Yesterday's fog really brought out the color and texture of the trees. Today we've had incredible winds. I'm sure I heard a tree come down out back but so far I haven't been able to locate it. I will admit not wanting to walk around too much in the wood looking. I also wanted to get a photo of the squirrels this morning. Their tails were flying straight out from their bodies while they worked on my bird feeder. But apparently the high winds made them skittish so I couldn't get any good shots.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
It went up to 70 today. Of course I had to go outside, despite the fog and general greyness. I took a ton of photos but I haven't had time to go through them all. So just one quick one before I go to bed.
Monday, January 28, 2013
The weather is going to be all over the map this week. Yesterday I drove down to Virginia to see my parents in beautiful sunshine. 30°F felt warm. Today for my drive home it was dark and dingy with the rain threatening to freeze at any moment. I stopped by my favorite spot on Crum Creek Rd on the way home and got my closest look yet at the Hooded Mergansers. The light was poor though so I can't crop the images.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Friday, January 25, 2013
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
|American Wigeon etc|
|Lesser (or greater but I think lesser) Scaup|
|Mallard and Lesser Scaup|
Monday, January 21, 2013
A few good things from the last two weeks. An old rabbit's foot fern off to a new start, a sleepy Pied-billed (I think) Grebe, and some Shovelers and Teals enjoying a bit of open water in a frozen pond.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Sunshine, warmth, and a Horned Grebe today. This water will likely freeze up tomorrow so it might be my last view of this friendly guy. He's been hanging out with the Rudy Ducks today and yesterday. I moved in close for a photo and he surprised me by leaving the ducks to come closer and investigate.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Friday, January 18, 2013
The sun came out today! You can see how it streamed through the greenhouse windows and lit up these beautiful orchids. It was very cold outside so the Conservatory was the perfect place to enjoy the sunshine.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
It was neither sunny nor warm today but since it wasn't actually raining I decided to take a much needed walk. It was, in fact, so dark this morning that I had to set my ISO to 1600 which means I can't really crop the photos. So while there are birds in each of these photos the images are really about the branches and the colors. If you walk out into a day like today, to say, go to your car, you may be struck by how incredibly dull and grey it is. In fact, if you look out the window it seems even worse. And if you do this for several days you may be on the verge of running away to some place with sunshine. However, if you actually get out and walk through the woods with your camera you will see that the grey world is full of beautiful color. And you will be glad that the song and field sparrows made you take photos of the branches and grasses. And you will be very happy to look back on these photos from a sunny day and admire how smart you were not to let the endless, horrible, grey prevent you from enjoying life...very much. If, in fact, such a day ever occurs again...