Sunday, January 24, 2010

January Thaw

We are in the midst of the proverbial January thaw, with bright sun and mild temperatures just above freezing. The river has opened up considerably from a week ago. Saturday afternoon we went on an inspection tour ...



Only a few ice bridges remain, and those are unsafe for human passage - note the foot thick ice still remaining on a part of the river. The snow is crisscrossed with animal tracks - deer, squirrel, fox.



The sun is beginning to reach the feeders for the first time in two months. The pleasant day took me onto the back porch for a short while to take a few pictures without an intervening window ... and with good light.



The Black-capped Chickadee is a year round resident, brightening even the darkest of winter days.


8 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Pretty scenrey around the river. Love the black capped Chickadee, very cute shots.

Chris said...

Hi Chris,
Nice pictures you got, with nice landscape and nice black-capped chickadee!! it is cool to have such a bird the year around and be able to take nice shots!

forestal said...

Nice pictures Chris

Dan

Carlib said...

Beautiful, with the sun shining through!
your Black-capped Chickadee looks a lot like our black headed Tit with more black under the chin! Great shots here, again!

jen said...

What pretty scenery! And that last shot of the Chickadee is adorable.

Bill S. said...

Beautiful shots. If only I could get a January thaw. Hopefully in the next two weeks. I love your water shots.

Kelly said...

....Chris, that first photo looks like a Christmas card. Gorgeous! Love the sun in the eye of the chickadee as well...

A New England Life said...

Excellent Chickadee shots!

I always hope the animals don't fall through the ice as they're treking across lakes, ponds, and rivers.

There hasn't been much of a thaw around here but after all the rain we're expecting tomorrow it will surely be different!

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