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It’s Christmas Bird Count (CBC) season. Last week, I joined three other birders and one dog to count the birds in southern Okanogan County. Winter came early and it seems that many birds left for places where they can find food more easily. I’ve done this count many times before and have never seen so much snow. One of our counters broke trail with snowshoes but it was still a slog. Lucky for us, it was not too cold with the temperature hovering around freezing and endless blue skies! While we did not see a lot of bird life, we did enjoy studying tracks in the snow and wondering about the tales those tracks told. We saw lots of beaver sign and watched one across the river. There were many bobcat tracks too. Our favorite unexpected bird species was a small group of Chukars!

At the end of the day we had 38 bird species for our section of the count. Last year, with just two of us counting, we had 56 species in the same area.

I look at these images and wonder what is it that appeals to me about the black and white. The simplicity of the compositions? The textures? The emphasis on shadows and shapes? What do you think about black and white imagery?

After a few days, the snow grew heavy and then it consolidated til we were limited to plowed and previously packed areas for getting around. Only one animal has moved gracefully through the deep and crusted snow recently.

Earlier in the month, we enjoyed the deep powder snow and sparkling icicles.

I think they are tired of winter already. Luna’s klunkr slips if it is too icy. Sky cut her toe last weekend and also has a persistent ear infection. We can only walk where it is plowed or really packed down. Today we walked down the road instead of up the road and that was mildly more entertaining for them.

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