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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Nature Notes: moving into mid January

The photographs from the first part of this post were taken on a recent walk.
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I had a new member of the wildlife family appear on my deck yesterday.
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If he hadn't scared me so bad, I could have easily taken a picture as I was on my deck shooting the sunrise and had my camera at the ready.
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My visitor was a gigantic opossum and I stamped my feet to scare him off before I had registered what he was.
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My first impression was a rodent like creature as big as a cat was on my deck. Once I realized it was an opossum I regretted not taking his picture.
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We've had a lot of misty foggy mornings and I could barely see the male and female cardinal above when I photographed them.
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Sparrows are a frequent visitor to my deck, like the one above.
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The female cardinal above looked like she was trying to talk to me. The little junco below was racing around on my deck.
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When I shot the male cardinal below, I didn't even see the rufous-sided towhee under him until I downloaded the shot.
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We're continuing to have huge weather swings from spring to winter.
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Sometimes the temperatures can have has much as a 50 degree difference within 48 hours.
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It is wild to need a winter coat one morning and then another day to be able to go outside in shirt sleeves.
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The carolina chickadee below is a little bit blurry but they move so fast, I'm pleased to photograph them at all.
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6 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

Dear Carver, thanks for sharing this adorable set of pictures, the nature is very blessed there, I love the cute squirrel and all birds are gorgeous!
Léia

Hanne Bente said...

Great image series you viser.Ønsker you a good day :) Hanne Bente

Reader Wil said...

Brilliant photos!

Judy said...

Great shots! I love the reflection one on top.

eileeninmd said...

Lovely images, Carver! I do enjoy the birds at your bath!

Rambling Woods said...

That would have startled me too. Of course I have been startled by a frog jumping on my foot. I am sorry you didn't get a photo, but you got some cute ones anyway...Michelle