Sunday, February 21, 2016

Spring in the Bog



The skies looked ominous as we set out for an afternoon walk. Soon the drops fell, scattered at first, then in a steady downpour that echoed through the hood of my raincoat. 

We kept on slogging around the bog trail and as we rounded the last corner where the path came out of the trees, sunlight appeared. And not only sunlight, but rainbows. Double, full arches stretching across the landscape. The red-winged blackbird trilled a merry song. As he posed, I snapped several photos of him with the rainbow in the distance.

Mr. Red-wing was oblivious to the rainbow; he was trilling a love song to his mate, luring her near. She finally obliged by perching on a lower branch. 


A little further along, Mr. and Mrs. Duck bobbed their heads delicately in a mating ritual. Droplets drip from their beaks as they dip and bob again.

Yes, it's spring in the bog. There will be chilling winds and lots of rain yet, but it's starting.

Linking with Sunlit Sunday, hosted by Karen of My Little Home and Garden.  

26 comments:

Elizabethd said...

So lovely to see rainbows.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Wow! That is a beautiful capture with the bird and the rainbow! There's something to be said for slogging around in the bog after all. Ha! Lots of mating rituals going on around here. Tis the season! Have a great week!

Friko said...

yes, yes, yes.
On my now more frequent walks with Millie I stop and marvel at signs of spring all around me. I need to peer closely still - apart from the opening daffodils nodding in the breeze which are easy to spot - other signs are still a closely guarded secret. But they are there, all it takes is for me to bend down and search.

September Violets said...

That is a beautiful shot of the blackbird with the soft rainbow behind him. Love it! Nice to hear the birds are courting now. We lost all our snow in one night, so I suppose spring will soon be along here as well.
Wendy

cucki said...

Beautiful x

Alex said...

Fantastic pic with the rainbow. Spring - anywhere! - is a reason to smile.

Deanna Rabe said...

What a great reward for slogging through the rain!

podso said...

Quite a gift of beauty you received on that afternoon walk.

Pamela Gordon said...

How lovely! What a wonder to see the rainbows and these birds starting their mating rituals.

Amy at love made my home said...

How wonderful to see spring in the bog! It is beautiful and the ducks look very happy indeed! xx

Margie said...

The rainbow shot is fantastic, Lorrie! We're expecting a major winter storm here on Wednesday/Thursday which will bring a messy mix of rain and snow. Bah!

Marilyn Miller said...

Spring in the bog is wonderful, especially with the rainbow showing behind the bird.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Wonderful pictures - the rainbow and the blackbird is fantastic. And catching the ducks dipping their beaks - spectacular. I hear we have some warm weather headed this way this week - I'm looking forward to it - even if it is just for a few days.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Lorrie, you take the prettiest pictures and have such a great eye for getting the best shots. The rainbow pic is a beauty, and those roses and candles...sigh!
Also, your lemon macarons looked luscious...lucky hubby!!

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Beautiful...that first shot! I love the feeling of spring in the air!

materfamilias said...

Isn't it wonderful to see that first red-winged blackbird of the season? Almost as great as hearing its welcome call again!
Thanks for taking your camera to the bog with you and sharing your photos. Much appreciated.

Pondside said...

Beautiful shots, Lorrie. I think it's time for me to get over to the bog for a spring walk. The ducks must be all over the paths right about now.

ann said...

I'd love a walk around /in a bog. So much to look at. To listen to. Love the rainbow photo.

Debby Ray said...

Beautiful captures, Lorrie and that rainbow makes a striking backdrop for the red-winged blackbird!

Andrea Dawn said...

Beautiful blackbird!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

What lovely photos of the rainbow with the blackbird and the courting ducks! It looks like spring is here! xx Karen

JP A Quiet Corner said...

What a sight on what had been a dreary day, Lorrie!!...:)JP

ellen b. said...

For some reason I missed this post for Sunlit Sunday. But here it is Wednesday and I hope you've been having the nice sunshine we've had yesterday and today!

Lisa said...

What dreamy images. Something so peaceful here one leaves with.

Jacob William said...

It is so wonderful...Love it!
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My Little Home and Garden said...

The soft colours of the rainbow off in the distance are so beautiful. What a fabulous backdrop for the bird! It looks like spring is on the way in the bog.

Karen