Friday, April 19, 2013

Spring Gold



After a colorless winter,



 the earth heaves a sigh of relief;




  its breath rustles feathers, spins wildflowers into a dance, and stirs the dogwoods.





A chickadee examines a home in the dogwood tree;

  What could be nicer than a curtain of lacy white?





Gold finches, so drab in the winter,

have put their down jackets in mothballs,

 and now bid for attention as the males molt into their breeding colors...





and animate the forest with their brilliance.






























There is gold in these hills,

not the kind of gold that many seek,

but warm and animated.



Who could ask for more?






Linking with Weekly Top Shot


27 comments:

S. Etole said...

So good to see the color here.

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

awesome. i love the dogwood shot. wow!! ( :

Sandra said...

Gorgeous bird captures, Connie. I love them all - so colourful and perky! The little birdhouse in the dogwood tree is beautiful.
We are finally getting spring here too and it's very late this year!
Have a lovely weekend.

Deanna said...

So good to see such beautiful spring colors...what beauties you have captured.

Jill Wellington said...

The bird shots are just wonderful! Got me in the spring spirit.

Nancy Claeys said...

Nope. Cannot pick a favorite. All are amazing Connie. xo

Bev Carter said...

Wow, your bird shots are just beautiful. Gold finches are one of my favorites. I am your newest GFC.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Bev
@ Eclectic Red Barn

Jan n Jer said...

I love the gold finches...they have been visiting my yard quite often! Beautiful photos of springtime in action!

acreativeharbor.com said...

You got it and your photography shows it ~ Fantastic photos of nature's treasures ^_^

Robyn G said...

Awesome spring picts, Connie! You captured some beautiful colors and the birds have so much character.

Robyn
http://theranchwifechronicles.com/

Kelly said...

Every time you post it's like a little bit of heaven just fell from the sky!

Brian King said...

Wow, the nuthatch photo is awesome! These are all beautiful shots! We still have some goldfinches hanging around. Love their brilliant yellow!

Carletta said...

A beautiful spring series!
I LOVE that dogwood shot!

Lynne said...

All beautiful shots! But I have to admit to loving the one where the two male goldfinches are having a little tiff. Beautifully composed and shot!

I so adore the birds. Do you have white-throated sparrows there? They sing a sweet peabody, peabody, peabody song. They've been hanging around my house lately and I love them.

~Lynne~ a new Jersey Girl
www.rickandlynne.com/lynne

Lisa Gordon said...

All of these are absolutely gorgeous, Connie, but the pink tree and the dogwood?? Oh my goodness!!

Have a wonderful. weekend.

Karen said...

Spring at last! A gorgeous series!

Lea said...

Such a lovely post!
Have a wonderful week-end!
Lea
Lea's Menagerie

HansHB said...

Lovely post, a lot of great birdphotos!
Well done!

Connie Smiley said...

Lynne, it's so curious that you asked about white- throated sparrows. I just saw one yesterday and looked it up in the bird book. I think we may have seen a few others, and I don't recall hearing their song yet, but now I'll be listening.

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful post!

Indrani said...

Amazing shots! The last one is mind blowing!

Rosemary Aubut said...

Beautiful shots and I love all the color! Very pretty!

dinascitywildlife.com said...

So many beautiful pictures! I love that nuthatch upside down. And the dogwood is beautiful. We don't get them down here in Florida.

S Keller said...

Thanks Connie- so amazing to see God's hand in this way.
I hope you can share more dogwood tree photos. They are probably my favorite tree, but of course, not existent in the sub-Tropics.

Jennifer Richardson said...

Spring is springing beautiful
in your neck of the woods!
So glad for you in the greening:)
Enjoy and hold it close to heart,
Jennifer

edenhills said...

I love your spring pictures!

Barb Brookbank said...

Such amazing bird photography - just glorious! And I love your words too.