Taking Flight

Hawk

I’ve always been fascinated by raptors.  This young red-tailed hawk jumped from his perch
just as I focused my lens, the late morning light illuminating his tail feathers.

pintails taking flight

This shot took a little bit of tip-toeing and covered my boots in mud, but catching some
beautiful pintail ducks taking off was the highlight of the evening!

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Snow Day Fun

MotherDaughter

The snowy scenery was too lovely to resist when we got our first sunshine after the storm, so I called upon these two lovely ladies to bundle up and have some mother-daughter fun!

Whitney

The snow set off Whitney’s beautiful wide smile perfectly.

Nicole

And Nicole is a natural in the outdoors!

footprints

Nicole suggested footprints in the snow, which turned out as a lovely testament
to the closeness these two beauties share.

Snow Days

It’s old news by now, but we’re enjoying about a foot of snow around here in the past two days.  The weather has closed both my office and the school but has opened the door for some fun in the snow – not to mention the much-needed precipitation we need on our fields and in our streams and lakes.

During my lunch hour yesterday, I tip-toed onto the path outside my office and found some fresh whitetail deer tracks in the snow.  A few moments later, I was face to face with a doe and her two yearling twins – who were comfortable enough in the heavy snowfall to pose for a few moments.

This morning we woke to find an additional six inches of snow on the ground, and the temptation to play in it was too much for our Labrador and my youngest son to bear.  They raced outside, rolling around in the drifts and chasing each other in loops around the yard.

One of the cutest things are snowflakes on a puppy’s nose.
Sugar raced up to greet him with so much enthusiasm that she slid, spraying his face with snow.