Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Sunday Walk

This past Sunday Morgan and I went for a walk with the dogs. It was bitter cold but no real wind so we didn't mind too much. The sun was out so that helped. I brought my Canon G9 knowing that my 5D would probably not like the cold. To tell you the truth the G9 didn't like it much either and my fingers liked it even less!
First shot...this old milkweed pod caught my eye.It really amazes me the number of hidden treasures that we pass right by all spring and summer long, never knowing there is a family right beside the trail. This is just the first of many nests we passed within reach. Morgan spotted this "Thinking of You" balloon that had landed on our property, so we gathered it up and deposited it where it belongs. What's funny is when I went to visit Marvin's blog http://elmostreport.blogspot.com/2008/12/mouse-in-woods-eeeek.html I found he'd had almost the same experience! It must be that time of year??? Ha Ha! Heading toward the old fort and bridge with Ole leading the way.Whoops looks like the bridge is creeping west! Daisy Lu always ready for a deer to hop out, she really thinks she is bigger than the average deer. Good thing no one is home! A big ol' Oak tree. A very well used trail. Deer, rabbit, and fox tracks.I'm not sure but I'm thinking this may be a mourning dove nest. It's quite large and made of loose sticks. Another chilly home. There were only a couple interesting leaves. I forgot to post the other one...will do that tomorrow. Then just when I thought my fingers couldn't take it any longer,
we rounded the bend and saw the warmth of home.

Today will be a beauty but tomorrow we're in for another round of who knows what falling out of the sky.

Guess I'll go stock up!

15 comments:

Aluajala said...

Perhaps we find more treasures in winter because there are so many colors and things in summer so that we don't notice every detail? )
btw you're so good at recognizing tracks.. wow!

Leedra said...

Lovely stroll, enjoyed the visit down your lane. I love seeing where the nest are when the leaves are gone. It is amazing the nest are so close to paths and roadways and not in the trees away from everything. Your snow is pretty, but makes me cold. You better be taking all the photos you can, you won't be taking snow photos next year in Alabama.

Tami said...

Oh what a lovely walk you did have! It looks like your daughter and the canines companions had a good day as well.

Carolynn said...

Beautiful photos. I can just smell the fresh air! I've marveled at all the birds' nests that are in my area and have been exposed now that the leaves are gone from the trees. Amazing works of art & architecture.

Shellmo said...

I would love to have taken a walk with you! Enjoyed all the photos!

Mary said...

This was lovely! Felt like I was walking along with you. I've never learned to identify any nests...unless the bird is sitting on it :-) Daisy Lu is so cute. Love the leaf shot! Looks like all of you had a great time and your home does indeed look very inviting and warm.

Roy said...

It is amazing how many nests you don't see in the spring and summer Evie. (Clever birds). I was walking with you.{:)

Tina said...

Eve, You really are out in the wilderness...what a neat walk that was! You are so right about not spotting all the little nests and home of our creatures until nature has frozen and wilted all their cover. I saw some neat nests since winter has set in but didn't know who/what had lived in them!!Loved reading your post and learning about the mourning dove's nest!! Hope you are staying warm and making lots of cookies!!

Jenny said...

Same comment from me, I was enjoying the walk around your place with you and Morgan....oh and Ole and Daisy Lu of course! Fun to see all those animal tracks in the snow.

Steve B said...

Yeah, I was thinking of Marvin's blog too! I always am amazed to find birds nests in the winter in a place where I had no clue that the birds were nesting there in the summer.

Stacey Huston said...

Eve it is always a blessing to get out and get some fresh air. especially this year as winter seems to be showing itself in force.. stay warm/ dry.. they are calling for the 50 here by tomorrow.. Wow.. that will be strange..

HANNIBAL said...

Nice walk with plenty of natures treasures to hunt!

A New England Life said...

What a nice walk in the woods on a Sunday. I wondered if I was the only one who noticed the bird nests in the trees. They are everywhere!

You captured a nice afternoon. Glad it wasn't me out there in the cold. Brrr....

Sandy said...

OH I need to link to remember to check for updates. Love the photos and especially the warm looking house, very nice.

Marvin said...

I've got to chime in with the amazement I feel at discovering so many birds' nests in winter, many very near where I walk every day, but hidden until the leaves are gone.

Hopefully, neither of us will find another balloon soon.