Saturday, January 31, 2009
The photo above has two really well hidden birds in it. Well, two birds, one is really well hidden. I'll give you a couple of hints, the well hidden one is bright blue, and he's mostly hidden behind the branch.
An aerie is built of twigs and sticks. It doesn't look particularly soft and cuddly, do you think?
These branches are infested with clusters of mistletoe, but the very top, left cluster, isn't mistletoe at all. It is the aerie that you saw in the previous picture!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
The pictures above and below are more heavily frosted because they are dead leaves. The leaves that are on live plants have fewer ice crystals because they still have liquid in their veins. This keeps them warmer, and they don't freeze as readily as the dead leaves.
Friday, January 9, 2009
This fellow has been hanging around my front yard for the last few days. His feet are bright yellow, and while he is perched there, he cheeps like an Easter chickie.
From the top of his head to the tip of his tail, he is about 18" to 20" tall. That's about as tall as a newborn human baby!
This is a view of the Hawk from the side. You can get a good look at the shape of his raptor beak from this photograph. For more information, click on the word Hawk!
After checking with Wikipedia, I feel safe identifying this fellow as a Sharp Spined Hawk.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
It's very, very cold outside today! It's freezing, even! When it gets cold enough outside to freeze the water droplets in the air, we say that we have a "frost". This is a picture of the frozen grass on my front lawn.
Look at the individual ice crystals on these leaves! These are tiny leaves, about the size of your Mom's thumbnail. Click on the pictures to see a larger view.
This is not carpet! This is a close up of the ice crystals on the car's windshield! Did you know that this is the way ice looks up close? Click on the picture for a full screen view.