Archive | March 2013

Marching Into Spring

Another beautiful spring post…by Janna Hill

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If the old folks in East Texas are right we will have another cold snap so don’t plant your tomatoes yet. I’m not in any hurry, after all we are just getting to the Ides of March and the Spring Equinox is still a week away. What does all of that mean? I could write about it but I’m afraid it would bore you straight to death and I don’t want to be listed on your death certificate as the official cause so how about I show you some pictures instead? Okay! Moving right along…

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The Yellow Fields of Spring

Reblogging a beautiful post by Michael Lai. Spring has arrived.

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Spring has arrived in some areas of the northern hemisphere. Certainly, it is just around the corner for many other regions.

Our recent trip to Yunnan, China to view the rapeseed flowers was just enjoyable. Wandering in the rapeseed fields of Luoping, Yunnan was like swimming in a sea of yellow. DSCF3136

I just couldn’t help reviewing my archive to see what other pictures with beautiful views of yellow fields.

Here is one taken on the hills of Switzerland which shows yellow flowers all over the place. In the background is also green, a very frsh green which seem to announce that Spring has arrived.CIMG1724

There is one photo which I have always liked, this is the one below taken in Hokkaido, Japan which shows fields of yellow color with rolling hills as background.Hokkaido1

How enjoyable it was to be able to see endless fields of yellow color which to me represent positivism and hope. Hope…

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202 Bird spotters from India in Great Backyard Bird Count 2013

Last month there was a Backyard Bird Count exercise where we had to observe birds and list them on a special site. This exercise was held worldwide and I chanced to hear about it while surfing. I took out fifteen minutes, like I usually do in the morning and sat out to watch the birds, literally from my backyard. It was pleasantly surprising then to see the results. India was third in this exercise after US & Canada. “202 participants contributed 438 checklists containing over 500 species” according to the results.

gbbc I’m the second dot from the top. Feels quite exclusive!

gbbc2 List of all the participants!

Images courtesy Bird Count India

A Parakeet with a Plum coloured head!

par2 par6 rose_p1 plum headed parakeetThese are backyard birds and looked so exotic. Saw this flock of birds on an unusually wet day when the rain had stopped.