Sunday, January 24, 2016

Around the yard


I have a list below of memes I am joining for this week, and to save time I am doing one post for all. They are all fun memes to participate in...I hope you can join in with the fun  and check out some of the participating posts. Special thanks to all the wonderful host and their memes, I hope you have some time to check them out.

Happy Sunday, enjoy your new week ahead! It seems like I am saying this often, are the weeks flying by that quickly?

Winter has finally arrived, we have had a few dustings of snow. As I type this our area is expecting a big snow storm 1-2 feet of snow with blizzard conditions.  I am hoping they are wrong or the big stuff misses us. Hubby loves the snow, me not so much! I would rather be on a beach with sunny skies and temps of 75°.


My pretty Cardinals and a White-throated Sparrow.


Cardinals in the snow! They do not look happy!


A little dusting of snow, our front yard, foot prints in the snow.


A snow covered bush next to our driveway.


The crescent moon, sunrise, cardinals and a Cooper's Hawk checking out my treadmill birds.


Sunrise with some pretty pink clouds, the woods next to our property.



This is the view of  part of our front yard. The Cooper's Hawk managed to land on the ground under all the pine tree branches to watch the birds I see out my window while I am on the treadmill. I may be back with some more snow photos, you will have to wait and see. The weather is unpredictable sometimes.

Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your visits and nice comments. Have a happy day and new week ahead!


As always thanks to the wonderful group of hosts listed below.

Thanks to Judith our  host of Mosaic Monday
Thanks to Monica for hosting NF Trees
Thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes
Thanks to the hosting team of Our World Tuesday!
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday

102 comments:

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Eileen,

You are surrounded by beauty and nature.
Little cardinals are some of my favorite birds and they are especially beautiful showcased against Winter woods and snow.

Hope you are doing well and staying warm.
Have a lovely week,
Jemma

✿ chica said...

Aplaudindo daqui! Muito lindas todas! Ótima semana! bjs, chica

Mama Zen said...

These are really pretty! Stay warm!

Betty Manousos said...

hello eileen, really nice post! i was actually wondering...i am wearing all my woolen cloths and still feeling frozen. how would these beautiful birds survive?

enjoy your sunday!

Marit Sønstebø said...

Beautiful photos, Eileen!
The cardinals are so pretty. I can imagine they don't like snow.

I wish you a nice week ahead!

Vilt og vakkert said...

Heisann..... wonderful photos, lovely birds.... I join the Critters with the blog of my dog... I´m spot
Have a nice week, thanks a lot for your comments on Vilt og vakkert ;:OD)

AlexaT said...

Snow came to us, as well... but no blizzard till now (in the city)!! Indeed, it is a hard winter almost everywhere, with freezing temperatures, ...and aspects like in your posts! Admiring your precious moon... I would love to know how it was captured in so fine details! Always is a joy to observe...
Lovely pink shades of clouds, too!
So, all the best in the new week of january! A gorgeous day of sunday!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, I am sure this bit of Winter news will be a disappointment to you but it was only 46-48 degrees F. during the day yesterday and 29 overnight last night here in Lake County, Fl. I read where there were snow flurries in Gainesville! So a FL beach would be Southward. But, it seldom stays cold here and is nice a lot of 3 seasons. Have a fantastic coming week & I hope all is good post snowstorm.

Giga said...

I'm sorry that cardinals must endure snow. Regards.

genie said...

The pink sky and Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal are my favorites of all your pretty pictures this week. The colorful little couple is so dear.

DeniseinVA said...

Enjoyed your birds Eileen. You took lovely photos of them. The snow on the leaves, the trees and the moon shots are very nice too. Have a great week :)

Bob Bushell said...

Pretty images, especially the Cardinals, beautiful.

Cloudia said...

Stay safe and keep shooting my dear!

Jocee said...

Some beautiful pics of the birds and the weather. Love the sunrise shot too. Keep warm :-)

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Snow lends a beauty despite its danger... lovely array again today! YAM xx

Linda said...

Glorious captures, Eileen! Take care of yourself and stay safe.

Country Gal said...

Wonderful photos ! Hope you don't get to much snow and be safe ! Thanks for sharing , have a good day !

Poppy said...

Hi Eileen,

Showered by snowflakes, those two cardinals truly don't look to happy, but they sure are cute!!

Lovely shot of the bare branched trees and that wintry sunrise!

Hope you have a lovely week - stay warm!

Poppy

Lois said...

Love the pictures, especially the cardinals. The snow looks pretty too and I'm sure you have a lot more by now! We actually had a few flurries here in north Florida early Saturday morning, but I missed them.

GreenComotion said...

I will pass on the snow, Eileen :)
The Cardinals in the moon collage are very pretty - I haven't seen them in this color before.
Have a Great Week!
Peace :)

Rose said...

Oh, Eileen, I love those shots of the cardinals...just love them! I hope you don't get the awful snow predicted. I have not watched the news at all today so don't know what is happening.

Missy George said...

We had 30+ inches of snow so you will be seeing a lot of snow pictures... Enjoy

TexWisGirl said...

pretty sky and sweet cardinals. :)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Love the Cardinal shots, and the Coopers Hawk too! I recently read that Cooper's Hawks will sometimes mimic other birds to lure them -- I had no idea they were such sneaky and smart little critters.

Hope you've been okay through this storm -- The weathermen pretty much nailed this, didn't they?

Nancy J said...

I hope you stay warm and safe, and all the birds know where some food is.Lovely photos.

Amy Franks said...

absolutely beautiful! Wish it was cooler here, it's been way too hot with temperatures in the 30s...phew!

Indrani said...

I don't get to see so much snow here, so I like it, but you stay safe and warm!
Great pics.

rupam sarma said...

Lovely pics.
Have a nice week ahead. Take care. Greetings

Margaret Adamson said...

The birds must be veery cold in those conditions but I know you feed and leave water for them which is great. Love the colours of the sunrise through the trees.

handmade by amalia said...

These cardinals are so pretty, I wonder how they like the cold weather. Keep warm!
Amalia
xo

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
wonderful photos of the landscape with snow. I hope you stay save and warm. Have a nice new week, Eileen.
Best regards, synnöve

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Hello, Eileen! The cardinals are indeed really pretty - we don't have anything as colourful here. Perhaps the cardinals are not very happy with the snow, but it does look beautiful in your photos. The sunrise images are lovely too.
Have a great week ahead!

Stewart M said...

Those cardinals do look a littler miserable in the snow!

I think that the bride was walking back from a photoshoot on Sydney Harbour - popular location with the Opera House and the Bridge as backdrops. (I'll be posting pictures of those two icons soon!)

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Mersad said...

The sunrise with those pretty pink colors is just so beautiful, and I love the snow on the forest ground as well.

Lynne said...

Such beauty you bring . . .
Snow Clobbering?

podso said...

Beautiful photos of nature. And I think you got your snow!

helmiriitta 10 said...

I envy your colorful cardinals Eileen! The moon and the sky are wau!

September Violets said...

Beautiful shots of those poor cardinals ... they really DO look unhappy with the weather. I hope you didn't get the brunt of the storm, and I'm glad it didn't reach us! We had about, oh, 25 snowflakes fall yesterday :) Actually, I've been missing the snow this year, one of the joys of winter I think. Have a great week Eileen!
Wendy

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Love those cardinals.

Sandra said...

hope you did not get all that snow i see on TV and i love the pink sky and trees and am smiling at the thought there is a treadmill bird.. the cardinals look like i would feel. i do not like cold and am with you on the beaches

ann said...

Look at a those gorgeous cardinals, especially the females. They look so healthy and pretty with such good color. I hope the hawk is not hunting them. Did you get much snow? It is warming up here, finally so lots of melting going on. Again superior photos. Have a good week.

Crimson Kettle said...

The dusting of snow looks beautiful especially with the brightly coloured cardinals there. Hope the weather hasn't been too bad. :-)

Mary Cromer said...

It looks like you got some of the white stuff too Eileen and it does make everything look so very pretty. Those sneaky Cooper's Hawks...one took a Cardinal this past week and that is nature. When you say "treadmill feeder" what is that...just curious. Happy Week my friend~

Cranberry Morning said...

There is so much beauty. And I have a hunch that you got way more than a dusting of snow. Have a wonderful week, Eileen.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a neat hawk photo and I love the colorful sky. We don't live on the beach but it will be in the 70s tomorrow! YAY! Hugs, Diane

Rajesh said...

It is really nice to go around your yard with so much natures beauty there.

Beth Edwards, friends call me "E." said...

awww, the little cardinals look so cold. i love when the puffy out their feathers like that, so cute. have a warm week, Eileen. take care. ( :

Mary Hone said...

The poor birds do not look happy. Lol.

Christine said...

Hello Eileen! Hope the worst of storm Jonas missed you and the cardinals must have been hoping for the same thing! Lovely photos of your surroundings and I love the soft pink skies.
Have a great week!

Teresa Sjönberg said...

Hi Eileen! What a pink sky! I think those little red birds looks quite sad in the snow. Maybe they just have a nap.

Happy Monday to you too and have a lovely week!

Linda Kay said...

Eileen, looks like you have the memes all covered with your one post, so good job. Always love to see your birds.

Lisa Comperry said...

I love snow and snowflakes! I get snow once in a decade, lol..I love your nature photos :-)

Happyone said...

Such beauty you capture with your camera.

Nancy Chan said...

I love all your nature shots. Love the sunrise and your lovely critters.

Laura. M said...

It seems they are at ease under the snow :)) The sixth nice pictures Ilike very much Eileen !!
Buen lunes.
Besos.

Debbie said...

so many beautiful images!!! the birds sure can eat when it snows!!!!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I wish for such scenery while on the treadmill Eileen, mine is in the basement and I watch the news and weather on television.
You'll have some good snowy photos to share since this dusting occurred.

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

Unbelievable how red those cardinals are! Such a beautiful shock of color. I so wish we had them here.

maryaustria said...

A wonderful series of photos! The birds are so beautiful!

Our photos said...

Very nice ! Love the Cardinals !

Stephanie said...

I love those Cardinals.

Photo Cache said...

Such a beautiful part of the country.

Worth a Thousand Words

carol l mckenna said...

All wonderful photography ~ my favorite are those beautiful cardinals!
Hope you didn't get much snow ~ but I think you did.

Wishing you peace in your week ~ ^_^

mick said...

Great photos - the Cardinals are especially beautiful. I hope you stayed warm and safe in all snow. I have been reading about it on the news sites. Thanks for sharing your photos.

Joyful said...

I love your shots Eileen, especially the red cardinals. I too like snow but only for a very short while, lol. Have a great week.

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful birds and wonderful captures as always!! The cardinals are a favorite of mine and they do show up beautifully in the snow!! Thanks, as always, Eileen for sharing the beauty!! Have a great week!!

Al said...

A pretty set of photos. I love the snow, although I don't love clearing it. But a good day downhill skiing is one of my favorite things in the world!

Ruth Rieckehoff said...

The cardinals are so beautiful even though they look like they are not enjoying the rain and snow. We are lucky to live in Southern California (no snow here!).

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Have a wonderful week Eileen ... I hope the snow goes easy on you. A dusting might not be too bad, it certainly makes a beautiful backdrop for your treadmill birds! It's been a lot cooler and wetter here this season than usual ... But no snow at least!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I know you had a lot of snow there, Eileen! I hope the weather warms up and it will begin to melt soon. We get lots of snow here too, but in smaller increments at a time which we can handle. I don't mind cold and snow but not extremes.

The photo of the cardinals huddled on the branch in the rain/snow is so charming! I know the birds appreciate your bird feeders now after the storm.

Have a great week!

D. Prabhu said...

Beautiful photos :)

ladyfi said...

Wonderful shots of the birds in the snow!

Noushka said...

Hello Eileen,
You really have gorgeous birds!
Lovely photos with the snowflakes!
They do indded look unhappy with all that snow, I hope it was not too much...
We had no winter so far here, not even frost!!
Warm hugs from France

lotusleaf said...

Beautiful photos!

Daniela said...

Thank you so much, my dearest Eileen, for another inspiring, wonderful post, putting me in so high spirits, you've truly made my day !
Have a wonderful rest of the week,
with gratitude and esteem
Dany

Tomoko said...

You beautifully captured those birds in the snow!
They look like they are patiently enduring the harsh.Wonderful collection of photos. The first and second mosaics are my favorite!
Have a good new week!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

There is always something magical about those lovely red cardinals in snow!!!

Crafty Green Poet said...

Lovely photos, your cardinals do look fairly grumpy!

Grantham Lynn said...

Beautiful shots. Love those cardinels. Hope your week is going well.

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

Oh my you certainly were not missed with snow...but I expect it is already melting as is ours. Your cardinal shots are fabulous especially a bit snow covered.

Hilde said...

Great serie Eileen!

EG CameraGirl said...

Beautiful photos, Eileen!

The happy wanderer. said...

It does look wintery! I hope you weren't badly affected by the storm we've sen on T.V.

The Yum List said...

I've often wondered what birds do in the rain - now I know - they just sit there!

edenhills said...

Lovely cardinals and pre-storm images. I hope you've managed to dig out by now.

Phyllis Oller said...

It looks so peaceful at your place,all lovely pictures, I have a special love of hawks,thank-you for sharing,phyllis

Powell River Books said...

Birds sure do fluff up when it gets cold. - Margy

Neil said...

Great series we hope to get to the snow this year.

Richard Pegler said...

Beautiful images, Eileen, especially those of the Cardinals. I hope that the snow didn't cause you too many problems! Best wishes - - - Richard

Breathtaking said...

Hello Eileen!:) You have such beautiful views through your window. The Cardinals in the snow look so pretty.

Marcia said...

By now you should be buried in the snow. We got more than 2 feet here near Granite, MD. I'm out of birdseed and need to try to get out for the first time since Friday. I need groceries too.

Enjoyed your photos.

Irma said...

Hello Eileen,
Beautiful collages of birds.
I love the Cardinals.
Best regards, Irma

Maggee said...

I'm reading these in order, so I look forward to seeing how much snow you got! We had an inch or two, but the bird feeder activity was heavy!! I have to resize all the pictures and blog about it this week! I have mixed feelings about hawks and such visiting... scares off the 'regulars' plus some never come back cause they were eaten! I know it is the way of nature... but makes me sad... Hugs!

Tom said...

a bit of winter showing

Helma said...

It's really amazing pictures.
The Cardinals I find so beautiful to see!
Gorgeous colors. The other photos are more than beautiful :-)

Marie C said...

The cardinals in the rain are especially wonderful! But loved all your shots. Hope you have a wonderful rest of your week!

Rambling Woods said...

I always enjoy seeing cardinals as I don't often... Stay warm... Michelle

Linda said...

We got lots of snow, did you? Maybe you should wear a Go Pro Camera while you use the treadmill so you don't miss any bird pictures!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Beautiful look to your pictures! I love Northern Cardinals. I was happy to have spotted one this morning outside my back door. Unusual place for one but hey, I am not complaining. It has been cool but not cold and it also has been raining off and on the last couple of days. Have a tremendously nice day tomorrow!

Lowcarb team member said...

Some lovely photo's Eileen. I do love the colour of your cardinals.

All the best Jan

Ana Freire said...

How lucky having such beautiful birds, around your yard, Eileen!
You live in a lovely place! Nature all around...
Great shots as usual!
All the best!
Ana

Debby Ray said...

Beautiful photos all! It seems like when it snows, the birds come out of nowhere! I love those lovely pink clouds too...we've been having a lot of them. I love the new look of your blog too! Happy first day of February!