Jan 27 2017
Jan 14 2017
A short time ago I was wondering where all the little birdies were. I was counting only four to ten juncos at any one setting. Then came sub-zero temperatures and two and a half feet of snow. As if by magic the population grew to more than one hundred. I now have a yard full of birds.
Dec 31 2016
It looks like these icicles tried to defy gravity. In reality they were all originally perpendicular. Then the soft snow they were attached to slowly slid down the sloping roof and bent downward causing the firmly attached icicles to appear at an angle. As the icicles continued to grow the tips again headed straight down. What a crazy sight to greet your eyes when you first open your eyes after a pleasant night’s sleep.
Dec 28 2016
It looks like Winter is upon us. This is what my yard looked like just before Christmas. The snow and cool weather increased the number of Juncos coming to the feeder. I throw a few seeds out onto the snow. It seems like the Juncos prefer foraging for food out in the open rather than on the ground under the shed. They don’t seem to mind falling snow and single digit temperature. I wonder how their little bodies keep warm in these extremes?
Dec 08 2016
I wondered what I should do about harvesting and decorating a tree for Christmas this year. I live alone and have no one to share a Yule tree with. Do I really want a tree? Then I looked out into the yard and saw this tree already decorated with bright yellow ornaments. Hey, I’ll call this my Christmas tree. Then later…………….a good fairy came along and flocked it for me. Doesn’t it look nice?
Nov 12 2016
This is just one of many species of blue butterflies. I have never learned to identify each one but that doesn’t keep me from enjoying them. Some times I see dozens of them gathered together on damp soil apparently consuming moisture or maybe minerals.
Oct 14 2016
My thoughts keep turning back to Spring. Here is a photo of a proud alert mother turkey. Every Spring one or two families come to my yard to feed on the birdseed spilled from bird feeders.
Jul 27 2016
A few stalks of Gloriosa Daisy fell over from weight and laid prone on the ground. Days later I noticed the blossoms had turned skyward. These flowers are related to sunflowers which we know follow the sun as it arcs from horizon to horizon. It is as though these plants had a brain to tell them to turn and follow the solar source of energy. Nature’s magic is wonderful.
Jul 12 2016
For many years I have led a fieldtrip to Sage Hen Reservoir. We are usually treated to bluebirds nesting in nest boxes along the way.This photo shows part of our group checking out the birdlife on the water. Someone detected a Common Loon out there among the other water fowl. Besides birding we stop to observe the abundance of wild flowers. In the early Spring just after the roads are cleared of snow we see many species of flowers seldom seen on our other field trips. Most participants look forward to this trip each year.
Jul 04 2016