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Blurry Eagle

 

Steve and I drove through starved rock state park in the snow storm today (yes, it was too beautiful yesterday to last- we all knew the snow was coming back!) anyway, finally got a few shots of a bald eagle in flight. Not the best shots- still kind of shaky with the long lenses- but I finally got pictures that you can actually see that it is an eagle! (Here was my first attempt at an eagle a few years back)

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Snow Oak

Another two inches of snow early this morning. It looks pretty, but I’m ready for spring.

 At least I know the deer are still around. One of them chewed down my variegated dogwood against the house. Nice to know they’re not starving this year. this one looks nice and fat under all that fur.

Winter Birds of the New Year

Here is it January of 2015 already. Where did the year go?
Actually I’m glad to see last year go. It started out okay but ended pretty lousy. I was hollering for a do over towards the end there, but now I’ll just opt for a fresh start.
Now here we are, a fresh snow and good ole bitter cold to go with it. For a little while there I thought Mother Nature was going to take it easy on us this winter. I was enjoying the temps in 40’s, especially over Christmas- but alas, we do live in Illinois!

Morning after last night’s storm- about 6 inches of powder snow

 

seeing double- pair of chickadees

 

a Cold Mourning Dove

 

Blue Jay

 

Black Capped Chickadees

 

Mourning Doves

 

House Finch

 

Downy Woodpecker

 

Bald Cypress Cone Hunting

I want to grow a few bald cypress’ for my yard next spring,
so we went cone hunting Saturday.
The bald cypress is so named because it is one of the few cypress’
that loose their leaves in the fall

My source tree. Lovely orange fall color- though most of the leaves are gone.
This tree is loaded – no climbing though, tons of cones were already on the ground.
Cones are small and sticky, smelling strongly of turpentine. Seeds are the amber colored chunks inside the broken cone.
I think I got enough – maybe…

I’ll plant them now, letting winter do the stratifying for me and have little saplings by spring!

Finally get to see a Luna Moth

Luna Moth (Actias luna)

 I’ve seen them in pictures and documentaries on TV, but have never seen one in real life until now.
Almost the size of my hand (of course I forgot to put my hand next to it for comparison!) and is truly a beautiful pale green. It’s is also fuzzy.
This one is hanging on my front storm door. Too bad it didn’t pick something nicer looking for this picture like a flower or a shrub, but I think if I tried to move it, I would’ve lost my photo opportunity. 
Curious, I did a little research and found that after hatching from the cocoon, it doesn’t eat, having no mouth parts and lives only a week, long enough to mate and lay eggs.  

The Luna Moth is one of the largest moths in North America
click here to learn more…