Spring Tulips

They come and go quickly in the Spring, these wonderful, colorful marvels of our plant world — Tulips!

Using different settings on my Nikon CoolPix L830, I photographed the Tulips in the circle garden at the Veterans Park at the Bridge across the street from my apartment building.

The top right photo is Yellow Tulips in black and white; below that photo is Yellow Tulips in sepia.

The photo at the top right is Yellow Tulips in black and white. Below it is a Red Tulip in a red only setting.

Close-ups are, from left, red only, red in black and white, and yellow in a yellow only setting.



And then, they begin to fade, and break away, to seed for another day:

Hooray for Tulips!

Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

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It Is Nearly Spring and —


Night time snow removal after peak traffic hours

This post is for the snowplowing cowboys who jumped into action a few days ago around the county, and who will be called on again soon in Spring-timeless areas! You come out from everywhere with every type of equipment to lend a hand, and you’re so appreciated! Thank you all !!

Another light snow storm is expected to wind itself down into Ohio and bordering states tomorrow. The Buckeye State just suffered a late blooming Winter blast that brought snowplowers out of their deep sleep and back into road-clearing action the first of this week. Their idleness for the most part this Winter season nearly sent them into rust mode, until Mother Nature decided to finally wake everyone up late into the Winter swoon by sending a few feet of white stuff to challenge them.

Oh, yes, that was six days ahead of Spring! Now we’ll get another delayed treat of Winter Wonderland two days before bud-pooping season.

Some of us must live in Ohio!

Thanks again to all snowplow cowboys and snow-removal jockeys everywhere!

All Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Even As Snowflakes Fell…


Bare branches revealed tree birds and others busy at work even as snowflakes began to flurry around them. (ABOVE) a Red-bellied Woodpecker seeks insects hiding in the cracks of tree bark.

In the following pictures, respectively, a squirrel accepts a treat left on the ground by apartment residents; a Canada goose searches for friends near the riverbank; two Starlings sing a tune while retrieving tree berries; and a female Cardinal checks out future Spring nesting possibilities among thick branches.

Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg