Nature Walks – February 2016

“So come, get ready.  Don’t delay!  We’re on a nature trail today.” ~Maurice Pledger, from In the Forest February was up and down as far as weather went this year – we had 50-degree days, a day of freezing rain … Continue reading

Nature Walks – October 2015

“So come, get ready. Don’t delay! We’re on a nature trail today.” ~Maurice Pledger, from In the Forest As I keep saying, time just feels like it’s flying, and I can’t believe that October is come and gone! For the … Continue reading

Nature Walks – February 2015

“So come, get ready. Don’t delay! We’re on a nature trail today.”

~Maurice Pledger, from In The Forest

February has been bitter cold here in upstate New York, as such, we have gotten outside about only once a week, when the temperatures reach about freezing rather than zero. We also got A LOT of snow this month, one day we were even caught in a mini-blizzard while we were having dinner with my dad and had to camp out at his house for a few hours past the kids bedtime. With so much snow, it’s about impossible to hike down the trail in the woods, but we’ve been out in the yard to play.

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Yesterday, I dug out this cool snow fort, Elizabeth wants me to dig further, but I’m pretty proud of my effort as it is.

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When we got the first of the snow this month, we went out to play and shovel, and Elizabeth caught not only one, but two perfectly formed snowflakes! (FYI: The picture only shows one flake.)

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The freshly fallen snow was beautiful on the trees, and one morning Elizabeth commented to me on how pretty it was. It makes me happy that she appreciates those kind of things.

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The day that we went to the Rockwell Museum, as we were nearing home, we spotted this flock of 40-50 wild turkeys. Apparently, the NYS DEC is looking for accounts of flocks of above 15 individuals, so I’ve gotta give them a call to tell about our spotting. The turkeys are reportedly in decline due to pollution and disease, and scientists may want to come and study our local inhabitants.

Nature Walks – January 2015

“So come, get ready. Don’t delay! We’re on a nature trail today.”

~Maurice Pledger, from In The Forest

January has been bitter cold, filled with sick kids, as well as other goings on that have kept us inside, so my choice of pictures was limited for this month. I tried to take the kids out if the temperatures were around 30 degrees, plus we went out looking for Snowy Owls one day, which gave me some extra pictures for the month. Enjoy!

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Our property is shaped like an L and touches two roads. On the point farthest from the house, it’s possible to see the dairy cows at the farm across the road. Paul now knows this, and every time we are outside, he books it down through the woods and up the hill. One day while wrestling him away from the road, I quickly snapped this image of a break in the clouds, then booked it home carrying the boy with no shoes on because he kicks them off when we have to return to the house.

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The morning that we went to the Humane Society was frigid cold, and all the snow on the trees glistened like a computer generated photo. I pulled off to the side of the road and took a few shots because it was so beautiful. By the time we headed home a few hours later, the sun had warmed the snow enough to melt it off.

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The day we went birding for Snowy Owls, we also stopped at the lake to check out the geese and ducks that we saw floating on the water. The edge of the late was frozen in an interesting pattern, so I snapped this picture. The sun through the clouds gives it a special glow. If you look closely, you can see lines of geese flying in the sky.

Nature Walks – November

“So come, get ready. Don’t delay! We’re on a nature trail today!”

~Maurice Pledger, from In The Forest

Winter is here!  Another month gone, it seems to have happened so fast!  Since the cold weather has hit, we haven’t been outside as much, although we have enjoyed each snowfall.  Here in Central New York, the weather has been back and forth between cold and snowy and above freezing this month.  Our garden held on until mid-November, we still had peas and Swiss chard and cabbages until the hard frost came and withered them away.

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Here is a picture of our nature trail dusted in snow, very picturesque!

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We also found some squirrel tracks that crossed from one side of the trail to the other.

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This little lady bird beetle (aka ladybug) came inside to visit on a chilly day.  Elizabeth had to pick her up and carry her around for a while.  🙂

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Lastly, we visited the Buffalo Zoo this month, as I wrote about in week 16 Reflections.  The pictures I took that day didn’t come out the best, but this lioness posed for me for a bit, then romped around with her companion in an entertaining way.