Cataraqui Reflections

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Swans And Various Emerging Flowers - Hurray For Spring!

I have more pictures to share that I have snapped in the last week or so. Finding new things to photograph pleases me and I am happy to post them here.

I learned of a swan pair not too far from my home so I went to investigate and got these shots.

This swan was shy and hid behind cattails in the marsh.

The mate was also sitting on a nest. It's impossible to tell a male mute swan from a female. I like this picture because of the reflection.

In fact, I liked it so much I got another close-up.

Later that same day, I was parked on the east side of the Trent River at the point it empties into the Bay of Quinte in Trenton, where I saw these swans out in the bay. They were quite far away and I took this picture at the limit of my zoom, which brought them in 42x closer.

I apologize for the quality, but that is what you get when you want to bring a subject in from a few kilometers away.

On to the flowers.

There is a lilac bush in full bloom in my backyard and this lovely flowering tree. I am not sure what type it is, but it will produce red berries that resemble choke cherries, so it is probably in the cherry family. I like pulling the curtains open in the morning and finding this wonderful view just waiting for me.

My mountain ash tree that I planted last year has produced new flowers on all its branches. There will be plenty of red berries to delight the birds later this year.

Here, the mountain ash enjoys a morning rainfall.

Finally, my brother, Jim Decker, was home for my brother-in-law Jack's funeral and this picture was taken of myself, Jim and sister Shirley, 22 May 2013.

I recently learned that I will have to pay an enormous income tax bill. At first I thought it would prevent me from taking my proposed trip to Italy in the fall. I have decided that this is the year to go as I am fit and able and I may not be down the road. The trip will put a crimp in my savings, but I may never be in a better situation than I am right now. What this means is, I am going ahead with my travel plans. Stay tuned.

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