Pictorial March on the Canadian Prairies
by Anita Mae Draper
March 2012 is about one month ahead of our average springtime after an extremely mild winter. I think our lowest temp this past season was -21C/-6F whereas we'd normally go down to -40C/-40F or lower. Brrr
Mar 2: We start our pictorial with a photo of 13 yr old JJ and his 2nd ride ever on our Yamaha snowmobile. Until this point, we just hadn't had enough snow to make it fun. But the day was gorgeous so Nelson had JJ watch him go a couple times around the island in our yard before letting JJ take it for a spin.
As I stood on the steps and watched him go around, I was very worried. After all, if he came toward the house too fast, he could hit the truck, the house, me or kill himself. I began to pray.
With good reason! He took that far corner and sped up instead of braking! Och! Yes, the snowmobile was still running as JJ took off on in a hurry. But He was unhurt, PTL.
After that, Nelson fired up the BBQ for burgers. Regardless of the temperature, when Nelson wants burgers, he goes out and BBQ's them. Of course it would be easier going to McDonalds, but since the closest one is over an hour drive away, he doesn't let a little thing like snow and cold stop him.
Mar 3: A foggy day. Pretty, but deadly. It caused some horrific highway accidents throughout the day.
The fog cleared and left icicles everywhere. That didn't stop this House Sparrow from checking out the old birdhouse.
Mar 5: The birdhouse must've been acceptable because the House Sparrow was back with a mate. The female is on the top left, the male on the bottom right.
Mar 8: Freezing rain overnight paints a shiny layer of ice although this House Sparrow seems unimpressed.
Mar 18: Pussywillows on the Mountain Ash tree.
A lone Red-winged Blackbird checks things out in a Poplar tree.
Mar 21: The Canada Geese and Snow Geese are migrating over our farmyard.
A whole flock of blackbirds arrive and spend their last days of bonding in the poplar trees before separating for the summer.
Mar 22: This male has staked out his territory and is already on guard for intruders.
Mar 25: I'm watching the pussywillows because I'm curious how they grow.
The robins came back about a week ago. This one is in the Purple Royalty crab tree. I feel like saying, "You can fly, but you can't hide."
And yesterday I caught the Muskovy ducks playing a round of King of the Castle.
Spring is here!
The above photos will soon be added to the jigsaw puzzle pages of my website at www.anitamaedraper.com.
This next one won't be though...Mar 8th: A self-portrait of me signing the Books & Such Literary Agency contract. Hello Mary Keeley. :)
So? How's spring for you this year, and is it a normal year?
Anita Mae Draper is retired from the Canadian Armed Forces and lives on the prairie of southeast Saskatchewan, Canada with her hubby of 30 plus years and 2 of their 4 kids. She writes stories set on the prairies of Saskatchewan, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. Anita Mae has semi-finaled in the Historical Romance category of the ACFW's 2011 Genesis contest and finaled in the Inspirational category of the 2011 Daphne du Maurier, the 2011 Fool for Love, the 2011 Duel on the Delta and 2009 Linda Howard Award of Excellence contests. Anita Mae is represented by Mary Keeley of Books and Such Literary Agency. You can find Anita at http://www.anitamaedraper.com/