Saturday, April 27, 2013

To Judy

These pictures are for you Judy
 The bridge finally rid itself of snow
 But THEN... You turn and look at the trail.  YIKES
 However, even if the trail is a mess, a big mess, the Mallards are back
 There is the trail pavement.  AFter I stepped through the ice. Still several inches of ice
 Flickers.  Lots of them
 And the Woodchucks are out!!!!! He/she told me to say hi to you :)
 The ice at Turtle Junction is melting
 As the snow melts the leaves from the fall show themselves.
 I just love taking pictures of pussy willows.  The silvery buds are shining everywhere
 Geese are so beautiful.  I cannot get enough of them this year.
I'm seeing a lot of fox sparrows this year
Yes, the snowfalls have been beautiful this year.  But I'm glad we have moved on into spring.  (just thought I would throw in the Lake Ave bridge for ya)
The trail misses you.  And so do I.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

There ARE signs of spring

If you look for it-- you can see signs of Spring
  The willow and the red twig dogwood shrub  deep in color
 Winter Bittersweet
 Willow branches turning the bright yellow/gold that spring brings
 A LOT of geese and swans on the river. It is all so wonderful
 Caught the Mink-- on the ice-- on the branch-- in the river
  At first I couldn't figure out if this was a Mink or Otter.  Decided it was a Mink.  
I know this now for today I saw an Otter on the river and it is much longer, bigger.  The otter was eating on something and an eagle flew over and tried snatching the food, the otter was to quick
The river was beautiful.  
 Golden Eye is back
 Gotcha.  My first chipmunk this season.  In my garage eating up the sunflower seed on the garage floor.  Also saw one in the woods on the trail.
The Trumpeter Swan is amazing and big!
Blue Heron is back
The Dark Eyed Junco. I was very excited to see it
The Snow Bug
I was super excited to see the Red Bellied Woodpecker
pussy willows budding
 THe squirrel and the deer eating sun flower seed that I put out for the chickadees and nuthatches
 My new favorite thing to take a picture of.  They are so beautiful

So go outside and look around.  Don't let this snow fool you.  There are signs of spring everywhere. A fb friend saw robins today.  THis is so exciting!!