Thursday, March 1, 2012

Creatures of Habit

Across the street is a small pond that I can see outside my kitchen window.  Every once in a while we'll catch a glimpse of a fox over there like we did yesterday. 

Just look at the size of the cattails over there. At least I think that's what they are.

We decided to start walking over there to avoid the dust from passing cars while there's still so much sand on the roads.  That's Henri over there on the shore dressed in black.

The pond is unsafe to walk on, so maneuvering the field requires using a whole new set of leg muscles.  It's good to change it up now and then, right?  Too often we become creatures of habit.

As evidenced by the fact that we went walking over there again today.  Right before it started to snow really hard.

By the time we finished lunch the snow was starting to collect and so were the finches looking for food that Henri scatters inside our empty flower boxes.

Henri captured this sweet little creature for me while I was writing up this post.

Outside, as our front yard fills up with white . . .

Inside, our kitchen counter looks a bit more spring-like.

I'm thinking the winter has finally found it's way to our place this season after all.  It seems as if just when we were getting used to the lack of snow, Mother Nature has decided it's time to change things up a bit too.  


Terra said...

Your finches are delightful, and the fox is so pretty. I love their markings and how they are graceful.

jennyfreckles said...

Even without snow it looks cold. The birds will be glad of the food supply. We have a few urban foxes round here but we rarely see them. They are vermin in a way, but such magnificent creatures.

regan said...

Beautiful pics, Lili. And that red bird is gorgeous! We have about 10 inches of snow right now; still coming down. It's coming your way!

Robin Larkspur said...

Those cattails look freaky, don't they? you live in such a beautiful world! Hey, congrats on your giveaway win over at Sharon Lovejoy's blog!!!, lucky gal!!

Teri said...

When we were kids, my cousin and I used to have "sword fights" with cattails. The immature ones where little clubs. But the ripe ones... Cattail fluff with each hit.

Don't laugh! Or you'd have a mouthful of the stuff.

Good times! LOL

Anonymous said...

Oooh, the finches are fabulous looking as is the fox. Thanks for this fabulous post! Loved the pics.

Country Girl said...

We still haven't had any. And today was like springtime. Classes were using excuses to teach lessons outside. And it's March 1st! Pretty amazing.
Love your fox captures!

Low Tide High Style said...

Beautiful photos, and we have a little fox that visits us too. I can't believe how warm it was here while you all were getting hit with snow! I guess the torrential rains we had yesterday translated into snow for you all. Stay warm and have a wonderful weekend!

Kat :)

Sandy, Sisters of Season said...

Hi Lili, I only wish to have some snow over here . . . to see all the seasons must be so nice. Sweet bird pics as always. Looks like the tulips do well in the kitchen. Have a wonderful weekend, Sandy xo

Debbie said...

Lili....thanks for your wonderful comment about my "practice" stitches. You are too kind! Your photos are wonderful!! Capturing that fox was amazing. I have a post from about a year ago of baby foxes we came across playing with insulation flying around on a back road. They are so cute when they are small. The cat nine tails look like skewered fur! You have a lovely area to photograph and those God! I had forgotten how pretty they are. You got the males and the females all in one shot! Fantastic!

Debbie said...

Oh my goodness Lili...I forgot to mention the snow....we got 8 to 10 inches of the pretty white stuff. Very light and about your area?

Julie said...

Hurrah...The girl gets some more snow!!! Maybe my kids will get some yet...Just ONE time???? in NC.
It is snowing here as I type. I LOVE LOVE your birdie pics. yes..they are SO petite and pretty...could sit and watch them for hours. Their colors (even dulled in winter time) show up so bright against white snow. The cat-tails remind me of an Eskimo wearing an immensely thick fur coat!!! ;-) *!! haven't seen any out here..just loads of deer. Enjoy your WHITE day Lili...Hugs to you! The TULIPS, by the way, ARE Gorgeous!!!! come Spring! xoxo

Crown of Beauty said...

Lovely photos on these two posts I have just looked at, Lili. Maine really is lovely anytime, any season. I so appreciate the pictures you have shared. Gives me an idea of how God is painting the landscape over there, with His own gracious hands!

Wishing you all the best...


JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Oh wonderful photos - love the fox and the cattails and the birds and the snow - well you know - love everything.

I am always excited when the cattails are big and fluffy here - it usually means more red winged blackbirds will be nesting that year - since that is one of their favorites for nest building.

Enjoy your winter!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Snow came late this year for sure. It's all gone down here in RI. And I'm not sad about it at all, haha. Glad you guys are enjoying all the white! It is beautiful.

Privet and Holly said...

We had the same
experience here,
a week ago and the
kids had a snow day ~
almost unheard of
any time of year, but
really strange on
Feb. 29th! We have
not been allowed to
walk on the lake for
over a month....Very
odd winter. I have
a soft spot for foxes
and we sometimes see
them in our yard, too.
Have to say, your cat-
tails trump ours!

Happy Wednesday,
xx Suzanne

Daisy said...

Those cattails are really unique looking. They look like little fur coats hanging on a stick. Great pictures.