We had a beautiful weekend at our friends farm in rural Nova Scotia. Painting was on order and the weather cooperated providing a perfect background. It was too early in the year for the biting flies so I was able to work at ease. On the second day the early morning skies began to clear and the wind died down. I went out into the yard and set up to capture a view of the apple tree and garden that sat behind the house. At first there was just the tree and garden fence then one robin arrived on the scene. Birds kept arriving and I added them in as well. It was a prefect scene to be a part of and then the swallows returned and started to show off their flying skills with sharp turns and hovering all around. What a time to be there as birds took over the canvas and filled the view with the optimism and hope that only they can.