A New Day – 25 – Winter Wildlife

A New Day – 25 – Winter Wildlife

 

Great Blue Heron in the river at dusk

Great Blue Heron in the river at dusk

Can you see the Great Blue Heron along the back edge of the shore?

Can you see the Great Blue Heron along the back edge of the shore?

When we pay attention and are present in the moment we can see what's beautiful even in the cold as well as what isn't so obvious.

When we pay attention and are present in the moment we can see what’s beautiful even in the cold as well as what isn’t so obvious.

 

 

 

it’s not always that obvious. Worse yet, I think, is that a lot of

the time some of us are a bit depressed by the winter, the lack

of sunshine, being cooped up in the house or stuck shoveling

(especially this winter!) and that leaves us not even interested

in what there is to be had. But what I’ve actually found this

winter that having a creative outlet is an incredible way to fight

cabin fever and the winter blues. While I’ve been a bit absent

here in the last week or so I have had my creative outlets on my

mind all the time.

 

I wrote a piece about running (started it back up earlier this

year) in the cold that I’m quite proud of and plan to submit,

which I’ll absolutely let you know when 😉 it gets accepted

somewhere… I have been able to take some photos and I’ve

been brainstorming a bit fiercely, for example I’d like to plan

some “photography” centered trips especially for birding. While

I know I can’t do this whenever, however I can make it a point

to do it at all. There are a lot of trails and parks that I’ve yet to

visit and/or been to in a while. Getting out there means new

photography opportunities, something that I know this 365 is

already bringing to me. In addition to planning some “Photo-

graphy Adventures”  winter requires me to ask the question of

what else is going on in winter life, what creative opportunities are out there?

 

On this day I went out to a trail/park that I frequent the rest of the year for runs, walks, and bike rides. I quickly remembered just how much wildlife there is in this area. Last year I posted about a run/bike ride during which I saw a snapping turtle laying eggs just off the trail and a pair of owl chicks in the middle of the trail. This evening I headed out around dusk (gonna have to get out earlier next time) and saw a couple of Great Blue Herons, MANY deer, three Snow Geese headed down the river no doubt to where I snapped them in my previous post Day 21, Cardinals, Mallards, a duck I couldn’t identify given the low-light and brush along the river (a Wood duck maybe?), and even a fox.

 

Pretty sure this triplet are the same from my earlier photos. The third one is behind the tree.

Pretty sure this triplet are the same from my earlier photos. The third one is behind the tree.

 

The first set of deer you’ll find here were on the other side of the tracks and river laying down in the snow amidst the trees.

Do you see them?

Do you see them?

 

And of course I’ve run the whole winter thing into the ground I know but let me run it over a few more times. Have I mentioned before that there are winter plants to enjoy?

I believe this is a Hydrangea flower, obviously in the winter.

I believe this is a Hydrangea flower, obviously in the winter.

 

 

What do you do to keep yourself creatively active in the winter? If you’re a writer, what do you do to keep yourself inspired? How about a sketch artist, graphic artist, painter, sculptor, photographer? Fashionista?

 

Here are some other photographers in snowy places and some in not-so-snowy places that seem to have no trouble finding winter subjects! (Portraits of Wildflowers’ a bit spoiled being in Texas and all! ;-))

Bella Remy Photography

sarah takes pictures

Portraits of Wildflowers

the Hours

Samantha Pugsley

the eff stop

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1 Comment

  1. Laurence

    Awesome!! Frigging awesome take on winter!! You are right on as you espouse ways to embrace the embrace Mother Nature’s beauty, albeit under wraps for many. What a beautiful way to unwrap winter like a gift given under the tree of life. Your words and pictures attest to the magnificence of a cold blustery winter! It is what it is, take it in and enjoy it’s biz!!

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