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Friday, December 31, 2010

Bluejays on Ice!

We have been blessed
with a lot
of birds
at our winter bird feeder
this year.

We have over 9 bluejays that come and see us at least
three times a day....

Click on THIS LINK to read more about them!

So, today, I have a collection of pictures for you
of
our blue feathered friends:


































































































He is saying: "Are you done yet? Because I've gotta FLY>>>>":

I love seeing that bright blue in our all white yard
this time of year....
hope you did too!

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

More Winter Wonderland!

On our first trip out to take winter photographs,
we were still in our little neighborhood
and passed a house
that has an old car in the front yard.

It was filled with snowfall from the night before and
I LOVED it!:




I had to do it in Sepia
and
dream it up a bit closer:


Then we headed out to a road that
is across the lake from us.

The road had pines laden with snow
and
this old cabin:




I loved this old
leaning
pine tree, full of snow:




Christmas card
branches of snow:





Love the tracks on
this
little road
in the snow:







One more shot of my favorite gate
with its lampost:






Nobody sneeze under this branch!:
But it does look like Mother Nature did a snow sculpture for us on the branch, doesn't it?

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Chickadees!!

One of my favorite all time
little birds
are the
Chickadees!

They are playful, funny and just gorgeous little creatures.

Here is more information about them.

So, now for some photos of them!:




















































































































We haven't trained them to eat out of our hand
like a lot of my Blogger friends....
but that's okay...
I love just watching them!
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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Happy Holidays to all of you!!

Merry Christmas to all my blog readers...
I wish you
the best holiday
EVER
and
please know that you are some of my BEST
Christmas presents!

Photos below are courtesy
of
Fotosearch, and are not my own......

but
enjoy
!!








Thursday, December 23, 2010

Winter Wonderland

Finally!!

I am finally caught up with all of my autumn photos,
and
can show you our wonderful U.P. (Upper Peninsula) of Michigan
winter photos now!

So, we found some roads in the woods that were actually PLOWED of snow
and began our search
for some winter wonderland photos
just for YOU.

Sit under your Snuggie with a warm cup of cocoa or coffee and here we go:



Nothing brings the feelings of winter more than a pine tree
with its branches LOADED:









Although, when the sky gets that azure blue (that only happens in the winter!)
and the bare branches of the stark trees get loaded
with snow, it is like a free art show, wherever you look!:








Looking up a tall pine full of snow is such wonder:







And nothing is more dramatic then to put your snow pictures
in black and white!
It is the perfect time of year to do it!:








A cold and frosty morning:






I love woods' roads with gates....this is always one of my favorite gates on some property
by us on our lake.
But on a snowy, sunny day? For SURE!:







More sky, pines and snow!:






And probably my FAVORITE shot of
winter so far!:

Now that I am out there with my camera,
you will be seeing a lot more of the white scenes from the U.P.

Now? I have to find my snowshoes!

Let the adventures begin!!!

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Out in the Autumn Woods, the last post for Autumn pictures for 2010!

I have FINALLY gotten outside to get some winter photos...
but I vowed to post all of my "old"
late autumn photos on my blog
before
starting to show my winter photos...

Lucky for you,
this is the last of the late autumn pictures that I had taken. LOL



We spotted this playful squirrel on a hike in late October:






And you know by now, my love for tree roots!:







And of course, walkways into the woods for a hike...
doesn't it make you wonder what is around the bend?






Somehow, this playful squirrel just kept showing up!:








Tree root drama in black and white!:








Another angle of this tree root wonder!:







Love those foam swirls in river water too!:







But, like all good things,
autumn had to come to an end in the great white north....

So,  we followed that path
on out of our hike...
and towards winter....
So....
stay tuned for winter pictures
from the U.P. (Upper Peninsula) of Michigan
coming in my future posts....
we have about 6 mos. of winter here, so you may get just a little tired
of seeing all that white!!

Of course, I am taking a few tropical breaks from winter in January and probably February,
so I will throw some of those warmer pictures your way too!

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