Monday, April 23, 2012

Spring is springing

I should know better by now of course - but as soon as I open my mouth, or put my smug fingers on the keyboard and post pretty pictures of clear blue skies, Alberta and her temperamental weather show me who is boss!
This wee snow storm blew in on the afternoon of the 12th April (the day of my last "ooh look how nice it's been" post),
and by the morning, there was 20cm of fresh, wet and extremely heavy snow dumped on Cochrane.  Oh yay.

But it melted quickly - and the weather has cleared nicely.
Numerous birds are returning to our area now - the skies and riverbanks are awash with squawking, honking and beautiful chirriping, and the kestrels are hovering over the prairie grasses.  
I don't really have a good enough camera (or the skills) to photograph the bird life, 
but this little Red-winged Blackbird did pose nicely yesterday.
He had a quite lovely three-note birdsong and his red shoulder flashes puffed out clearly each time he sang.

Anyway, I've just come in to post this, because it is too hot outside!
26ÂșC today, thank you very much.  Bring it on!

Damn, did that sounds too smug...again?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

SkyWatch Friday - April Blues

No April showers here this past weekend.
Photos taken around Cochrane and Cochrane Ranch.
Lovely to see the sunshine and feel some warmth on your back.
Just waiting for those buds to break now.
Clear blues all the way.
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

It seemed like a good idea

So, being such a fun-loving dog, I just adore going for walks.

And those icy rivers have started melting now.
So I thought I would go swimming.
But I forgot it's only April.
And it was bloody freezing.

This is my sad and shivering  "D'oh" face!