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Dec 27 2014

Christmas Visitors

Published by under Birds,Miscellaneous,Snow,Wildlife

Dark-eyed Junco (2)

On this fine Christmas day I looked out of the kitchen window and saw a host of Dark-eyed Juncos dining on my Holiday offering. This was just after a snow storm and the birds were hungry. Other birds to arrive this day were Black-capped Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch and a lone Northern Flicker.

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Mar 11 2013

A look back at winter

Published by under Buildings,Scenery,Snow

 

 
A scene looking down the driveway this winter.

Ranch winter scene

With the weather warming up and spring just around the corner I think it’s safe to look back at a winter scene. Here we are after one of our light snowfalls. I had cleared the snow from the path to the woodshed. The camera lens was set to a slight wide angle which made the house seem quite far away. I like the composition. The path leads the eye right down to the house and the smoking chimney.

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Feb 23 2013

Spring’s Not Here Yet

Published by under Scenery,Snow,Trees

 

Snow 2-23-13

I’ve been looking foreward to Spring. The ground was mostly free of snow and a Snowdrop peeked around a piece of snow in the flower garden. So much for that! This morning I was greeted by five and a half inches of new snow. I broke out the snow remover and cleared a path out to the woodshed. The scene demanded a photo. Here’s one of the better ones.

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Feb 08 2013

Winter Scene

Published by under Frost,Scenery,Shrubs,Snow,Water

 

Mores Creek below Daggett Creek_550x412

This winter scene of Mores Creek was taken from the bridge at the mouth of Daggett Creek looking downstream. After a few nights of near zero degrees weather the creek freezes over. Quite often a little dark gray bird (American Dipper) can be seen perched on the edge of the ice by an open pool. It has always amazed me to watch a dipper plunge into a fast running stream and return to the exact spot where it first entered the frigid water. On this day I saw no such activity. When Spring returns one can expect to see dipper, spotted sandpiper, gray catbird, hummingbird, cedar waxwing, song sparrow, western wood-pewee and many other songbirds along these riparian shores. Spring, Ah yes! I can hardly wait till its return.

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Jan 21 2013

A Foggy Day at the Depot

Published by under Art,Buildings,Frost,Scenery,Snow

 

Boise Train Depot Foggy Morning_550x323

One day last week I happened by the Boise Train Depot. There was a light fog. The sun was shining on the rear quarter of the building. The temperature hovered in the low teens. Seldom do we see a photo of this landmark from the rear. This photo could almost be mistaken for a painting. Notice how the tracks lead the eye to the main attraction. The aerial perspective almost makes it appear 3D.

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Jan 02 2013

Jack Frost’s Signature

Published by under Art,Frost,Miscellaneous,Scenery,Snow

 

Two photos

A few mornings ago I went out to start the car and found these scenes painted on the windows. It is amazing the different patterns that are produced by moisture in the air and freezing temperatures. Among these crystals I see feathers, the finest of downs, and sprigs of evergreen needles. Behind the windows some snow patterns show through. This was truly a wonderland art gallery.

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Apr 11 2012

Vole Winter Quarters

Published by under Animals,Miscellaneous,Snow,Wildlife

This is a scene that shows what may happen beneath the snow in winter. This is the work of a rodent, perhaps a vole. What we see is tailings left behind as the critter forages for food. Aparently it is after the tastey crowns of grass. What is discarded is left behind filling the tunnel in the snow. The grass soon recovers when new growth occurs in the Spring. When these guys work in non-grassy areas the tunnels may be backfilled with dirt or soil leaving a trail of twisted, winding ridges of earth after the spring thaw. When my children were growing up I called these ridges “lennuts” which is tunnels spelled backward.

 

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Mar 16 2012

Halt! Who Goes There?

Published by under Animals,Birds,Snow,Wildlife

It is interesting to go outside after a slight snowfall and check the stories written in the snow. It’s best when the snow falls on bare ground and the tracks are highlighted by the dark ground below. Here we have a set of squirrel imprints as it leaped across the snow. Also an Oregon Junco passed along this route then doubled back a few hops and took to the air. The Junco footprints ended. Then we see the marks left in the snow by the bird’s primaries as it left the ground.

 

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Mar 04 2012

Winter is Still Here

Published by under Scenery,Snow

We got another 6 inches of snow the morning of March 1. I am anxiously awaiting Spring. When the ground is covered with snow like this it is hard to imagine Snow Drops blooming in the garden before the end of the month.

 

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Feb 26 2012

A Winter Scene

Published by under Buildings,Frost,Scenery,Snow

Winter offers many unusual sights. This ice formation hung on the eaves for hours. After a thin blanket of snow had fallen on the area it began sliding off of the roof. The air temperature was freezing and froze the snow as it slowly slid from the roof. A portion of this minature glacier is cantalevered to the main section of ice. The dark background helps dramatize the scene.

 

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