The Homestone

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Early December Skies over the meadow

Oh, these early winter skies!!  So spectacular.  We have a beautiful unhindered view up here on the plateau.  The show goes on and on, for almost an hour. Here are just a few of the 150 sunset photographs David has taken the past two evenings.

 David and I rarely watch a sunset when we don't at some point compare it to the beauty of 
Juniper Heartwood ~ small sunsets woven into a Touch Wood Ring.

...Sometimes the setting sun breaks out again, 
And touching all the darksome woods with light, 
Smiles on the fields until they laugh and sing,
Then like a ruby from the horizon's ring, 
Drops down into the night. 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Misty mornings on the meadow as winter closes in.

Oh what a face on this late fall visitor.  
Poor girl. . .  cold and alone?  Not her best side?  Having a bad day ?

She (I believe we have here a female brown headed cowbird) arrived solo at our now deserted feeder and stuck around for a couple of days. We're pretty sure she was happier than she looked after finding a full feeder and no competition.  She had some good meals before getting back underway on whatever journey she was on.  We're hoping she went on to rendezvous with her feathered friends after leaving the meadow.
( a better photo ~ her good side)

Lots of misty and frosty mornings on the meadow these days.  One day last week we awoke to a skiff of snow that lasted on the ground till about noon.  Some light flurries there and there, and winter is soon upon us.  We're just about ready too, I'd say.  A few more little jobs to finish up. We're installing a new bank of solar panels that will track the sun to give us more juice for our day to day work.  Thankfully we live in a place that gets glorious sunshine all through the year.  

...some misty morning shots ...

 and a sunny morning a few days later, the willows frosted and sparkling.
Here's to our feathered friends.  
May they all have a safe journey south
and find their way back here next spring.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Promise to a Squirrel

More later about our promise to this little critter but first some pics of the season.
Wild October skies. Sunsets captured by my darlin' David who is always willing to drop what he's doing to point a camera at the sky.
Walkabout pics (taken by both of us) 0n recent wanders around the property.
Bright bursts of Fall
and all the colours I love to wear.
O .. This tiny marvel of engineering! That's David's (rather large) hand below, cradling the nest just to put it in perspective. Ahhhh yes, Autumn.
And finally; the squirrel of aforementioned promise. We see him frequently at this crossing on the trail ~ he and his tribe. This particular day he stopped to tell us a very long story and as the two of us pointed and clicked and listened intently; I promised him I'd post his picture on our blog. Make him famous. So here he is.
Till next time little one. Be wary and Be well.