We had a few inches of heavy snow Thursday night – with temperatures above zero in the foreseeable future it’ll likely be gone within a few days but this morning it’s still there. You can see lots of small footprints in the snow – many more than in previous weeks, so I’m thinking a lot of critters have come out of hibernation and are looking for food (aka spring bulbs…) to munch on. The woodpeckers are hard at it as well, we can hear them all day, and there seems to be plenty of bugs in the dead or dying trees around us.
I asked an experienced nature photographer, Bill Johnson, if he had any tips on shooting in the winter, when all is snow covered and rather bleak looking. He said try black and white, so I have.
Here’s my Six on Saturday, with thanks to The Propagator for this theme idea.
I started a new composter compartment yesterday afternoon by dumping a bucket of kitchen waste on top of the snow. This morning there were tracks all around it – I’m assuming from the rabbits that we see back there, going in and out of the burn pile where they’ve spent the winter.
I have no idea what these tracks are from — they look alien to me — but they were near the road, just out from under the buckthorn hedge. Shileau and I are always disturbing a large bird from that area, a grouse or partridge I think – perhaps it’s scratching away here?
A family of chipmunks have lived in this stone wall for a few years. Today is the first I’ve seen of them this year and they’ve been busy, emerging from several holes in the wall to quickly scurry across the yard to another pile of stone…
…here. I’m already worried about the perennials and bulbs that are planted here.
One of several leaning dead trees along the fence line. Luckily most are far enough from the driveway that, even if they topple, I won’t have to do any major cutting up. I like to leave fallen trees as they are for the most part, to provide food and habitat for bugs and critters.
I’ve added this Sedum just because.