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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Lion hunt...

Making days count 62

I was delighted that the first little soul to greet me this morning was tiny Wren!
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While I was having breakfast, I noticed flying into view, the Buffalo Search and Rescue aircraft. I quickly grabbed my camera and headed out the front door. It is a huge aircraft and quite the sight, especially overhead! Click on the blue excerpt below for a great link to the aircraft.

The CC-115 Buffalo is instantly recognizable in its bright yellow search-and-rescue scheme but some may be surprised to know that the DHC-5 Buffalo was conceived as a tactical transport. CC-115s first entered RCAF service in 1967 with SAR as a secondary role. Conversion to the dedicated SAR role began in 1973 and eastern Buffs were replaced by CC-130s. Only in BC did CC-115s soldier on.
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Again today the weather ran the gamut, from sun to rain to snow to sun, with some gusts blown in. I decided to drive out into the country since most of the snow had disappeared to see if I could spy anything for the March Photo Scavenger Hunt. There might be the odd lion or lamb roaming about ;)

Within a ten minute drive, snow was very much in evidence, and I only drove on the back roads that had been cleared.
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Not too successful with the objects of my search; the white things in the field I thought might be lambs were swans, and in another instance I couldn’t tell if the creature was a cow, a sheep or a combination of both ~ as for the lion, well, it remains to be seen!

Once I returned home about 3 p.m., the snow began to fall, but quickly stopped and the sun shone! I looked for a rainbow, but what caught my attention were the crystal-like drops clinging to branches.
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As the sun mixed with the snow-mist air, I took a photo over the roof across the street. The twinkling drops on the tree at the left glistened like Christmas lights.

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In the transition from winter to spring, the changes in weather offer some very magical images, as spring endeavors to overcome the elements...
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8 comments:

  1. I have wrens in my garden. They really are just the sweetest little things, but very timid. Great images Glo, I haven't ever been able to get a photo of one, let alone be so close. The last few days here have been very cold, but with clear blue skies. I pray we don't get any more snow here now, I really don't like it. The UK grinds to a halt? I thought heck how am I going to get a photo of a lion, then I remembered something? Keep looking! x

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  2. Well done with the Wren photos. They are very shy here and rarely come out in the open.

    I keep racking my brain with the lion subject - not too many wandering the village here. Looks as though there aren't going to be any local lambs either this year.

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  3. We too have wrens and they can be quite vocal but always elude the camera. It's lovely to see your photo's. I tried snapping our lilac buds yesterday but they came out all fuzzy :)

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  4. Lucky you seeing, and photographing, a wren like that! I usually only catch fleeting glimpses of them here.
    The RCAF/CAF used to based in Europe and occasionally Buffalos came across, although they were camouflaged ones rather than the SAR yellow ones. Interesting link!
    Another lovely post which I enjoyed whilst drinking a cup of tea. Flighty xx

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  5. Hi Louise :) I agree that the wrens are so sweet, and nice to know you have them too. I was happy to see it right outside the front door, but worried that in my excitement the photo would come out all blurry! Nice that you are getting blue skies at last ~ although the cold can be bone chilling. Yes, this whole lion thing is a challenge, LOL, ~ I even googled to see where the nearest zoo was located ;)

    Hi John ~ I was surprised to see the little wren so close, as well, as they seem to scuttle around in the bushes ~ but there it was!

    Yes, this lion quest is a challenge indeed :) Why won't there be any lambs about? Because of the weather?

    Hi Mo ~ I was quite delighted to get the shot of the wren on the pathway. It's such a wee thing and so pretty! Yes, capturing buds up close can be tricky; it's hard to get the right setting and distance.

    Hi Flighty ~ Two days in a row to see the wren was exciting, and the last shot made me happy!

    Interesting about the aircraft, which I first blogged about last April when I went to see the Snowbirds practice. They'll be coming again next month!

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  6. Not the weather Glo. An old couple in the village used to keep sheep but the husband passed away last year and I think his widow has decided not to raise lambs. All the other land in the village is arable.

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  7. lovely photos of the wren! They're lovely birds!

    It definitely feels like spring here at the moment, but i know what you mean about winter and spring seeming to battle it out for a while...

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  8. Thanks for the explanation, John. Perhaps a drive in the country will be necessary to find your lamb :)

    Hi Juliet ~ Thanks :) So glad that it is feeling more like spring there ~ it is a month of indecisiveness, but spring will win out eventually!

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