Wherein it snowed every day

So inside my house, the plants may be flourishing.

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But outside…

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…is a whole different story. It has snowed almost every day here! At least once a week. And as a result, we have a whole lotta snow. And yes, that is a normal sized shovel standing up. The plants outside aren’t doing quite as well as the ones inside…

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But there are still some signs of life outside…

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Here are some deer tracks in my backyard.

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Hmm, and what kind of tracks are these? Small dinosaur maybe?

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…Well, almost. This is our idiot turkey who lurks around our house and had a brief romance with one of our cars. He’s shy and frightened of his own shadow but will chirrup when he hears a can of birdseed.

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But even the lurky turkey struggles to walk through all the deep snow…

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Snow Birds: Part II

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Male cardinal. 

We were hit with another snowstorm, so I brought out the camera. Our male cardinals are total babies and very skittish. Until today I had never successfully taken a picture of a cardinal in the snow. I was determined…so I had to stand there for fifteen minutes losing feeling in my feet before one was brave enough to come near the seeds I had put out. Victory! I love how the red stands in stark contrast to the white/gray tones of the snow.

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Clockwise: cardinal (m), black-eyed junco (?), cardinal (f), cardinal (f), white throated sparrow (I think).

Here is a nice little sampler of the various birds who were out today. My favorite is probably the lady cardinal with snow all over her face.

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Dark-eyed junco.

Someone’s feather is sticking out of his head…

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Female cardinal.

Here is a pretty female cardinal watching the snow fall from a tree. And finally, honorable mention…

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This squirrel was unusually skittish. Normally, I practically have to physically toss squirrels away from the bird feeder. I had barely pointed my camera in his direction when he took off at full speed and launched himself right into a tree. So graceful (not).

Surprise snowfall

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I had no idea it was going to snow today! So I strapped on my boots, quickly lost feeling in my hands, and took pictures of the aftermath: the snowy world reflected in melting snow, leaves that remain from autumn, and the frenetic hopping of birds.

Bonus photo:

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The blue sky reflected in a water droplet clinging to a berry of some kind.

Snow Birds

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I love how his white markings line up with the snow.

Another snow day! This time, I decided to go out and take pictures of the birds that come to our feeder. Because it is winter, there were tons of juncos (above) around. All I wanted was a picture of a cardinal in the snow. Unfortunately, our cardinals are chickens and fly away if you so much as cough quietly within 500 feet of them. So, no cardinal. But I did get some other birds:

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Clockwise from left: American Blue Jay, dark eyed junco, tufted titmouse, sparrow(?).

If you know what type of sparrow(?) that is, let me know! I love being able to identify my birds.

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Titmouse with some snow on his face.

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Caught a junco mid-takeoff. 

Snow Day!

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Sunset in the background. 

Today was a snow day! We got about four inches of snow, and everything was cancelled. That means sitting in my warm house with a cup of hot tea and crocheting! My favorite kind of day!

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep 
Of easy wind and downy flake. 

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

-Robert Frost