|Conifer in Winter|
When there's not much color at all, you spend a good amount of time examining the bit of color you can find. In this case the needles of the tree. One thing I noticed since I was spending so much time studying these trees was the fantastic texture of the bough. It's scaled like the pedals of the pinecones before they unfold.
This cluster caught my eye because even thought I'm looking at the same kind of pinecone, they look pretty different depending on if you're looking 'up' or 'down' each one.
|Snow in the Needles|
It looks almost alien.
|Snow as Fashion Statement|
I showed you the shots of the geese taking off in the last post or two. Here's a couple before they left (obviously.) Let me tell you something. Chicago geese are completely confident that they could take you out. They don't fly off when humans approach and are as likely to come at you and yell and honk because you're in *their* space as they are to walk away (casually, like they're just out for a stroll. They don't *flee* humans.) So you can just walk up to them and get some nice close shots. Like I mentioned before, the bait shop keeper was out there feeding them bread before I got over there, so apparently this one went snow-diving to get at his. And the snow won. ;) But apparently geese don't feel cold - at least at the levels were were getting. This guy had no interest in wiping the snow off his beak or his feet. Others were sitting in the snow, very comfortably preening their feathers.
|Clearly the Airline Made a Mistake|
|Watch for Falling |
I don't know what's eating the bark off the trees, especially this high up. (This squirrel was above my not-quite-five-foot-high head.) I can't imagine a squirrel doing that much damage, but I don't know what else would get up there and do it. Anyway, he's kind of adorable up there, no?
|Flakes Falling on Wall|
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