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Sunday, March 01, 2009

Weekend Snapshot: mixed up weather

UPDATE - Note - At this end of this post I am updating with a shot I took this morning (Monday) for contrast.
I took the first shot this morning (Sunday) underneath my umbrella to capture the flowers which will probably be zapped tonight by the snow and cold.It has rained all weekend but was fairly warm until today. Today the temperatures are barely above freezing and tonight the rain is forecast to change over to snow. It is supposed to snow well into Monday morning and be very cold until mid week.
Then we begin to warm up again and by next weekend we'll be having warm spring time weather. That's NC for you. I don't really mind the crazy weather but it's hard on the early flowers and birds.The shot above is a male cardinal and the one above the male is a female cardinal. I think it's interesting how in nature, the male animals are usually the flamboyant ones whereas the females tend to be dowdy. Not always but that is often the case.
If you click inside the shot above you can see that the bird's mouth is open. This bird sings constantly and I enjoy photographing it with its open mouth.

To find other weekend snapshots, please visit the home of weekend snapshot.

Below is a shot I took this morning of the same part of my garden I showed you in the rain. A very different sight today.We got 3 inches of snow over night and it's pretty but the flowers are all covered up.

21 comments:

juliana said...

i love early spring despite its fickleness.
lovely shots again - we don't have cardinals here.

ramblingwoods.com said...

Oh..poor flowers..Some of mine and poking through and they are a few months too early. I love the cardinal bathing.....Michelle

Patricia said...

The weather has been fickle way down here, too. We may have another frost this week. Weird.

Actually, I think the female cardinal is gorgeous. The shades of red in her feathers are stunning.

Stay warm and be blessed!

Dee said...

Too bad about the blooms - and it's crazy that you're gonna get snow after things bloomed! Bummer.

nursemyra said...

really lovely photographs

SandyCarlson said...

I love these. I hope they survive tonight's weather!

Voyager said...

Daffodils! Ours are still two or three weeks away from opening. And I love your photo of the cardinal. They don't live here, so to me they are so exotic and beautiful. Even the females.
V.

EastCoastLife said...

I wonder how the poor birds keep warm. Their feathers don't look adequate for this cold.

the donG said...

those birds are really beautiful and rare here. it's good that they get to survive there.

maiylah said...

so sorry for the flowers and the early birds ... wonderful before and after shots! :)

Dr.John said...

Thanks for the bird and flower pictures.
I wait for the snow to go so we can have flowers.
I'm sure your snow won't last long.

Stev&EMz said...

all your shots are beautiful. our place is also filled with snow, i hope this is the last and make way of spring

Jackie said...

Hey Carver! I've decided to start blogging again on Blogger because I found a writing group that posts "writing adventures".. and I want to add your blog to my list of blogs I'm "following" but I don't see a link to "follow" your blog. Have you changed to the new blogger format so you can add that widget?

SASSY MOM said...

That's too bad... but I love the shots! have a great week!

SabineM said...

Lovely shots! It is confusing here in California too!

Heart of Rachel said...

How sad that some flowers perish because of the extreme cold weather.

We don't have winter or spring here but I love the thought of the latter. It must be a time when flowers are at their best.

Bette said...

those are really lovely shots. especially the shot of the male cardinal.

Jean said...

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AscenderRisesAbove said...

holy moley... you know how "a little bird told me"; you would think one of those birds would have told you more white was headed your way!

liza said...

Lovely shots! Those birds are beautiful, especially the red one. :D

stan said...

u truly at nature at your doorstop. I'm envious.