Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Ice Storm

We had a two-day ice storm that left a coating of ice on everything. Further north the ice was much worse, but what the storm left here is still dangerous but beautiful. I was admiring the trees on my way home yesterday and the ice created sculptures of every tree.
I went out to feed the birds this morning and the shed was frozen shut. So good thing I still had some homemade suet. The birds seem grateful! Hopefully I can get into the shed later...
I did get to put on my snowshoes for the first time this season and they were great on the ice.
Have a great day!!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Crows and a Sunset

I was just looking at some photos I took during a walk through the cemetery. It was an extremely cold day and the sun was beginning to set. The light was suttle in some places but creating a glow that made a birch tree appear pink. The crows were flying in to roost for the night and talk about their day. They are amazing birds that only roost together in large numbers during the Winter. And appear to be so happy to see each other!

Take care!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Happy Winter Solstice!

The year of 2013 was filled with many wonderful memories and some sad. As usual, the year flew by and it will be 2014 soon. I have a lot of plans for next year and looking forward to it. Today is Winter Solstice, shortest day of the year, and the beginning of celebration.

Last weekend we had a major snow storm, first of the season. Luckily, it was on the weekend, so I was able to stay home and enjoy the scenery. I love snow and Winter. I really love to drive in the snow too. As long as I'm the only one on the road! ;)

A visitor came by and she has been around for a couple of weeks. She's a Wild Turkey hen and appears to really like the bird seed that I put out. I wondered where she roosted at night, the trees around here are younger and small. But she loves the White Pines and is able to fly high enough to be safe. Amazing how nature always finds a way. 
This morning she flew down and her wingspan is about 5ft. Very big and happy bird...

Hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday and a very Happy New Year!!

Chloe had no idea it was snowing.

 That's my igloo with wheels...




Saturday, October 19, 2013

Wolf Fact for Saturday

Hope you learned more about the Wolf this week...
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Take Care!!!

While howling, wolves change pitch to achieve harmonic as well as discordant effects.
Wolves do not howl at the moon.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Wolf Fact for Friday

Here is another fact and it's a full moon!

The wolf has excellent peripheral vision and superior night vision. The outer perimeter of the wolf's retina is highly sensitive to movement. However, a wolf's eyes lack a foveal pit that allows for sharp focusing at long distances.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Colors of Autumn

I always walk in the cemetery near work. It's a beautiful place next to a river and there is always a sense of calm. The birds love it there too - I've seen Bald Eagles, Killdeer, Seagulls, Crows, Ravens, Red-tailed Hawks, and many others.

Today I actually remembered my camera and the light was perfect to capture the Autumn colors. The leaves were glowing and the sky was a crisp blue...perfect!


A very crunchy path...lots of fun!

Can you see the mushroom?

Glowing path...

Distant relative?

Wolf Fact for Thursday

Interesting fact:

 The wolf has extremely powerful jaws that can generate 1,500 psi of pressure, twice that of a German Shepherd.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Wolf Fact for Wednesday

Here's another fact...

A wolf's hearing is at least 16 times sharper than a human's. Wolves can hear a sound as far as six miles away in the forest and ten miles away in open country.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Wolf Fact for Tuesday

Here's another interesting fact:

Wolves are highly intelligent animals. Studies indicate that the domestic dog's brain is 15% to 30% smaller than the wolf's.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Wolf Fact for Monday

Here is the first Wolf fact for National Wolf Awareness week!
Wolves once had the widest range of any mammal, inhabiting arctic tundra, plains, prairies, deserts, mountains and forests. They were found throughout Europe, Asia, Japan and all of North America except southwest California.