Monday, April 20, 2009

Mountain Monday With a Side of Spring!

Pygmy Child is still brightening our days with her laughter and easy going ways. I know her hubby misses her, but I am so grateful he was willing to share her with us. It has been over two years since I have gotten any real amount of time with her and it has been awesome! She will be here until Saturday.
Today was an amazingly beautiful day. 74 degrees! And last week it was snowing. Utah is a bipolar state, without a doubt.
Today was made extra special because I got to share one of my favorite spots with my daughter. I also got to share my camera, so some of the pictures were taken by her. It was so lovely, but enough words, on to the pictures!

This flowering plum tree is right outside my window. Amazing, huh?






As we were driving to one of my favorite picture spots, we spied these horsies chewing on a fence!





(P.S. I know it isn't good for horses to chew wood, but they were rather cute while they did it)


Avocet on the water:



Avocet tail on the water!








Pygmy Child is the one who took the next few pictures. Considering it was her first time with an SLR, I was really impressed. I think she has some real talent!

Red Winged Blackbird, and he was singing his heart out. I wish I could share that part with you too. You will have to settle for visual.











We are pretty sure this is some type of vole that was running around.




Cute kids pictures! Darling grandchildren and my handsome boy!














It is so wonderful to have the feel, the scent, the sounds and the vision of spring here. I am enjoying every minute of it! Hope you are enjoying the Utah spring, at least through my eyes.

21 Kids Who Want To Play:

Christa said...

Bipolar is the right word to describe Utah. Exteme ups and downs in the temperature department.

I really like the 2nd bird picture your daughter took. The color is very bright and vivid.

tubaville said...

Love those horsie pictures! They made me laugh!

Kristina P. said...

Today actually felt like a beautiful spring day, and your pictures really reflect that!

SO said...

Great pictures! I love it. And I'm glad you are having such a good time with pygmy child. Love that last photo.

K J and the kids said...

I was so happy to be enjoying the great outdoors today that I started singing popcorn popping on the apricot tree.
Look at those blossoms.
and what an awesome grandma you are to play with the kids.

Lady of Perpetual Chaos said...

Oh! These pictures give me hope that spring really will come...eventually! ;o)

Caustic Cupcake said...

I'm in love with that last pic, the one of the little guy and the... what is that, a water buffalo? an ox? Whatever. It's adorable.

The Boob Nazi said...

PRETTY PRETTY plum tree. SOOO pretty.

Carissa(GoodnCrazy) said...

The duck butt rocks!!

And I live in the mountains but feel like there is NO spring here EVER!! ahhhhh!

Jillybean said...

Wonderful pictures as always!

Squidling is really getting big, cute little chubby thighs!

Me said...

Monday really did feel spring like..it was quite enjoyable!

What would possess a horse to chew on a fence?

Soxy Deb said...

I very much enjoy the Utah spring through your eyes!!
I cannot believe how big the kids are getting. Even lil man. I haven't been over in a while (I'm working on my pennance for that) and I'm amazed at how much bigger they've all gotten.

You and Pygmy both are amazing photogs. I wish I had half the talent you have. You just have an eye for the artistic and me? Well I have an eye (and a flair) for the dramatic. lol

Jillene said...

Love, love the pictures as usual!!

Lisa said...

Breathtaking as always. You always make me jealous!

Bonnie the Boss said...

The picture on the tramp. So cute! they all look like they are having so much fun!

Jessica G. said...

Dude. Utah is totally bi-polar...I wonder how we would administer medication...?

Whitney R said...

I'm enjoying the Idaho spring! But, yes, the Utah one is beautiful because your tree's are BLOOMING!

You took some amazing pictures! The first one of the horse is awesome. It really looks professional

3 Bay B Chicks said...

There are so many great pictures here, Jo, it is hard to pick my favorite. Kids or nature? Kids or nature?

Hmmm...I am going to go with nature! (After all, I do see a lot of kids. I've got two of my own. :) )

-Francesca

Debbie said...

I am so happy you are having a good visit! How important those times are.

rychelle said...

i loved seeing all those pink and white blooms while i was in town.

megs said...

I've never thought of Utah weather as bi polar but you are totally right! It is! And I hate it! By April it should be warm. It just should!

Gorgeous pictures! Love them!