27 November, 2012

Beguiling and Beautiful Autumn this year

Backyard at the Cottage ~ at my favorite time of year

 The most beautiful setting for reading today


And plenty to distract me from grading and lesson planning. That is okay...I can do that after dark. After I photograph the moon
These are a few of the joys for which I am thankful during this season of thanksgiving!

20 November, 2012

At the feeders :-)

 It has been a busy schoolyear, and I have noted my short quips and photos on FB and Twitter instead of the blog :-(. My apologies for neglecting this site! I think this is the first time since I began my online journal of sorts that I went so long without posting here.

So to make up for it, I will share today's visitor to the feeders. Our resident Coopers Hawk, looking for a pre-Thanksgiving meal.

(shot with a Canon using a 75-300mm lens and hand held. It would be even clearer, but we had the screen door on the patio at the time. Any opening of doors would have jolted this pretty away.
So you get this, which really is not so bad, considering!

What Nature Study critters have you all observed lately, with the changing of the seasons? I have noticed more of the migratory birds returning from the north, as well as seeing more hawks around and about this past week. This includes a female red-shouldered hawk on my in-laws pond bridge rail, two American Kestrels on the phone lines down the road, other red-shouldered hawks in our neighborhood trees, and our little sharp-shinned hawk that visits the yard from time to time. (probably more often than I see him!)