A Bit of Snow in the Coburg Hills
It was quite cold here this morning, down into the twenties. Since we had rain last night, that created the possibility of spots of ice on the roads this morning. And we got some snow in the surrounding hills. This is a photo of the Coburg Hills with Delta Ponds in the foreground. We still have some nice colors.
Mink Across the Pond
I saw this American Mink across the pond from me, so it was some distance away. I tried to bring it up as much as I could but it is still small in the picture, and the picture is not the best quality. But I was still thrilled because it is the only mink I have ever photographed. And it is the first one I have seen at Delta Ponds.
Here is some information about the American Mink:
This small, speedy Green-winged Teal is a current visitor to Delta Ponds. Being so skittish, it was difficult to get into position where I could get some photographs. Finding a spot behind some trees and bushes helped to camouflage me and I was able to get several nice shots. Here it looks almost like it has chubby cheeks.
According to my 'Birds of Oregon' book, "the name 'teal' is applied to 16 of the world's smallest waterfowl, of which the Green-winged Teal is the best known. This widespread bird exemplifies the diminutive build, speedy flight and small habitat requirements of teals."
A Break in the Weather
While I was at Delta Ponds, the sun broke through the dark sky and bathed the trees in golden light. It was a beautiful sight to see and I got some pretty images. The Great Egret seems to be enjoying it too!
Plump Little Female Robin
I saw this cute little robin among the branches of a bush at Delta Ponds. It looks like it is ready for winter with that round body. It must have felt it was well hidden in that bush, because I was able to zoom in on it and shoot some pictures. It didn't seem in a hurry to fly off, like they usually do. I was grateful that it posed for me.
This must be Mt. Cabela!
I took Carol to Cabela's today to check on walking sticks. The store is full of stuffed animals that look very realistic. This scene graced one wall. It's not often you get to photograph these animals together like this. :)
Fall Scene in Mohawk Valley
I remember a photo I shot of this barn a few years ago. The trees and ground were covered with snow. The old barn looked about the same, but one could see more of it. Those five or six trees in front were not there! It is amazing how quickly they get to that size! Anyway, now I have the barn pictured in fall and winter. I guess I might as well do spring and summer while I am at it. What do you think? :)
Raindrops on Leaf
A walk around the neighborhood can be always a treat if we look closely for good subjects. When it's raining that is no less so. I saw this leaf beautifully covered with raindrops and found it to be a pure delight! Because this is a close up shot, it has limited DOF. That accounts for the upper left part of the leaf being out of focus.
I found background information on the Feral Pigeon (from the wild Rock Dove) to be quite interesting. It seems that is what we have most of in Oregon. Here is what Wikipedia says about them:
"Feral pigeons (Columba livia domestica), also called city doves, city pigeons, or street pigeons, are derived from domestic pigeons that have returned to the wild. The domestic pigeon was originally bred from the wild rock dove, which naturally inhabits sea-cliffs and mountains. Rock (i.e., 'wild'), domestic, and feral pigeons are all the same species and will readily interbreed. Feral pigeons find the ledges of buildings to be a substitute for sea cliffs, have become adapted to urban life, and are abundant in towns and cities throughout much of the world." Other information here: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Rock_Pigeon/lifehistory
Oscar Mayer Wienermobile
I am glad I decided to drive over to Eugene to look around this morning. On the way over there this is what I saw. I just had to stop and get a photo or two. I have seen this vehicle on TV but never in real life. It is possible they could be in Eugene for the football game on Saturday.
Dancing in the Dark
It was getting dark when I was out for a walk in the park. I thought that these two trees, bathed in light from the parking lot, looked like they were dancing in the dark. Remember, I told you I have a good imagination. :)
The Northern Shoveler's Remarkable Bill
I was pleased to get this image of a male Northern Shoveler. That wide-ended bill is quite unique and impressive! My Birds of Oregon book says that they are 'generally common winter residents throughout Oregon.' That explains why I am seeing them now.
"You can't fail to be impressed by the Northern Shoveler's remarkable bill. Its broad, spatulate shape and the hair like ridges that line in allow this duck to sift small water plants and invertebrates from the surface of still waters, where it is by far the most common duck. Shovelers eat much smaller organisms than do most waterfowl, and their digestive systems are elongated to prolong the digestion of these hard-bodied invertebrates." (Birds of Oregon)
In a world gone mad, wildlife remains a constant pleasure, for me at least. I find the wonders of creation very humbling. We can learn much from the beauty and balance seen in the natural world.