We got some snow here in Southern New England this weekend. It was the perfect kind of snow. It was pretty while it lasted, and it didn't last long as it's April after all and the temperatures warmed up quickly.
I went out early Saturday morning with my camera to check out the nesting swans in the area. I was struck by this sight when I saw it.....
A Mother's love:
This Mama swan was snow covered sitting on her eggs. She bore the brunt of the snow and cold to keep her eggs safe and warm. Now that is love!
I hope you all survived the rain and wind storm we had here yesterday. We were very lucky to not lose power, as a lot of our town did lose power and they are still without it today. The only damage we sustained was our gas grill. The wind flipped it over frontwards. I'm not sure how damaged it is yet, but it doesn't look good. Mr S will check it out today.
As the wind was blowing the trees sideways in the woods out back, I couldn't help but think of my fox friends back there. I was hoping they were safely hunkered down in their den.
Speaking of the fox, my persistence paid off the other evening. It's not easy to get photos of them this year, as they are not coming out of the woods into the backyard like they have in previous years. I'm sure the reason is because they have been scared away several times by our next door neighbors who are protecting their chickens. And rightly so I must add.
I spend my evenings sitting on Mr S's tractor which is parked out back by the woods with my 150-600 mm lens on my camera waiting for some action. I saw Mama come up from the den and instead of running off out of sight, she decided to sit for a bit. I was happy to see her and happy to be able to take some photos of her.
Isn't she beautiful?
The weather is decent today and I'm planning on being back there this evening "fox hunting" as I like to call it. Hope you're having a great day!
The American Robin is such a common bird, and is often overlooked by bird and nature photographers. I personally love to see and photograph the robins. I think they're adorable! During my recent backyard fox hunting, I've been photographing the birds out there while waiting for a fox sighting.
It's all abut the light!
The warm evening light makes this image interesting and beautiful.......making a common bird look rather regal in my opinion.
I'm out in my backyard a lot these days...mostly hunting for the fox. I was able to capture a few more photos of them, but am not happy with the results. It's giving me something to do though! I've also been taking some bird photos while I'm out there.
It feels so good to be outdoors with nature, even if it's in your own backyard. I hope you're finding some comfort in the nature surrounding you.
I hope you are all doing well and coping well with all of this social distancing. It's really difficult to be away from our loved ones, but it's actually a gift of love that we are doing this sacrifice. There's not much more of a loving thing that we could be doing right now in my opinion.
I got the sweetest surprise in my mailbox this morning!!!!!
It made my heart sing and I couldn't wait to open it....
Bestill my heart!!!!!!
Nana and Bumpa miss you too sweet girl!!!
Now, I know these are just snapshots and not up to the photographic standards I normally set for the blog, but in times like this, these are the things that mean the most.
I just want to tell you how proud I am to live in Massachusetts...and how proud I am of my team, The New England Patriots. The state of Massachusetts was promised to get a shipment of PPE last week for our front line Health Care Workers and emergency responders to use to protect themselves as they treated patients who are sickened by the Novel Corona Virus. This shipment never made it here, and was sent elsewhere. I'm so proud of our Governor, Charlie Baker, who thought outside of the box and came up with a plan to get the needed PPE that our health care workers are in dire need of here. He consulted with the Kraft family, who are the owners of the New England Patriots, and together they worked their way through all of the red tape to send a humanitarian mission to China, using the NE Patriots plane, to acquire and deliver 1.2 million N95 masks.
As I watched the plane landing and being immediately unloaded upon it's arrival in Boston, I couldn't help but have goose bumps and a lump in my throat. Not only are these masks going to be used by the people on the front lines here in Massachusetts, but today a NE Patriots tractor trailer arrived in NYC with 300,000 of those masks aboard, to be given to the front line health care workers in NY who desperately need them. The Kraft family spent 2 million dollars to acquire those masks for the state of NY. Boston's sports teams have always had serious rivalries with the New York teams, and I find it extremely heart warming, that when in times of need, we are all one.
I'm putting politics aside here, and just am so proud of our Governor, who's caring and compassionate leadership throughout this crisis has been remarkable.
I took this photo at the New England Patriots Hall of Fame at Gillette Stadium a few months ago:
Yes, we ARE all Patriots. How fitting this quote is today. Thank you Mr. Kraft. I'm a proud member of Patriot Nation. God bless us all and God bless our World.
This blog first began as a 365 day project. It was a lot of fun to post daily, but as life changes and evolves, so has the purpose of this blog. I hope to share with you the things that I love to photograph in and around New England, as well as an occasional glimpse into my everyday life.
I am a Mother, Wife, Daughter, Friend, and Photographer. I also work part time in a local hospital. Thank you for taking this photographic journey with me.