Category Archives: Weather and Sky

Fiery Sunset

orange skyI couldn’t take my eyes off this beautiful sunset. It looks like an autumn scene, but it’s actually springtime.

Linking to Skywatch Friday.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Split Second Story

golden glow split secondThe sunset was quite pretty at the park last night, but that goldeny-glow on the park bench lasted only a short while, a.k.a. a split second. A few quick clicks on my camera and the glow was gone. See other interpretations of the “Split Second Story” theme at: Weekly Photo Challenge.

Sunning Tail Feathers

For a bird, a fence makes a great place for sunning your tail feathers after the snow.junco in snowsparrow on fence
Linking to Friday’s Fences at Life According to Jan and Jer.

Foggy Fence

A foggy day near the Raritan River. Linking to “Friday’s Fences” at Life According to Jan and Jer.fence in the fog foggy bridge

Let There Be Light

This week’s Photo Challenge is “Let There Be Light.”light sky

Especially when it’s cold out, that last bit of color in the sky is an extra welcome sight.

lighthouse

When the natural light is gone, a beam from a lighthouse directs the path.

light sunset

The reflection of sunlight on the water is so peaceful.

See other photo interpretations of “Let There Be Light” at: Weekly Photo Challenge.

Lakeside Sunset

edge of the water fence and skySunset photo from the New York side of Lake Champlain.
Linking to: Friday’s Fences at Life According to Jan and Jer and Skywatch Friday.

Summer Sunset

Summer Sunset in New Jersey

Summer Sunset in New Jersey

To see other images of skies, visit Skywatch Friday.

Cloudy Reflection

A July sky!clouds in pondLinking to Skywatch Friday. Check them out as they celebrate their blog anniversary.

Welcome Spring

Spring sunset

Spring sunset

stone fence

Stone fence

a field

Not too spring-like yet

down the gravel road

Pretty path

short-eared owl

Short-eared owl

Although it’s officially the start of spring, I’m still feeling a bit sun-deprived. In an effort to speed up the retreat of the winter blues, I’ve been commuting with the sunroof in my car open, despite the air temperature.

After eating dinner yesterday, I couldn’t help but notice the sun shining through the clouds preparing for its descent. Rather than watching through the window or in my backyard, I grabbed my camera and headed out to a park to enjoy the view. Not only was I rewarded with a beautiful sunset, but I also managed to snap a shot of my first owl! Welcome sunshine, welcome spring.

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Signs of Spring

Trying to get the female cardinal to take notice

It’s spring, time to get the female cardinal to take notice

The male cardinal fanning his tail feathers

First a little singing, then fanning the tail feathers

The attentive female cardinal

The attentive female cardinal takes it all in

There are a few scattered piles of unmelted snow in the dark corners of my backyard, but some telltale signs of spring have come. The daffodils started poking out of the ground and, a few days ago, the spring peepers began calling from the boggy area down the road. I thought the birds would still be waiting for warmer weather, but the cardinals have already abandoned all thoughts of winter and progressed straight into the spring mating season.

I heard the male cardinal tweeting repeatedly the other day, so much so that I stopped what I was doing to look outside. From the top of a small tree, the male cardinal was loudly carrying on. The reason for all the ruckus? A female cardinal was perched nearby in an adjacent tree. After he finished his serenade, he flew over closer to the female and began chipping and strutting about, fanning his tail feathers and putting on quite a show. She played cool though, sitting very still and seemingly not giving him a glance. Today, I noticed the cardinal pair checking out the site of last year’s nest, so I suppose his display won her over. Spring is here!

Linking to “Signs of Spring” at the Outdoor Blogger Network.

Wintry Reservoir

trail down to the waterA wintry day at the Round Valley Reservoir in New Jersey.

Linking to Skywatch Friday. To see other images of skies, visit Skywatch Friday.

Skywatch Friday – Calm River

A calm, pale December morning on the Raritan River. raritan river reflectionsTo see other images of skies, visit Skywatch Friday.