Mid-Winter

The snow is finally beginning to clear, we’ve had it on the ground since Christmas I believe. Here is a lovely forest near Sisters, Or. IMG_6261

It has been a pretty good winter so far, we visited Josh and Mary in Oregon for Thanksgiving, had a nice Christmas at home. Seriously contemplated selling and moving south of Denver, closer to Al’s work, but decided against it after looking at houses for over a month and just not finding anything as nice as this any closer to his workplace.IMG_2755

The Evening Grosbeaks visit now and then. The are the most beautiful birds.IMG_6503

Day after day we’ve been showered with unbelievable color. It reminds us how blessed we are. How we are so fortunate to live in this lovely place.

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How every day has it’s own beauty.

Before the ice froze up we had a lake full of Canada and Cackling Geese. I also found one Canada Snow Goose cross.

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After the water froze only the ducks stuck around.

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Then when it got really cold and frozen, they all left. Probably hiding and feeding in sunny spots along the edges of the river and exposed banks.

IMG_2590 Now here we are in mid-winter and the snow is gone, the top of the ice has melted and frozen repeatedly. Some days shining like glass, others a dull, soft blue.

And today, Robins in the yard, everywhere, tossing leaves from under bushes, looking for live food to eat.

Spring can’t be far off.

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