It’s late Saturday afternoon as I write this and here in Maryland, the day was beautiful. Well, beautiful for March ~ and I’ll take what I can get.
Today we took a drive over to Jersey to see my husband’s folks who have arrived home from wintering in Florida. I love my in-laws. I took photos to them that I had taken 30 years ago and in them, my mother-in-law was younger than me at the time and looks like a teenager. It was fun looking at them.
Then home again where my husband sat in our yard in the sunshine while George and I ran up to the grocery store. My husband told me that he was sitting there, minding his own business when suddenly, out of the sky, what sounded like a small freight train whooshed by him and then kept going.
It was the sharp-shinned hawk. It had shot out of the air like a bat outa hell, coming within 10 feet of my husband who was sitting in a chair in the yard. The hawk was obviously trying for one of the birds at the feeders, but he missed . . . and went on his way. The photo above was taken by my husband last week.
When I came home from the store, I went outside to sit for a spell and to feel the sun on my face. I brought the macro lens with me and found that the lilac bush is really budding.
I used a texture on this photo that I downloaded today from Shadowhouse Creations. Here’s the link, below. And do remember to thank Jerry Jones if you download. His textures are free for the taking and he’s a generous soul.
Looking at some of the other buds on the lilac bush, I gasped when I saw this (below).
I can’t believe it. The lilac flower is beginning to burst forth.
And as much as I really do love winter, my heart sang upon seeing this.
I took these photos with my Nikkor 60mm macro lens. The bud shots were processed using a slight boost, TRA’s Oh, Snap! as well as Kim Klassen textures.
And then my favorite photo, taken earlier this week with my 50mm lens.
I posted this on Flickr the other day, where I have some of my photography. Have you seen my Flickr site yet?
Sometimes, rather than do a blog post, I upload photos there. So if you don’t see me here, that’s where I’ll probably be.
Well, either that or sitting in my yard in the sunshine.
Have a wonderful weekend, all. And Happy Birthday wishes to my wonderful sister, Charlotte ~