Macro Lens to Capture Spirits of Spring

"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome." - Anne Bradstreet The last winter at Minnesota was long and brutal, the spring was delayed until the beginning of May. Since the spring was delayed for almost a … Continue reading Macro Lens to Capture Spirits of Spring

Three Sides of a Big Gobbler

We have been working hard to make our yard animal - friendly. We set couple of hummingbirds' feeds for those tiny angles, installed some small fence lines under the roof convenient for birds to build their nests, put corns and fresh water out for deers, ducks, squirrels and turkeys. since the start of this spring … Continue reading Three Sides of a Big Gobbler

Always Explore in More than One Way

It is always fun to look and take photos of the same things from various angles or on different moments. Last weekend the ducklings were finally hatched on our yard. Before they followed their parents onto their journey, I took some family photos for them. Since mommy duck had been staying in our yard for … Continue reading Always Explore in More than One Way

Two Generations Together

I have been visiting Mississippi Rookery on a regular basis since late March this year. I wanted to see how those great blue herons built their home from scratch, found their another half to start families and raise their next generation. Here are couple of previous posts including my observations on herons' life: https://cxianliu.wordpress.com/2021/04/10/flight-in-fresh-spring-air/ https://cxianliu.wordpress.com/2021/05/22/blue-and-green-the-colors-for-new-lives/Continue reading Two Generations Together

The Random Collection of Tiny Flowers

A trip on last Sunday to Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary was to look for the state flower of Minnesota - lady slipper. But there I was told that the blooming time for lady slippers should be in June. I still took a walk around the garden and saw a various kinds of … Continue reading The Random Collection of Tiny Flowers

The Hearts Started Bleeding

We didn't plant many kinds of annual flowers or plants in our garden simply because there are a lot of wild animals around, such as deers, ducks, turkeys, etc. Those animals like to consume the flowers / plants as their meals. The only spring flowers we have is bleeding heart. The following two photos are … Continue reading The Hearts Started Bleeding

Gobble, Gobble, Gobble!

Around dinner time, there was a sound from back yard. Gobble, gobble, gobble, soon after I realized there might be a tom turkey I grabbed my camera and ran in front of windows. Here he is! It was the first time for me to see a male turkey in such a close range, especially when … Continue reading Gobble, Gobble, Gobble!

Get Close Just to Know You

I used to see wild bison from far away since I heard they can be very aggressive to human beings if they get angry. Yesterday was the first time for me to view them at very close distance, with a protective fence in between. They were lazy, spending most of day resting and sleeping. They … Continue reading Get Close Just to Know You

Cherry Blossom

The spring at Minnesota comes later than other places. So far there are only a few flowers popping up. Cherry blossom is one of them. There are not many cherry blossom trees around city, but I found couple of cherry blossom trees inside Japanese Garden. The Garden was tiny, at most 2 aces. But it … Continue reading Cherry Blossom