|Upstream from the cottage…|
Gray squirrel on the box elder by the front door of the cottage.
BTW, the missing bark is courtesy of the pileated
A couple of days ago, Weaver asked for a few shots of the river in its current snowy state. It sounded like a reasonable request—so here 'tiz.
As you can see, yesterday was overcast and filled with flurries. Not the best day for sparkling riverside scenes. But here's what I saw during a quick foray…
|The riffle is still free of ice, except for the above-water rocks|
|Sycamores lean along the island.|
|A single sycamore leaf in the snow.|
|Song sparrow, fluffed and foraging.|
Icicles along the eaves, and a pale January sun
trying to shine through the clouds
|Of course, who needs the sun when you have a goldfinch?|
|Heron tracks along the riverbank.|
|Ice shelf at the bottom of the steps near the front door.|
|When I was shooting these pix, I made a pact with myself that I wouldn't succumb to the easy temptation of posting a cardinal photo just to jazz things up…even if cardinals are one of Weaver's favorite birds.|
|Instead, I thought I'd include a shot of this blue heron who |
likes to do his fish-spotting from a perch high in a sycamore
across from the cottage. Yes, the bird has issues…between
you and me, I suspect it believes it's a kingfisher.
|Here's a better look at the same misguided heron. Of course, who am I to poke fun of another angler's fantasy?|
Well, at least I managed to resist that redbird temptation…