Walking in an April Wonderland
Sunday, April 6, 2008 5:34:46 PM
April's weather undulates between bright blue skies and dustings of snow
I didn't expect my point to be emphasised so rapidly. This is what the morning of today, April 6th, brought forth
It might not have been ten feet of snow, but it was still more than a dusting, and quite startling to me - and to the wildlife, no doubt! The small birds had to scruff about in the snow to uncover any seed, although fortunately the temperature is not quite cold enough to freeze the pond.
I was surprised to see this jay come to the garden, rather than utilising a cache! (After all, isn't food stored for times such as this?)
Out in the meadows, the deer became little more than phantoms of the snow.
Strange weather can bring strange sightings, but I could only rue a badly missed opportunity as I saw what I realised too late to be a large stoat bounding along beside a hedgerow on the far side of one of the meadows I will look out for it again as I would dearly love to get one of these beautiful mustelids on my blog, but most stoat and weasel sightings (for me, at any rate) are so random that I will require very quick reflexes!
Back in the garden, I was astonished to learn something new about foxes - they go hyper in snow, just like dogs! The Old Dogfox was extraordinarily bouncy this morning, nosing the snow about, mock-chasing birds, and play-charging the Scraggly Vixen!
Despite having to use manual focus most of the time (the camera wanting to focus on the falling snow instead of the foxes! ) I had a fun time capturing these red, or almost-red, foxes against the white backdrop.
In fact, to avoid making this post intolerably long, I've had to put the other shots of today's sudden winter in this album. I have said before that I cannot update my albums because I'm almost up to the MB limit and this really will have to be the last one! Anyway, please click on the photo to enter: