Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Spring Time Sky Watching

I thought maybe the blossoms of my peach and apricot trees against a blue sky would make a nice shot.
Then I heard it. As distinctive as the bugle of an elk in fall is the cry of a hawk during breeding season. The pair dances in the air, as graceful as skaters on the ice.
They soar higher and higher until they are mere dots in a blue sky. For me, watching them is one of the great joys of spring.

You can see what is happening in other skies around the world at Skywatch Friday, hosted for us by Klaus, Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy and Sylvia.

25 comments:

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I love bird watching but am terrible at the calls. Now I will have to listen and see if I can identify this mating call.

beautiful pink blossoms too.

Lindy MacDuff said...

Beautiful blossoms, gorgeous sky, and wonderful shots of the hawks. I get mesmerized watching them. =)

Carolyn Ford said...

How fabulous that must be! Understanding the behavior of wildlife is such a gift...enjoy!

Gaelyn said...

Spring is definately in your neighborhood with blooms and mating. How very cool to see these hawks against a blue sky.

Lorac said...

Your peach and apricot trees in blossom! Wow and I am looking at a foot of new snow. Love the hawks! What a great catch.

mountain.mama said...

Oh, beautiful blossoms! Great sky post.

Noelle said...

What a wonderful picture that you captured. The blossoms are beautiful, but to capture 'courting' hawks is just priceless...

JOE TODD said...

Lovely post I wish we had a little more spring in Ohio LOL

Paulie said...

Neat catch and beautiful blue skies -- wish we had some of those too!

Linda Reeder said...

What's better against a blue sky than birds and blossoms!

J Bar said...

Good shots.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Sylvia K said...

Fantastic shots! And Linda is right, what's better against a blue sky than birds and blossoms! We are getting there, one day at a time, aren't we? Have a beautiful weekend, Martha!

Sylvia

Regina said...

Lovely skies and nice pink bloom!
Great shots Martha.
Happy weekend.
"SkyWatch"

Photo Cache said...

I can't wait to drive around NorCal and see all the blooms.

www.ewok1993.

Barb said...

Lucky you, Martha - right place - right time! I made your photos larger so I could enjoy the hawks' flight, too. (Wish I could hear them.)

Diane AZ said...

Indeed, those blossoms do look nice against the blue sky! Our little peach tree has new leaves, but no blossoms yet.

Today by the creek, I heard a hawk scream and watched it bring a stick up to a nest. I haven't seen any raptors dancing in the sky, but I did see a pair of geese fly by.

Laura Hegfield said...

Beautiful photos. I enjoy seeing the hawks against the sky, but even more I love seeing blossoms on trees. It will be a few more months before they grace the scene here in NH.

ρομπερτ said...

...sigh...thank you so very much for this entry of yours, as there were a couple of those birds living in the forest across the street, back home. Not really able to express the gratefullness of this memory, allow me to thank you once again and wish you all a nice Friday.

eden said...

The peach and apricot blooms are lovely sight against the blue sky. And good captures of the hawks in flight too. Great shots. Love all your pictures. have a wonderful weekend.

Carol said...

What beautiful skies and blossoms! The hawks are a great capture!

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful captures of the Hawks and the blossoms are so pretty! Great shots!

Stine in Ontario said...

How interesting that the hawks are breeding now. I guess that along with the blossoms they consider it spring.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

The contrast with the blue sky and pastel tree is just gorgeous.

Ebie said...

Lovely blue skies with your pink blooms. I wish I could capture birds in the neighborhood.

Spring is coming!

happilyretired said...

Beautiful sky series ... love those pink blossoms and the soaring birds against your lovely blue skies with wispy clouds. Our clouds have been billowy of late.
Hugs and blessings,