So inside my house, the plants may be flourishing.
…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…
But there are still some signs of life outside…
Here are some deer tracks in my backyard.
Hmm, and what kind of tracks are these? Small dinosaur maybe?
…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.
But even the lurky turkey struggles to walk through all the deep snow…
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.
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.
Someone’s feather is sticking out of his head…
Here is a pretty female cardinal watching the snow fall from a tree. And finally, honorable mention…
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).
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.
The blue sky reflected in a water droplet clinging to a berry of some kind.
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:
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.
Titmouse with some snow on his face.
Caught a junco mid-takeoff.
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.