on the trail
It's fun to discover small wonders while out on the (almost) daily woods-walk with the dogs. This is a growing pile of pine chips a woodpecker has worked out of that tree.
Up the tree about 15 feet are several large holes. I did not have my camera with me, just my iPhone, so the photo is not as clear as I would like. And, because of the backlighting, I could not adjust to get a better image of the holes - but you can see, just barely, the pale tan of newly exposed pinewood. I think that the animal's ability to find food in the winter is amazing. The woodpecker, especially, drilling through solidly frozen wood, hammering its beak with such force. As I sit here, inside, in front of an electric heater, with a full tummy, while the wind sings outside, I know how easy I have it in comparison.