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Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Unexpected

I was quite excited to check for signs of Spring today. The bright blue skies of the past few days didn't materialize first thing, however it did brighten up by noon.

I was looking for Spring, but found Fall still in the icy grip of Winter! I moved these chunks of ice from the cover of the lounge chairs on the back deck.

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As I was puttering around the house, I glanced out the front window at the new bird feeder I put on the pink dogwood tree. The bird bath is fairly close by, so I thought it would be handy for the birds, but haven't seen much action there.

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As I was looking out of the window, I noticed something in the bird bath ~ and it wasn't a bird! I ran to get my camera but by the time I came back, it was leaving its vantage point.

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This is not Mr. Skulky ~ this is Mr. Sneaky.

He then decided to sneak through the back garden...

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Later on, when I checked out of the window again, this is what I saw (sorry for the reflection).

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No wonder there are no birds at the bird feeder!!

Once it brightened up, I went in search of Spring again:

I had to look hard to find one tiny snowdrop ~ it is only about 1 1/2 inches high!

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Other sproingings:

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and in the back, the peony was starting to poke through:

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It seems that rain might be forecast for tomorrow ~ perhaps the little sproingings will like that.

7 comments:

  1. Not too nice of Mr. Sneaky to guard the bird food like that! When I first looked at the little purple topped shoots, I thought you had "dressed them up" a bit ;-) The sheets of preserved fall are so pretty.

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  2. Shoots! I love seeing shoots! Snowdrops are just lovely aren't they!

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  3. It's spring already?

    Mr. Sneaky like to sneak? hehehe....

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  4. I'm sure that I commented on this post yesterday!
    Now what did I say?
    Much as I like cats they can be a real nuisance at times can't they!
    Winter ice and spring sproutings are the best of both seasons! xx
    Sproingings!?

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  5. Hi Flighty ~ thanks for coming back and commenting :) I guess the cats are doing what comes naturally, but I feel like I'm setting traps for the birds with my bird feeders! I wouldn't mind if the cats would just skulk, sneak or prowl, but there is feathery evidence of much more than that!

    Sproinging is a my word for shoots that sprout and boing (like a spring) into spring ;)

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  6. Interesting, back in NYC I noticed something that caused me to pause. After going back and forth on the subway all winter, suddenly one day last week I noticed brown leaves on the steps leading out to the sidewalk and thought, "Surely they haven't been there for so many months?" I almost imagined someone had gone in that morning with a bag of leaves and scattered them on purpose, just to confound me.

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