Monday, January 26, 2015


Even a small snow tells  us we need to be those first footprints outside.

    I actually was looking at the fluid like textures the snow makes from the wind blowing it around.
Loving snow
 She almost looks like an anime cartoon without any legs showing. Her eyes show sincerity in enjoying a nice sunny day.

A cold icy stare

Of course I saw my "S" in this lava like ice

Friday, January 23, 2015

Winters Joy

A brief thaw will send the snow away for a short time. I really like snow, it adds to the photos I take, plus is fun to play in. I am looking for a new home for this little guy below. My mother would have fried him. He has eaten through a grain bin to get at grain and is not on my top ten friends list. There is ample food at the feeders, he is looking for the bigger cache I guess. Actually I saw eight of these critters in my yard the other day when I put out some shelled corn out on the ground . They have a nose for the good food and come from all over. I don't even know their names, yet have them over for lunch and dinner a lot. Squirrels are late risers and don't get up until around ten. I have seen Purple Finches in this last week. They are coming through early, so I will share a few photos of this more northern bird at the end of this blog.

Imitating opposing thumbs, they get smarter every year.
Tufted Titmouse
Dark-eyed Junco
Black-capped Chickadee
Northern Cardinal

White-breasted Nuthatch
American Goldfinch
 Grey Squirrel
Mourning Dove

Purple Finch at a feeder with a Goldfinch

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

On The Mississippi River

An eagle announces it's happiness to see me back over on the river. I always feel a charm when exploring this area. There is a draw to look for more each time I visit, hoping to find something new. These are along the lock and dam at Keokuk, Iowa. The river that runs near my home empties here and the delta always greets me when kayaking down to this point. After a couple days boating you keep looking for it around each bend when getting close. I took the auto route on this cold day, driving the back roads and enjoying old haunts. Most of the waters were frozen over, with small areas open that attracted the eagles and a quite few other birds.

This reminded me of the ice fortress in the Superman movie.
Looking from Iowa into Illinois. I would like to have that cabin.

 The giant lock remains idle until Spring
This turn style railroad bridge allows the large tugs to go through

Hey, where is our dinner?

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Shake, Chatter and Chill

 Wait, it's only two months  until spring

I looked out my front door and saw this Cooper's Hawk emerging from deep in a blue spruce. It was in a smorgasbord with lots of sparrows roosting inside to avoid the cold winds. It has been here before for a few years, easy pickings with fauna and feeders around my yard. I shot the first two through the window before opening the door slowly to get a few shots of it eating it's prey.

 The white patch on the rump of the brown horse is from them standing side by side and the other breathing on it.
 I followed this river down to the Mississippi River
The Mississippi River at Fort Madison