through until similar flowers make their appearance here. I love the colors of the male Evening Grosbeak. We do not have those here. As much as I love your travel photos, it is wonderful to see what beauty you have in your own backyard.


  8. jay53 says:

    Just lovely! The snow is so pretty when you know it’s not going to get too heavy or last too long!

    Beautiful bird pictures, too. We have a pair of collared doves who have learned to balance on one of our seed feeders! I’ve never seen them do that before, but there they are, every day, hanging on tight and stuffing their little selves with seed. I have periwinkles too – I LOVE them. I have several varieties: the common large pale blue, pale pink & white, a little, intense, double-flowered blue, and a darker pink which I haven’t seen in bloom yet. I hope I haven’t lost it!


  9. Dawn says:

    I was noticing some of these kinds of things today, the first day that felt like spring. Sometime while I wasn’t looking the goldfinches turned yellow, we had a chipmunk under the feeder with the grey squirrel, the blackbirds are taking over, the cranes are back, geese are nesting…it MUST be spring.

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  10. I love spring! I love your photos too, and they reminded me that I saw goldfinches in my garden last week – first time for months.

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  11. terryb says:

    You captured the snow star sprinkling beautifully, the squirrel perfectly in character, and the fluffed birds are adorable šŸ™‚ I’m so happy spring is in the air!

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