A Visiting Eastern Phoebe

I sit at the computer, staring out the picture

 window. An eastern phoebe lands low in the hackberry tree.

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I took all these pictures the afternoon of February, the 10th, as the phoebe flew around, looking for insects to eat.

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They are one of the first birds to return to southern Illinois,

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early in the spring.

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Their call is an emphatic “phoebe.”

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They nested low in our barn one spring. The nest was barely low enough that I could hold the camera up, angle it toward the nest and take the pictures.

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I hope they stay in our yard again this year.

They’re a sign of spring’s approach.

The First Spider Web

The morning started with a light fog.

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The moisture highlighted the beads of water on the twigs, and also

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a lone spider web in a tree that grows on our property line.

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 The morning’s fog and the quiet was a good way to start the day.

The spider web was gone by 10 a.m.

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I wonder if the female made an egg sac from all or part of the web and took it somewhere else for a safer location?

Early Chrystaline Morning

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The sunrise recently turned the icy morning crystalline.

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The two tree trunks are from two different trees. They are such a curiosity and are where I can easily see them from the computer. There’s actually at least ten feet between the two where they appear to meet near the top.

The ice effects only lasted a short time.

Winter Aconites

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These are called “winter aconite” for a reason …

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they bloom during the winter (today’s February 11).

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The flowers bloom in small clusters

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and in spreading groups.

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Their yellow blooms add color to the winter days, and also offer nectar to any flying insects.

The Clouds Continued

This is the second blog of the clouds that were just east and south of our house.

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I wonder if the clouds had conversations while they formed.

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They grew/enlarged quickly, changing almost constantly.

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I was alone and in constant “awe” of the event.

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Now I wonder just how many different kinds of spirits it took for this display?

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I hope I’m invited to the next meeting of the cloud spirits.

Clouds to Admire

I went out in the backyard yesterday afternoon for a walk around the yard.

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I didn’t expect to see mountains of clouds. Some of the clouds were partially hidden behind trees in the east and south.

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The clouds continued to grow and expand.

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 Some of the clouds were only in the south and southeast.

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It almost felt like they would pass over me, low enough for me to touch or disappear into.

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It would’ve been nice if I’d been out watching the clouds approach and forming.

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Being outside, alone, it almost felt like I was in them. Like they were a gift.

Evening Light

Our days have been cloudy for what seems like a long time…

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which made this sunset even more attractive …

It was such an unusual sunset with such unusual shapes and colors.