"A Sand County Almanac"

"THERE ARE SOME WHO CAN LIVE WITHOUT WILD THINGS AND SOME WHO CANNOT."
"FOR US IN THE MINORITY THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE GEESE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN TELEVISION.".....Aldo Leopold




"LOOK DEEP INTO NATURE, AND THEN YOU WILL UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING BETTER".....Albert Einstein


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Bugs, Butterflies, Spiders and Blooms


Uncommonly warm temperatures have me thinking  of the promise of Spring.  Butterflies flitting from one flower to another...







Bees and other pollinators doing their important work...





Dragonflies will dart about and, if one is lucky, pause long enough for a photograph...









Spiders will build their intricate, beautiful webs...



Except for this one. This one seems to have had a brain short circuit while weaving...




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Monday, January 28, 2019

Winter


A fence disappears into the fog.
Ice clings to limbs and sticks in moving water...





Water seeping from the earth freezes...



A branch encased in ice...



A small stream on a cold day...



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Wednesday, January 23, 2019


Cold temperatures and wind have limited wildlife sightings recently.  I did come upon this young fawn early one morning....



A yellow-bellied sapsucker is an uncommon find...





Starlings have gathered in large flocks...



Song sparrows are one of the most commonly sighted birds on my daily travels...



I photographed this fox in the early fall.  It is always a treat to find one that will wait for a photo...



Also, from the fall was this leaf pattern that reminded me of a smiley face...



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Monday, January 14, 2019

Give Me Shelter


In the days leading up to the winter storm that we are experiencing, I watched a number of bluebirds examine a cavity in a tree...

 
I have heard of birds crowding into bird boxes and natural cavities to take advantage of their combined body warmth...
 
 
I don't know it these birds had that in mind but it seems likely given the weather conditions that we are experiencing...
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Red-tailed Hawk


One of my favorite raptors, and often one of the most cooperative.  I frightened this bird away from a deer carcass.  Fortunately, it flew into a nearby tree...





A close-up of the fearsome talons...






The namesake tail...


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Saturday, January 5, 2019

A Meal As Good As A Feast



On an especially overcast morning I was present when a great blue heron caught an especially large rainbow trout...



The heron was not deterred by the size of the prize...





The length of the trout equalled the distance from the back of the herons head to the tip of its beak...





After a few minutes of struggling, the fish began to disappear down the throat of the heron...



The trout could be seen wiggling even as it was being swallowed...



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Monday, December 24, 2018

The Rut Is Mostly Over, But Nobody Told The Bucks


Most of the female whitetail deer have been bred, leaving many frustrated bucks still on the prowl...



The buck in the next series of photos is leaving his scent at a licking branch, hoping to attract the attention of a late estrus doe...









I found this very small fawn two days ago...



It must have been born late in the birthing cycle...



Our winters are not too severe so I hope she can find enough food to  survive until spring...



She already has a knack for concealment...


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