Saturday, February 27, 2010

More snow

Looking forward to some spring... but that is still many weeks away. The white stuff stuff keeps piling up.

Snow pole

Our light pole on the front of the house gets a good helping of snow in the early evening. We have had a bit of snow this season but we are finally getting a significant snowfall with about a foot of accumulation.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Rich people get snow too

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

Squirrel nests

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

Path in the woods

This photo reminds me of the famous poem, which ends with...

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference

...The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost

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

Holly berries, fresh snow

We have 4 or 5 holly bushes in front of the house. We sometimes cut a few branches for Christmas decorations. They offer a bit of color, even when covered with fresh snow.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Who goes there?

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.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Shapes and patterns

As the snow comes and goes it creates patterns and shapes that constantly change. Sometimes it can be quite beautiful, and other times it can seem desolate and depressing. Most of the time it is a little of both.