Sunday, February 8, 2009

Winter Thaw

Okay, call Ripley's Believe It or Not! I've been up since 4:00 this morning! Chuck's son came to visit, so we had to go clear down to Indianapolis to the Greyhound station to pick him up. His bus came in at 6:30 a.m. The pic above is obviously Lucas Oil Stadium, the new home the the Indianapolis Colts. The stadium is directly caddy corner from the bus station. We didn't have daylight until between 7:00 and 7:30 and I took this pic shortly after 6:00, so it was a little too dark to get the actual building.
We actually got up to 51 degrees F. yesterday. Most of the snow is gone, except what was plowed up into huge piles in parking lots and along the roads.
This Red-bellied woodpecker has been around quite a bit lately.
Same bird, just on the ground picking a corncob clean. That's okay. There's plenty more where that came from.
This poor Bluejay was having a major bad-tuft day! LOL
One of the few bird pictures I actually took while I was outside. As I said in the previous post, I take most of my bird pics from a chair looking out my kitchen window.
I thought that this little sparrow was so cute!
Female cardinal in the cherry tree. I can't wait for summer so I can pick some fresh cherries, if the birds and Michael don't beat me to them!
This is a European Starling. This is the first year that I ever saw them in the winter around here. Normally, I only see them for about a month during the middle of summer, about the time that the Grackles are getting ready to leave.
A White-breasted Nuthatch on the suet feeder.
This is the same cat from my previous post that was trying to camouflage herself in the snow.
My squirrels had disappeared for a short while. I think it got a little too cold for them.
I had gone out to Lori's last week to try another shot at getting pics of the horses playing in the snow. Her friend, Stan, was there with another gentleman working on their well pump. This is Stan and Val's dog, but unfortunately, I have forgotten the dog's name. Lori would toss snow balls and I would take the picture while the dog was jumping to catch them. Then we switched.
This is one of Lori's horses rolling in the snow. His name is Taxes because he was born on tax day.
This is yet the newest member of Lori's horse family. This is Goldie. When Lori got hurt, she was trying to coax the three adult females into the round-pen so she could let Goldie out for her first romp in the snow. We were hoping that Goldie would try rolling around in the snow, but she still wasn't really too sure about it.
Well, I think that's about it for now. I'm going to go and visit some more of you folks now.
Have a great week!
Love Ya
Lisa

15 comments:

Jarlin said...

Wonderful pics. Enjoyed...Thanks for sharing.

Laubaine said...

toujours de superbes oiseaux et image de chevaux :)

Steven said...

This is wonderful post!

Dan said...

Wow, great wildlife pics. I love the horse rolling around in the snow!

Patty said...

That's way too early to have to go to a bus station. LOL Animals look like they were enjoying the snow. Hope you're having a great week-end.

GMG said...

Hi Lisa! Welcome back! Great post and wonderful pictures!

Meanwhile Blogtrotter has entered Rajasthan! Enjoy and have a great week!

The Great Ethan Allen said...

I love the blue jay and the horse rolling around in the snow. Looks like he is having soo much fun!

Reader Wil said...

I like your photos, especially the birds! When I try to take bird photos, it's always from a distance. Then I have to crop the photo to see the details better.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Lisa, what great photos. I loved every one of them. You've got a good selection of birds. The blue jay is cute with his feathers standing up. Wonderful action photos of the dog jumping and the horse rolling.
Marnie

Susie said...

Lisa, You know I always enjoy your photographs. I can't believe you take many of them through a window. Mine never turn out half this good. Thanks for sharing them! I hope you have a great day!

Naturegirl said...

Lisa: Your photography is exquisette!
Wow was I impressed! I look back at your previous posts and the one with the cat in the snow simply precious..award winning!! Your photos rock!! hugs NG

lisaschaos said...

Wow that's a lot of different birds! Love the jumping dog too! And Taxes is adorable!

AwtemNymf said...

Gorgeous animals. I wanna hug them all :O) Thanks for stopping by my blog! There's been many times where I had a Kodak moment and didn't have my camera. I take my digi-cam with me everywhere too now! Lesson leanred!!! Some things you just can't duplicate or describe. True- a pic. can be worth a thousand words! I would have LOVED to see the pink rainbow you described! WOW! Have a great week!
*sprinkle sprinkle* Hugs & Faerie Dust!

ArleneWKW said...

Your pictures are amazing. It's especially exciting to see your bird photos because many, if not all, of the birds you see are different than the ones where I live. I think it's highly cool that you can see them looking out your kitchen window.

Nancy said...

I never knew horses rolled in snow! Guess they like to play, too. Never too old to learn, are we? LOL