Wednesday, March 3, 2010

our neck of the woods

The other day Mr. G, Mr. B and I took a hike. Hiking in winter is ideal--no mosquitoes, stinging nettle, poison ivy or spiders (shudder). We can go anywhere we want with few obstacles blocking our path. Come on!

Snow drifts and silence cover the winter woods. We followed lots of tracks: raccoon, deer, squirrel, mouse, bird and rabbit. We found piles of scat and a raccoon's den. This tree is half dead and half alive. I call this portrait: "Anatomy of a Tree." Mr. B calls it "Tree Guts." I think his title is more apt.


The creek froze in layers, Mr. B explored the ice shelves along the bank.

It's a little treacherous getting down to the creek. Very slippery. We looked like sea otters sliding down!

You can't walk in the woods without a big stick. Speak softly and carry a big stick is a good motto out here. Big sticks are useful for fighting off bears, poking in holes or swatting your brother.


No, that's not Gilligan's Island up ahead--that's the hunting blind our neighbors' son built for Mr. T and Mr. D last fall. It's so well-built. Unfortunately it will not substitute for a tree house.


Here is the eagles' nest--it's the size of a small car. There's no way to give you an idea of how huge it is--other than to get closer. The eagles have been living here for several years.
Look at the size of that eagles' nest. The eagle standing guard flew away while I hiked up to the tree. By the time he flew back, my camera battery was dead. I'll have to work on an eagle stake-out so you can see how magnificent they are.

Spill it, reader. What's worth noting in your neck of the woods these days?

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18 comments:

  1. No eagles' nests here. Just squirrels' nests, which doesn't even come close.

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  2. I saw a tailless squirrel the other day. I suppose it could have been an earless rabbit, too.

    But the important thing is - there is grass! Did you know there is actual, real live grass under the snow?

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  3. Other than stray cats, I've been seeing quite a few skunks...lovely, but another sign spring is coming...right?!?

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  4. I'd love to see that eagle's nest in person. The giant glacier in my front yard melted enough to expose my butterfly bush that had been completely crushed under it since December. I hope it recovers.

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  5. I've seen eagles in FL, but haven't ever seen a nest.

    I noticed yesterday that the crepe myrtles have started to bloom. The yellow ones are always the first.

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  6. I wanna come hiking. It sounds just perfect.

    Around these parts, it's warming up. We're starting to itch for bike rides and trips to the park.

    -Abby

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  7. That does look a little bit like Mr. & Mrs. Howell's hut, huh?

    What a fun post! Love the part about the uses for a walking stick. :-)

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  8. One should never underestimate the importance of a good walking stick!

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  9. Nothing too exciting in my yard. Lots of bunnies just.

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  10. Sixty degree weather? That's something right? No wildlife, just the random dog or cat. Oh, but there was a lovely flock of birds that flew over today.

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  11. Great pictures! I'm always amazed how big eagle's nest are. They're HUGE!

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  12. I saw a large hawk in our backyard - large enough it made the branch rock as he sat on it. Wow. I wondered if it was hunting, but nope; the squirrels scampered around underneath, unbothered.

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  13. there's an eagle's nest not too far from here. and i hope to stake out the wild turkeys this weekend/

    this morning we saw another dead rabbit in the park, and pawprints. coyote? maybe...

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  14. Just the birds that have been singing in the morning which is a sure sign that spring is really coming....eventually! Great photos!

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  15. Beautiful pics - I'll have to post some cherry blossoms in bloom this weekend.

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  16. That (half-dead) tree looks so amazing! Love the pic!

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  17. Good sticks are crucial aren't they?

    We just went on a hike last week in the middle of the snow melting away and that was a new experience for me - watching the fields and hills pour water from so many directions. More snow forecast for the weekend, but at least we got to see presages of spring for a week or so!

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  18. Awesome pictures....thanks for sharing! You guys need snowshoes!!! I want to get them for everyone next year.

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