Sunday, March 19, 2017

Little Signs of Spring

Spring is only 2 days away...officially...but we know that doesn't really mean much.  A drive in the country today was a search for buttercups, but we didn't see any.  We did see a bluebird...that's a big deal! For the most part, it was early spring landscape and activity, including a tiny chipmunk and the best-dressed magpie.

Saturday, March 11, 2017 still happens!

I know the sun has set every day during this long winter, but I've missed every one, I'm certain. Tonight, it was different -- there actually was light and color.  Because I have to get above town to get a decent view, it required grabbing my camera and slipping some shoes on so I could get to Cemetery Road southwest of town to catch the light before it was gone.







On the road home

Monday, March 6, 2017

Back....a month later in this never-ending winter

No words...I've complained so much about the drab end of winter.  This post features images from a short drive on a country road---one of the many that surround the area where I live.

(These road images are more dramatic when you click on them for "full frame.")  

Friday, February 10, 2017


Although we've been experiencing temperatures even into the 40's, there is still snow everywhere.  In town, it's dirty and ugly, but out in the country, it's still fairly fresh-looking.  The snow is deep, and it doesn't seem to be melting the way it is in town, although the creeks are overflowing and low places on the roads are covered in water.  This is an image I posted on Facebook after a drive on country roads today.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Fuzzy Wild One

Coyotes are common creatures, and they are very shy.   This particular one was far enough away that he stood and watched me long enough for a few photos.  When I commented to someone that this particular coyote was especially fuzzy, I learned that these animals begin a "rub" to remove heavier winter hair as a new coat develops.  Below this image is the entire scene.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Snow Surround

I've tried to find a subject that doesn't involve snow, but it's very difficult.  I took a drive north on one lane today, until I had to turn around where the plowing had ended. Plowing the rural roads has been a huge, ongoing task for the county these past two months, so the less-traveled roads or the areas that can be accessed another way just don't see a plow.

This is the location of one of two huge snowdrifts created in one of the big snowstorms.