Thursday, April 11, 2013

Mid-April

    Mid-April and the birds come back with the warm wind and sun.
 
Ducks, geese, swans, goldfinches, robins, finches appear in the woods and gardens. They will start a new life, build nests and baby birds will appear.


Ducks
Ducks are lucky
Don't you think?
When they want to
Take a drink,
All they do is
Duck their bill.
(Doesn't matter
If they spill.)
When they want to
Take a swim,
All they do is
Dive right in;
And they never
Seem to sink.
Ducks are lucky,
Don't you think?

 Mary Ann Hoberman

Others ducks, pigeons and gulls wintered in the city. And urban birds rejoice open water on the river and canals, looking for food and fighting for it.
  Racing pigeon
The racing pigeon’s very fast
When chasing after food -
All other birds are pushed aside,
Which is extremely rude.




A large block of ice was floating on the Neva, gulls were sitting on it as on a cruise ferry, watching around.


When the birds were fed, they peacefully slept on the ice near the river.

The little pony was taken for a spring walk. He needed to stretch his legs after a winter stall, to run around in circles. It seems this pony has been happy with spring air and sun.

Prancing pony
Your prancing, dancing pony,
Oh, please don’t tie him here.
This cherry tree’s in blossom,
Oh, dear, dear, dear!
He’ll prance and dance and whinny,
He’ll neigh and stamp and call,
And down the soft, pink blossoms
Will fall, fall, fall!



P.S. I've found verses about ducks, dove and pony on 'Poems for kids' site.

Lucia-Maria has given me the new award 'I love your garden'. Thank you, Lucia!
I read many interesting gardening blogs so if anyone wants this award, feel free  to take it, please!



54 comments:

  1. Congratulations on the award, Nadezda! I just love those duck and pony pictures. Great ones! Happy Thursday!

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    1. Satu, I love pony watching them running. Thank you!

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  2. Dear Nazezda ,good morning !
    What beautiful photos ! I think that the spring is near you ! The snow waste away and you must prepare for your garden !Gongratulations for this lovely award !

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    1. Today we had enough warm day and I think the snow melted in my garden. Thank you, Olimpia!

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  3. You have a gorgeous picture in your header Nedezda! So very spring, even if the snow is still there. I love ducks, so I enjoyed all of your pictures. Love how the sun hits the water. No sun here at the moment, looks and feels more like fall, lots of wind and rain.
    Bye,
    Marian

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    1. Glad you liked my new header, it was taken kneeling in the snow.I wish you have sunny days soon.
      Thank you, Marian!

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  4. Es un placer ver como en primavera se llena todo de vida:))
    Preciosas fotos. El collage del Pony es una maravilla Nazezda.
    Enhorabuena por el premio!.
    Un beso

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    1. A mi me gustan ponys y hize las fotos con un placer. Tienes razon, la vida se vuelve y la nieve se va.
      Gracias, Laura. M!

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  5. Beautiful pictures! The birds seem very happy that the ice is melting and spring has returned. The little pony is very cute and the poems are fun! Congratulations on your well-deserved award!

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    1. We all -people and birds, ponies are glad spring is here. Thank you, Peter!

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    1. Thank you,Optimistic Existentialist!

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  7. The ducks look very happy! It's good to see the ice melt.

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  8. Nice pictures you show - wonderful "green shoots" with all the beautiful birds.
    Congratulations on your purchase price. Wishing you a good Friday / good weekend :) Hugs Hanne Bente

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    1. Finally spring appeared,thank you, Hanne Bente!

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  9. Nice photographs and poems of the birds and the pony, especially the running pony.........so beautiful!!!!!!

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    1. Janneke, I agree, this red hair pony is lovely. Thank you!

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  10. Dear Nadezda,wonderful images and photos!!I like ducks and they look so beautiful as also the pony!
    Congratulations on the award,you decerve it dear!Have a lovely weekend!
    Dimi..

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    1. I liked this pony when I've seen hin, is very happy.
      Thank you, Dimi!

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  11. Your photos capture the dynamic movement of that pony so well! He looks very frisky. It's so wonderful to see animal activity after everyone has been hiding all winter, isn't it?

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    1. Yes, it is! We all want to be active when the days are warmer. Thank you, Rebecca!

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  12. Hi Nadezda
    Congratulations on your award! Bravo! the pictures in this post are lovely - the colours of the birds' feathers, the action in the prancing horses - just wonderful.

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    1. Astred, the sun shines, wind is warm, grass is seen under the snow ---it's just wonderful.
      Thank you!

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  13. Hi Nadezda,
    What peaceful photos!! Especially the pony one is awesome! It's challenging to get a shot of animals moving fast, but your photos are energic!! Thanks for sharing, and have a good Sunday:)

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    1. I liked prancing pony as well. Thank you, Keity!

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  14. Nice post with some beautiful pictures. Its a bit of a contrast to where I live (Australia).

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  15. I'm so glad our snow has melted and spring is on the way! Congrats on a well deserved award. :o)

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  16. The prancing horse is so muscular and sprightly. Ducks are communal and social beings looking at how they huddled together. I like your photos.

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    1. You're right: this little pony was very sprightly. Thank you, Stiletto!

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  17. Beautiful photos, Nadezda; I loved the prancing pony! Congratuations on your award!

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  18. Ola, fiquei encantada com as fotos e com o blog.Meus cumprimentos SU

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Suzane!

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  19. Congratulations on your award. I have really noticed the bird song in the mornings. Yesterday I was planting up seeds and the birds were singing in the trees over my head. I have noticed ducks and Canada Geese as well.

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    1. Yes,they were! I saw the geese flying back here to make nests. I don't know how they are named (may be Northern geese) but seeing them was joyful. Thank you, Jennifer!

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  20. The birds are arriving here too; making nests and singing, its lovely to hear them - nice poems! what's happening in your garden? is it still under snow? Christina

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    1. The spring is everywhere! The snow melts very fast in my garden, I can't understand where this all water goes away. Yesterday I saw first crocuses, tulips' sprouts. Thank you, Christina, have a nice week!

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  21. Wonderful post, Nadezda. I'm so happy to see spring happening in your world now. The ducks and birds and pony are as happy as I'm sure the people are. Love those poems too. Happy April.

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    1. Spring finally came, all are happy! Thank you, Grace!

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  22. Lovely post, I enjoyed looking at the water birds and the pony. Congratulations on your award!

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  23. Dear Nadezda, thank you so much for the great pictures! Love to look at them.
    Yes, spring comes sooo slowly and I really can't believe, that I yesterday sat in the sunshine.
    Today all is wet, but it's so necessary for growing

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    1. You are welcome, Meggie!
      I hope you have other sunny days in spring, the weather is very changeable.

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  24. What a cute pony! And the ducks are adorable, too. Love that poem about the ducks. It made me smile! It still looks very cold there with all the snow!

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    1. Thank you, Holley!
      sorry I'm late in answering.

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  25. Glad to see your ice is melting, ours is almost gone! I love that pony, it looks just like I feel, so happy the air is warmer and the sun in out. Spring is in the air :)

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    1. I agree, Rosemary,I do feel the same. Thank you!

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  26. I think your garden this year is full of promise with the new plants you showed on your last post. Your pictures of the ducks, seagulls and pony are very pretty. Your pony collage is different – what kind of program do you use? – I have never seen this type of collage. Thanks for your comment on my blog – yes, when we were in Yalta last October, we went to the Livadia Palace where Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin met – it’s a beautiful place.

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    1. I'm glad you liked my collage with pony.
      I use the program 'GIMP Image Editor 2.6', it's for Windows and Linux, you can choose.
      Interestingly, you've been to Yalta, I loved to spend vacations there.
      Thank you!

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  27. Spring is having a hard time this year; it’s still having to fight the last remains of winter.

    But the ducks are quacking and fighting for a mate and all the birds, little and large, are getting together in pairs.

    Perhaps they know something we don’t know.

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    1. You're right,life continues. snow melts!
      I hope there is no snow in your so beautiful place, thank you, Frico!

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