Sunday smorgasbordPosted: February 5, 2012
At the end of the week I usually end up with a handful of photos that I thought I would use in a post, but didn’t for one reason or another. Either they didn’t fit in or I was attempting to stop the flood of images that want to pour out onto the blog. WordPress gives us only so much free space. I’m not complaining, mind you. I think it’s very generous of them. I just don’t want to have to pay for more. Yet. It may come to that eventually.
I took a long, slow walk Friday afternoon. It was a magical, amazing afternoon. Not at all your typical early February day. The kingfisher returned to his rightful place at the back of the pond. The fish were creating ripples and little waves all over the pond. A northern flicker was carrying on back in the woods.
To the east, the moon was rising as the sun warmed up the day and the landscape.
I took the camera along and experimented. I’ll post more about that tomorrow. In the meantime, I have starlings and geese and milkweed. Oh my.
The ducks have returned. We also had a pair of Canada Geese trying to settle in. M put a stop to that. As I have mentioned many times before, we wouldn’t mind having a pair of geese stick around for a while, but they are terrible guests. They invite 50 or so of their friends and family to move in with them, over-fertilizing the pond and surroundings. They are messy and can cause an outbreak of algae.
Three hawks have been hanging out in the trees at the edge of the pond. Two are obviously red-tailed hawks. I’m unsure about the third as I haven’t been able to get a good look at it. It might be my mystery hawk who caused some discussion at a bird ID forum. One side declared “Cooper’s Hawk!” The other side declared “Northern Goshawk!” And someone in the middle suggested a cross-breed of the two.
It’s Super Bowl Sunday here in the U.S. We’re spending the evening with M the Younger and his lovely wife. I hear they’re making a pizza and getting ready for a few friendly games. I’m going to bring my knitting along in case I need something else to do. I’m not a fan of football, not the U.S. version. What we call soccer and the rest of the world calls football, on the other hand, is something I can get excited about.
That’s it from the Bogs for today. Thank you for stopping by. We have sunshine and clear skies here in the Bogs today. A good day for a walk around the pond. Say hello to the kingfisher for me if you get back that way. You’ll hear him chattering as you approach. He seems to think the back of the pond is his territory and likes to announce his thoughts on the matter to everyone who comes near.
*Jakesprinter’s Sunday Post challenge for today is Love. Milkweed probably isn’t what you would expect to see for such a challenge, but I wanted to use something new so I went with the milkweed with heart bokeh. And I do ♥ milkweed. It’s fascinating, and the monarch butterflies love it too. Anything that brings butterflies to visit has got to be good. 🙂