Spring Too!


white crowned sparrow

The bird bath has been getting quite a work out the past few weeks, everyone wants to come on in for their spring cleaning!

Junco Junco in Birdbath! Junco in Birdbath!

Then the White Crowned Sparrows arrived!

white crowned sparrow

white crowned sparrow

Nice hair-do!!

“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.”
Robert Lynd

white crowned sparrow

white crowned sparrow white crowned sparrow

“He said that we belonged together because he was born with a flower and I was born with a butterfly and that flowers and butterflies need each other for survival.”
Gemma Malley, The Declaration

Spring! Yellow allysum

Evening light…

It is the hour when from the boughs The nightingale’s high note is heard; It is the hour when lovers’ vows Seem sweet in every whispered word; And gentle winds, and waters near, Make music to the lonely ear. Each flower the dews have lightly wet, And in the sky the stars are met, And on the wave is deeper blue, And on the leaf a browner hue, And in the heaven that clear obscure, So softly dark, and darkly pure. Which follows the decline of day, As twilight melts beneath the moon away.

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) Quotes , Source: Parisina (st. 1)

Tulip Grape Hyacinth



The other day as I was heading into town I was lucky enough to come across a local rancher moving his cattle from one grazing area to another. Being spring it was also all about the calves.

I admit, I am a city girl, even though I now live in the ‘boonies’. I was not raised in ‘the country’, on a ranch or a farm….please, if you are a rancher, do not judge me for being a little sickened at the process of preparing the calves. When I asked why the calves were separate from the rest they said they were going to be branding. From a photographers point of view I, (naively), felt the excitement well up! WOW! Something unusual to witness and photograph!

I still felt that way at the end, but I have to admit the whole process seemed a little inhumane.

Spring branding Spring branding Spring branding


Spring branding

I think this poor little guy is giving them ‘what for’!!! Then he went searching for Mama! Another side of spring I may not rush to see again!

Spring branding


Many people have never learned to see the beauty of flowers, especially those that grow unnoticed. For instance, when you walk outside and look down at your feet, you may see tiny flowers nestled in the moss and clover hiding under a curled fern. Most people just step on them. I paint them.


Spring! Mayday blossoms Grape Hyacinth _DSC9023_4_5_tonemapped textured B frame

Crab Apple blossoms

Texture is the most enduring and ubiquitous underpinning of form… certainly a calming, meditative and appealing world for both the eye and mind. (Lynda Lehmann)

“Spring makes the world a happy place
You see a smile on every face.
Flowers come out and birds arrive,
Oh, isn’t it grand to be alive?” – Anonymous

Until next time!


3 thoughts on “Spring Too!

  1. Mikeann

    I love the freshness of spring, new-born animals… but next year take a trip to the Averly Ranch in Vavenby and watch the lambs being born, then take the hay-ride, look through the old log cabin, much less traumatic than calf branding!


  2. Lynda

    Lovely pictures Wendy, like the bird bath ones in particular……no I can’t say that I really like them all! I understand what you are saying when it comes to branding. Seen that don’t want to see it again. I like Ann’s idea.



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