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Crested Tits & Fairy Lights

Crested Tit with Worm | www.myfoododyssey.com

The weather here in Lithuania is currently not playing ball. I was promised discreet seasons – snow, spring, sun, autumn. That was the deal. That was why I left rainy ole Ireland. (Well, no, but it was certainly part of it!) Other years I got beautiful photos of frosty plants and golden sunsets in autumn and snowy vistas in winter. This year? Nada. I am not exaggerating when I say it has been raining since mid-June. We had a poor summer all around, resulting in a smaller than anticipated vegetable crop. I took it on the chin. I still have my photography, I thought.

Day after day I would wake up hoping for even a small break in the clouds, a smidgen of light. But no. Day after day it rained. Day after day of grey skies and flooded fields, neither of which make for pretty photos. I think there were three or four days when I managed to get out with my camera.

Natural Christmas Tree Fairy Lights | www.myfoododyssey.com

Natural Christmas Tree Fairy Lights | www.myfoododyssey.com

Natural Christmas Tree Fairy Lights | www.myfoododyssey.com

I guess the lack of frost and snow has lots of advantages. It’s easier and safer for people to get around, heating costs are lower and animals can still find food. And on a day when the sun finally does put in an appearance, the rewards can be beautiful. The other morning when I woke up to see a golden orb peeping over the horizon, I jumped up and ran to the forest, where I captured the most beautiful bokeh as the light caught the melting frost. A small group of crested tits flitted from branch to branch. They move very quickly, so I was delighted to catch one little guy with a worm in its mouth. And because of the lack of snow to cover the vegetation, the forest floor is still alive. It was all quite beautiful. (Weather, I’ll have a few more days like this, please!)

Crested Tit with Worm | www.myfoododyssey.com

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  1. Hi June, HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Sorry to hear about the dismal weather. In spite of it, your photos are beautiful. Kx

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    January 6, 2018
    • Thanks Karen! I never thought I’d live somewhere with greyer skies than Ireland! 😂 Happy New Year to you, too! Hope it’s a good one! x

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      January 7, 2018
  2. You certainly make wet and miserable look pretty gorgeous …. I hope the weather stops weeping for you soon ☔️ 🌧 ☀️ ❄️

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    January 6, 2018
    • Thanks, Osyth! It’s raining again today, but I live in hope! 😀

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      January 6, 2018
  3. Love the bokeh through the wet, evergreen branches. Beautiful post, June. ❤

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    January 6, 2018
    • Thanks Olga! I thought the trees looked magical, like nature’s own fairy lights. I took a ton of photos!

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      January 6, 2018
  4. Edita #

    Beautiful photos! And I agree on grey skies in Lithuania:(. When I moved to Ireland I was missing seasons so much. One summer it rained for 40 days non stop. I thought I couldn’t get used it…Here we go, weather in Ireland is better now than here. There a hope this will change soon.

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    January 5, 2018
    • When I first came here in winter I remember Arūnas having to shovel snow all along the drive just to get the car out. There was a pile of snow nearly as tall as himself. We don’t even have a snow shovel anymore! I really don’t want very cold weather with deep snow as I know that can cause hardship for people, but I’m a bit weary of all the grey. A bit of sun and sparkle would be nice!

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      January 6, 2018
  5. Beautiful pictures, June. Believe it or not, I still have celery growing in my garden and cabbage, lettuce, and Brussels sprouts growing in the greenhouse. This is just crazy weather. While Lithuania is warm, wet and rainy, Florida is getting snow!

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    January 5, 2018
    • It really is crazy. I spotted a daisy growing in the garden the other day! I think we only had frost two or three mornings and it always melted quickly. I guess we can’t really complain, when other places are being hit by storms and freak weather. But it’s definitely odd.

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      January 6, 2018
  6. kathymanelis #

    Bokeh… a new vocabulary word. Lovely pics. The worm was fabulous, a real gift!

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    January 5, 2018
    • Thanks! I was so pleased when I spotted the worm – I hadn’t noticed when I was taking the shot!

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      January 6, 2018
  7. Came for the crested tits, was surprised but delighted by that beautiful lil bird! Learned a new word too, bokeh, very cool. Named my boy Chay, which apparently is an Irish word for place of the faerie, so always curious about stuff like that. Thanks for sharing.

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    January 5, 2018
    • Yeh, those crested tits are cute, aren’t they?! It was my first time seeing them. Didn’t know that about “Chay” – love word origins, so must look into it further!

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      January 5, 2018

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