Sunday, February 15, 2009

Against a blue sky.

After a morning spent in a bowling alley (kindergarten birthday party), my pineal eye craved sunlight. Thankfully today arrived clear and bright, with a miraculously blue sky under which to wander, and against which to photograph things.

The catkins of hazelnuts are expanding, and are at present the ruling inflorescences of the tree world. This is the same tree on which in November I photographed Squeaky the Anna's Hummingbird. The catkins have tripled or quadrupled in size since then.

Nuthatch. It is a major goal to take a half-decent picture of a Red-breasted Nuthatch. I have taken many, many pictures of Red-breasted Nuthatches, and to a one they have been sadly lacking. Not always in the same way, but always sadly lacking.

Experiencing tree-spins.

A rash of American Robins was feeding on holly berries. Perhaps they had fermented, because after scarfing down a few, the robins would fly to a nearby birch and sit very still.

Finally, a wonderfully contorted poplar, jiving in the sunshine.

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