Sunday smorgasbord

Happy Sunday!

At the end of the week I usually end up with a handful of photos that I thought I would use in a post, but didn’t for one reason or another.  Either they didn’t fit in or I was attempting to stop the flood of images that want to pour out onto the blog. WordPress gives us only so much free space.  I’m not complaining, mind you.  I think it’s very generous of them.  I just don’t want to have to pay for more.  Yet.  It may come to that eventually.

Early spring?

I took a long, slow walk Friday afternoon.  It was a magical, amazing afternoon.  Not at all your typical early February day.  The kingfisher returned to his rightful place at the back of the pond.  The fish were creating ripples and little waves all over the pond.  A northern flicker was carrying on back in the woods.

To the east, the moon was rising as the sun warmed up the day and the landscape.

I took the camera along and experimented.  I’ll post more about that tomorrow.  In the meantime, I have starlings and geese and milkweed.  Oh my.

The ducks have returned.  We also had a pair of Canada Geese trying to settle in.  M put a stop to that.  As I have mentioned many times before, we wouldn’t mind having a pair of geese stick around for a while, but they are terrible guests.  They invite 50 or so of their friends and family to move in with them, over-fertilizing the pond and surroundings.  They are messy and can cause an outbreak of algae.

Three hawks have been hanging out in the trees at the edge of the pond.  Two are obviously red-tailed hawks.  I’m unsure about the third as I haven’t been able to get a good look at it.  It might be my mystery hawk who caused some discussion at a bird ID forum.  One side declared “Cooper’s Hawk!”  The other side declared “Northern Goshawk!”  And someone in the middle suggested a cross-breed of the two.

I ♥ milkweed*

It’s Super Bowl Sunday here in the U.S.  We’re spending the evening with M the Younger and his lovely wife.  I hear they’re making a pizza and getting ready for a few friendly games.  I’m going to bring my knitting along in case I need something else to do.  I’m not a fan of football, not the U.S. version.  What we call soccer and the rest of the world calls football, on the other hand, is something I can get excited about.

That’s it from the Bogs for today.  Thank you for stopping by.  We have sunshine and clear skies here in the Bogs today.  A good day for a walk around the pond.  Say hello to the kingfisher for me if you get back that way.  You’ll hear him chattering as you approach.  He seems to think the back of the pond is his territory and likes to announce his thoughts on the matter to everyone who comes near.

*Jakesprinter’s Sunday Post challenge for today is Love.  Milkweed probably isn’t what you would expect to see for such a challenge, but I wanted to use something new so I went with the milkweed with heart bokeh.  And I do ♥ milkweed.  It’s fascinating, and the monarch butterflies love it too.  Anything that brings butterflies to visit has got to be good.  🙂

38 Comments on “Sunday smorgasbord”

  1. I’m not a big fan of American football either, but I LOVE the moon photo. Hope you enjoy the evening with your family.

  2. Your photos are amazing 🙂

  3. Chloe says:

    those sunset shots are gorgeous

  4. While walking the dog late this afternoon I saw the big moon hanging in the sky in one direction and the colorful sunset in the other. Deja vu when saw your post – great photos, as usual!

  5. Anita Mac says:

    Love your photos – especially that shot of the moon. Well done.

  6. You have signs of spring popping out of the earth, already? What is Mother Nature thinking? I personally would love to see more snow (in photos, obviously! Lol)

    • Robin says:

      Hard to believe, isn’t it, Joanne? I’m worried the poor flowers will get hit with a hard freeze. We did have a great spring for flowers last year so this might be the year Mother Nature decides they need a rest.

  7. Corina says:

    I really enjoy joining you on your walks, Robin. Thanks for including me, again!

  8. Oooohhh….aahhhhh…wow!!
    Beautiful as usual, Robin 🙂 The sky in the second one is amazing! And I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how much I love the heart bokeh in your milkweed photo ♥

    Not a fan of football, either. Not.At.All!

  9. Haven’t the sunsets been amazing lately? Everything suffused with melon-colored light, and warm enough to go out in a sweatshirt.
    That moon photo for the new header is great, but the milkweed has stolen my heart, too.

  10. Marcie says:

    Looks like you’re finding first signs of early spring…WOW! And – yes – what an incredible winter it’s been!

    • Robin says:

      Quite a few early signs of spring, Marcie. It’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out. It’s hard to predict what Mother Nature will do. 🙂

  11. aFrankAngle says:

    The first two sky pics immediately captured my attention! Thanks for the inspiration.

  12. eof737 says:

    I love that dusk light you capture so well…

  13. The first 3 were a feast all in themselves

  14. Love that sign of spring photo–nice contrasting colors. I think I should experiment more with my camera’s settings too–I don’t even know how to use all the buttons! I know–shame on me!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Teresita. 🙂

      Playing with the settings and buttons is fun. Since I didn’t bother download the full manual for my camera, I’ve been learning through play. (I get slightly irritated by the fact that manufacturers no longer include manuals, but give instructions on where and how to download them instead.)

  15. I ❤ milkweed… that's what I love about your blog:) I love a gal who brings knitting to a football game!

  16. Carla says:

    I was captivated by the starling photos! Great action!

  17. Beautiful shots, Robin! Love the heart-shaped bokeh.

  18. Cmsmith says:

    How do you get rid of the geese exactly?

    • Robin says:

      We have tried a variety of methods, Christine. Running, waving your arms, and yelling is one method but usually that just drives the geese to the other side of the pond (and makes the person indoors watching the antics of the running person laugh). Bottle rockets, which make a loud noise, were one of our first experiments but they have to be replaced. My husband sometimes uses a slingshot or a BB gun, not to hit the birds but to splash the water near them which scares them off. He also rides his garden tractor around the pond which eventually bothers the geese enough that they leave. The most successful method of all is the neighbor’s dog who likes to run around the pond barking at them.

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