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Nap time

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A female downy woodpecker catches a nap on a nearby birch

This female downy woodpecker was hanging out near our suet feeder. She would fly to the feeder to snack a bit, then fly back to the birch and tuck her head under her wing to catch a nap. I’m not sure if she might have been a bit under the weather, as I don’t think taking a nap in broad daylight is normal behavior. Still, the little ball of fluff attached to the birch was quite cute!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 246mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/640″ exposure.

Bluebird day…

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Looking north towards Mt. Mansfield from the summit of Camel’s Hump

It was a fine morning to climb the Hump today. Although there was very little snow in the woods even up at the ridge meadow, traction aids were a must as the trail is still pretty much ice covered above 2500′.

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Going up the icy trail!

Cleft

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Broken 6″ thick ice slabs along the Huntington River

The recent heavy rains kicked up many big blocks of ice along the Huntington River. I took a walk along the banks at the Audubon Nature Center here in Huntington yesterday. This is a close-up of a broken 6″ thick slab. I like the air bubbles trapped in the ice.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 55mm, ISO 200, f/13, 1/320″ exposure.

In the woods

A little experimentation with motion blur in the Audubon Nature Center woods this morning…

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ various lengths, ISO 100, f/22, 0.2″ exposures.

Winter Abstract

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Afternoon shadow lines across a beaver pond

Now that there’s finally some snow on the ground, the opportunities for a little abstraction are more abundant. We walked up to a nearby beaver pond yesterday afternoon. The shadows of the surrounding forest fell across the flat, snow covered  ice creating an abstract field of line and light.

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 77mm, ISO 400, f/13, 1/500″ exposure.

Afternoon snow

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Late afternoon sunlight on fresh snow

Going kind of minimalist on you all today. The late afternoon sunlight yesterday created subtle shadows and colors on the fresh snowfall in our front field. This about catches the mood.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 37mm, ISO 800, f/9, 1/500″ exposure.

Summer memory

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A piece of dried hydrangea on fresh snow

A bit of a summer memory—this piece of dried hydrangea had been broken off by the weekend’s strong winds to cast its shadow on the fresh snow.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 46mm, ISO 200, f/11, 1/80″ exposure.

Tangled

Willow stems bent into the snow
Willow branches bent into the snow

These willow branches have been bent into the snow since the heavy snowfall back in December. As the snowpack melts, the branches will spring free. Whether they ever grow straight again is another question.

Nikon D600, Nikon 24-120mm lens @ 66mm, circular polarizing filter, ISO 400, f/18, 1/200″ exposure.

Lineup

A line of milkweed stems in fresh snow
A line of milkweed stems in fresh snow

I’ve really been enjoying the beautiful snow we’ve got right now (and not only for skiing!) The smoothness and openness of the world is punctuated here and there by the remains of last summer’s growth.

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