Visited Horsetooth Reservoir down in Fort Collins, CO this weekend and found the lake beginning to melt with the warm sunshine. The occasional sightseer ventured down to the water’s edge to see if any rocks could break the ice. Most of them simply clattered across the surface.
The wide-sweeping sky from tonight’s quiet walk about the neighborhood. Soft post-sunset colors, the cadence of your feet on a dirt road and a slow wind through the trees is a balm to the soul the only nature can offer.
A Cooper’s Hawk was spotted in our back yard aspens taking stock of what was moving about this afternoon (which wasn’t much).
Hoarfrost isn’t a weather event I’ve ever seen before personally. But, the small ice crystals that coated our property the other day after a fog rolled in during single digit temperatures seemed to fit the bill, on a smaller scale. They weren’t the long, spike-like formations I’ve seen in more extreme pictures, but it was still impressive to see covering everything in sight. The photo here was a close-up of the edge of the railing on our back deck.
On a wintery day in Virginia in November, 2013, no other birds in the woods had the fluff on display like this song sparrow. It’s not the most focused photo I’ve taken, as I was about 50ft away and behind a window when I snapped it, but it’s one of my personal favorites. I do miss song sparrows as even though they should be prevalent in the locations I’ve lived in the last three years, I haven’t seen many. I’m sincerely hoping to see a few in our new home in Wyoming soon. Their song is unique, sweet and comforting to hear, wherever I am.
We only received a few inches here in southeastern Wyoming today, but this dove was every bird on the feeders: Head down and braced against the wind.
Right now the Northern Flickers are the biggest birds visiting our feeders. I’m venturing this one is female but can’t be 100% without a better look.
Since we’ve been here in October, our range of birds is slowly broadening. This one was paying particular attention to the bay window I was shooting from, since our 6 month old house cat was seated beside me, chattering at everything that moved.