House Wren

“Shh.  Listen to the sounds that surround you.  Notice the pitches, the volumes, the timbre, the many lines of counterpoint.  As light taught Monet to paint, the earth may be teaching you music.”

~ Pete Seeger (1919-2014) American folksinger and social activist

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While the House Wren is rather small and plain in appearance, the song it sings is big, bright, and melodious.  I look forward to hearing it every spring!  If you have not heard this tuneful bird, please check out the following link and become acquainted:

http://macaulaylibrary.org/audio/191265

Only One Hour Old!

“I had always planned to make a large painting of the early spring, when the first leaves are at the bottom of the trees, and they seem to float in space in a wonderful way.  But the arrival of spring can’t be done in one picture.”

~ David Hockney (1937- ) English painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer

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The farmer told me that this sweet little calf was only one hour old!

I must agree with David Hockney.  There is no way that just one picture could ever hope to capture all of the amazing things that happen in the spring.

One Day at a Time

“The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time.”
~Abraham Lincoln

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This is a male Goldfinch in his muted winter wardrobe.  When he starts to transition to his bright yellow and solid black plumage, one can be assured that spring and the mating season are just around the corner.

Guardian Donkey

“You can’t test courage cautiously.”

~ Anne Dillard (1945- ) American author and Pulitzer Prize winner

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Meet one of the defenders of this Minnesota cattle farm.  Donkeys are not fond of canines and this dislike extends to coyotes and wolves as well.  Western ranchers have used donkeys to guard herds and ward off predators for years, but this is a relatively new practice here in the midwest.  The Minnesota farmer who owns this handsome fellow has another donkey as well.  He shared that coyotes and wolves have become a greater problem for him in the last ten years and his pair of donkeys have been extremely beneficial to keeping his cows and calves safe.

When is Spring?

“When the groundhog casts his shadow

And the small birds sing

And the sun shines warm

And when the peepers peep

Then it is Spring.”

~Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952)

(Margaret Wise Brown was an American writer of children’s books, including the picture books Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny.)

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Spring begins for me after my first yearly sighting of an American Robin.