Thursday, February 16, 2012

February blues





The last few days have been a bit dark and dreary here in the Northeast.  The world outside my window consists of nothing but shades of browns with the occasional color splash of cardinals or blue birds.  I need some sunshine!

Sooooo .... I began searching through my archives in hopes of eliminating my blah feeling over these February winter days.

I didn't have to search far. 

I had forgotten about my photos of the white pelicans.  Last month when we were in Anna Maria having breakfast at the Rod & Reel Pier, the waitress mentioned (me, with camera sitting on table) the dozens of white pelicans that hung out down by Cortez Kitchen.




So you can guess where I drug The Professor that afternoon!


I was in pelican heaven!



There must have been over 50 white pelicans all gathered near the shore, 
preening and primping.



But it was these few that captured my attention ... drifting away ...
Seeking a bit of peace and comfort
from the maddening flock nearby.







I feel that way about flocks crowds.
They totally drain my energy and I will quickly retreat
to a place of solitude ...



... to dream of sunny days and ocean breezes
and kitty snuggles.

: : :

Ahhhhhh .....  I'm feeling so much better now!
I just might make it through February.

How about you?  What do you do to work
through ~blah~ winter days?



60 comments:

Michaele said...

You captured these birds beautifully. Everything I try to photograph outdoors seems to be coated in mud right now. My screensaver makes my day.

Charlotte said...

Those pictures are fantastic. I don't know which one I like most.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Beautiful photos. Just love those pelicans. You probably do not want to hear this, but out here in California we just not have had any blah wintery days...yet. Feels like Spring.

Beth said...

wow... i would have to see that picture of you taking pictures. love these. such great shots. (:

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Wow, very pretty pelicans. It was nice of the lady to give you the tip. How can you have the blahs? Haven't you been gone most of the Winter? :-)

Country Girl said...

That first one? I love that crop. What do I do to get through blah winter days? Hmmm. I take a walk. Take a drive. Read a book. You know, the normal stuff. Pretty darn exciting, aren't I? Oh, and I plan trips with friends. Looking forward to seeing you again!

Cozy Little House said...

Such gorgeous creatures! Such lovely shots.
Brenda

TexWisGirl said...

they're so cool! :)

Kathy said...

I love these guys. They are huge! What a great crop you gave the first pic. I learn so much from you. Now I need to go back through all the photos I've deleted recently looking for those I threw away because some crazy shadow or something else caused me to decide it wasn't worth keeping! Winter days? We really haven't had any winter yet here in East Texas and I expect the season is about over although I keep hoping for some really cold nights!

Brian Miller said...

hard not to lighten your view in the face of such beauty...was rainy all day here...and the power went out...but still not a bad day at all...i get out when i need to shake the blahs...go to the trees....

Linda R said...

What fabulous photos.. These could brighten up anyone's day!! Here in the desert the sun always seems to be shining. I would love a little rain every now and then..

Hugs, Linda

Mental P Mama said...

Love the white ones! Saw hundreds once on my my way to Uessepa Island...is that how you spell it??? What a gorgeous place! Love the Gulf Coast!

lisa said...

Reena, these are absolutely stunning photographs!
The detail you have captured in the feathers is amazing.
Sending you wishes for a beautiful weekend!

Ginny said...

The first and next to last picture I am drooling over!! Working through the winter days, when there's not much to snap...I get the house organized and redecorate. Not fun to do, but love the results.

gina said...

I love those blues! These are wonderful captures, Reena, and such lovely processing!

Barbara said...

How could you have forgotten about these? Lovely!

Dianne said...

Ah! I feel better now ..... I have never seen a white pelican before ...they are beautiful! I agree with you Reena about maddening crowds draining energy .... Give me a retreat to the peaceful & serene any day. A lovely refreshing post.

Gillian Olson said...

I look through beautiful posts like yours. The pelicans are so beautifully whit in contrast to the rich colours of the water.
Thanks for this wonderful post.

LadyFi said...

Oh, what gorgeous shots! The blues and whites go very well together.

Rizalenio said...

I can't stop saying WOW looking at all these photos. I love the photo composition and the colors. Standing loud claps. Glad I found your site. Happy weekend.

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

Really Really wonderful.
A total perk-up!

Michael said...

wow, about the photos, and what a good idea to look back for color when looking out is so blah

Sandra said...

now this is my kind of feeling the blues, they are stunning. I have only seen 2 white pelicans, they were at bayside coquina beach, but have not been out there in a while.

Daryl Edelstein said...

these will make awesome cards ... and Ms Rosie loved snuggling with you ..

OceanoAzul.Sonhos said...

but what a beautiful photos Reena... reassures me every time I come here ... I love to visit you

kisses, have a great time ...
cvb

islandwonder said...

Beautiful! I have never seen a white pelican before.

My Journey With Candida said...

Great Post Reena!! I too like my quiet time. I grew up in a large family and it was always noisy, so quiet time to me is so special.

Liza said...

These are stunning and perfect for the cloudy day we are having here.

Madi and Mom said...

Reena...these pictures are absolutely beautiful. The water makes me want to stick my hand through the monitor.
I especially like the one with the pelican all tucked down napping.
Hugs Madi and Mom

Florida Farm Girl said...

Hi Reena -- good job on the pelicans. I'd like to see some bright blue skies about now, too, but none in sight for several days. Granted, we need some rain and I do like rain, but not the gray skies for days on end. The backyard birds help with the dreary days. They just keep going.

bobbybegood1 said...

Ah, what a wonderful post, reena. I feel the same way about crowds. I love to be alone with myself - not lonely - there's a big differenc. I have been feeling blue for about the past few weeks, too. I'm beginning to climb out of my blues slowly but surely. It does take time, however. Maybe because I have started back watching TV - something I had stayed away from for about two years. Last night while watching channel 12 news I read that poachers killed 200 hundred elephants in Cameroon. Shit like that brings my state of mind way down, but your post has lifted my mood. May you have a great weekend. Cheers my friend!!

Bob Bushell said...

Wow, Pelican heaven is right, and the water, it looks like it is enough to drink. Beautiful photos.

Margie said...

They didn't look quite like this. Add your manipulations and oh boy, the stark white against the blue!! Bright is right. Beautiful Reena. Love the composition on the first one.

lynnekovan.com said...

What lovely sights on a dreary February day. Thanks for that!

lifeisaroadtrip said...

Winter days here are a reason to get out. I actually find myself WISHING for blah days now and then.

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Just love the green squiggly water!

Catherine said...

Oh these colors! Move over birdies ~ I'm jumping in!

Ah yes ~ the February blahs... I know them well.

We are more than half way to March!! Woot woot!

xo Catherine

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

gorgeous photos, reena, really gorgeous!!
thanks for brightening my day.

cristina munteanu said...

Lovely photos!
Congratulations! :)

CherryPie said...

You have certainly brought some sunny colours to my Gray day ;-)

Pat said...

These are certainly bright and beautiful, Reena! The water looks so inviting - I think I'd jump in with the pelicans.

Andrew said...

Fantastic images Reena.. they are wonderful birds to see..

Sivinden said...

Exquisite captures!

Nancy Claeys said...

You are so fortunate in that you can escape the dreary gray and cold in a week's time by following your Professor. Not so much here. But it's sunny and cold in Nebraska -- I'll take it! Lovely photos of the pelicans, Reena. :)

ds said...

Beautiful. Far from the madding flock...
Thank you.

Brian Miller said...

the poetry prompt with your pics is now open at dversepoets.com thank you for allowing us to write off your pictures...smiles.

Pat Hatt said...

Great pics indeed and just what one needs to beat those blah days.

Erin K said...

Wow, beautifuly captured birds. ^_^ I feel the same way too about crowds. I change my screensaver a lot during the winter months, so that's always a great pick me up for the winter blues.

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Wow, never seen white pelicans before. Those shots are gorgeous. Definitely feeling the February blahs.

I'm Veronica said...

oh my goodness, I just read your things about me. funny how we end up having similarities with one another. I should do this, I love how it is so personal, it really feels like I sat down with you and we chatted. I found myself answering some of your things with a "me, too!", or laughing because I have been there and done that. so very nice Reena. Thank you so much for that.

emily wierenga said...

oh wow. oh wow. i'm an artist and seeing these photos just makes me want to go and paint pelicans. and those waves? incredible...

oceangirl said...

Hello Reena, visiting from dVerse, what an amazing blog you have and your pictures are beautiful. Nice to meet you.

Dianna said...

Simply amazing photos. When I saw the first one, I thought it was a swan!
I didn't know there were white pelicans!

Ross said...

Wow! These are amazing! Great way to break the winter blues. Hope your having a great weekend!

everedwater said...

What amazing shots! They look like they're swimming on top of a pool of glass. Beautiful!

Raven said...

I thank Brian for showing me your magnificent work ... filled with sunlight, warmth and love.

Kjell T. Evensen said...

Beautiful shots and preparation of these images.

Kerri said...

I love them all - but that first one is MAGNIFICENT! WOW!

BF said...

Beautiful bird shots! So colorful and clear, love it!

Hilary said...

These are wonderful. Pelicans are such interesting birds. I've never seen one in person before. Thanks for these.