Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day Red

Link up with NF Winged   and  Skywatch Friday

HAPPY VALENTINE"S DAY!!!!


It is not often I am able to catch the Redbellied Woodpecker's really red belly.  I believe some people did not know why they were called Redbellied Woodpecker. My photo above shows why..you can see this woodies Red Belly.


I like this shot of the woodie, he looks like his bill is coming out of my screen.

Now for my Skywatch Friday.  These photos were taken last week. Our weather has been up and down lately and the sky is either super clear or really cloudy. But on this day I managed to capture some of the more colorful clouds during the sunset.

Some sky shots like the one above I took from my deck.



I like to walk down to the end of my driveway to get a better view of the sky. The trees are really growing and are taking over my view. At least I can see thru them while they are bare.


I hope you enjoyed my Redbellied Woodie and my pretty skies. Happy Skywatching to all and I wish everyone a safe and happy weekend. Thanks for stopping by and for leaving your nice comments.

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70 comments:

Pam ;) said...

Cute shots of the Red-headed woodpeckers- love your heavenly skies as well Eileen.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Hello!!!.. Great pictures and beautiful woodpecker... A regard

Margaret Gosden said...

Exquisite bird photos! Happy Valentine's Day!

Jo said...

That second photo certainly is 3D, Eileen. Well done on capturing his really red belly. I love your skies too. Happy Valentines Day to you, dear friend. Jo

Carole M. said...

loving your woodpecker photographs Eileen and your beautiful skies too

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

Happy <3 Day!! gorgeous shots. have a good day. ( :

ShySongbird said...

Hi Eileen, The sky photos are lovely, very colourful but of course my favourite part of this post is the lovely Red-bellied Woodpecker, so pretty!

As usual I always enjoy looking at posts I have missed since my last visit and was particularly fascinated by the huge Rhinoceros Beetle you showed which actually reminded me of a mini Elephant ;-) I was so intrigued that I looked it up and was amazed to find that proportionally it is the strongest animal on the planet, capable of lifting 850 times its own weight!!! I also read they are sometimes kept as pets which seems sad to me. The very exotic looking birds in that post were lovely too.

I also enjoyed the post with the quotes about Nature. I too like the simple pleasures.

Your 'undesirables' post was fun (I know you love them all really) :-) I call the Starlings bully boys when they visit my garden, sadly though they are nowhere near as common here as they once were.

A very nice new blog look too!
I enj

Yamada Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen,
Wow, what a beautiful colorful Redbellied Woodpecker; sure has a red belly. He or she seems aware of you and being cautious a bit. And GORGEOUS picture of the sky.
Your capture of the shots amaze me♬♬♬

Hope you are having a ssweet Valentine's Day, my friend.
Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako* 

Claudia Moser said...

Such beautiful pictures!

Diane Writes said...

Priceless shots! You are really too lucky to see all these wonders of nature Eileen!

Donna Heber said...

Eileen,

Wow! I have never seen a redbellied Woodpecker before. What a fabulous shot. You always have such amazing sky photos too. Happy Valentine's Day to you.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Amazing bird shots! I love the little splashes of red :) So cute. Happy Valentine's Day!

DeniseinVA said...

Loved the close-ups of your Red-bellied Woodpecker Eileen. It is such a fun bird to watch. Great skies too. Happy Valentine's Day!

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful skies. loved the first shot of the red-belly, too. :)

DIMI said...

Dear Eileen,amazing photos!That Woodpecker looks great!!The pictures of the sky is full of beautiful colours!!Happy Valentine's Day!Hope you have a great time!
Dimi..

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Eileen the shots of the woodpecker are excellent, love the one where he is right up close to the lens it looks like he can hop into the blog...what a treat to get shots like this. cheers.

confusedmind said...

Very beautiful birds!! It's the right bird for Valentine's day!
Happy Valentine's Day!

Ingmarie We said...

Fantastic photos! The woodpecker is so cute och the skies amazing. Have a fine weekend.

Montanagirl said...

Nice shots of the Woodpecker. Very colorful. LOVE your sky/cloud shots. Just beautiful.

Laura said...

gorgeous skies Eileen and that little woodpecker... what a sweet valentine visitor!

Carver said...

Great shots of the red-bellied woodpecker. I usually don't get their belly in shots. Lovely skies too. Happy Valentine's Day!

Photo Cache said...

happy valentine's day. the bird shots (all your bird shots) are spectacular.

HansHB said...

Awesome SWF post!
Well done!

Jim said...

Great skies.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Giga said...

Szczęśliwych WALENTYNEK cały rok. Ślicznymi zdjeciami ozdobiłaś zyczenia. Pozdrawiam.
Happy Valentine's Day all year round. Lovely photographs adorned wishes. Yours.

SquirrelQueen said...

What a sweet looking little bird. I have never seen their red belly before. Those clouds are gorgeous!

Happy Valentine's Day!

namaki said...

nice salmon clouds ... and enjoy the sunset while the trees are still bare as you say !

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Glorious shades of pink fluffy clouds Eileen...very lovely, as are the Woodies~

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful skies and I always love your birds, Eileen!! Such wonderful captures for the day!! Wishing you a very Happy Valentine's Day and a great weekend!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Glorious looking skies, with the lovely pale pink fluffy clouds! Love the Woodies too~

Leovi said...

Thank you for this exquisite sunset. Nice pictures.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful skies...looks like spring might be on the way? The woodys are wonderful...I really did almost expect that one to hop right off the computer screen!

Happyone said...

Beautiful shots.
I drove past Pretty Boy School the other day. Don't you live out that way somewhere?

Jeannette StG said...

I never tire of these kind of pink/lavender/peach sunsets in winter! Have a wonderful weekend!

Linda Gross said...

Great pictures of the woodie; love your sky pictures too.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful views of the sky and such lovely bird.

Kim, USA said...

Gorgeous!! Love your sky too!

Kim,USA

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

The only shots I've been able to get of the RBW is from the back or side! These are wonderful and show us exactly why he is named the way he is! Hope you had a nice Valentine's Day!

Karen said...

Love the pink puffs of clouds, and woody is so cute!

Al said...

I liked both the woodpecker and that lovely sky!

Indrani Ghose said...

Love those pretty birds.
Great skies too.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Hey, a twofer, great pictures of a woodpecker and great Skywatch photos, thanks for sharing.

ladyfi said...

A beautiful set of photos! Enjoy your weekend.

Maria said...

Beautiful skies and woodpecker. I saw it in Florida too. They're gorgeous.

Kusum Sanu said...

Beautiful sky!

Steffi said...

Wow!That are so beauitiful nature photos,Eileen!Thank you for it and have a nice weekend!

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful birds and superb skylines, cheers Eileen.

AmitAag said...

Lovely peach clouds!
http://amitaag.blogspot.in/2013/02/call-beach-by-any-other-name.html

Gemma Wiseman said...

The colouring of the little woodpecker is magical! And adore the wonderful light in your skies!

Pearl Maple said...

gosh the colors in the woodpecker and your sky this week are just beautiful

✿ chica said...

Lindo post.Adorei e desejo que teu fim de semana seja muito lindo! Belas fotos! beijos,chica

Diane AZ said...

Hi Eileen, I enjoyed seeing your Redbellied woodecker, pretty sky pictures and I also love seeing all those beautiful trees!

Betty Manousos said...

oh my word, eileen!
these are superb photos!

i really like those bird shots...what cute little guy!
always beauty and wonder present in the world around you.

hope you had a nice val's day.

happy weekend~

Liz said...

I love those Woodpeckers!! Such lovely colours and markings.
Beautiful skies too, Eileen!

Phil said...

I agree with you about that shot of the 'pecker looking into your lens Eileeen. It's a great pose. I hope your skies are as bright this weekend - enjoy it all the same.

Jori said...

That red bird is blowing my mind! GORGEOUS!

Jen Sanford said...

Aw, the Red-bellied WP is a bird I always love to see when visiting my family on the east coast. Great sky shots too!

afanja said...

What a wonderful shot of the woodpecker and what a peaceful sunset. I love it!
Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Awesome shots of both the woodpecker and the skies.

NatureFootstep said...

I think this wodopeker is the most beautiful I´ve seen. It is really gorgeous with that head and general appearance. :)

Hilde said...

Beautiful skies, and what a cute little woodpecker :) Love the photos!!

Thanks for your visit and comment.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Hilde :)

Debbie said...

awesome captures of the redbellied, they are not easy to photograph!!

gorgeous skys...i love the interruption of the stick like trees!!

Jill c",) said...

A valentines woodpecker:))) Its a really pretty bird i think:)))

Laloofah said...

Your skies are lovely - but it's your Redbellied Woodpecker who steals the show, of course! :-) That second photo is absolutely wonderful! Definitely looks almost 3D - what a beautiful, inquisitive little friend, stopping by in his scarlet best to wish you a Happy Valentine's Day!

missing moments said...

Oh, how I love you male woodie! He needs to come up and visit my girls who are going to have to find a mate soon.

Stewart M said...

Nice Woodpecker - and good to see how it got its name!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

PS: I have fiddled with my blog template to make the images bigger - let me know if you think its an improvement!

sceneoftranquility said...

Beautiful colored bird and Happy Valentine's Day.

Loredana Donovan said...

Awww the woodie is so cute, great capture! Love the red on the woodie and the color of the clouds is so pretty. Hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day! :)

Red Nomad OZ said...

Your 1st pic is just awesome - I can really see how alert this little bird is! And the fact it's got some red doesn't hurt either ...

Hope your Valentine's Day was great!!

GardenofDaisies said...

Oh wow, now we sure can see why they are called red bellied!