Cardinals are starting to pair up for the season, where all winter they flocked.
It's like tucking in a child
Reminiscing on a day finishing well
And after sharing goodnights, there is beauty as well.
A real show stopper, Hooded Mergansers, on a small farm pond. I like the male on the right getting as much of his body out of the water for the female in front of him. These are the most skittish of any duck species next to Wood Ducks it seems. Ducks are harder than geese to get close to.
All four appear to be courting one particular female.
This is a Lesser Scaup on the bottom of this shot.
Too cold today some would say, especially with no windshield.
I bet it has a lot of horsepower. I'm ready to ride, and have power to spare.
How many horsepower does one need? I can move too fast you said the other day, at least for that smaller unit.
I bet like me it always is a charmer!
Wait, aren't I the charmer? I just showed up around here and feel I am the cutest all around. It was nice meeting you, I will see you again.
The portal is open for a nice walk in the woods. You can see the trail ahead, but never know where it will take you. That sun has been in and out today and I was glad I brought along my new camera bag to keep everything dry. The temperature felt like it was dropping with stronger winds. A protected draw provided a bit of relief from the winds.Nothing should stop you from enjoying a day, it could never happen like that again. BTW clumsy mittens sure came in handy also, wearing a lighter pair of gloves inside of them. Enjoy all the beauty I found while out on the prairie.
Antler shed from a previous year. I wondered if the buck who shed last year, maybe stepped on it this year. This stand of wild plum would still be a good place to hide.
I have seen some huge flocks of Red-winged Blackbirds.
Male Downy Woodpecker
Wait, it was just misting rain, this can't be.
A tiny deer trail fills quickly with the fluffy blowing snow. It reminded me of the river I had followed. It soon will melt when temperatures will rise. The car felt good with the heater turned up. Close to three hours hiking forest, prairie river bottoms, and some cropland. The last mile next to a nice line of pine trees helped block the wind again and made it fun to be out in all the changes of the weather. It had done this yesterday, but most had melted away.