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Thursday, November 20, 2008

I love this time of Year

I love this time of year when frost coats the plants and makes them glisten in the morning. If I'd been faster Tuesday, I would have photographed our ten minutes of snow. Unfortunately it was so short lived that it stopped before I got a chance to photograph it.It's beginning to be easier to photograph the birds. The robin above looks like she's trying to be a leaf but there isn't enough cover for her to succeed.
Cardinals are always at a disadvantage, or the male ones are, because their red feathers tend to stand out unless they manage to blend with red leaves.
Yesterday, I almost felt guilty when I was photographing the birds. There were so many and they were so active. Some almost collided with me as they flew around. I know the cold makes them have to work very hard to survive.It's hard to resist photographing the birds because they are so much fun to watch and follow with my eyes until they rest somewhere for a clear shot.
I have continued to spot the moon in the morning and never tire of photographing it. There is something so beautiful to me about a morning moon. It's hard to believe that there are still some lingering oak leaves in the trees because there are so many on the ground.When I was a child, I had neighborhood friends that would make extensive leaf forts with me. We lived next door to a family with children my age and our leaf forts would extend from my backyard to their yard. I think I'm one of the few people in my neighborhood that doesn't bag up my leaves to be hauled off by the city. I recycle them back into the soil and use them for mulch but everyone else seems happy to discard them.
I'll end with one more bird trying to look like a leaf. This one comes very close to succeeding and you may need to enlarge the shot to find it.

11 comments:

Rambling Woods said...

I am happy to read that you mulch the leaves. Many people don't realize how valuable they are and they protect little critter life over the winter and give the birds a place to forage....It is easier to see the birds now..but I miss the leaves...

ellen b. said...

Love all the birds you captured in your shots here Carver. The chubby one sure is cute :0)

mommanator said...

so beautiful. I tried to get pics of birds yesterday flying, but I guess I just didn't have the right lense. I also leave the leaves for mulch- why don't more folk do that? No they would rather pay for mulch!

marcia@joyismygoal said...

wow fun, I had a post very similar to this ready to post for this weeks skywatch ,were you at Willow Creek park?:)t

Dr.John said...

I love the way this time of year looks but I hate the cold. At my age it chills to the bone.
So since I am not venturing out to take any pictures thank you for yours.

Theresa said...

wow that cardinal looks ready for the winter, unless they grow them bigger in NC. I love the crisp colors that this time of year produces.

Sidney said...

You are a good hunter... I mean photo hunter!

Cloudia said...

Thanks for sharing this austere beauty! Birds, leaves, frost, moon, yes! Aloha-

Mar said...

Beautiful, Carver. Love that morning moon,it is always fascinating!

Yen said...

Those are really amazing photos,Carver! Love the one with the half moon:)

Inland Empire Girl said...

I really love this time of year also. One garden writer once said you can see the "bones of your garden" during this time. I agree. The sky always seems bluer when the sun comes out also!