Surprising Colors

      Today started out cloudy, cold and windy. The word “dull” came to mind.

                                                                                                                      We’d had an ice storm during the night.

                                    I  went out after breakfast to walk around the  yard. All the ice reflected the gray sky. I took a few pictures to remind me of the ice storm. I just realized I’d overlooked one picture that I’d taken:  It has such an artistic design with a combination of the colors in the background and the linear shapes in the foreground.

The colors set the mood for the day … unless the weather changes.

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This picture shows linear movement of the ice-colored twigs on a near-by tree.

This picture was taken about the same time as the one above. Both were taken in our backyard.

It shows the results of camera movement and the early morning light.

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A Visiting Cooper’s Hawk

A Cooper’s hawk decided to perch in the sweet gum tree in our front yard.

Its brown pattern blended in with its surroundings.

Then it decided to perch on a sign across the highway, beside our neighbor’s barn. It was a cloudy day with a light snow falling.

The Cooper hawk’s tail has a squared-off end, where a  sharp-shinned hawk’s has a rounded tail.

The light snow was enough that I couldn’t get good clear pictures. This picture better shows the squared end of the Cooper hawk’s tail.

 The day remained cloudy with an occasional mist. The hawk came and went a few times.

So, I might have more time to hawk watch.

Spider Silk … in February

It’s warmed up now at the end of January, and I’m seeing increasing number of strands of spider silk. I see the most connecting the tall grasses in the field across the highway.

A breeze blows the strand of silk and

the reflected sunlight “slides” back and forth along any longer strands.

The spiders let out a length of silk. It grows longer and longer until it attaches to an object, like the wood above.

The silk really shows up in the evening light. Spiders can let out much longer strands than the one above.

These two were probably from the same spider. The light slides back and forth along the silk, and the sun reflects the light in different colors.

 

 

Sky Variations

Some cloud “shows” are too fascinating miss.

Some move faster than others.

There can be “mountains,”

and distant “hills.”

Looks like this one wants to definitely be seen.

 The sunlit edge of the cloud adds variety to the gathering clouds.

The clouds start gathering and look like they’re trying to fill the sky.

These pictures were taken earlier in the summer.

Cloudy Sky

                                                                                                                                 It’s rare that the sky’s boring.

The clouds and jet trails have been varied lately.

                                                                                         There’s usually a wide variety of clouds and an occasional contrail.

An occasional jet adds a different pattern to the early evening.

It’s easy to tell which is a jet contrail and which is a cloud from a jet contrail earlier.

Sky and Low Clouds

The clouds seemed more active near the end of November than they do now (The first part of January).

                                                                                                      We’ve had very little sunshine so far this winter.

Arrow Clouds

I was infatuated when I saw these clouds. Their shape slightly resembled an arrow.

 It would be interesting to know how the “arrow” formed … the wind would be involved.

How can one cloud be reversed from the neighboring one?