Wednesday, January 28, 2009

a perfect winter day

Winter here tends to look like this a lot of the time:

(And yes, you denizens of political correctness, I played with this in Photoshop!)

Monday was one of those perfect winter days, though -- the kind you prairie folk take for granted. It was cold and bright and dry, with a little dew in the morning:

The wildlife appeared in droves. I got this photo of one of our black squirrels in the Crimson King maple (as requested by Di):

And then the Bushtits (an endlessly funny name to my boys) kicked my favourite Flicker off the suet feeder. There's nothing like a little mob mentality. (These last two photos were tricky as our front window is double-paned with reflective glass so I'd never tried to take photos through it before.)


Blogger Toni said...

I love seeing the black squirrels.
the photos through your windows turned out great.

29/1/09 3:17 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been trying to get some shots of the woodpeckers, but it seems like as soon as I point th camera, they hop behind the suet feeder.

29/1/09 4:50 a.m.  
Blogger Krimo said...

Photoshop or not, the top one looks very good.

29/1/09 6:22 a.m.  
Blogger Caroline said...

Great set of photos - I love the way the birds do hop on and off feeders - gives us a chance to see something different!

29/1/09 6:47 a.m.  
Blogger Michelle said...

Thanks Andrea, I needed a different view on winter about now. I have been petitioning for a shorter season, in my head of course/

29/1/09 6:57 a.m.  
Blogger Heather said...

You're having a great time with that new camera, eh? I can relate. :-)

29/1/09 7:05 a.m.  
Blogger Jaimie said...

I love the photos of the black squirrel and the flicker. We only have grey and red squirrels here. Your black one is so sleek and healthy looking. great photos.

29/1/09 7:06 a.m.  
Blogger Ellen said...

nice photos, seeing this all is my resolve not to buy a new camera weaken. Those really are some bold squirrels you've got hanging about.

29/1/09 8:03 a.m.  
Blogger Ellen said...

oops, not sure what laws of grammar I was following in my last comment, but I do need your advice again camera shopping and the recipe for that suet feeder that's such a hit at your house.

29/1/09 8:38 a.m.  
Blogger Angela Wales Rockett said...

Great shots, Andrea! Love that black squirrel.

29/1/09 9:02 a.m.  
Blogger WW said...

And what makes you think dew makes an appearance on the Prairies between mid-November and April?

I'm with your boys -- and almost certainly any male would be -- in their reaction to the word, bushtits.

Beautiful pictures. But how is it a bunch of little dinky birds can scare away a big giant one?

Mob mentality, indeed.

29/1/09 8:05 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Thanks for the great feedback as usual. Too lazy to respond properly this time, though....

30/1/09 7:43 p.m.  
Blogger tom909 said...

So what camera do you use, and if I buy one will I be able to take photos like these, or should I stick to watching telly.

31/1/09 12:11 a.m.  
Blogger Rrramone said...

Loving these pix!!

31/1/09 5:44 a.m.  
Blogger annemarie said...

Misty mornings like that one look sooo nice. ta,

31/1/09 7:23 p.m.  
Blogger Deborah Ross said...

I'm so jealous of the gorgeous wildlife you get to see, in droves, no less. And the squirrels up there look like they have mink coats on. Our skinny little gray squirrels here can't compare. If I lived there I'd paint birds all the time. I try to get shots of them here, but just robins, cardinals, sparrows show up in my yard.

3/2/09 9:53 a.m.  
Blogger Catnapping said...

wow. black squirrels. all i got is fuzzy reddish brown critters that beg for peanut butter.

oh yeah...i dropped a dollop on a squad car yesterday...i was lobbing to the squirrel on some kind of box attached to the side of this building. i'm on the 3rd floor...

the peanut butter fell from my fingers and dropped three stories to a cop car crawling down the alley at the moment in time.

i ducked back in, and closed my curtain. i fretted that someone would knock on my door.

i'm really sorry, officer.

4/2/09 1:54 p.m.  

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