Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Power out? Go to the park.

We awoke to falling snow this morning, with a forecast of about two inches. It has stopped now, and is barely an inch. In any other year, a minor snowfall such as this would have been greeted with, "Yay! Snow!" But after what happened in December, we're all a bit snow-shy. "Oh no. More snow."

I walked the kids to school. Fortunately I had turned on the coffee-maker prior to leaving, because shortly after I got home, the power went out. It always goes out with a desperate, fearful shriek at our house (the carbon monoxide detector is easily panicked).

Witch-hazel, same plant as this.

Post coffee, with nothing else to do in a powerless house, I gathered up camera and golf umbrella and headed to the park to see how old friends were coping with the snowfall.

Goldilocks the contorted willow.

The sumac branches are either exulting in the snow, or railing against it.

Flicker displaying novel feeding method.

When I returned home an hour later, the power was back on. In the back yard the same old birds were there (Spotted Towhee, juvenile White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, European Starling, House Finch, Northern Flicker). It really is high time for something new to show up. These are indeed the winter doldrums.

At least the flicker was doing something novel. She was hanging beneath the suet cage, chipping suet from the bottom so that crumbs would land on her chest. Then she would lap them up, using herself as a tabletop.


PSYL said...

That is one fancy acrobatic way (by the flicker) of eating a meal, sort of like a bat eating upside down.

By the way, I like your new method of posting a comment. What method is this?

Hugh said...

Sort of like a sea otter too.

As for this nifty comments form, go to your account, click the Settings tab, click on Comments, and for Comment Form Placement select Embedded below post.

More elegant, non?

KaHolly said...

The only thing I do that's novel is read one! Love your post today. Wish I could get up the gumption to brave the subzero temperatures and go for a walk, camera in hand. The temps will have to warm up a bit for me.