Conk-la-ree! is, according to All About Birds, the classic sound of the male Red-winged Blackbird.  As I mentioned recently, the presence of this bird is one of our signs of spring.  Just step outside and you’ll hear his call.  Conk-la-ree!

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More from Reeds Gap State Park

Honey Creek. Reeds Gap State Park, Pennsylvania.

Today has been filled with sunshine.  A perfect day for working around the house and outdoors, getting a head start on the spring cleaning.  It’s too chilly to open the windows and air out the house, but just letting the sunlight in seems to have cleansed the place.  It also showed me what needs to be cleaned.  There’s nothing like the light of day to show off all the dust.

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A hike at sunset

It’s great to be home.  M and I were not gone long, but it still feels good to relax in our own home and sleep in our own bed.  The trip was successful, for lack of a better word.

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this world
bristles with thorns…
yet there are lotuses

~Issa, 1815

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Sound footing

It’s getting pretty blustery here in the Bogs today.  Winter is returning.  The cold and snow won’t be staying long.  The predictions are that we will be back in the 50s by Monday or Tuesday.  With a high wind advisory in affect, Winter’s reappearance is going to be a bit bumpy.

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Seasonal shifts

Near sunset yesterday

As I sat outside yesterday evening watching the storm clouds move through, I had to keep reminding myself that it’s still February.  Technically, it’s winter.  In case you’re wondering, this is what it looked like last year on this date.

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Karma’s February Photo Hunt


I was hoping to participate in Karma’s February Photo Hunt with all new photos, but have had to resort to the archives for a couple.  The first one (flake) was easy as Mother Nature provided us with a lot of flakes yesterday.  The snowflakes were so big that they almost look like coconut flakes falling from the sky.  Cornflakes and/or coconut flakes were going to be my back-ups if we didn’t get some snow.  The other possibility was too insulting to consider.  Besides, I don’t know any flakes (other than my occasional forays into flakiness).

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