Sunday, February 10, 2013

Cold Winter Day

 I am linking up with Simple Things Sunday and  Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday

Yesterday, hubby and I took a brisk walk on the NCR bike trail. It was a cold day, but the sky was a beautiful blue and the sun was shining.

John Muir, was a man I admire. His love of nature was clearly shown in his artwork. This is one of his quotes that I love. "Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul".



Above are some scenes from our walk yesterday on the bike trail. The wall of ice was beautiful, the details on the icicles, the colors from the sunlight shining on the ice was just amazing.



A few of the birds I saw were a flock of Eastern Bluebirds and a Downy Woodpecker. Watching the birds is a simple pleasure for me.


A male Downy Woodpecker working his way up the tree.

Another quote I would like to share author unknown to me "Birds are a miracle because they prove to us there is a finer, simpler state of being which we may strive to attain".


Another John Muir quote I love "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks".

I am a person who enjoys nature and the more simple things in life like beautiful blue skies, sunrises, sunsets, nature, birds, wildlife and a forest of trees left untouched by man. Do you enjoy nature? 
Thanks for visiting my post and I hope you enjoyed my photos.



Join in on the fun and for more wonderful photos please visit Simple Things Sunday and to see beautiful mosaics please visit Mosaic Monday and more from  Our World Tuesday
 Thanks to our host:  Rebecca of Simple as that and Mary of Mosaic Monday and to the hosting group of Our World Tuesday: Arija, Gattina, Lady Fi, Sylvia and Sandy .  Thanks also for stopping by to see my post.  I wish everyone a happy week!

91 comments:

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

i love the new blog look - fun! ( :

those icicles are wild. so cool too!

Mia McPherson said...

The trail and the birds look beautiful Eileen!

Betty Manousos said...

good morning eileen,

i really enjoyed the walk with you.
looks like a beautiful place for a walk.
i particularly like that path. it does look wonderful, looking inviting to have a walkabout down that lovely path.

happy sunday!
:)

Montanagirl said...

Beautiful 'ice' shots! Waterfalls frozen in time. Really the quotes you shared too!

Vilt og vakkert said...

Heisann!

Your photos remind me of last Sunday when my husband and I waked in such a landscape. Now everything is covered with snow!
Have a nice week ;:OD)

Lynne said...

Love your photos, ice, Downy and quotes!

Kerri said...

John Muir is a FAVE of mine too!! Beautiful images!

lesa said...

I love nature! We've had a hard cold winter, but it has made me get out and enjoy the journey.

TexWisGirl said...

the 3rd quote is my favorite. :)

love that wall of ice!

Linda Gross said...

Love your ice falls! I'm glad that you got out a-birdin'.

Small City Scenes said...

Your pictures are excellent, the birds beautiful and everything looks very very cold. I hope you are staying warm and dry. MB

Rohrerbot said...

Brrr!!! Pretty though and looks like a magical walk with the ice formations. Birds make everything better:) "Put a bird on it!":)

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

The ICE FALLS are beautiful!! You must have been freezing while taking the photos!!

AVCr8teur said...

I do enjoy nature and it seems like you never see the same thing twice even on the same walking path. It looked cold with all those icicles.

Tiago Braga said...

Its always amazing and also a pleasure to see the nature in in your blog, thank god you share with us all this brilliant momento, lovely!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

The ice falls is beautiful. I love nature and I envy all the birds that you see. The quotes are beautiful too.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

This shows just how beautiful winter can truly be...

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Since I am a bird fanatic I really enjoyed seeing yours. That frozen waterfall (?) is incredible! Hope you have a great day.

Jori said...

That ice is exquisite!

Giga said...

Kocham przyrodę, więc i ostatni cytat jest mi bliski. Śliczne zdjęcia ze spaceru. Pozdrawiam.
I love nature, so the last quote is very close to me. Cute pictures from the walk. Yours.

me (maria) said...

I don´t like the cold, but I love your photos..
Have a great week!

Bob Bushell said...

I love the ice, a solid being.

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

That waterfall is awesome!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I absolutely love nature! All those quotes are so good. Walking in the woods is one of my favorite activities. Love your icicle photos - so neat!

DIMI said...

Dear Eileen, i like the new look of your blog!And i enjoyed your beautiful walk!Your pictures are amazing!I like your ice falls!Hope you have a nice week!
Dimi..

SquirrelQueen said...

I love that John Muir quote.
Your winter scenes are gorgeous. I especially like all the ice flowing over the rocks.

NatureFootstep said...

wow, that´s a loto f ice at the rocky side. And that gorgeous little pecker. I saw one similar today as I will post soon.

Nice layout you have now. :)

Wally Jones said...

Wonderful photographs.
Timeless quotes which hold special meaning for me.
Great post.

Thank you.

Snap said...

Eileen, nice new blog look! You have the most wonderful places to walk. One of the first thoughts I had while looking at your marvelous photos was how well hidden the birds were ... they blend in so well with the trees -- no matter the season! Have a marvelous week!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The pictures are fabulous, but I can well believe that it was a "brisk" walk. I'd have been running back toward the fireplace. Thank you for being so generous to take these lovely pictures in this icy weather ...and for sharing them.

Pat said...

What a beautiful walk, Eileen!

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots from nature. Very picturesque.

Elaine said...

Beautiful mosaics and photos! Looks like a wonderful walk. No matter the time of year Nature always provides beauty.

Icy BC said...

I love those quotes too, and your photos translate all that for me. Just gorgeous pictures of nature.

Have a wonderful week!

Laurie said...

Lovely captures of nature!! I am always amazed at how many things there are to admire outside if you only look.

Peggy Jones said...

Love the Muir quote. So true. Your photos are magnificent that bird takes my prize. I have a woodpecker up today but through my window not too clear. Blessings for the coming week.
QMM

A Garden of Threads said...

I love being out enjoying all Mother Nature has to offer. Treasures just waiting to be enjoyed every day. Beautiful ice shot.

Happyone said...

Great photos. Amazing ice!!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Wow! What lovely ice and the birds are beauties, too. Have a great Monday tomorrow!

craftingonthecoast said...

Wow, that ice wall is amazing! Just loved sharing your walk through your images....just love your bird photos xx

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Living in the mountains of NC gave me a love for the outdoors and where the springs trickled from the rock formations, we would see icicles, too. You took some amazing photos. What a wonderful walk and invigorating! I hope it warms up some this week! Hugs!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

The frozen water falls are so pretty. Thanks for sharing your great photos. Also, says you had a very cold walk. :D
Thanks for stopping by and nice comment. Have a great week.

Barbara Selkirk said...

Eileen, I couldn't help but stop by your blog - my goodness what a beautiful walk you had...and all those birds. I love bluebirds and have several bluebird houses on my property, though most are used by tree swallows, usually I get at least one bluebird nest a year though.

And the downy is adorable. Love watching those little fellows. But what is/was spectacular is that fall of ice and water down the rocks. Amazing. Beautiful and fantastical.

Thanks too for stopping by my blog earlier today..
Best wishes and happy valentine's day to you as well.

Carol L McKenna said...

Absolutely beautiful photography ~ John Muir ~ great work ~ Love yours ~

Carol of: A Creative Harbor

Tricia Hays said...

love the frozen waterfalls! WoW! =0

Pondside said...

The ice is really beautiful - what a lovely place to walk. I found the photo of snow-dusted trail particularly appealing.

Tammy said...

Nice job on the collages! The scenic bike trail looks like a perfect place for a recharging walk. The ice formations are really cool!

Bi Ti said...

Wow that ice wall is amazing as well as your bird photos. Thank you for sharing and for visiting pret-a-vivre.com

Jen said...

That wall of ice is amazing. Looks like a beautiful place to walk in any season.

Jo said...

It looks very cold where you are as we are having a heatwave in WA at the moment! I love the icy cold look of your photos though and the gorgeous photos of those winter birds.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Superb photographs Eileen - The icy waterfall down the bank on the side of the road gives me a real picture of what Winter's like in your "neck of the woods" as I'm melting to a frazzle on the other side of the world!!!

Shane

Sleepshort said...

Super post and great photos, as always.
Thanks for this.

Stewart M said...

Really like those ice falls. I dont think my kids have ever seen anything like this - one day perhaps.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Leave It To Davis said...

Oh, that last one is a winner!!! Love that icicle waterfall!!!!

Hanne Bente said...

Beautiful collages / pictures showing "icy". Wishing you a good new week :) Hanne Bente

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

The rocks and the ice are wonderful. Amazing photos ! Best regards, Synnöve

Jill Harrison said...

wonderful images and love the quotes Eileen. That ice cascading down the rocks is amazing.
I always love going on on "virtual" walk with you.
Have a wonderful week. I hope you are staying safe warm and dry and away from the terrible weather being experienced in your country.

Roseli Rosa said...

Eileen eu simplesmente adorei passear por esse lindo lugar, através de suas fotos.
A cachoeira congelada é magnifica.
:*

Mary Howell Cromer said...

I really like the new look for your blog Eileen! It looks like you and your hubby had a beautiful walk and I too love those birds...what sweet pleasures they bring~

Maria said...

The frozen cascade is impressive!

The French Hutch said...

Thanks Eileen for taking us a long on this lovely walk. Stuck inside with heavy rain and thunderstorms for several days, I can almost breath in the fresh air from your stunning photos! I love all the scenes, the icicles, blue sky, trails, and wildlife. Perfect quotes for your photos.

Blessings,
Emily
The French Hutch

Crafty Green Poet said...

it looks like a wonderful crisp winter day! The icicles are amazing.

I'm a huge John Muir fan. When I was very young we went on a family holiday to California which included Muir Woods and other places associated with him. These days I walk along the John Muir Walkway in East Lothian most weeks.

Micupoftea~ said...

Gorgeous! Nice quotes, too. The ice looks amazing. What a great place for a walk, and fabulous that you saw the woodpecker. I also enjoy Yellowstone. Last time we were there I didn't want to leave! Happy Valentine's Day~

Laura. M said...

Impressive that wall of ice! Nature gives us good gifts for pictures :))
Today I took a beautiful 400 year old oak.
Thanks for sharing
a kiss.

Martha Z said...

I love those images of the ice. I rarely find such sights here in California.

mick said...

Beautiful photos. Those walls of ice are magnificent.

Gary said...

Great ice shots!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Lorrie said...

What a glorious blue sky day to be outdoors!

amanda said...

These are beautiful photos of gorgeous nature. I'm even more taken with the words & quotes you share, though. I have a strong appreciation for nature & undeveloped landscapes, and adore the simple things in life.
Your quotes really struck home in relation to my own post today. Thank you! http://ourfunwithfive.blogspot.com/2013/02/marvelous-minnesota-morning.html

amanda said...

Beautiful photos, and thanks for the words that held a little extra meaning for me today.
From a fellow nature & wildlife lover in northern Minnesota.

Debbie said...

I have such a deep love for both nature and birds, I can really connect with all three quotes!

Your images are all gorgeous, the wall of ice, WoW, I would love to see that in person!

Sylvia K said...

Wonderful captures as always, Eileen! The icy ones are terrific and, of course, I always love the birds!! Hope you have a lovely week!! Stay warm!!

Photo Cache said...

thanks for sharing what you saw on your walk.

Kusum Sanu said...

Frozen waterfalls! And so true about the John Muir quotes!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great photographs. I really love the ice walls. It must be pretty icy the day of your walk.

Brian King said...

The icicles are gorgeous! Beautiful winter shots!

Indrani Ghose said...

The frozen water fall is WOW!
I like your new blog look. :)

ladyfi said...

John Muir was so right! Love your shots - looks like a beautiful day - and the icy waterfall is gorgeous!

Faye said...

How could anyone not enjoy winter--especially after seeing your great variety of beautiful nature scenes just on one hike.

Have started trying to feed the birds since we got such bitter cold weather. Attacting such variety that I can't even identify. All welcome though.

Diana Taylor said...

Stunning photos - they are spectacular and must have been an amazing sight.

Fun60 said...

I have never seen an ice wall. You describe it so well I feel I've been there now. Thank-you

Yamada Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen,
Wow,Wow; what a wonderful winter scene, never have I seen these♡♡♡
Oh, I loved the quote as well and only if I could be close to the nature like you p;)

So sorry for my belated comment.
Have a happy coming Valentine's Day.
Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan to my sweet nature photographer lady, xoxo Miyako*

magiceye said...

Invigorating!!!

EG CameraGirl said...

It's lovely to see what you saw on your walk.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, I love that drapery of ice and the gorgeous or handsome Downy. Have a pleasant day!

Carver said...

Wonderful shots. The icicles are amazing.

Black Jack's Carol said...

Your blog just looks better and better. We are of like minds in our enjoyment of nature. Love your Downey and those magical icicles!

Ebie said...

I could feel the cold, the frozen snow looks like icicles. Amazing how many birds you see here!

Liz said...

Wow!! What a great post, Eileen! beautiful nature shots & great quotes.
I love the frozen waterfall... what a sight!!

gypsyrose said...

What else is there left to say your photos are stunning love the ice waterfalls never seen anything like it came to you through mosaic monday

Maria Luiza said...

Lindos pássaros, lindas fotos! Beijos! Bom fim de semana!