Thursday, February 28, 2019

Late Winter in Robin's Nest

Winter isn't gone just yet, but hopefully it's on its last legs here at the end of February. I can dream, right? But we did start off with a good snow, on the very first day of the month. It was beautiful! 

After that, we had rain instead, and lots of it. I suppose I'll be glad for all that rain come garden season. Hubby will surely be enjoying a glorious green lawn this spring, courtesy of the constant deluge. Until then, there are only indoor flowers to look at. 

Occasionally, the rain did stop long enough to show off a sunset down at the ponds. This was one particularly lovely day. 

And here was another pretty end of day. People are often surprised by my sunset shots, on days when they didn't even notice it happening. The trick is looking to the horizon. Sometimes there isn't much going on overhead. But if I go down to the ponds where the view is unobstructed, I can often find sunset views that others don't even see. 

Since it really is winter, I don't have any actual photos of my own garden to share. I'd love to have more snowy photos to take, but our winters are often drab instead. When I get weary of the endless gray days, I know that it's time to visit Franklin Park Conservatory again. In case you haven't guessed, I'm a member there. It works out perfectly for me, so that I can visit again and again whenever the mood hits me. This late winter visit to see the orchids is my own tradition. 

Soon the Conservatory will feature Blooms and Butterflies, and the Pacific Island Water Garden area will be filled with my favorite fluttering friends. I can't wait! 

I do have one single outdoor flower to show off here at winter's end. I spotted these two cutie crocus blooming yesterday! It's cold again now, so they've closed up tight for now. But they did give me cause to celebrate. Spring will come again, and soon! 

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Some Wintery Things

Boy is it ever WINTER here right now. We've already had several ups and downs, even though there's quite a bit of winter left. In November, we had cold and snow. So I went ahead and put out my seasonal greens a bit early.

Then December turned a bit mild.  I think many of us would like Christmas to be a little snowy, to give that festive holiday look to the season. However, it wasn't anything like that.

Having milder winter weather turned out well when it came time for me to visit the Franklin Park Conservatory for their annual holiday display. This year, most of the more spectacular decorations were in the new Children's Garden. I think my favorite was the rainbow tunnel.

But regardless of the weather, every winter the sun shifts to set over the nearby pond. No one can access the other sides of this wildlife area, so winter is the only time you can see the sun setting over the water. Since the pond is so close to my house, I'm able to pop over there quickly to grab some sunset shots. I've done that often this winter.

Before we made a big switch to true winter weather, I arrived at the pond one night to a small crowd. When I spotted their long lenses, tripods, and binoculars, I knew that the resident eagle must be around. Score! Not only was he there, but he was clearly visible. And there I was with my new 50X zoom camera that Santa brought me. It was quickly turning dark, but I was able to grab this shot. It was quite a thrill! Afterwards, I remembered to snap the sunset, but it was anticlimactic at that point.

Early January continued mild, and I was happy to see my pansies still in bloom and some succulents still hanging tough.

Then winter truly arrived. I used to complain often about the cold of winter, but I've changed my mind to some extent. Snow is so much prettier than the drab winter days we often see.

Even prettier than snow is frozen fog, or hoarfrost. We were treated to this rare phenomenon recently. I was like a child on Christmas morning that day, hustling through my morning to get outside with my camera. I would have liked to spend even more time outside, but I had to hustle off to my piano lessons. But I was able to find plenty to see right in my own yard. It was truly a "wow" sight to see.

And now it's bitter cold. We're expecting temps below zero tonight. Most everything is closed today and tomorrow, as it's just too cold to be out. Hopefully there will be other snowy sights to see this winter, as I'm anxious to work some more with my new camera. However, many of the photos here are actually from my phone. Stay warm out there friends!