Friday, March 1, 2013

The Photo Bin - February 2013


It seems the shutter finger has been taking a break this month. Who could blame it? February here in the North Carolina Piedmont isn't very pretty. It has all the dreary drab of a winter that's overstaying its welcome with none of the picturesque fluffy white stuff. Dull, dull, dull.

About the only color we get this time of year is a back yard full of bluebirds and I suppose that's as good a fallback as it gets. We fledge a couple dozen each year out of the boxes around the house so there's always a handful of young ones looking for food and shelter throughout the winter. Somedays, though, it's like a family reunion. There's nothing like a half-dozen or so feathered sapphires sitting in the snags around the garden to brighten a gray day.


And we do get our occasional bluebird-sky days, most striking at sunrise. Those who have been around here a while will shake their heads at this image. More bare trees...


But it's hard not to soak them in with a view like ours. Especially since, for the first time, we had a professional come and clean the windows, inside and out. (I, as a rule, keep my skinny butt off ladders.) The result was startling and we found ourselves glued to the panes for the next few days, marveling at the clarity. Both of the shots above were taken from this southern expose. It's breathtaking.

So just three images this month. Not even any good fishing pics. You get off easy.

But there's no promises for down the road...

6 comments:

Ken G said...

We finally have snow on the ground. The uniformity of the grays and browns were starting to get to me. Sadly, even the birds around here right now all look like the surroundings.

I give it one more week and I think the long term weather forecast agrees with me for once.

Howard said...

It's all good Mike. The photos are great and it's just nice to get confirmation that you don't put your skinny butt up on ladders...a man of your age.

Rainbow Chaser said...

Nice pictures, as usual, Mike. Can't say I don't envy the great view you have. For what it is worth, being prone to falling, I stay off of ladders, too. Don't have to fall as far that way!

Mike Sepelak said...

The only brown I want to see now is a brown trout, Ken. I'm ready for spring.

And Howard and Mel, ladders bad. Bad.

Anonymous said...

Nice house...great view ...I like these butterflies on the wall...very original Mike (:
JP

Mike Sepelak said...

It's a wonderful view, JP. And the butterflies on the wall are a wonderful piece of artwork, each one a separate, handmade metal beauty. Lovely work (and serious dust magnets). :-)