Short day-Long Shadows

There’s no escaping and no mistaking this time of year. Early December, high noon, without a cloud in the sky, yet the sun casts long shadows upon a male Red-winged Blackbird with wing-bar colors faded to only a pale yellow. Short days and long shadows. A calendar and perhaps a metaphor.

Between Shadows

The light just seems to change so fast this time of year. One second this beautiful White-crowned Sparrow was out in the light the next second in a shadow. Somehow we always seem to get them in-between the two and this day was no exception. A nice look, a nice bird and a nice way to start the week.

Snowy Monday

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Waiting patiently, both us, and this Snowy Egret. While the Egret is waiting for a meal we are awaiting the true arrival of spring. An unseasonable cold snap we are having brings to mind the T-Bone Walker classic “Stormy Monday” just substituting snowy for stormy on this particular day. Each spring is different and this one is no exception.

Happy Monday and hope your week is off to a great start.

Snowy Egret photographed just a few weeks ago. Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.

then and now

The sun has moved from north to south and the flowers have turned to berries.

Then and Now.

Although they’re one they’re not the same or at least it feels that way.

The flowers are beautiful but the berries are somewhat poisonous (depending on your species and I assume most of you reading this are human of course) and produced form a the pervasive and often considered to be invasive Bittersweet Nightshade vine.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solanum_dulcamara

April Morning

Whereas most of our spring has felt like Summer this spring day felt like Spring and even more it felt like April. April when the sky is blue, the sun is warm and the wind blows with the last of winters chill.

Where the tress lack leaves but you see them soon to come.

April when things change.

Photographed along Clear Creek in a spot that has called me back as the seasons change.
https://naturehasnoboss.com/2017/01/09/january-afternoon/