Saturday, February 27, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
The wealthy live in big houses, drive luxury cars and make lots of money. Where I live, it does not matter how prosperous you are, you still get the same amount of snow as your less affluent neighbors. In that way snow is very egalitarian.
Of course the wealthy do have the resources to have the driveway plowed and the sidewalks cleared.
Friday, February 19, 2010
I sometimes worry about the little animals during the cold winter months, especially during significant snow storms. The chipmunks and mice live in the ground, protected and seemingly warm... but squirrels live in the trees, high-up and seemingly unprotected and cold.
In the photo above you can clearly see at least 3 dark clumps high in the top branches. It is here that the squirrels retreat for protection from storms and frigid temperatures. Mostly the nests are for individuals, but sometimes 2 will share for warmth. Of course in the spring and summer the nests are used to raise the young.
The nests are made of twigs roughly woven together in the crotch of a few branches. Then dry leaves and added and sometimes vines, feathers or moss. Reportedly they are quite robust once complete, but I much prefer my heated and water-proof home.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Another shot with my Pentax Super Takumar 50mm f1.4 lens on my Canon XSi Digital SLR. Like a previous post, this photo also demonstrates limited depth-of-field focus, which is often expressed as bokeh.
Bokeh is a term that originated from the Japanese word for "blur" or "haze". The quality of bokeh produced by a particular lens is determined by many things, one of the key elements being the shape of the aperture opening. Serious photographers consider the bokeh characteristics as a key atribute of a quality of a lens.
So anyway, this is a small succulent house plant that sits on the window sill. Once the warm weather returns it will be able to comfortably return to the back porch along with me.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
We often see footprints in the snow around our house. I always wonder who put them there. They are too small for human.
We do see quite a few animals in the yard. Squirrels and chipmunks are very common. We have seen deer and even opossum. And during the summer we sometimes hear the distintive bark of a red fox, although we have never seen him.
But the most likely culprit is a neighborhood cat.