Blue Jays and Blossoms

Yesterday morning, I opened the shades and saw two beautiful blue jays. I think they are a mating pair. You can’t tell with blue jays as the female looks no different from the male. Today I caught one of them outside the window in a variety of poses. I think it is a beautiful bird.

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It’s only the photo that makes it look as though the bird were turning like a model to display its finery.

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It had business to attend to.

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Which just might have included getting some nesting materials.

We had a bit of rain and lots of clouds today, so I avoided the garden and concentrated on cleaning the house, which didn’t happen last weekend, and getting groceries. After that, while the laundry was in and before dinner was started, I took a blossom walk.

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The squirrels like these. Sometimes you see one running toward a tree with a blossom in its mouth.

It had cleared a bit, with fast moving clouds, so sometimes there was blue sky and sun. Everywhere there was evidence of spring. The magnolias are about done, but the redbud and the dogwood are competing once more in colorful flourishes.

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Pink dogwood, lavender redbud…

There are violets in the grass.

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Mostly these are violet, but some are white and there are a few yellow ones.

Periwinkle, or vinca, have blossomed all winter, but are really coming onย now.

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Some of the azaleas also blossomed all winter.

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Other varieties are getting ready to bloom.

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The standard bulb flowers are showing their colors and form and the furled leaves of the lily of the valley are rising from the ground as well.

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Outside my bedroom window, the forsythia are riotous.

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And there are white dogwood as well in the courtyard, but they always run a bit behind the pink variety.

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Of course, the yoshino cherries have blossomed and are now shooting out leaves with some abandon.

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Years ago, I described a tree to my father over the phone to see if he could identify it. He said, “Sounds like a Catalpa. It has spectacular blossoms in the spring. Did you notice those?” I responded that everything was pretty spectacular here in the spring. I still think that. And it’s only just starting.

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57 Responses to Blue Jays and Blossoms

  1. Allison Harbick says:

    What a delightful feast for the eyes, cousin!! Thanks for posting the gorgeous pics! Love Virginia in all seasons but especially in the spring.

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Soooo lovely – it really IS spring there!

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  3. Sylvie G says:

    I love these birds and have not seen them for years ! Spring is so different from automn. It’s all in the light, I think, and the greens.

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    • arlingwoman says:

      It is in the light. Not just the angle, but the color of it, the way it hits the pale greens and makes them gold. I do like jays. They seem to have distinct personalities, but that’s probably me anthropomorphizing!

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      • Sylvie G says:

        the fun is in the anthorpomorphizing, or the more we look at it, the more we find that it is a continuum between animals and humans, rather than clear cut. When I see what some animals do I am so amazed !

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      • arlingwoman says:

        In one of his books, Konrad Lorenz, the animal behaviorist, said it’s not that animals are like us, but that we are all animals and have certain traits in common. I often think about that when watching a bird or mammal.

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      • Sylvie G says:

        Long live Konrad Lorenz (well, at least his words) ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. “Spring has returned. The earth is like a child that knows poems.” —Rilke

    I was thinking that your Blue Jays are a slightly different blue than ours, here in the north. And then I remembered something about how their coloration is not a pigment, but depends on how light hits and reflects all the little bumps and things of their feathers……and the light must be a little different where you are than where I am. So beautiful….you must be in high spirits!

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    • arlingwoman says:

      What a great quote. Yes, an unstoppable outpouring, I’d say. The light is probably at a slightly different angle, but coming your way soon, creeping up to higher latitudes. I think when you capture them in a photo, they do look different. Mostly we see them in motion and the color is an impression. It was also still cloudy this morning, which sometimes seems to intensify colors. Happy spring, Cynthia.

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  5. It is a pretty bird Lisa – such a lovely colour and pretty patterns. He/she looks as if he/she knew you were admiring it and didn’t mind at all ๐Ÿ™‚ You live in such a pretty environment with those trees and spring flowers coming on. Your apartment complex is lovely all by itself I think – I should love to live in such a nice environment! I’ve been working on your catcher this afternoon. Just waiting for one more charm to complete the magic ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you are doing well, I’ve been thinking of you even though I’ve been a tardy friend and not sent an email to say so. xoxo

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    • arlingwoman says:

      I was thinking about the light catcher yesterday! Looking forward to moving it around the place. The jays are often just a flash of blue, so when you capture all those feather patterns it’s pretty amazing. But as Robin showed, even the vultures have amazing feathers–and we don’t often see their beauty at all!

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  6. danellajoy says:

    A lovely post Lisa. I adore the Blue Jays, what a delight they are. The blossoms are certainly putting on a magnificent display for you.

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  7. The dogwood is my favourite springtime tree. In North Carolina they would fringe the forests in white at this time – like a hem, always on the edge.

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  8. A beautiful tour, and congratulations on the blue jay shots

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  9. Mary Tang says:

    Love the blue jays; I have not seen them before. What glorious flowers but it’s strange to see your camellias flowering as ours are also flowering right now. We’re supposed to be slipping into autumn but that only means the temperatures are lower at night. Today was 25ยบC and will rise to 33ยบC in a few days.

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  10. KerryCan says:

    WOW! Your world is gorgeous right now! It’s amazing to me that our environs can be so different–we’re expecting snow. Your photos capture so much color and variety–it’s a bit overwhelming! And when you add in the fragrances–whew! I love to see the blue jays, too. The color play on their feathers looks almost fake, it’s so perfect.

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Snow!!! Gaaa. It’s cold here this morning and the wind is roaring, but it’s still spring. Changes in latitudes! There is some lovely scent in the air here from April through some of the summer. I’m looking forward to catching them. And I’m glad to see the blue jays. They do look as though someone drew them.

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  11. pagedogs says:

    I love Virginia in full spring bloom. Such a wealth of color and fragrance all at once. When I was growing up, my mother (a birder) considered blue jays to be common, aggressive pesty birds. After living many years in an area with no bluejays, I’ve learned to appreciate how beautiful they are. And I don’t think you are anthropomorphizing–they have their own personalities and can be real characters.

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Thanks! I think it mostly about them and crows. The crows I know to be pretty complex. In any event, I was thinking just the other day that for months there will be some kind of scent floating through the air–holly, magnolia grandiflora, roses…

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  12. LB says:

    Sounds like a perfect day. Some chores accomplished, and a delightful walk, enjoying all the colors.
    Don’t you just love those redbuds? So pretty!

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  13. What a beautiful post, you made me sigh with happiness :)) great shots of the birds too!

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  14. Lisa, great capture of the bluejay and all his finery. What a gorgeous display of feathers. Your brick building is a lovely backdrop for all that spring goodness blooming around you. It will be a year this week that we visited your home and garden. I remember it well.

    It’s lovely to know that you’ll have beautiful color for four months, a nice reward for making it through a long winter.

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  15. Robin says:

    Oooh, that redbud in the last shot! All of your blooms are gorgeous, but the redbud is my favorite. I think blue jays are beautiful, too. Their markings/patterns and colors are wonderful.

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  16. jennypellett says:

    You certainly have some beautiful blossoms there! You are ahead of us…Spring seems to be a little behind this year – or am I just being impatient?

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    • arlingwoman says:

      I think spring is darting in and out of a cave where winter has held it prisoner. This morning it’s back in the cave. Maybe the English winter is managing to hold spring at the cave opening….

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  17. Robbie says:

    Beautfiul pictures of blue jay, I can never get them to pause for a picture-great job!The markings on the blue jay are quite stunning, I agree they are beautiful! I’ve notice a few hanging around the past few years. I had no idea the female and male were simliar. OH my, your trees are beautiul. I wish I could squeeze in a few more trees such as a red bud on our city lot, but I have stuffed it full from brim to brim-lol

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Your garden looks pretty satisfying to me! Re the jay pic’s, I just snapped about a dozen and picked out the ones that weren’t blurry. Something you can do now without being profligate with film!

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      • Robbie says:

        too funny, I do that ALL the time. I remember the days we had to acutally set our camera manually-we are spoiled by digital-but I LOVE it:-)

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  18. BunKaryudo says:

    You saw a lot of pretty things, but I think the blue jays were the best of the lot. They really are very beautiful birds.

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  19. Beautiful birds and beautiful blossom. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. Boomdeeadda says:

    I’m gobsmacked by all the flowering trees, shrubbery, ground covers and bulbs that grace your area. Oh and the Azalea’s that bloom in winter? Hard to imagine. We didn’t have a bad winter at all but the ground freezes like cement and nothing grows, zip, nudda. We can’t even leave moist dirt in pots because they’ll bust in the spring when they thaw (like frozen pipes that warm up). What a different world. It’s so beautiful. Our spring trees are just starting to bud out. No colour yet, but soon I hope.
    I like how that Jay wasn’t facing you, then almost facing you, then looking right at you like “what the?” We have Blue Jays here too, but they’re a little different in size. The ones around here are a whole lot bigger. Probably mostly body fat to keep them warm in winter. I use to put out plates of peanuts in shells or melt peanut butter on corn flakes for them out at the lake. I’d have a yard full in no time. I don’t know how they’d all find out but word would get around. Then the squirrel would come round and try and chase them all at the same time, HA But then he’d run off to write his novel ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  21. Absolutely wonderful spring blooms! And I love blue jays…they’re so fun to watch.

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  22. Maria F. says:

    You have beautiful flowers over there!

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  23. cindy knoke says:

    This bird is on my January calendar page! So pretty!

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