Finger Lakes Hue and Line

A short time I ago witnessed a strange Blue Jay ‘dance’.  At first I thought that the bird on the railing was sick or hurt.  However, I soon realized that this was a performance for the other Blue Jay below in the feeder.  Eventually they both stretched and swayed for each other in the feeder.  Attached are is a picture – two if I can figure out how to add the second.  We often chuckle over young love – the silly expressions going back and forth between the couple.  But, apparently, it’s also a silly time for Blue Jay’s!!

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Finger Lake’s Hue and Line

Last year our son, David and family had a partially albino robin arrive in early spring and nest near their home. The family and neighborhood were thrilled all summer. The robin’s mate and fledglings were normal robins. Of course, everyone looked for a return this spring. But, just the usual robins are in evidence. Attached are photos of the robin of last year.

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Finger Lakes Hue and Line

It seems like summer has arrived overnight. The Maple trees are rushing to catch up by throwing their leaves out in wild abundance. Flowering trees are vibrating brilliant colors amongst the shades of green surrounding them.. Tulips are rioting, heady within their color masses. Birds are nesting and Hummingbirds have appeared. Lakes are glorious shades of blues. So much color and flash it dazzles our eyes in the Finger Lakes.

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Finger Lakes Hue and Line

Yesterday the neighborhood lawnmowers roared into service! Of course, not all started easily, but eventually grass was cut. In some yards rakes raked, staying just ahead of the mowers. Yards were spiffed up; even some lawn edges were trimmed. Spring took another step towards summer in the Finger Lakes.

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Finger Lakes Hue and Line

Regardless of tragedy in the South, spring marches on in the Finger Lakes. Trees show touches of leaves to come – soon perhaps. As puddles leave the fields, Dandelions show their bright faces. Garden bulbs flaunt their glory.

So much pain and suffering in the news these days, but today several happy hours
watching the happy Bride and Groom. It’s a bit like a breath of sunshine breaking
through endless clouds. Even the Crown Imperials share a blossom or two to celebrate
the happy couple.

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Finger Lakes Hue and Line

Early spring in the Finger Lakes this year consists of very few days of sunshine and many days of rain and drizzle.  Vegetation of all kinds will have a strong start, and by the time people get to their lawns and gardens they may be facing a jungle. Hedges have a lacy green appearance, Geese have just about decided on their nesting spots. Birds fly to and fro with grasses in their beaks.  It’s their time for family and preparation for new life. 

Attached is one of my paintings of early spring with Canadian Geese speculating on nesting sites or is it each other?

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Finger Lakes Hue and Line

Easter Sunday – So much meaning in those two words for many people. Christ
Lives and that is the proof for anyone that will decide that they will follow Him – there is life after death

Will all the answers be clear – no. Will this life even be easier or smoother-
probably not. Will you be happier – sometimes yes and sometimes no. Will
you disappoint Christ and yourself – of course. Will you fail many times and
take the ‘low road’ – probably.

Christianity is described as a ‘walk’ not a ‘destination’ – walks are sometimes
beautiful and other times incredibly hard and ugly. But with Christ you are never
alone. A destination will happen, but the daily company on the road is all in all.

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Finger Lake Hue and Line

Perfect weather for spring grass continues – cold and wet. Lawns ripple, undulating their saturated viridian hues. Spring bulbs are stretching tall reaching for a nonexistent sun. Ithaca, the Forsythia City, is beginning to display twitches of yellow along the roadsides. Fields have unusual floating ponds, creeks are running high, and all in all we are feeling moldy from our overcast skies. And still the rain; rains on.

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Finger Lakes Hue and Line

Today the Finger Lakes is having a cold, very rainy day. The hills surrounding our valley are misty holding us softly within. A day to stay home with something special bubbling
on the stove and crusty bread to break open and dip.

As evening closes in, perhaps a warm fireplace to toast the toes. A, soft throw, comfortable chair and a good book reflect heaven on earth. Perhaps time to finally watch that great movie still on the shelf. Or if you enjoy a noisy house with kids an assortment of games that give friendly competition. Popcorn is a must!
Welcome Rain – Welcome Spring.

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Country lore is that after you hear the first peepers you will have frost three more times.
I think that this morning’s sparse gray mantle may be our second time.
Peepers are one of the happiest sounds of spring in the Finger Lakes. The tiny tree frogs emerge from hibernation as the ground begins to thaw. The evening air rings with their song and we stand outside in the cold, dark air to listen to the males call for a mate. The next day our first excited comment to friends is “I heard peepers last night’.

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