Rainbow without a storm

Yesterday I looked up while working in my garden and was surprised to see a rainbow.  We were expecting rain, but only a few tentative drops had fallen—in the end there was no rainstorm that evening.  There is probably a scientific explanation for the rainbow, having to do with high humidity and rainfall not far away,  but I prefer to remain mystified, feeling that something special happened: a rainbow without a storm.

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Robins guarding their domain

When I go out to my garden to deliver vegetable scraps to the compost bin, robins send out urgent warnings.  There must be one or more nests back there this year.  Yesterday I stayed  still and aimed my phone camera high. Moving is not an option as these very sensitive birds retreat back into the trees. The robins shown in my photos are not sharply focused so I hope you also enjoy viewing the trunks and branches of an evergreen forest.

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This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge celebrates Earth.  To see more nature photos, please click on the challenge link.

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Signs of spring

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Snow is still on the ground and the official first day of Spring is two weeks away, but today I had the first feeling that spring is really on its way.  I wrote two haiku–the first, after looking out the window to check the weather.  The second continues my thoughts using prompt words from Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Challenge #87.

Wet drops drip slowly,
puddles gleam from the driveway,
It’s above zero.

Above zero days,
March shift, a new weather range,
May this trend stand firm.

The prompt words used in the second haiku are  ‘class’ and ‘firm’ (range=class).  The temperature reference is zero degrees Centigrade.

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Winter brush in sunlight–Weekly Photo Challenge

The theme this week for the Daily Post Photo Challenge is ‘harmony’. I reviewed photos I took this week and was reminded that we had a few sunny days!  The photos I am posting feature trees and thistle plants. In each, I detect a touch of harmony.  In the first, I am struck by how the spruce grow in groups of two or three.  They appear to huddle in a winter scene.

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The next photo features a stand of trees that subtly all seem to lean to the right. I like the brilliant white clouds highlighting the sky in the background.

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Finally, I took this picture to feature the thistle in the foreground–they failed to stand out as much as I had hoped. Nevertheless, I feel a kind of harmony in this woodland scene with a frozen marsh and houses in the background.

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 ∼ Pictures were taken near Kingston, Ontario, Canada ∼

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