It has been snowing non-stop for 24 hours. Makes for fuzzy zoom photos.
Look closely at this one.
Little duck. Big duck.
Indigo Bunting in this^ pic?
Probably a mountain bluebird. Nor “indigo” in color.
I agree now it is a mountain bluebird. Cantt see the bill well but white in underbelly says mountain bluebird.
Above the Indigo Bunting pic , the little “duck” is a pied-bill grebe. Big duck is female mallard
See picture here:
the belligerent one. !
Looks like a “mother-in-law” bird!
Very cool to see “the thing of the past”, even if it is almost May.
I’m pretty sure settled science will find a consensus to explain this snow away.
Weather too warm= Climate Change
Weather too cold= just Weather
In previous years was no snow in May=The snow now is proof for climate change
And people like Al Gore are happy they can go skiing in may while getting superrich with global warming tax and getting away with it.
The little ones are where they belong, with mama.
Baby ducks are not very bright. We raise ducks and the little ones wonder off if you don’t “baby-proof” the pen. I think they survive by numbers more than anything.
Where you at?
Tony, you take gorgeous, amazing nature pix. I can’t even imagine how you manage to get some of your “candid” animal shots. Have you considered going pro?
That snow is obviously very wet and you only get wet snow when it’s hot. Which proves global warming.
One of the nicest things about snows, which can’t be captured in any photo, is the quiet. The dampened sounds and noises make for a unique kind of peace.
I have always enjoyed the quiet calamity of a snowfall. I can get lost for days on a snowy hiking trail with my camera, never once feeling the cold.
I’m going to add one stolen from:
Climate March cancelled Nature
by exposing their stupidity,
The one you say to look closely at, is that a hummingbird hovering in the foreground?
Looks too big to be a hummingbird. I think it’s a swallow. Probably a barn swallow. They work low and fast and are very maneuverable. Though I have no idea what kind of bugs he might be after in those temps.
We have barn swallows and various other types here in Indiana. They swoop down around me as I mow the yard with my tractor going after any bugs the mower kicks up. Fantastic flyers.
Notice the forked tail?
The coloring looks like the bluebirds we have in Colorado, I was just struck by the posture, which may be the moment of the photo rather than the bird hovering there. I’m on the other side of the divide from Tony. Our flowers and bushes have been ready to bloom for a couple of weeks, inhibited by the occasional low 20s night. Still covering them where I can. They are basically six weeks ahead of schedule, last freeze is expected by the end of May annually. I have heard you mention you are based in Indiana. I lived in Huntington 1950-60.
I live south of Anderson, IN about 65 miles south of Huntington. Used to drive for Hiner Express out of Huntington. They went out of business about a year after I quit them to come work for the current company I drive for.
Around here Mothers day (middle of May) is considered the safe time to start planting in the gardens but this year it might be better to wait an extra week because first two weeks of May are forecast to be much colder than normal with the possibility of a hard frost.
It’s really not that unusual for blasts of cold in May here. I went to watch the 1992 Indianapolis 500 bundled up like it was winter and watched little Al Unser win in the closest finish in that races history. Hot toddies replaced the more usual beer for that race. Of course that cold weather was probably in part a result of cooling due to the Mt. Pinatubo eruption. Lots of red skies all during that summer that year.
Probably a male Barn swallow. It may also be skimming water to drink. On the background, over the snow and near a curved twig, a bird resembling a Robin.
The Lilac bushes in the front of my house and down one side are in full bloom. Wife just brought in a bouquet she cut from them. Their fragrance fills the air around our house this time of year. They don’t last long. In a week to 10 days it will be time for me to get out the drop cloths and electric trimmers to trim the bushes. Usually have to trim them twice a year but never before they bloom. I surround the bush I’m trimming with drop cloths because it is so much easier to clean up the mess that way compared to trying to get the cuttings out of the river rock beds they are in.
I’m jealous! We have gotten snow a couple of times in the last 2 weeks, but it’s above freezing now and windy in the daytime so it’s pretty much melted. Still below freezing at night, though. This is normal for April and May in Wyoming.
Record snow at Mutnovskaya Geothermal Power Station in Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia. I haven’t been able to confirm the picture from other sources, but it seems like a serious amount of snow.
More pictures from the power station at another time:
Yeeeeeeeee. What is that spiky thing??? Ouch.
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