Sunday, January 31, 2010

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.

7 comments:

  1. hi jennifer, doesn't it amaze you that they can bang frozen hard wood into little chips! i really like the sun peaking 'round the tree. the bookclub i am in read the lacuna (saw the quote under your header pic). the bookclub's me and four very bright cool women - how's that for luck?!! i wanted so much more about frida kahlo but i'm greedy for whatever reason when it comes to that sort of person. steven

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  2. Hi, Jennifer,
    Thanks so much for stopping by...I'm still on my break, but I wanted to thank you for thinking of me...you are such a wonderful friend!!! What a great capture!! I've only seen a woodpecker in action once!! Your pictures of your new puppy are beautiful as well!!! You must be so thrilled!!! Well, must be back to my work, but I did want to thank you and send my love, Janine XO

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  3. i can feel and see the special moments on this walk ~elk

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  4. Hi Elk, Yes, even during an everyday walk there are interesting things to see.

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  5. Steven, you're right, The Lacuna did not have much on Frida herself. What is interesting about her to you?

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