Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Nature Notes: This and That

I am always surprised at how fast the last trees to change colors drop their leaves.
The first two shots are of the same tree and the shots were taken 3 days apart.
The only trees that still have any leaves left at my house are the three oak trees, and by tomorrow they'll probably all be gone.
I'm beginning with my oaks 6 days ago and moving to yesterday. I have two oaks that are the same kind in my front yard and one that's a different variety.
I should look up what kind they are in my tree book, but I have looked them up so many times and always forget.
When I went outside today almost all the remaining leaves have dropped from the oaks.
I don't know what kind of trees the ones below are. They line the outlet street in my neighborhood and the canopy is bare bones now.
Walking on a trail near my house I noticed how it's starting to look more and more like winter.
Today we had spring like weather but 5 or 6 days ago I took a bunch of shots of how ice formed on the fallen leaves.
The male cardinal below looks so much bigger than he was on a warm day because he was puffed out to help with the cold. It reminds me of how we put on heavy jackets but his coat is built in.
Next is a female cardinal who looked like she was trying to decide whether to get wet or not.
On a warmer day I got a lot of shots of the birds having fun in the bath. Below is a rufous-sided towhee.
When the bluejays showed up for a bath, most of the other birds scattered.
The pair below look like love birds but actually they were chasing each other right after I took the shot.
When the bluejays get into the smaller bird bath I have to put in fresh water because they soak up and splash out most of the water.
Happy Thanksgiving on Thursday to those who celebrate it. Click here for the home of Nature Notes.


ChrisJ said...

Lovely bird shots, and the trees too. The ice on the leaves looks like Saran Wrap.

Cezar and Léia said...

Autumn is so generous there, with precious colors and brilliant scenery!
Your pictures are wonderful, congratulations.
The bluejay is so cute!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Barb said...

love the birds especially the jays with their feather patterns

agreenearth said...

What beautiful photos. Gave me nostalgia for a `Real' Autumn. Where I live most trees are evergreens.

eileeninmd said...

Hi Carver, Happy Thanksgiving! I love your post of the pretty Autumn trees and the cute birds.

Gattina said...

I missed the strip tease of the trees because I was in sunny Egypt under Palm trees. But still there are lots of leaves left here more than the other years at the same time ! Your bird pictures are gorgeous !

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

where do your birds go in Winter?

Sandi McBride said...

WOnderful shots birds and trees alike...I always marvel at how in spring the leaves seem to appear overnight...Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from us at Holding Patterns and One Cat Shy of Crazy

Sandi and Mac

ev said...

very nice capture!the birds are so lovely and i love the trees against blue sky:)

am enjoying my visit here Carver!thanks for sharing...

Rambling Woods said...

I would love to have oaks on the property that weren't in the woods as I love the color. So many non-native norway maples line our streets and they could have used a fast growing native.. Love the all the bathing beauties...even with it's cold, the birds still bathe here... Michelle