Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Mourning Dove

We see eagles and owls and all sorts of birds, but the mourning doves are so sweet, laid back, and goofy at times. I really like the mourning doves.

This shot is from a few weeks back during a Nor'Easter blizzard. Afterwards we had a week of 50 degree sunny weather, massive snow melt in some areas of the Catskills, followed by incredible rains (another Nor' Easter.) This all seems very "spring is just around the corner" as dramatic Nor' Easters wrap up the winter season. I like the visuals the storms produce, the colors, the clouds, and the dramatic sounds. As kids my sisters and I loved Nor' Easters and had to be pried away from windows by our parents. We always managed to get outside in the wonderful messy wetness of it--to feel the power of nature (before being dragged back inside by frightened parents.) Then there was always the excitement of a big tree falling (or once, a big piece of a building flying down the street. --what was that? It looked like a roof! ) Who needs TV when there's a storm to watch?

And when it's over you hear the exquisite calm and the birdsong, led by the cooing of the mourning dove.

Nor'Easter - a low pressure area whose center of rotation is just off the East Coast. As it spins, barreling winds rotate onto land from the northeast. Can bring snow, rain, ice or a mix of all three.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Have You Hugged a Tree Today?

Looking up from my tree hugging.

Lying on the ground, looking up.

Appreciating... Yes, I am a tree worshipper, too.

During our hike at Hi Tor State Park today, we walked near a huge tree limb that was dangling from the much smaller limb of another tree. I couldn't get a good shot of it, but at one end it was inches off the ground, and when you looked up, it was hooked at the other end on this pathetically small, weak looking nub of a limb. Of course you're afraid to touch something like this-- (idiots have done it in the past and sent things crashing down) and it pays to be observant when it comes to trees. (the leaning limb in the background was also in a precarious position.)

Monday, March 1, 2010

Libraries Part Five

The Library in Stony Point is small and I think of it as a "no frills" kind of place. The events are interesting ~ on March 10th, in honor of Women's History Month, the afternoon event will be Colonial Cookin' for Kids. Children will help an 18th century woman make applesauce and churn butter. Kids will also play a game called Guess the Implement. I'm tempted to check it out.