Mar 19 2017

A Groundhog Myth?

Published by under Animals,Miscellaneous,Wildlife

I spied this little fellow a couple of days ago. It was my first sighting of a Yellow-bellied Marmot this Spring. It must have seen its shadow and scurried back into its barrow. The next day the weather turned wet and the weatherman predicted stormy conditions the next few (six?) days.

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Mar 10 2017

From the Days of Yore

Published by under Animals,Wildlife

This picture was taken seventy-one years ago.

My attitude has changed over the years. I now feel sorry for the bear.

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Jan 27 2017

Night Scenes

Published by under Miscellaneous,Scenery,Snow

This is a view of my yard at night after the little birdies have gone to bed.

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Jan 14 2017

Snow Birds

Published by under Birds,Snow,Wildlife

Dark-eyed Junco

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.

 

Dark-eyed Junco

Dark-eyed Junco

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Dec 31 2016

Crazy Icicles

Published by under Frost,Ice,Miscellaneous,Snow

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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.

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Dec 28 2016

My Back Yard

Published by under Birds,Frost,Snow,Wildlife

My Back Yard

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?

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Dec 08 2016

Christmas Tree

Published by under Scenery,Snow,Trees

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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?

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Nov 12 2016

Blue Butterfly

Published by under Butterfly,Insects,Wildlife

Blue-butterfly

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.

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Oct 14 2016

Wild Turkey Family

Published by under Birds,Wildlife

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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.

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Jul 27 2016

Gloriosa Daisy

Published by under Flowers,Plants

Gloriosa Daisy

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.

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