Good morning everyone! The coffee is ready for you, just grab a cup and relax! I hope all of you are feeling well today and Happy Friday to you as well! It’s cloudy this morning and mild at 21F (-6C), feels quite nice out there actually, and everything has an eerie glow. The clouds are generating, with the help of the sun behind them, are very weird color, somewhat pink, but still not quite. It’s quite hard to describe, certainly not something normal and I don’t think I have ever seen such a color in the winter before today. And it just makes everything take on that same color.
In the summer when this happens it’s either from forest fires or storms. But there is certainly no fires around and although it’s cloudy, there are no storms either. But it’s not a strong color so trying to capture it on a photo is useless unfortunately. Oh well, it’s interesting anyway. The birds are busy this morning, but the grosbeaks have not arrived yet. Hard to believe we are entering the second week of January and yet temps are still so nice. Other areas of the world seem to be getting our winter right now, not that I really mind however, it’s nice to share.
It’s probably been 20 years since the last time we had such a nice winter. One winter back about that time it was mild like this until about mid January, then the cold hit with fury and stayed for 2 months. But some winters are mild right through. I’m sure the birds and other animals don’t mind the mild weather either. Yesterday on my walk to the river I saw a belted kingfisher. That’s a summer bird around here and the first time I have ever seen one in winter around this area. I tried for a pic because he was in a tree quite close, but I had to move as there were branches in the way.
I guess my movement scared him and off he flew across the river. Sigh. I hope I can get another chance, that would be such a fantastic pic. Each winter some birds stay around that don’t normally, unless winter starts off cold, then all our summer birds leave us for sure. Since we have finished the first week of the new year, today I will show some pics from that first week for you to enjoy. Have a wonderful Friday and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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