Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A Photo Op!

Next to knowing when to seize opportunity,
the most important thing in life
is to know when to forego an advantage.
                        Benjamin Disraeli


Well I am sitting here looking out the window at the most beautiful sunrise, oops that was Saturday. I am sitting here looking out at the dreary and looks like it is going to rain any minute overcast sky at 8 o'clock I am wondering if the cows will notice that it is really 7. I am not going to rush back and feed them hoping they will not notice the time change. I am thinking I will give them a half hour early and they will give me that half hour later, 8:30 will be my new time to feed, we will see how that goes.

On that beautiful Saturday morning with the most beautiful sunrise as I was saying, the shadows bounced off the fire hydrant onto the snow which is still sticking around, the light bounced off the side of that Chicken Coop that I love. I love early mornings like this. My Hero informs me that we will be going on a road trip that could only mean one thing an auction sale, but since I had not seen anything in the paper I was wondering what he was talking about.

 We were going to my sisters in Northumberland County a beautiful hilly full of beautiful open fields and an abundant variety of incredible barns to photograph place, to say I was excited was an understatement. He rushed off to feed those cows and I packed up Leo and dressed quickly so we could get an early start. I have not seen my sister for months as the weather is unpredictable in her area with snow storms, white outs, freezing rain and all that winter likes to dump on them, I could not wait to see her.


We hit the not so busy highway and whizzed past barn upon barn, I was OK with that because we were both anxious to get to where we were going and I was sure the trip back would be more relaxed and there would be stopping to capture those awesome photos that I knew were hiding tucked in those hills. On rounding a bend I could see the familiar ice covered Rice Lake and vowed after our visit I would be able to go down and get some photos of those ice huts that I just knew should be there. We pulled into the driveway and there were hugs and how you doing questions going around.

 My sister and her husband have an abundant variety of birds coming to visit their variety of bird feeders and I thought there would be some nice shots of birds that I never seem to capture on the farm in the wild. While everyone was sitting and visiting I sat on the floor near the window and watched beautiful bright red Cardinals, a surprisingly quick Chick a Dee, Downy Woodpeckers and those noisy Blue Jays land and take off one by one while I sat and caught up on things with my sister.

I know at this point you are wondering where all those great photos of beautiful birds, barns and an ice covered lake are; let me tell you never get your hopes up just enjoy the company and forget about the photos because after all the snapping of birds while being distracted with witty conversations and laughter only one of the bird ones turned out. I am so happy we went but only one not very good bird photo was a little disappointing. My sister told me that the ice huts have been all removed because the end of March is the deadline. No chance of seeing nor photographing them either.


About the barn and lake and scenery photos it seems we were having such a good visit and enjoying a nice lunch and each other’s company we completely lost track of time and on leaving late in the day and knowing we had to go feed Annie and check the cows before dark we in turn had to race back down that busy highway as I watched beautiful barn after beautiful barn pass me by.

All in all it was a wonderful day and I would not change one thing but I will no doubt be returning soon by myself and staying a couple of nights and taking lots of photos of barns, lakes and the most incredible open hilly fields while dragging my, she is used to my stopping on the side of the road, sister.

I better get outside and feed the cows and Annie now. I wonder if they know it is 8:30 or they think it is still only 7:30 and that I am early. We shall see.

Later

33 comments:

  1. lovely, somtimes the photos we take are in our minds and kept in our hearts. there will be time for photographs another time. :)

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  2. Nice to have gotten to visit with your Sister. My one sister is 2 1/2 hours away, however the other is on the East Coast.

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  3. You got a nice photo of the nuthatch but spending time with family really is more important. :)

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  4. I am so glad you got to visit your sister!

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  5. Well I'm glad to hear you are enjoying yourself! I hope the cattle don't mind the time adjustment.

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  6. A visit with your sister? Best of days! The pictures will wait. :)

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  7. Sisters are THE best. I have 3...each one very different from the next in personality and temperment and I find visiting with them so rejuvenating. Better than geritol ;-)

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  8. What a delight to get to visit your sisters! I loved your pictures. There is something just exquisite about how the sun plays off the snow. Someday, I shall see that, I know.

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  9. glad you shared time with your sis. :)

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  10. You have your cows well train on our time.

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  11. So very different from where I live in South Texas. Yet we're all still much the same as people. I love your photos, especially the bird :) A nuthatch, I think?

    Great to meet you on Susan's blog.

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  12. Beautiful photos! And a very nice day...

    Glad to meet you! Lisa

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  13. Glad you and your sister had a good visit. And that bird photo is beautiful!

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  14. Sounds like you had a great time with your sister! The two shots you did get are great, I like the light in the first photo.

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  15. So glad you had a wonderful visit with your sister . Lovely photos . I have had that happen to me to once got all ready took photos like crazy and only a few turned out oh well that's the way it is sometimes ! Thanks for sharing with us . Have a good day !

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  16. You may have only gotten one bird picture, but that one is a dandy. Next time, you'll get more, but this time, the witty conversation and laughter were so much more important. I hope someone took a picture of you and your sister together. Laughing.

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  17. There will be other opportunities for picture taking...people are more important.

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  18. Laughter and love are always so much more important than photo-taking! *hugs*

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  19. We are all about sisters here : )
    Glad you got to get away. And yes, even the animals have to adjust to this time change.

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  20. It is such a good feeling to be close to our siblings... I love spending time with my little brother.

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  21. The pictures are stored in your wonderful memories of your visit with your sister. You can get some "real" ones another time. So glad you had such a good visit!

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  22. Sounds like a wonderful visit with your sister! Does she enjoy being outside and taking beautiful pictures as much as you do?

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  23. Sounds like such a nice visit with your sister! I'm glad you were able to see her for a while. I know you were in your element with all the birds and lovely nature scenery :)

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  24. B, I am the same way when I am visiting family: I forget all about taking photos! The shots you did get were very good and I'm glad to hear you had such a nice visit with your sister.

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  25. Yeah, I know what you mean - I get a perverse pleasure out of waking the dogs early in the spring, since they are so good about returning the favour in the fall...
    But - Husband has a bad cold, so I have been sleeping late as well...
    My therapist and I got down to the root of the problem today. Now I just have to see about looking at it from every angle, and feeling all the associated emotions...
    But the pussywillows help a lot!!

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  26. Spending the day with your sister is more important than taking pictures. Glad you had a nice visit.

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  27. No, don't tell the cows about the time change. They'll figure it out soon enough when that sun starts getting up earlier. Love the bird photo! Fun with family trumps blog photography any day, though.

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  28. What a fun day you had. Unfortunately, I've never had a day like that in my life with either of my sisters. (They're considerably older than me.)

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  29. Buttons, It was nice you got out an about to visit your sister. Glad you had a good time there and just relaxed into the moments conversing. We will look forward to hills and lakes on your next visit. :)

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  30. There will be time for photos on another visit and I really like the little bird you captured at the feeder!
    We have more of a tendency to feed by when it gets light here, especially this time of year.

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  31. sister visits are the best!!

    those barns and birds will be there next time!!

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  32. A canadian JAY!!! :)

    and so glad you got to play catchup with your sister! Yay!

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