What the heck happened here the last few days? The weather has been abysmal and that is being kind! There have been records smashed and lots of tidbits to talk about regarding the Veterans Day snow event and now the deep freeze. There are fun facts and figures to toss out, like right now we are colder than Fairbanks, Alaska, and, as I write this post, the temps and “real feel” are the same: 8 degrees F (-13 C). Brrrrrr. In an effort to be clever, halfway through Monday’s snow event, the weather folks quipped “I think this snow is an over-achiever and we are not done yet!” In my city, we ended up with 8.8 inches of snow in 24 hours’ time.
Just the day before, I was walking in two different parks, checking out what remained of the Fall foliage (those leaves that had not yet been whisked to the ground in one of many wind events during the past few weeks), and, I was clicking away with the camera, with gloves cast aside. As I meandered along, I was tendering peanuts to squirrels and jays who were eager to claim them …
… now this. Well the walking is on hiatus for now, likely until Friday when the temps warm up a little and there is hopefully no ice on the streets or sidewalks. Yesterday, there was ice beneath all the snow – just great. The Park pathway does not get plowed or brushed off, so I’ll try to venture down there to take some peanuts to my furry and feathered friends if I am able on the weekend during the day. The squirrels are likely in a tailspin, as the snow is too deep and the ground too cold to retrieve the nut goodies they diligently buried there the past three or four months.
In the meantime, however, I have taken loads of photos this Fall season as I subscribe to the theory of “seizing the day” … I got out to my favorite nature nook as much as possible these past few weeks, and, unbelievably, I still have some late Summer photos from other parks to share. Autumn is my favorite season (or was …), so I will be posting more Fall shots, even as the snow flurries fly (more snow tonight) and as we inch toward the holiday season.
“The “Peanut Lady” and “Midnight” had a photo session.
In the tail end of October, we had a gorgeous week of weather. I couldn’t keep up with all the images that I was collecting in the camera. I just kept clicking away … at the Park, on the way home; it was lots of fun and I savored each moment, each step that I took, because yes, I live in Michigan and in Canada before that, so I know all about those harsh Winter days and a season that is way too long.
As you know, I’ve named a few of the squirrels in the ‘hood and around the Park – at Council Point Park you’ve met Parker and Stubby and I’ve featured Midnight before. I just love the expressions on this little squirrel, and often I get home and when I see the images on the screen, I just have to smile, so I hope these pics and captions will give you a smile too.
[Holly Hobbie photo courtesy of Pinterest]