I know that spring is still at least two weeks away and my Technicolor dreams of photographing colorful Baltimore orioles and Ruby Throated hummingbirds will have to wait awhile. The leaf buds on the hard woods haven't even pumped themselves up enough yet to shed their brown husks. Where is that thin pastel green wash that colors the tree line when true spring is at hand? Nowhere in sight. It is a bare, drab brown monochromatic landscape around these parts.
There are, happily, a few positive signs my monochromastic existence may soon come to an end as our late arriving thaw creeps along. The river is running fast and noisily over the rapids where an icy silence hung just a few weeks ago. The calls of the early migrators such as the Red Winged black birds are a welcomed new song and I swear I heard the monotones of the frog chorus the other night. If the sounds of spring have begun can the color be far behind?
Excepting what nature offers I have been running down hawks again, scanning the bare tree tops for the hunkered down predators that wait for small rodents to stick their heads out from under the scattered snow banks. Soon enough the forest will leaf out again and hawks will be much harder to spot. I will miss the natural drama of their monochromatism when the greens come. Gladly, I'll share 'em while I can still get 'em. I consider these dark and brooding pictures lucky catches because the center weighted auto-focus on my Canon lens loves to latch onto the high contrast background of branch and overcast sky instead of the cruising bird. Unless I'm very steady, pictures of in-focus branches and a blurry bird are all to common. The Hooded Merganser below was working the Pine River just behind the house making for yet another majestic monochromatic moment. Yeah I know, it's monotonous. Such is the case when you've got a bad case of monochromania!
Now it's time for World Bird Wednesday!
This is the home of World Bird Wednesday. A place for bird photographers from around the world to gather and share their photographs and experiences as they pursue Natures most diverse and beautiful treasurers, the birds. The Blogosphere connects like minded people from around our planet like no other technology can do. World Bird Wednesday will be open for posting at 12 noon Tuesday EST North America through midnight on Wednesday.
You are invited to link your blog with other bird photographers in a weekly celebration of these most diverse and intriguing of Earth's residents, the BIRDS.
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#2. Come to The Pine River Review on Tuesday Noon EST North America through Wednesday midnight and submit your blog entry with Linky.
#3. Check back in during the course of the next day and explore these excellent photoblogs!
You don't have to be a Bird Watcher or expert photographer to join in--just enjoy sharing what you bring back from your explorations and adventures into nature.The idea of a meme is that you will visit each others blogs and perhaps leave a comment to encourage your compadres!
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