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Monday, January 31, 2011

Hoarfrost: Part TWO!

As mentioned in my other blogpost,
I took so many photos of our recent hoarfrost on the trees and plants...
that I had many more to share with you.

So we will continue again today....


Weeds take on a whole new look when they get covered in shiny frost!:









And, just LOOK how neat the frost crystals are up
close and personal:


























And the hillsides?

MAGICAL!:







When the sun shines down on the bushes, they absolutely
GLOW!:





See?

SEE why I get so excited
when I look out my window
and notice that we had hoarfrost arrive overnight?:


















I will be doing one more blogpost
with the pictures of this glorious day, so stay tuned!

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Blue Sky and branches of Hoarfrost!

Overnight one night, we had a slight hoarfrost.

I love it when that happens.

It covers all the bare vegetation
with frost that looks like it has been sprinkled by powdered sugar.

Here, if it is a sunny morning you have to hurry to get out to capture
it before the sun melts it all off the trees and bushes.

So, one day when I woke up a little later than usual, I saw it...
and rushed to get out there to capture some of it for you...









This particular time, it was like a mix of hoarfrost and ice on the branches, making them shimmer and sparkle:







I was Ooooo-ing and Awwww-ing the whole time out there:








It positively illuminated the day!:








I loved it against the clouds and blue, blue, sky:







Nature shining at its best:



















Closeup and personal:



I have more pictures for you on a future blogpost...
I was out there
enjoying the scenes so much
that my fingers began looking like the branches above!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Goldinches!

One of the cutest little birds
to visit our feeders in the winter
are the
little
Goldfinches.

Read more about them HERE.
(When you go to the site, look at the non-breeding pictures of them which most resembles these).

So today's post is for you to enjoy some shots of them
that I have taken of them over the last few weeks.



They love the small seeds of our birdfeed and also the sunflower seeds:








They remind me of little fluffy chicks:








Sometimes about twenty all fly in at once and hop and kick about the seeds on
the dish, making a mess and making little chirps:












She is saying:
"Stick your head under all that snow and let me know
what there is to eat, will ya'?":







"Ah, Dang...leftovers AGAIN!":

































"If that dang Chickadee lands hard ONE more time, I'm gonna be bounced right off this thing!":
















Just LOOK at the stinkeye
the bird in the back
is giving the one that
is eating:







The early goldfinch
gets the sunflower seeds!:



































"Watch, Gertrude!!...I can balance snow on my beak!":





A chipping Sparrow stopped by,
and the Goldfinch left...







"Yummm...Sunflower and Seed Icee's...my favorite!":

















When you are bored some winter day,
just listen for bird sounds
and watch.

The season is amazingly full of life, even in the cold of winter.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Winter Cemetery

I really like cemeteries.

To me,
they are like parks.

And, let's face it,
no one gets out of here alive,
you know what I mean?

Sure, it can be a sad place,
and
even a heart-wrenching,  depressing place.

But if you try, you can prefer to instead think of  it as a place to reflect
on people's lives
and how they touched one another when they lived.

A place to celebrate LIFE rather than death.

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Since retiring, we live in a tiny, rural community on a lake.

It has a quaint, perfect cemetery.

Every Memorial Day, the Historical Society goes to a couple gravesites
and gives a small talk on the life of one or two of it's community members that have passed...
right beside their gravesites.

I thought that was a really neat thing to do.

So, every spring, summer and fall, I usually take a ride and just walk about the cemetery, looking at names of all of the community founders.  I imagine them in the times they lived. 

Some, so very, very different than now.

So, after a recent snowfall, I just had to drive by and get some snapshots of it.

It was perfectly quiet there, not even any birds chirping...no wind blowing...
just solitude and peace.




You already know my fascination with gates,
especially in the winter.

So, of course, the cemetery's gate is one of my favorites:























I love the old granite markers...
and looking at the names and dates.

But on this day, all lay under a blanket of snow, with no entrance to my curiosity:




























I look forward to my spring visit,
when the snow will melt away, and and flowers will make their way up through the soil...
and bring some new life and green back to the scene...


The cycle of life.

It is amazing.

And nowhere points this out more than a visit there at this time of year.
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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Purple Finch (or Rose-breasted Grosbeak?) and Hairy Woodpeckers!

In the dead of winter,
it is delightful
to birdwatch.

It is especially delightful to see birds
of color
this time of year....

I am always envious of those Blogger friends of mine
that have Cardinals visit them.

Alas!
We have only had a few of them visit us, and only ONE time did one visit us in the winter...
for a total of less than 60 seconds.

So, early this winter,
I was thrilled to look outside of my window
only to see a flash of red up in the apple trees.


There is was!

It was red.

But it wasn't a rose-breasted Grosbeak (or was it?).

And it didn't look like a purple finch...

or

WAS IT???





It only stayed for 30 seconds...
long enough for me to get 4 semi-blurry shots!:









But it was a thrill...nevertheless!:








Do you think it was a Purple Finch
or


I also have about two pairs
of  Hairy woodpeckers here that visit my suet regularly.

I am also envious of all of you that get the Pileated Woodpeckers to come and land so close...
here, they are very shy and do NOT come to my feeders or even close to my yard.

But these guys amuse me and I like seeing them too:

























I love it when they visit during
a snow storm!

Sometimes we wonder how they survive out there during blizzards!





























I hope you are surprised and amused by something
as you look out your window
this winter's day!

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