Saturday, February 22, 2014

Pictures for my father

I just printed out a bunch of 4x6 prints to mail to my father. I thought I would share some with you, as well, along with a few I have posted recently on Facebook. This is our Ohio...rather beautiful, even in winter.
 I never tire of laughing at The Occasional Squirrel
 So a Cardinal, a Song Sparrow, and a Dark-Eyed Junco walked into a bar...
Mourning Dove and Song Sparrow
 We have several covered bridges in Greene County
Mallards in a creek
 Mallards taking flight!
 Champaign County farm
 Urbana's cutie-butt deer
See what I mean?
 More snow...and Cardinals galore!
 The birdbath after our last snow (will it be the last of the season?)
 The Bug's Valentine's tulips
February full moon
 Wild turkeys! I rarely see them, let alone get a shot...they made me late for school, lol
 Frozen of my favorite scenes. Our ponds are thawing now!
 Cows finding some grass, at last
 They stare at me, you know...
These sheep seem happy to be out in the field!
Moms and lambs everywhere! Can Spring be far away?

Friday, February 14, 2014

Lincoln Lecture

This is Dr. M at his day job, talking about a subject near and dear to his heart: the complicated Mr. Lincoln!

I also just realized that a glitch in the camera cut my discussion of the election of 1864, making for a very odd transition. There was a pause in recording as the camera closed one file (I'm guessing it has a size limit setting?) and opened a new one. Maybe I should read the manual, lol!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Bleak Midwinter, yada yada...

Well, Groundhog Day has come and gone, and winter roars on in the Midwest. I guess we are lucky in that we still measure storm totals in inches, not feet, but the jet stream has us in its sights, and one fears what increased volatility (typical for these parts in late February and early March) may bring! We have had the polar vortex, the snow roller snow, followed by another arctic plunge, and now Nika, followed by another arctic plunge. There is more snow, more single digit or sub-zero temps, yada yada, in the long-term forecast...for as far as the weather eye can see. And so I offer for your amusement yet more images of frozen, snowy Ohio...heh. Grab a blanket, snuggle up by the fire, and enjoy!

 The most ice the Little Miami has seen in quite some time!
 Cedar Run, heading south to join the Mad River
 Looking north toward Cedar Bog, which is actually a fen
 Just another day at the beach, right? Right?
Birdies are very dependent on me these days
 Mama Cardinals and a Dark-eyed Junco butt
Well-fed Song Sparrow
And of course these clowns
 Massie Creek on the eve of Nika
 Fish pond...I went with black and suited the day
 Farm pond
 One of a series of ponds just off HWY 68 in Springfield, OH
 They are usually home to geese and ducks
 Not so much right now!
 Frozen pond at a local park
 Love this giant cedar!
 Frozen eye
 Aye, tis cold!
 Very cold
Yet so lovely
 We have a large goose population that winters here
I see them in droves out in the corn fields, and they can always find open water on the Mad River, as it never freezes
However, something tells me that THIS goose wants to be on a warm beach, one with a tiki bar! Or is that just me?
 Remnants of the aforementioned Nika
 My moccasin print in the ice-capped snow
Rather beautiful on the shrubbery, though!
 Winter wears on, but I think Santa is ready to bug out!
And Joseph seems to be asking, "How long until Spring, oh Lord?"

How long, indeed...