Wet And Wild

Our rainy weather is over, but I’m still lingering in its dewy afterglow.

I was going to take a few more photos of the (very) high surf yesterday, but my arm was protesting too loudly.


I had an exceptionally busy, crazy, chaotic, day.

A huge thank you to Paul Newman for getting me in for an extra, unscheduled, visit yesterday.

I love that man – he’s all sorts of awesome.

I have a question for my friends who live where it gets very cold and snowy.

Do you have birds in the winter?

Any at all?

I’ve never even thought about birds and cold climates before.

I was surprised when a Facebook follower commented on a bird photo of mine by saying, “It’s nice to see you have spring.”

We always have birds here, so her comment made me pause for a minute.

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The robins in the above photo came to play in a rain puddle on my backyard patio.

There were four of them originally, but only three hung around to have their photo taken.

They had a great time splashing and playing and “bathing” in the puddle.

A day before the storms hit, I took this sunset photo in Newport Beach.

The storm clouds were inbound, but hadn’t arrived in full force yet.

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I love how the clouds seem to mirror the cove.

I really do feel fortunate to be surrounded by so much beauty.

My favorite “rain” photo from the weekend was a minimalist shot.

I named it, “Winter Sighs.”

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Sometimes, simple is best.

8 Responses to “Wet And Wild”

  1. Margie

    I’m in Cleveland and yes, we have birds in the winter. I have two birdfeeders up and regularly see cardinals (so pretty against the snow!), blue jays, sparrows, chickadees, and junkos. Isn’t it an old saying that robins bring spring with them? Maybe that’s what the person meant.

    • Suzanne

      I wish I could see cardinals against the white snow!

  2. Julie in Michigan

    Hi Suzanne, I’m in Canton Michigan and yes birds are a plenty even in the winter. The robins have been here for about a month so I got excited and then we got another blast of snow and then another and another!

    • Suzanne

      So it sounds like some types migrate and others tough out the cold weather! : )

  3. Erica

    I am in Ohio and we have birds year round. They are louder and happier in the Spring so maybe your picture showed that aspect. People feed birds, so it isn’t as necessary for every single one to migrate when it’s cold anymore. I think hummingbirds and some other kinds all fly south.

    When I lived on a little lake I noticed that some ducks and geese would paddle all day long to keep parts of the body of water liquid. Sometimes they failed and frozen birds, legs trapped in the ice, would be found in the mornings,

  4. Mary Jo

    Your business makes me tired just reading about it! You are one busy girl for sure.
    As for traveling by yourself, I have taken a few road trips by myself. Although I enjoyed the solitude I can see that it can be very dangerous. Especially today where it seems that there are plenty of people out there that don’t have any regard for other people. A woman alone with expensive equipment is all some people need to do the unthinkable.
    Be very cautious if you decide to go it alone!

    • Suzanne

      Yep, I’m still considering all the aspects.
      There’s a lot about the idea that appeals to me, but there are things I’d be wary of too.


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