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Spring is in the Air!

March 20, 2014

Spring is not the best of seasons.
Cold and flu are two good reasons;
wind and rain and other sorrow,
warm today and cold tomorrow.
~Author Unknown

As I sit here reflecting upon the first day of Spring 2014, battling bronchitis and sinusitis, and wondering what Mother Nature has in store for us Michiganders after the coldest and snowiest winter in my lifetime, I found the above quote from Quote Garden fit my mood perfectly.  And then I came across the below Proverb, decided to amend it slightly and share with you a couple of spring photos from the past.  Enjoy!

“No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.”  ~Proverb

“Despite the long winter and snow on the ground, today is the first day of SPRING in Michigan.  Birds and Flowers are sure to follow.”  ~ Linda Sorensen

North American Pileated Woodpecker

North American Pileated Woodpecker

While visiting my in-laws home in Slagle Township, Michigan in March 2012, I had the opportunity to watch this North American Pileated Woodpecker feed on a bag of suet.  I photographed this colorful bird with my Canon EOS 60D camera and Canon 75-300mm f/4-5.6 telephoto lens handheld through a window, using my body and the window as an impromptu tripod. The image was captured at a focal length of 270mm, 1/125 sec., f/5, and ISO-800.  I used Lightroom 3 for some minor cropping.

Yellow Daffodil Wildflower

Yellow Daffodil Wildflower

While hiking throughout our 40 acres of hunting property in Dickinson Township, Michigan, also in March 2012, I came across this lonely little Yellow Daffodil popping up after a long winter of hibernating.  It would appear that some little  critter feasted upon a petal.  I photographed this early spring wildflower with my Canon EOS 60D camera and Canon 50mm f/1.8 II prime lens handheld, using my elbows and knees as an impromptu tripod. The image was captured at 1/400 sec., f/4.0 and ISO-400.  I also used Lightroom 3 for some minor cropping.

Hopefully, I will get out and about our great state this spring and capture more images to share and prepare for my 2015 calendar.  In the meantime, enjoy this new season!

2 Comments
  1. ourtaliesin@comcast.net permalink

    Linda, If time allows, go back into your posting for “Spring is in the Air!” and correct the work “her” to “here”   As I sit her (here) reflecting upon the first day of Spring 2014, battling bronchitis and sinusitis   Still okay to send you these little notes???   I enjoy looking at your pictures.  I have a reminder pop up on my calendar once a month to remind me to get into “Memories” so see what might be there.  This time I went into my “ourtaliesin” mailbox and found this new posting.  The woodpecker is simply beautiful.  Thank you so much for sharing it.   Hoping  May 17th will be the magic date for all.    Get well soon and stay well.  /ner

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