The Homestone

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Early Spring arrivals and a lovely sunny morning

 Care to join me on my morning walk today?  I got out just as the sun was coming up (about 8am) and as luck would have it, it was the sunniest it's been all day.  I'm pretty happy about my timing.  The light was just right.

A few of our spring birds arrived today!  That's very exciting!!  Our lone red winged blackbird who made a brief appearance the other day is now back and on routine, awaiting the rest of his flock, who usually arrive about 10 days after their scout.  
Two Robins appeared and a large flock of Snow Buntings!! 

 Oh thank goodness for spring! Though I want it to come slowly, with time to notice every change and new arrival.
 Thanks for joining me on my walk about this morning.  
See you tomorrow? :)

Friday, February 20, 2015

Catkins, open water and early signs of spring...

Ah, the awakening of our 48 acres after her winter sleep. 

The mornings are still cold and hard edged. Fat little catkins gather on the willows and the creek ice has begun to melt.  

I have a little hopscotch of photos to share from my morning walk.  
Thanks for coming along.

Here's to a magical day!!

Friday, February 06, 2015

Still Winter

You've likely seen some of these fantastic images of snowflakes.
They've made the rounds of the interweb, and for good reason.
They are breathtaking.
Alexey Kljatov is the photographer and he freely shares his process.
Beautiful work!

Less well known is the pioneer of snowflake photography Wilson Bentley, a Vermont farmer; the first to successfully photograph a snowflake. His methods later became known as photomicography. Bentley, aka the Snowflake Man, became famous for photographing more than 5,000 jewel-like snowflakes on his Vermont farm in the late 1800's.

And so here I am on the 5th of February pondering the beauty of snowflakes, while our neighbours to the south are entertaining daffodils. It's still very much winter here on our 48 Acres. And when the sun comes out ... it's a sparkling white wonderland. Join me on a little walkabout if it's not too chilly for you and lets ponder the piles of snow. Made up of zillions of these.