Friday, January 20, 2012

Baby, it's cold outside ...


It has gotten cold here ... very cold.  Well, maybe not Alaska cold, but it's still dang cold.  It makes me want to be in other places ... like the photo above.  I was going through my archives today and came upon it.  It was a small little town (whose name I have forgotten) in Portugal when we were there the summer of 2006.  I always loved that little town.  Everything was so colorful.

 But ~sigh~ not so much color here right now.  
I was surprised the other day during the rain when a Blue Jay stopped by.

























I had not seen one for at least several months.  
And I actually heard him before I saw him.
As did all my other feathered friends who quickly scattered.



























I don't think he is very popular.






But he's not the only one not very popular around here.






This guy stopped in later looking for a meal.  






This was the third time he has stopped in this week.  As far I know, he hasn't scored.


But this was his most boldest move ... sitting on my bird feeder right outside my window.
Even as I was shooting through the window, he didn't seem to mind my movement.


He hung around for several minutes and then took off.

And that is exactly what The Professor and I are going to do.
Take off to Florida!
And none too soon.
A snowstorm is moving in with snow and sleet.
That means ice!  
Gah!

Not going to be a good day to fly.
But I sure am going to look forward to putting my feet
into some warm sand
and having a margarita or two or three.
~
Have a great weekend, my friends.
Stay warm and safe.

As ever,





60 comments:

Beth said...

wow, the blue jay is just pretty. they are pretty loud though. that home in portugal is just lovely. i hope where you go in FL will be warmer. we are having 30 degree temps with snow flurries. (:

TexWisGirl said...

safe travels! load up those bird feeders before you hit the road or your birdie friends will not be pleased!

Country Girl said...

Fantastic photos, Reena! You are so lucky to be getting out of Dodge ~

Sylvia K said...

Oh, do have a safe trip, Reena, and enjoy the sunshine and warmth! Love your birds for the day!

Sylvia

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

I'd love to be able to step inside and see what's behind that stunning turquoise door!
Enjoy the warm breezes down there in FL!
Grace

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Safe travels! I think the warm sand and margarita sounds pretty good.

Woody said...

Ya know, it's not the temperature, it's the humidity (how many billion times have you heard that?). Nice sequence, love the hawk.

Florida Farm Girl said...

Come on down. The weather is fine. Hit 70 today. Where you'll be, even better.

Hilary said...

Oh lucky you.. safe trip, Reena. Wonderful birdie shots and that blue door is just beautiful.

Evelyn S. said...

Oh, that scene from Portugal is so beautiful! But the color of that Blue Jay....wow, it looks periwinkle in your post. Again,you have captured some fabulous bird images, Reena.

Ginny said...

Oh gosh, I hope you're not flying in this snow, sleet and ice that we're having!!!! I'm beginning to worry already! I'm crazy about the first picture, such a gorgeous and romantic entrance, everything and every detail about it is perfect. So this is where you stayed? The jays are not popular among other birds because they are big bullies!! I have seen them pull worms right out of another's beak!! Great shots of the hawk!!! Ours will never hang around that long, they are not bold enough.

Lasse said...

That door is really beautiful....and the Blue Jay is amazing. Have a great time in the warmth !

Jill said...

Fantastic photos. LOve the fly away.

Have a wonderful, warm time in FL!

Arija said...

That blue jay is a real beauty the way you have captured the magic of his colour.
I wish you an ice free and safe flight and lots of margaritas in Florida

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Haven't seen any blue jay's here for a long time. Your hawk captures always blow me away. Wish I could come with you to dip my toes into some warm sand . . . . aaaaah. Enjoy.

eileeninmd said...

Hi Reena, the jays do seem to scare off any little birds at your feeders. And wow, I'm sure that hawk sent even the jay into hiding. Awesome shots and I love the first image of the colorful door. Have a great time in Florida! I wish I was going away from this snow and ice too.

Kjell T. Evensen said...

Great images. The Blue Jay is just beautiful and so is the hawk.

Lois Evensen said...

Your door image is spectacular! Love that door, the color, the angle. Very, very nice.

Catherine said...

Off to Florida now? Oh you are a lucky girl! Well enjoy the warmth and think of the rest of us freezing our tail feathers off. ;)

Lovely bird photos ~ excellent!
xo Catherine

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Gorgeous shots of the blue jay and hawk. Enjoy the warmer climate and report back here when you can!

icedgurl said...

trekking your superb blog! keep blogging and inspiring people!

cheers!
..TREK..

Steve Gravano said...

Have a safe trip and a tall one for me! Beautiful photos, especially the jay and the hawk!

Jazzi said...

Can we go with you to Florida?? Please please please, cuz it is COLD here too!!

Freezing in IL
Jazzi and Addy

My Journey With Candida said...

Have a fun safe trip to Florida. We will be heading to LAS Vegsa soon

LadyFi said...

Wow - that blue jay is a delightful splash of colour!

Elizabeth Grimes said...

These are all wonderful! I enjoyed them.

Rambling Woods said...

You got some great photos...love the hawk...safe travels..let me know what it's like to feel sun on your face...

Melissa said...

Really beautiful photos, in spite of the dreary weather. I used to see bluejays like that all the time when we lived in the midwest, but we don't have them out here in California.

Bob Bushell said...

The photos are so beautiful, have a nice journey Reena.

BlueShell said...

Oh...you made me smyle:I remember a song like that!!!

( have a nice trip.)
And...GREAT ...your photos are GREAT!

BShell

Linda R. said...

What amazing photos.. I love them all!!! Have fun in Florida my friend. It sounds heavenly..

Hugs, Linda

Madi and Mom said...

Hi Reena...what gorgeous pictures...I think I actually heard the blue jay cackle thru the monitor. LOL

The Cooper's Hawk shot from you window was fantastic. I love the action shot.

Safe travels and we look forward to seeing your footprints in the FL sand.
Hugs Madi and Mom

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Love the rain drops streaking across your photos. And that hawk -- he's mighty brave.

Have a lovely trip, Reena. :)

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

Don't you just love the colour of that door.
The bluejays here let us know they've arrived so we'll throw a few peanuts.
Enjoy your weekend.
Susan

lynnekovan.com said...

Wonderful shots of those birds. Looking forward to seeing your pictures of Florida. Enjoy. It's Scotland for me....now we're talking cold!!

Ann said...

I love that first picture and the blue jay and hawk are both beautiful.
Lucky you heading to Florida. Could you maybe have a margarita for me? :)

Margie said...

You are always movin and groovin Reena! Have a fab time. I know we can look forward to your beautiful captures. Margie

Barbara Shallue said...

Oh, love that first shot! Glad you get to escape to Florida! You two are always on the go!

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

fantastic bird shots, reena!!


safe travels!
have a gorgeous time!

Rosemary Aubut said...

It will be 82 here in Florida today! Come on down! Great post!

Daryl Edelstein said...

Love the textures .. did you use NIK?

Naomi Jayne said...

Wow beautiful photos. I love Portugal too, you hav inspired me to book a visit :)

Thanks for your lovely posts.

Naomi

Andrew said...

Wonderful images Reena..

S. Etole said...

What a great group of images. The stairs leading to that door is a heart-stopper!

JillsyGirl said...

I, too, just spotted the first bluejay in our backyard. It's been ages! I love how the subjects pop from the textured background. Have a good trip!

Kerri said...

Oh I love these! Have fun on your trip!

Tracy said...

Reena,
The photos are lovely...I really like the blue jay-you can see all the textures in his feathers!
Enjoy your time in Florida...

Ms. Becky said...

you don't stay put for long! your photos of the birds in rain are smashing. safe travels Reena. hope your toes are really warmed by that sand. take care now.

Pat Tillett said...

Every one of those photos is beautiful! Love those colors...

geetlee said...

the blue jay is so beautiful! as is the gorgeous shot of portugal!

hope you have a great time in Florida. Looking forward to see pictures :)

Stewart M said...

Hi there - I have just returned from the wild, woolly and less that wonderful world of wireless only internet - so now I'm catching up.

Great pictures – how can you mind the cold when it brings birds like that! Hat, scarf and a hot chocolate and all is well.

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

Marcie said...

Enjoy our Florida sunshine!! Love..love..love the pix of the sweet blue jays!

Mental P Mama said...

Hope you are having fun!! Can't wait for some warm pics;)

FjÀllripan said...

It sounds great to go to Florida!!
I would like to go too :))

Great photos of your beautiful feathered guests!!

Ivanhoe said...

Beautiful house! I would have guessed Italy. Close ;)
Cute lil' guy visiting you. I'm afraid nobody comes to see me as my dogs are big bullies :)

Jennifer Richardson said...

beautiful blues...thanks for that.
and don't forget to pack
your camera!
looking forward to soaking
in those
alongside of you:)
-Jennifer

Nezzy said...

I adore your shot of the comical Bluejay. I kinda think they get a bad wrap!

Yep, ya feed the birds it makes for a predator's smorgasbord!!! I found feathers yesterday. {{{SIGH}}}

Your pictures are wonderful!!!

Have a blessed week sweetie!!! :o)

Oliag said...

As I am reading this I imagine you already have your feet in the sands of Anna Maria Island...I am enjoying the snow for now since we have had to wait for it so long this year...but still would love to get back there one day!

Enjoy the warmth!

Margaret said...

Everything is beautiful, but the perspective and color of the door photo... sigh.

Georgianna said...

Wow, Reena! I am stunned by these photos! First the Portugal door – divine! And the birds and hawk – amazing! I would be very nervous having a hawk in our yard. Although we see them circling, and bald eagles, too, we are protective of our sweet songbirds.

Have a great week!

– g