February tries so hard to be a ‘good month’. She promises blue skies, ‘rime ice’ decaying warm air, an ever-expanding day length, and temps us with water dripping off an ice encrusted eave.
Winter’s reality, however, continues its grip on day-to-day life. Bone breaking ice one day, sloppy ‘car snot’ spraying everywhere at intersections and toques, mittens, and a winter coat the next. So as Cathy used to say: ‘Bloom where you are planted’. That is a good reminder to enjoy every day for what it has to offer.
After months of no insects in my life I saw a tiny fly flitting about my kitchen. After pursuing one of these 2mm. fellows (turned out it was a male) for twenty minutes it finally sat still enough for a portrait.
A few days later another one appeared and after a similar ‘on the window, off the window, on the counter, off the counter, in the sink, it (she) finally stopped for some reason and endured a portrait. My friend the BugGuide website gave me an ID of a ‘Mushroom Gnat’ or a ‘Dark-winged Fungus Gnat’. Apparently, they are living in the soil of my three potted plants. How lovely they showed up to hone my macro skills before spring really comes.
I was even desperate enough to photograph a tiny seedling trying to emerge from my potted plants.
I have been out birding over the last few weeks and managed to catch a few birds from recent trips around Saskatoon.
Hairy Woodpecker taking off from a tree.
A male House Finch puffing up to keep warm.
This Bald Eagle and the Snowy Owl were captive in the Saskatoon Forestry Farm. I always have mixed feelings when seeing captive animals.
Female Snowy Owl (Note the dark barring)
Male Snowy Owl (less barring)
A ruffed grouse up high in a tree at Elkridge.
A Blue Jay in President Murray Park.
A Merlin taking off from the top of a Spruce tree near the Park.
A Red-breasted Nuthatch exploring tree bark for food.