“Impatiently Waiting for Spring”

We’ve been experiencing some beautiful Springtime weather in Atlanta. The temps were in the high 70’s just knocking on 80 this past weekend and we were running around in short sleeves, shorts and yes, flip flops! Surely the early Spring promised by Beauregard Lee (our resident groundhog) was here to stay?

Nope! Mother Nature has a way of reminding us she is still in control. The rain came in on Tuesday and the temps are starting to dip back down into the freezing zone with our weekend forecast indicating possible rain and snow showers (gulp). I guess it’s a good thing I resisted the temptation to begin my Spring gardening.

But one thing’s for sure with the weather so nice I couldn’t resist the urge to fill the Hummingbird feeders. There have been sightings already in the Atlanta area, so I thought why not?! They haven’t found their way to our feeders yet, but I’m ready for them.

I sure hope this change in weather is only temporary. In the meantime, I’ll be right here reminiscing over these sweet little beauties from last summer’s “30 Days of Hummingbirds” challenge while I find myself impatiently waiting for Spring,

~donna

Finally Spring

Despite a few colder days in Atlanta this past week and a very rainy Sunday, I think it’s safe to say it’s finally Spring.  If you couldn’t tell by all of the trees and flowers blooming, the birds and critters certainly made it known by their presence.

 

 

 

Happy Spring……..Enjoy your week!

Donna

Spring Cleaning

I couldn’t help but to get out and enjoy the Spring like weather last weekend. Clear skies and temps knocking on the high 60’s/low 70’s made it very tempting to wander out into the yard and start the prep-work for Spring planting.

My container gardens have all been emptied of the dead annuals from last fall, withered branches from other plants have been snipped, the bird bath cleaned and filled with fresh water and the garden has been cleared (for the most part) of the weeds. With the exception of fresh bark for the garden and bright, colorful plants for my containers, we’re ready for Spring! And, yes……..I’ve even filled the Hummingbird feeders in hopes they will migrate early this year!

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It was also perfect for sitting outside and watching the birds and other critters enjoying the warmer weather.

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A Finch and Cardinals feed together

And, of course the other little critters, “Mr. Chipmunk” and our “Squirrel Friends” were out scavenging for some food!

Unfortunately, as I write this post, the temps in Atlanta have dipped to the 30’s with rain expected most of this weekend……it looks like “Spring Cleaning” will be moving indoors. Fingers crossed, the low temps are short lived and we’ll be moving back outside next week.

Enjoy your weekend!

Two in One…….

It seems as though life in general has taken control over my “free time” causing the timing of my weekly blogs to be a little off this month.  And, now that it’s the end  of the month I’ve found myself in a little bit of a quandary…….which theme do I leave out to get me back on track?  Then, it occurred to me what better way to accomplish everything I wanted to share than by combining two (2) themes into one (1) blog……..or, two in one!

So, here it goes……….I hope you enjoy both!

“THE MAGIC LANTERN – MULTI-EXPOSURE”

This month’s photo tip is multi-exposure photography. It’s not the kind that you do in post production, but in the camera.  I stumbled on this when I was catching up on my DPS (Digital Photography School) weekly updates this weekend.  Not all DSLR cameras have this function, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover that my Canon 6D does.

Multi-exposure is a fun way of composing two (2) photos into one (1).  Basically,  your first shot will be your background and your second shot will be your foreground or focal image.  Here are a few shots I took last weekend:

The yellow daisy in the bird bath is my favorite.

This was a fun technique and one I plan to work with it more often.  If you would like to learn more, here is the link to the Digital Photography School article: Digital Photography School – In Camera Double Exposure

 

“For the Love of Photography”

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year, and there certainly have been several signs that it has arrived:

Colorful flowers are in bloom……………………..

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Birds are migrating South…………………….

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Cedar Wax Wing feeding on Laquat Fruit

 

And, the number one sign that Spring is in the air………..POLLEN!  Yes, that yellow, thin haze floating through the Atlanta skyline is pollen!

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While I enjoy the warmer weather and how nature has come back to life, the pollen can be challenging at times.  Oh well, I guess it’s the price you pay for living in such a beautiful area of the country!