All Things In This Season

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  1. Those are some great photos. You most certainly seem to be an expert in nailing photos of birds. In India, the humans are under lockdown and the environment has taken a turn for the better. The air quality has improved, the skies are clearer and the air we breathe seems fresher. Hope you’re safe, dear.

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    1. I must admit I do get lucky when I immerse myself with Mother. It’s as though a secret door opens just for me.
      I agree the air seems clearer and cleaner. I am safe and so is my family. Have a great Sunday and enjoy this respite from the insanity of life. Let us all hope when things begin to return to up and running, we will do things differently [better]. xo

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      1. Glad to know that you and your family are safe. Hope you have a great Sunday too. Yes, let’s hope that we start making better choices once this ordeal is over. Take care. Stay safe.

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    1. Aw, thank you SO much, Rabirius. As you know, this shot was NOT easy! But I was determined to get him. Bats are usually out at night and who knows when I will ever be able to attempt to get another bat in flight. See what happens when you try? (smile) Have a great Sunday!! xo

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  2. Captivating and excellent photographs, Amy. You are awesome with your camera. Yes I completely agree with your profound take on our environment. Even in Mumbai everyday in the morning we are hearing such beautiful chirpings of the birds and our roads are empty and we can feel the wind also so nicely on our bodies. No pollution at all ad the skies are nice and clear blues. Stay safe

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    1. Thank you, Kamal! I have a lot of years behind me as I keep improving and learning when I have my camera in my hands. I also thank you for understanding my insight regarding our environment. There are many times my words make others squirm, which I don’t mean to do, yet what I see and know I’ve learned to pass on, regardless if some won’t listen.
      I have our door open as much as possible lately to listen to the birds. It is such a glorious sound! As for those skies, let us HOPE that the right people take notice and those who are polluting our airs get stricter laws put on them. I am staying safe, thank you! You do the very same!! Much love to you this day! xo

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      1. Welcome dear Amy and yes sometimes there are people like that but not to bother do what you like and you are awesome with your photography. Keep on sending it feels nice to see nature at its best. Yes let us all pray for a peaceful and kind world. Much love and light to you too dear.

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  3. After two previous very long winters, spring is on time in my area. I saw daffodil shoots yesterday. Such a happy sight. I’ve been trying to expand my photography skills and take birdie photos, but so far none have turned out. You are my inspiration to keep trying. Happy spring, Amy.💕

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    1. Spring started early here, Julie. This is only March and many years previous to this we still had snow. I think though, Mother is beginning to stabilize.
      Birds …. Don’t give up. Birds are so hard and it takes a lot of practice. I read somewhere that a flying bird is the most difficult anything a photographer can shoot. With these new mirrorless cameras you can have AF lock on ALL AF points, which IMO is cheating. I really work at getting my bird shots with only the center AF point on lock. Today for example I did go out again but for some reason I was shaky. I couldn’t get my hand and arm to quit shaking. You’ll get those days, believe me. Keep on practicing. I have every faith in YOU that you can do this!!
      Happy Spring to you, dear friend. Much love to you! xo

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  4. Beauty in abundance! ❤
    So surprising to see a bat – there are not that many insects flying about this early, but always a thrill to see them… they've had a tough time of it with the white-nosed fungus.

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    1. In this Nature Preserve is a building which I was told houses many bats. Where I captured this bat the location of that house was nearby. I could probably count on my one hand how many bats I have seen and to see this one, I was not about to pass up the opportunity to get him in a picture. I am aware of the white-nosed fungus which I read about. Hope you had a beautiful Sunday!! xo

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  5. To do that in mid flight Amy is crazy. I have enough trouble on stills 😂
    And your flowers are golden dear lady, I can’t get over how early they roar to life even though it is still cold over there. Seeing them burst out of the ground in some of your other images and still have snow around them is amazing.
    And at this rate the Kingfisher and you will be dating 😂

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    1. I know, right? But I just HAD to try, Mark! You have no idea how hard it was to get that bat, yet I did it! Birds in flight push my confidence button BIG TIME and for me to get this tiny bat? If I had thought about it I would have said …. nah!
      These early Spring flowers may be tiny but they are far from fragile. I don’t know how they manage to push through rock hard frozen ground! They inspire me not to quit, not to give in, to keep going even when I don’t think I can.
      And today …. Again I went to that park and this time stood for a long time listening and watching as the male and female danced in midair. I was too far away to even try to shoot and besides sometimes it is good just to watch. I’ve been doing that more of late. Just watching. I’ve got a story about that to tell ….
      Dating that King is out of the question. The way I saw him enticing that female today with his calls and fast diving and swirls, he hasn’t given me another thought since last we met. That’s OK. LOL xo

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    1. Thank you, John, for the recognition! I don’t know if I will ever get another chance to capture a bat so when this situation arose, I grabbed it! Not sure what that is on his left wing. I do know there are a lot of bats housed in a closed to the public “house” in this park, so it could very well be a tag. Stay safe and well!!

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  6. Great photos Amy! Love the bat – in daylight! It’s true what you write about Mother is connected to us and visa versa. So many people don’t recognize this – but maybe now there is a chance as people are home in their gardens and yards – making a deeper connection because they have been forced to stop. There’s always a silver lining! Your flowers are so vibrant in their color! Lovely!! Have a great week – much love, Donna

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    1. Thank you, Donna!! Yeah that bat was something to see! I hope you and those you love are safe and well. With everyone slowing down and actually turning to Nature having no where else to go or do, perhaps eyes will be opened and a new understanding of what reality consists of will occur. As you say, there is always a silver lining!
      You have a great week as well. Much love to you!! xo

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  7. Hi AmyRose! I am not a gardener and don’t know what I’m doing. But every spring I do plant some large planters full of a variety of plants. I love the outcome. I do have “something” sprouting in one of them. But I don’t know what it is yet. It will be a nice surprise! :). And I love the bat picture!!! He must be terribly confused !!

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    1. That bat, Colleen, was an incredible sight to see. The only thing I could come up with as to why he was flying in daylight, is because he just came from out of hibernation and is a bit confused. Or perhaps he is the leader and he went out to get a feel for the place this year. I don’t know. But the chances for me to see a bat in daylight are mighty slim. I’m so grateful I was able to shoot the frames I did. Have a great day!! xo

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    1. Thank you, Jude!! I got lucky with the Red wing blackbird. I actually caught him in my backyard. For some odd reason I had my long lens in my hand. And it is a good thing I did because that picture IMO is quite unique. SO glad you enjoyed it!! Much love to you! xo

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    1. No, Alexander, photographing a bat is far from easy. Thank you for the acknowledgment! I tried SO hard and was SO determined! I consider this picture a huge success in my book!
      Another thank you on my flower images. Lots of action going on in my gardens right now. How exciting!! Have a great day! xo

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    1. Oh wowow! Scott! I’m blown away! Thank you! Your compliment went right to my head! The effort I put forth to capture this tiny guy was well worth it to get such praise as this. How much you have encouraged me! Bless you! xo

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  8. So cool the picture of the bat! I love the arrangement of flowers and seeing all the rich colors that are coming up from the ground. For me it’s surely a sign of hope and good things to come.

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    1. SO glad you stopped to see this marvelous accomplishment of mine, Catherine. And yes my gardens are transforming bringing such joy to my heart and soul! YES these are all signs of hope and good things to come. I agree!! Much love to you! xo

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    1. I am so happy this brightened your day, Michele. We all “should be” focusing on what makes our hearts smile, especially in these times of insanity. My Crocuses were doing wonderfully until we had a violent storm this past Sunday that brought extreme high winds, hail, and about 3 inches of rain, all in a 15 minute period. Sadly, their proud and beautiful heads were badly beaten. I am taking care …. you do the very same!! Much love to you! xo

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  9. Amy, I am so happy I found your blog. This post is truly uplifting, and I love your approach of curiosity and awareness to the changes in nature that correspond with the current situation.

    Also, I adore your photography. I especially love your picture of the blackbird – wow.

    I’m officially a fan.
    Rachel

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    1. The feeling is mutual, Rachel! I am so grateful to Drew for being the catalyst to bring us together. How cool!
      And yes I do have a very open, big and curious mind which I love to employ. Everything is connected …. When we realize what an important role Mother plays in our lives, perhaps then people will wake up and begin treating Her with the Love and respect She deserves. I “see” a lot of good coming out of this “season in history” and a lot of the “seeing” pertains to this Earth.
      Ah, that blackbird! LOL That was taken in our backyard. Perfect timing on my part and his. Thank you for appreciating the Gift I give you.
      I’m officially a fan of yours. So we are even. GRIN!! Much love to you! xo

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      1. I could not agree more, everything is connected, and while the current global situation is devastating, it is also so important for us to look for opportunities and hope. Mother nature repair is definitely one of those things.

        And yes, your phography is a gift, one that Im grateful to receive. I hope you keep sharing!

        Take care and sending love your way too Amy xo

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  10. Beautiful images Amy.. That Bat and Kingfisher amazing you captured them… And yes I would say our garden is about four weeks ahead of its normal bloom time… Our crocus’s have long finished, My daffs are out and my tulips are a good few inches up with their leaves… My Hyacinths are all out in bloom and the other day when it was milder and I sat wrapped up on my swing, the perfume that wafted from them was wonderful..
    Now our Season has reverted back to biting winds.. But the long range weather did say it would warm up again next week..
    The weather like we humans, who do not realise influence our environment is all over the place…
    Stay well my lovely friend…
    Much love your way ❤

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    1. Thank you, Sue! Just came in from the start of a long journey called gardens. I managed to get three small gardens’ edging done, cleaned up, and new mulch laid down. Thank goodness I have my post for the ducks written and all that is left is to edit a few pictures.
      Our weather has been SUNNY today and for tomorrow. Glorious how that sun feels on my face. Still too chilly for me to not wear a coat. But that sun just LOVED.
      I’m doing my best to discover patterns in the New Seasons. So far I’ve not done well. (smile)
      Heading for my body massager and putting my feet up. Sending love over the waters. (((HUGS)))!! xo

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      1. I know what you mean Amy.. I am missing my Acupuncture I should have had my treatment last week… I think like the season of spring its up and down here. one day warm next day bitter cold… This is what we have been doing on our allotment plot Amy.. Link to my garden blog post.. https://wp.me/p6blTP-H8
        Take care my friend… Special Hugs your way and returned ten fold.. ❤

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      2. I’ve turned to resistance bands to help me, Sue, and I honestly am not missing my acupuncture appointments. Weather here is gradually turning warmer with I HOPE the ups and downs behind us. I just saw what you and your husband do in your gardens and I am in absolute awe of the both of you. BIG HUGS!!! xo

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      3. My Acupuncture too cancelled… I am doing more meditation and my Qi Gong exercises… 🙂 its working 🙂
        I will pass on the admiration and praise to hubby…. He will be well pleased… 🙂 ❤ Thank you.. ❤ love back from us both..

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      4. Good to hear you are helping yourself, Sue. This morn I plan on doing a 30 min. all body workout with resistance bands. The “stretch” is exactly what this body requires. I’m really happy that you are doing well without your acupuncture. See what we are able to do ourselves when we are shoved up against a wall? (smile) Much love to you! xo

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    1. Good question, Drew. I think it is because we had an unusually mild Winter with barely any snow, and then when it did snow the temps would warm up and it would rain. Very odd this year. Spring is definitely early this year. Hubby was just saying this is the first time ever that the snowblower is being put away this early. And as for me, I am out in my gardens starting last week, getting them open for the coming Season. xo

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    1. Thank you, Joey. So happy you stopped by to see what is in my gardens. More to come soon. The action is incredible!! I find myself in awe when I take macro pictures as I stare in disbelief of what I am seeing. Have a great Sunday!! xo

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  11. Your garden looks gorgeous Amy. And how very special to see that flying bat and that kingfisher. I bet you do see him again. Our earth seems to be breathing much easier these days. Enjoy your nature and walks Amy. Your photos and special encounters always brighten my days. xx 💙

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    1. I did see another Kingfisher, Mariam, a male at that. Or was it this post you saw the male? LOL Anyways, I did post 2 pics of Kingfishers. I cannot keep track …. Spring moves so fast for me between my gardens and then birds it leaves my head spinning.
      I agree that our earth seems to be breathing much better these days. The air is so clean and fresh! I HOPE that those who can bring change, take note of these changes and do something to enforce we maintain this clean air. I have been SO enjoying breathing such luxury as clean air! I am enjoying my nature walks. No-thing will stop me from doing so! That is my Heaven! Much love to you! xo

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  12. Your flowers are really beautiful and the best sign of spring, as we can wish for, Amy 😀
    I have also noticed a much more blue and beautiful sky here than usual. It uses to look more light grey/blue and not like the blue sky other places, where I have lived here. The lock down has been good for our nature.
    Much love to you ❤

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    1. Thank you on my flowers, Irene. For sure they truly are a sign of Spring.
      If mankind were smart, those who hold positions that can make a difference, will note how clean our air has become and put forth measures to keep our airs clean. It has been such a joy to be able to breathe in such clean and healthy air. There have been more then a few “good” things coming out of this lockdown. Hope for a better world has been born in my heart seeing that “good”. Much love to you, dear friend! xo

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