This is the time of the year when I attend four to six performance. I enjoy so much seeing how much both these little girls have learned over the year.
The dance show is the showcase event for both. What a great time to dress up, do what they love to do and scurry offstage to change costumes for the next dance.
Our routine for years now has been the pre-show pictures. I am always amazed at how cooperative they are and how much they enjoy these few moments. Needless to say, I enjoy it too!
This year I was able to capture two costumes for each. Time does not always afford that luxury. Four more outfits remain in clothes bags all lined up for quick changes.
Forty-five minutes in and they are still smiling. It is surely the excitement of the long-awaited show.
We were able to manage many individual shots and many duo pics. There were times when one would remind the other: "My turn."
Once the show began, I missed the first pirate dance because I was trying to adjust my camera in the dark to the ever-changing light and shooting with no flash. Just lucky we are allowed to take any pictures at all during the show.
I think I got a little trigger-happy as I took 700+ pictures and filled up my card, all before the curtain call.
It was fun when Buddy came in wearing a Growler's jersey and joined in the tap (skuff) dance.
There were ballet, jazz, tap, modern, hip-hop and Latin dances. Yes, you guessed it: It was a very long show.
Despite the length and the energy expended, the children remained 100% engaged.
This little tap dance was choreographed to "Boogey Woogie Bugle Boy." Not only fun, but fitting on the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
The last dance before the curtain call (and my camera full) was this fun Latin dance. All of the children put in endless hours of preparation and many late nights with dress rehearsals and shows. Hats off to all of them who did a great job!
With the temps edging above freezing, I have been venturing out during windless mornings. There are a few new birds starting to flow in, but the moment-of-the day came when I encountered these two.
A yearling moose was immediately curious about me when I popped out of the woods. Very close by was his mom.
I expected these large moose to run scared as most do and disappear in the woods. That didn't happen.
While trying to act nonchalant, the yearling kept a close eye on me.
It wasn't long before he decided to check me out.
He started to work his way in my direction. Wow! This was really nice. What great views of our largest mammal.
Mom Moose was ever vigilant in watching over her young.
She quickly stepped into the path of the yearling and cut his movement off.
It was now the mom that studied me closely as I stood frozen in place. I have seen enough of these to know how fast they can run or charge.
Never taking my eye off of them, I shot several pictures.
The yearling was quick to find a way around and continue to explore me.
He got the outside path and now it was clear sailing.
Mom tried to talk him out of it,
The yearling begged, but that got him nowhere.
Suddenly, the yearling made his move.
He jumped out front and headed straight toward me with purpose. Wow! It was then, I realized, I needed to get out of their way. I headed up into the woods for safety.
Mom Moose gave me a clear message that I needed to go.
Her attention was torn between the yearling and me. Not wanting to mess with them any more, I backed my way out of the area. I left them in peace as they continued to meander around the edge of the pond. What a special encounter, even if it was a little edgy.
Growing up in Arkansas seeing Northern Cardinal was a daily occurrence. Yet, there is something about this great bird that made me pause every time.
It is the male of this species that is the most flashing, but you can't miss the brightly coloured beak on the female. Imagine looking out at your feeder in Pouch Cove, or Lawn to see this unfamiliar bird! What a delight!
The Northern Cardinal is a hardy bird, able to survive well in harsh winter conditions. That begs the question why it is so rare for this species to show up in Newfoundland.
It is my understanding there is a male and female on the Burin Peninsula. Wouldn't it be exciting if they decided to stay and "make home" on the province.
I watched this great bird as it seemed to feel very much at home as it frequently visited the feeder and picked seed from the ground. I also couldn't help but notice the nice cover around the feed which has to be great in preventing the seed from getting spoiled by the rain and snow as well as keeping most of the seed in the feeder.
Can't relate how nice it was to see this bird in the "dead of winter." Conditions here this winter with raging wind and below-normal temperatures have made it difficult for me got venture out.
Seeing this feeder bird was not difficult. I sat comfortably in my warm car until it arrived. What a bonus I enjoyed to the fullest.