Winter seems to be lingering. No sooner were we done with the ice, than the snow came. The one nice thing about this snow though...it was gone that same day! So before I slid my way to work that morning, I wanted to try to get some good bird pictures with the snow. If we're going to have it, I might as well use it to my advantage!
Snow just makes the picture just a little bit better.
I could never get close enough to capture the doves, so the finches had to do.
I have always loved feeding the birds in the winter and the hummingbirds in the summer. I can't WAIT for my hummers to come back!
The morning that our power came back on, I was wrapped up in a blanket on the couch, watching tv and catching up on emails/work. I heard a bang and saw a bird bounce off the patio door. I didn't get up, because...well, it was a bird. It was kinda big, so I assumed a morning dove and figured after it got its bearing back, it would fly off. The husband went over there and asked what he should do with the bird. It was pretty big and really pretty. So that peaked my interest and I went over to check it out.
I had never seen a bird like this one before and it was definately not a morning dove. I text a picture to my mom and she didn't know either and didn't have her bird book handy, but said it looked like some type a hawk. Off to Google I went!
Turns out it's Kessler Hawk. Appears to be a juvenile also. I had never seen one before, much less in my yard! I would assume it was going after a small finch and the finch took a right and the hawk didn't and slammed into the window. ;) Pretty cool though. After a few minutes, it hopped up onto the wheel and shortly after that flew off to continue his hunt.
Winter continues this week as we had snow, sleet, ice and then rain...all in the same day. Welcome to winter in Tennessee! The snow started and came down as big, fat flakes. It didn't take long to cover the roads. I was able to bribe the punks into a few pictures! I love snowy pictures. They cooperated...for a few minutes.
Not sure if I like the black and white or color better!
Not to be outdone, his brother takes the bribe also!
Same problem as to color or black and white.
He's such a goofball.
And like his brother, couldn't hit the broad side of a barn! He aimed, he missed. :)
I've determined it's time to break up. It's time for you to leave. I know it's really only been 1 week of this yucky stuff, but we are all beyond the fun stage.
It looks so beautiful...and it really was...but we are all ready for spring and warm weather!
We are tired of being cooped up inside the house...even though we've taken several drives to take pictures.
On one of our drives, we even had to help wrangle some jackasses. Imagine that! (I'm not sure what the difference in a donkey vs a jackass, but Mr Gilbert called them jackasses. Might have been because he was a little peeved? ;)
It was quite comical and although I only had to help shoo them back once, I helped! :)
You just never now what you're going to run in to!
So our power went out at 6pm. We had planned ahead and purchased propane for the little heater that's in the living room...minor detail, we didn't test it. Murphy, that darned Murphy struck again. Overall, I was comfortable all night. The kids were fine. 1 piled high with 4 blankets and a cat and 1 with 3 blankets and a dog. I on the other hand had a cranky butt with bad knees that lock up when they get cold. It was a long night. ;)
We awoke to beauty...pure beauty. And lights and heat that came on after 13 hours. The house was at a whopping 47 degrees. We decided to take a walk and survey the damage. Because what I forgot to mention was that all night long, limbs and branches were falling from the 4 HUGE trees that surround the house. It could have been so much worse that just having no heat! Thank you God!
I will admit though, I considered looking for helmets!
But the picture that was painted for us all night long was just amazing.
Ice coated just about everything.
They're still not happy, but mainly because they're penned up...and because I forgot to bring them treats. ;)
Knowing that the state was just about shut down over this storm, I figured we'd be stuck for days. We were luckily enough to get out and about later in the day!
It may not have lasted long, but it sure was pretty as the sun was coming up.
It must have been windy when the snow started coming down, because in some areas it was sticking in one direction and in other areas it was sticking in another direction. Either way it was very pretty.
I love these berries. They are always so pretty in the snow.
Probably my favorite horse picture to date. Beautiful against the white, snowy background!
THe one great thing about this area and snow, it's nice to see, but it (usually) doesn't stick around very long. February is coming, so I better be quiet! :D
Unfortunately, Reelfoot is a hard lake to "watch for eagles". It's hard to explain, but it's basically a hunting/fishing lake. There are places to pull off to look at the lake and there are piers to walk out on, but unless you have a flat bottomed boat, you're not getting to the area's that the eagles hang out. You'll see some, we saw 2 flying as we drove in, but finding "a bunch" is pretty hard to do.
We saw more in captivity than in the wild.
I didn't really care.
I've seen comments online from people wondering why these 'not-so-nice' birds are our national bird. Honestly, I don't care. They are MY symbol of what freedom is. They were on the endangered list not too long ago and now they are just about everywhere. They are MY symbol of what freedom is. If they weren't, I wouldn't have driven over 3 hours to "see" them.
We saw other animals also. These were caged because they had become injured somehow. But at this point they could not live/survive on their own.
The kid had to take a "selfie" with it. LOL
I was fighting my focus through the fence, so it's not as clear as I wanted it, but boy does this picture crack me up. Big dude wanted on the perch and the redhawks were having nothing to do with him, so as with children, he threw a hissy fit. It was awesome.
And then after getting busted, acted like nothing happened.