March 2015

It’s the Mallards – again

March 31, 2015 Nature

They showed up a few days ago.  On the heels of the receding pond ice.  Wonder if they’re the same pair that visited last spring?  Or the spring before that?  After a week or so, she disappears.  Then sometime later, don’t remember how long, the drake follows.  The pics below, taken today, show the drake in the pond, with the female (dame?) standing on the end of the dock.  In one pic, there’s even a shot of a drake on the back deck. Read More

Spring Snow and Mud

March 19, 2015 Nature

Spring … the promise of summer, encased in mud and snow.  Some pics of the pond (and mud, and snow, and ice).  The animal tracks made on the snow that had covered the ice that covered the pond for the last two months … well, during the last couple warm days, that snow merged into the melting ice, and then refroze last night and today, into a rather intriguing pattern made all out of pond ice. And a gallery of pics, showing all – click and see …

Pond Ice Starting to Give

March 9, 2015 Nature

The deer would break the ice just about every night, at the warmer edges of the pond (in front of the chairs in the pics).  And then the deer, and various other animals, would converge on those areas for water, during those many frozen winter days this winter.  You can see the tracks in these pics.  (no human tracks in the pics – as I could not traverse the yard this winter, due to injury) And in the middle picture, theRead More

Such Deep Snow …

March 2, 2015 Nature