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Monday, October 31, 2011

A Windy Day

Nothing much to report except to say, the wind has been wild today.  Relentless.

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Trumpeter Swan

The swans are still with us. We thought they had left, but this morning we saw them flying over the water.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Dazzling Sunshine

I came out when I saw the sun shining on the lake in the late afternoon; the wind had dissipated and the utter stillness was like being given a gift.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Little Nuthatch

searching for a seed near my feet.

it felt like winter yesterday,
blustery, leaves in a swirl,
the unmistakable sound of the wind
as it rushed through the trees,
making them sway.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Ruffed Grouse

at the edge of another road, stopped when we approached in the car, waited, then warily proceeded to walk, finally flew to the other side as we started up the car again.  The road was deserted except for us.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Mule Deer

wanting to cross this secondary highway. 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Seasonal Changes

skim of ice on the water
reflection of bare branches

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Trumpeter Swans

return to our lakes and streams in their yearly fall migration.  A pause to rest and feed before resuming their journey southward. 

Sinkut Lake

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Cheeky Chipmunk

pouches stuffed full with sunflower seeds

Saturday, October 15, 2011

In the Late Afternoon

On this nice, sunny, cool day I hung up one of the winter bird feeders, which soon attracted the chickadees and nuthatches.  The woodpeckers tried their best to get a seed, too, and it made me think of the suet cakes they like most of all.

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Hairy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker (Male)

Autumn Sky

On most mornings recently, we have been privileged to see the Canada Geese fly over the house. We don't see them at first; there is only a distinct sound in the distance that builds to an exhilarating pitch as the flocks pass above the trees and head towards the water.