Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Tis the Season,,, well, almost - again

Well, a new season of racing is almost upon us, and as you can see from the above photo,,, Caelin is beside himself with extreme joy and anticipation.  I am reminded of the iconic 70's racing movie Le Mans, with Steve McQueen, where his character is describing the emotions of the sport.  "When you're racing, its life.  Anything that happens before or after that is just waiting."  I see the same wistful expression on most race driver's faces..., once they've been "bitten" by the racing bug, they're never the same again. So, Vrooooom Vrooommmm ,,,, screeeeeeechhhhhh!!! Here we go again:)

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Hello all, here's a photo of my new birdie friend, Varied Thrush. Normally a VERY shy fellow, in the past, I would spot him (if I was lucky,) maybe once or twice in the season. However, this winter we have been blessed with the appearance of not one but three of them, and daily. In fact they are early to the feeders, I hear them when I'm lying in bed, zizzing...., their bird call is really distinct, it sounds like a big bumble bee is caught in his beak!... I feel like he's calling to get me up and put fresh seed out. So, each morning, I head outside onto the deck and feed my birdies, and I reap the rewards instantly... A Chickadee might flit over my head looking for a fat shiney sunflower seed, a little family of Pine Siskins zoom in perching in the tray feeder stuffing their little beaks with thistle, then the place just comes alive with Junco's, Purple Finch, House Sparrows, Rufous sided Towhee's, and let's not forget the
very territorial Anna's hummingbird
who just comes to hang out in the hippest, happening bird feeding station in the neighborhood.

I love to watch the birds, its one of the great pleasures in my life, when I see some feeding action going on outside our sitting room window, I just have to stop for a few moments and
take in the sweetness of them, and enjoy the moment. (I apologize for the change in text..., It somehow changed, and I can't figure out how to change it back!!! sighhhhh..., caution..., steep learning curve ahead:)