Saturday, January 30, 2010

Wolf Moon-January 2010

Here is what I hope will be the first in a series of 12 full-moon shots. We all know how the weather can be around here so I'll just be taking it one month at a time. Maybe I'll get lucky and get all twelve.

The following information was taken from I was not out at 1:18 a.m. to get this shot.

Full Moon names date back to Native Americans, of what is now the northern and eastern United States. Those tribes of a few hundred years ago kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred.

Jan. 30, 1:18 a.m. EST -- Full Wolf Moon. Amid the zero cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. It was also known as the Old Moon or the Moon after Yule. In some tribes this was the Full Snow Moon; most applied that name to the next moon. The Moon will also arrive at perigee (it's closest point to Earth on its non-circular orbit) less than three hours later, at 4:04 a.m. EST at a distance of 221,577 mi. (356,593 km.) from Earth. So this is the biggest full moon of 2010. Very high ocean tides can be expected during the next two or three days, thanks to the coincidence of perigee with full moon.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Backyard visitor

Normally, when I post "backyard visitor" it's another bird of some sort. Well, this is obviously no bird. It's been around a few times, I just had never seen it up close. It has been cleaning up the seed the birds scatter all over the ground. I got a little to close and it started showing it's teeth, I beat a hasty retreat into the house. Not quite sure how fast these little buggers can go and I didn't want to find out. :0)
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Deer in the fog

Have really been seeing a lot of these lately. These were two of about 5 or 6 we saw go across the road not far from our house. They stopped just long enough for me to get a quick shot of them.
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More frosty sights from the Homestead

Just more frosty, icy sites from the Homestead National Monument. Can't wait for more snow so I can try some snowshoeing.
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Frosty Barbed Wire

At the Homestead National Monument, you begin your walk along a fence line made up of different kinds of barbed wire. I never new there were so many kinds. They have a very different look with the frost on them. I was using my tubes for these shots and having a hard time with the white. They did not turn out the greatest, not what I was hoping for, but still kind of cool.
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Foggy Homestead

A lot of foggy days lately. Finally decided to get out of the house anyway. I went out to the Homestead National Monument and took a few pictures. The last one with the tree line in the backgroud will be a part of my " 4-seasons" collage I plan on doing.
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Pheasant and Kestrel

Was out road tripping about a week ago and happened across a American Kestrel, I think it is the same one I've seen in the same area. This one is the male. Also was suprised to see about 30-40 pheasant. I've never seen that many at one time. This one didn't get across the road quick enough and was trying to out run the crazy lady with the camera and big long lens. ;0)
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Saturday, January 9, 2010

A whole lot of snow!

This is about the half way point of my daily commute to work and back. I took a couple of shots to show how deep they have piled up the all this snow we've been getting. It's hard to tell from the photo's, but it's got to be at a minimum, 10-12 ft. high if not more. I hear that there will be another storm before the middle of February, just as bad or worse than these last 3, that's what the local farmers are saying anyway. Oh boy, can't wait. Time to buy some snowshoes, or a sled dog team. Wouldn't that be a fun way to go to work everyday.

Friday, January 8, 2010


I ran out onto the deck, snapped a couple quick pictures. Way to cold to stand out there at 20 below.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

New backyard bird

I have another new bird visiting my backyard. I was so excited to see this little Black-Capped Chickadee. I had very lousy light at the time I spotted it and it wouldn't let me get very close so these didn't turn out the greatest. I actually saw two of them. I hope they stay around, I'd love to get some better shots of them. According to my bird book, they are easily tamed and can be hand fed. Wouldn't that be awesome!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

A little downhill skiing

Blue jays are hilarious some times! They have got to be one of the most animated birds I have watched in my backyard. This one looks like he's getting ready for some downhill skiing.

Friday, January 1, 2010

I love to see them fly

Saw two adult bald eagles today, in the same tree. Too bad I couldn't get them both in one shot, darn those big lenses. ;0). This was after one of them went for a short flight and back again.

Bluebird in the snow

Before spotting the two adult bald eagles, I spotted a couple little bluebirds. This one happend to land on a nice perch.

Still around

My little Carolina Wren is still hanging around. Hope it makes it through this tough winter we're having. I don't think it knows that it's not supposed here. It's finding the food and shelter. What a cute little bird.

Song Sparrow

I saw this cute little birdie along the side of the road. After standing in the freezing cold for a really, really long time, it finally let me get some good shots of it. I only wish I had taken some seed with me to feed it. I'll have to remember that next time I go out to find birds.

Blue Moon

A "Blue Moon" is the second full moon in the same month. This one occured on December 31, 2009. The first full moon for that month was on December 2nd.