Spring decorations

The light near sunset yesterday was simply amazing.  That’s why I gave in and posted the tulips on one of my days off from blogging.  It really was too pretty not to share right away.  I also took some photos of the trees at the back of the pond.  The light created rainbow hues in spots.

How was your weekend?  Mine was pretty full.  M and I went to Holmes County on Saturday where we met a friend and went for a bike ride.  Our friend is training for a long bike ride (from Columbus to Cincinnati) so she needed to put in a decent amount of mileage.  32 miles for her.  M and I did a measly 13.3.  That’s a personal best for me, and until I purchase some padded bike shorts, it’s pretty much my upper limit.

I took a few photos and will bring some to you later in the week.  It’s supposed to cloud up and rain for a good portion of the week which is not particularly good weather for taking photos around the pond and Breezy Acres.  That means it will be a good time to sort through Saturday’s images.  I’ll also tell you more about Holmes County and our ride when I bring you the cycling adventure photos.

On Sunday we planted trees.  That involved shoveling and hauling a lot of dirt.  M dug the shallow holes in the ground.  I shoveled dirt in and around the trees.  The area where we planted the trees tends to be boggy so we needed to build up hills for them rather than put them down into deep holes.

This is what 8 tons of dirt looks like.

We also put up a trellis for growing hops.  M, who saves things for repurposing, put together two old, wooden ladders that he had been using to decorate the outside of the barn.  They are too old and worn for people to be climbing around on them, but great for plants that want to grow upwards.  It’s pretty cool.  I’ll get a picture of it once the hops are planted.

Hemlock tree waiting to be planted.

We had beautiful weather on Saturday for our bike ride.  Yesterday it stayed cloudy for a good portion of the day, with the occasional short rain shower.  It was quite windy throughout the day and on into the night.  It’s still quite windy today.

Today's view of the pond.

I took a long and lovely walk this morning, before the clouds began to move in.

The mallards were hanging out by one of the willow trees.  In the woods I met up with this pair:

I think they are Red-Bellied Woodpeckers.  I’ve heard them out in that part of the woods quite frequently.  Today was the first time I’ve spotted them.  They even let me take a few photos before they flew off.

The violets are blooming:

And the woods are becoming greener.  I’m going to spend more time back there the next time we have nice weather.  I’d like to sit for a while, meditate, and see who shows up.  I can hear all kinds of birds, and there are plenty of animal tracks near the creek.

Today's view of the creek.

That’s about it from the Bogs for today.  Thank you for joining me on my morning walk.  I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Apple blossoms

39 Comments on “Spring decorations”

  1. aFrankAngle says:

    No kidding that is a lot of dirt to haul … and after a day of bike riding, too! Woo hoo … Robin is a fitness animal!

    Correct on the red-belied woodpeckers. Looks like father and son doing a bit of bonding away from the nest.

    Whatever technique you do on the first set, wonderful!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Frank. The trick to getting the trees to look like a painting is to shoot from far away. My camera tends to turn them painting-like when I do that.

      As for being a fitness animal, not so much. I am SO sore from hauling dirt and bike riding that it’s been an effort to keep moving. LOL!

  2. giselzitrone says:

    Wunderschöne Natur Bilder beautiful wünsche dir eine guteWoche Grüsse lieb Gislinde.

  3. anhinga says:

    Beautiful–all. But does anyone see the face in the middle of the first two pictures?

  4. Deborah Lee says:

    Yes to the face. Must be a Wood Sprite!!

  5. milkayphoto says:

    My, your weekends sound an awful lot like ours (at times)! Hauling dirt and planting trees are no easy tasks. Are you sore today (aside from the butt? 😉 )

    Our spring chores haven’t really begun yet but there is quite a list once the weather is good. Replace some arborvitaes that didn’t make it through the winter, plan out and install a new brick path extending outward from the current small brick landing at the base of our back stairs (we’ve resigned ourselves to the fact that grass is never gonna grow in nicely here), powerwash and reseal the pool deck, strip and reseal our teak furniture, and on and on it goes. I guess it keeps us out of trouble, huh? 😉

    The woodpeckers are adorable! I think the one on the right is a juvenile…still has a ‘fluffy’ look about him.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Tracy. I think it might be a juvenile, too.

      My biceps are killing me from the shoveling. I guess that means it was a good workout. 🙂

  6. Wow, that’s a big pile of dirt, Robin. Shoveling is great exercise–builds upper body strength. Glad you all had a good weekend. Love today’s batch of photos.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Kathryn. 🙂

      I keep telling myself that the outdoor workouts will make me stronger. I haven’t seen much evidence of it yet. lol!

  7. dadirri7 says:

    absolutely gorgeous in the bogs, wonderful bird pictures, angled spring light, the lure of the woods, what a treat thanks robin 🙂

  8. bearyweather says:

    Wonderful walk … that hemlock tree looks perfect.
    I was investigating the Northern Flickers that have been hanging around my yard this weekend and saw the red-bellied woodpecker (listed as similar except for the amount of red on the head). Anyway, I read that the red-bellied woodpecker can stick it’s tongue out almost 2 inches beyond it’s beak .. pretty cool.

  9. Christine says:

    The rainbow quality of the light in the trees is terrific! Do you live in paradise? It kind of looks like it 🙂

  10. Wow. Planting trees, shoveling dirt. Lots of healthy outside work! And yes I see the face in the photos — looks like a person with finger to her mouth, whispering shhhh.

  11. jeanne says:

    It looks like the bog is springing to life…

  12. Kel says:

    my heart was captured by that little hemlock tree

  13. What is it with planting trees on Easter? Two of my neighbors were doing the same…Did I miss a memo somewhere? 😉

    We put in our hemlocks three years ago – they’re a wonderful hedgerow between us and Bad Neighbor. Good luck with yours!

    • Robin says:

      lol, Marie! I didn’t see the memo either. I was just instructed to be there with my work clothes and gloves on, and be prepared to shovel dirt. While we were planting the trees I asked the question, “Who plants trees on Easter Sunday?” My husband’s response was, “Those who have to go to work on Monday.” Truth is, it’s just us for the holiday and neither of us is religious so it was more or less another Sunday, planting trees. If there is some tie-in with Easter, I don’t know what it is.

  14. grannydog says:

    Beautiful nature! 🙂

  15. TBM says:

    Lovely photos. I adore woodpeckers. Their heads are just so cute.

  16. Dana says:

    I’d like to interrupt my regular remarks about the beauty of your photographs to say “Get thee some padded bike shorts, post haste!” They make A WORLD of difference! 🙂

    • Robin says:

      So I’ve been told, Dana. If I could just find a pair I like. I suspect that’s not going to happen so I’ll probably have to buy a pair I don’t like and wear something over them.

  17. CMSmith says:

    Oh my goodness. You captured baby red-bellied woodpeckers! How cute are they?!

    And wow to that pile of dirt. That must have been great execise. Is it gone yet?

    • Robin says:

      I think we’ve managed to move about half of the dirt so far, Christine. I go out and shovel a little each day. I’ll have strong arms when this project is finished. 🙂

  18. What a great pond! I always enjoy your photography, Robin!

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