This winter hasn’t been at all bad, weather- and snow-wise. Nevertheless, I notice myself yearning for warmer temperatures and especially AN END TO THE BLASTED SNOW:
The view above is from yesterday. It started snowing in the morning and continued through afternoon. Bleah. Ohwell; I dare say it’ll end soon enough. In fact, don’t you say in English that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb?
One recent morning when I was preparing to go upstairs to my workroom, I heard a rustling, scraping sound that was quite loud and really close. I lifted my head to see a young male turkey standing on our back deck rail:
He stood there for a few minutes and then re-joined the little flock down on the ground. We’ve been seeing the three of them around quite a bit this winter.
My guess is he was looking for birdseed. Our next-door neighbor has a birdfeeder that the wild turkeys often visit. He doesn’t have any on his deck, though; perhaps this young fella was just overly curious.
The other day I was looking for something completely different in my Flickr albums, when I ran across this image from last year:
It still makes me smile: I just happened to look out the window at a good time to see a wild rabbit taking a sandbath in a shallow depression. The depressions were dug into our yard by a turtle, we think; we see them digging test holes some years. Other years they must be laying eggs somewhere else.
I guess the sand felt cooler to the rabbit than the grass? What an incredible coincidence nonetheless; I’ve never seen a wild bunny do that. It must’ve felt comfortable to have stretched out its back leg(s) like that. Cute attack! 🙂
May your 2018 be rich with the things that matter and your days with the people you love.
Spring is my favorite season, but fall definitely has its share of beauty.
Here’s a spiderweb on our backyard filled with dewdrops. Love it.
A wild rose in our neighborhood that’s blossoming for the first time in my memory surprised us with pink flowers!
There are plenty of buds, so we’ll be enjoying these roses for a time still. Ahh! 🙂
The wild ground ivy I photographed a few years ago seems to have permanently settled our yard.
It’s from the mint family, so it shouldn’t be dangerous like it’s near-namesake poison ivy.
Now, if only ground ivy could choke out poison ivy in our back woods, I would not mind it… 🙂
The weather’s turned from end-of-winter to definitely-spring, with flowers in full bloom and leaf buds either out or starting to emerge, in about a week flat. There are other signs of spring, too:
A bumblebee visited us the other day. And I went out barefoot!
I usually get cold very easily, so this is indeed a minor miracle at this point in April. 🙂
Love the freshness of nature after rain:
I’m practising my photography with closeups. During a break on a recent rainy day, I went out and tried my skills with flowers and raindrops on plants. I still need to practice more, but there are aspects of these photos I’m pleased with.
I’ve heard of people being shat by birds, but this I haven’t heard of before: I was egged. And inside the egg was a bird embryo.
All of a sudden while weeding, an egg fell on me. I don’t think the egg came from a tree: there was only one very young tree nearby, not fully in leaf yet so I was able to check for any nests in it. There were none. My guess is a bird of prey grabbed the egg and dropped it to open it, and instead it landed on my shoulder.
The egg was really tiny, about half an inch / 1.5 cm or so. I scooped the amazing little embryo on a rock to take a photo.
You can see the eyes, the beak, and tiny little legs. (Or wings?) Poor little thing.
It was pretty surreal. But I still love living in the woods, even with unexpected egg attacks.