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Dogs easily express joy. Luna found a treasure and she wanted to share it with Sky. Watch her run across the snow and see her happiness!

The calendar says today is the first day of Spring. Yesterday I saw my first yellowbell, a delicate tiny wildflower. This morning we awoke to three inches of new snow and it only just quit snowing an hour or so ago. Despite the conditions, Luna and I had our regular morning walk. Even she seemed less than enthused about the weather. Today’s snow was not unexpected. Now the sun is shining and soon this snow will be gone and the wildflowers can reappear.


I should advertise for Bogs boots.



It’s been a while since Luna has been featured.



Visibility was poor due to heavy snowfall



Aspens were sheltering Mourning Doves



A mouse or a vole hole in the snow



She’s got the cute thing going



Some springs, that depression in front of the aspens holds water



These deer were none too happy about the snow



I expect these daffodils will still bloom



The last few days have been full of contrasts – brilliantly sunny skies paired with temperatures in the single digits, if not below zero. There has been no time for standing around enjoying the views. Walks are brisk; ski trips are purely aerobic. Little birds have swarmed the feeders while the Sharp-shinned Hawk keeps an eye out for the slow ones. The dark night skies are full of more stars than you can even imagine, however as cold as it is, it’s hard to do much star gazing.


One day a light wind filled in the trail with compacted snow.



There’s something about this line that I really like.



Hard to imagine how cold it is in this picture.



Those are the sledding trails from New Years!



I tried digi-scoping with my little camera on my scope. There’s a real knack to getting it right.



Long shadows on a sunny day



Pine needles stuck in the snow



Luna got a little hoar frost on her muzzle



Interesting ice form on the deck railing



Despite the calendar, it really is winter now! Christmas Bird Counts started this past weekend and last night we received nearly a foot of new snow! My first CBC was the Bridgeport circle, about fifty miles south of here. That meant a very early start to meet the other volunteers and find out which area we needed to cover during the short daylight hours available this time of year. The weather started out gray and then went to misty and then to snowing hard by mid-afternoon. Despite that, we saw lots of fun birds and enjoyed the company and celebrated with a wonderful dinner shared with all of the counters. Many thanks to the organizers and compilers for a fun day. If you want to learn more about Christmas Bird Counts, see this link.

Some areas of Douglas County can seem pretty remote


This cow wanted some company


Foster Creek in Douglas County. I think the green plant is watercress.



The neighbor’s snow measure stick


We have a reliable snow plow service and needed it today


A little bit of color


Luna reluctantly broke trail


Too much fun in the snow!


It’s a hard job but someone’s got to do it!


It seems that we are already in November weather with cold gray skies, lots of rain and occasional snow/slush falling from the sky. It really is dreary. Luna and I did get out one afternoon last week when the fog dissipated and we had a nice walk along the shore of Patterson Lake. After the long dry summer the lake’s beach is much wider than normal. It’s water is used to irrigate nearby hay fields.

At this time of year, I really relish these days


Colors are really magnificent


Luna found a new/used tennis ball; probably lost by some other dog.


Luna loves tennis balls.


I saw several of these old bait jars. This one seems to be acting as a greenhouse for some tiny seedling.


Old fishing line like this is a hazard to birds and other animals. It can cause injury and even death. I gathered up what I found and disposed of it in the trash.


A broken fishing rod. This had to have been quite upsetting to someone.


A few dead fish littered the shore.


Beautiful light


Hard to believe it will soon be frozen.



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