Friday, February 18, 2011

Winter Wonders in my Woods

I was so excited when the snow melted that I took a nice walk a couple of weeks ago. Most think that during winter, everything is barren and colorless. Not so...come walk with me and you will soon see.
This old dead tree was proudly dispaying some frozen sap I guess.  I have never seen anything like this before.

Can you see my first Robin? There were about 50 flitting about and chirping that day.
Look at the spectacular shades of green, celadon and seafoam on this huge rock.
My beautiful Toohey did not fly off this time. Wish I had my long lens...ahem...a certain reader of this blog will know what happened to it...
How am I supposed to find antlers in these woods?  This stupid vine is all over the place!
What?  It is too warm for snow...what is this???
Straange!  I am sure there is a name for this growth but I am clueless,  It is pretty though!
Busy beavers down by the river.  Beavers, why do I never catch a glimpse of you?  Or hear you for that matter?
There are plenty of acorns left, maybe that is why my turkeys have not returned.
Isn't that beauiful?  What a pretty perch for a squirrel!

Oooh, the scary rock cliffs.  If you read my previous post then this is where I was referring when I said I can be 'invisble.
 Tree porcupines! Kritter Keeper likes to rename things...

Ah, a beautiful birdy lost its life but I am befuddled...I have no large yellowish birds...maybe an interior feather of a Dove?

Ok, hope you had a nice walk and burned lots of calories! Now hop on over to Farm Friend Friday and follow some new friends to make their day!

41 comments:

Theanne and Baron said...

Enjoyed the walk in the woods...reminded me of walking in the woods in Virginia! Thanks for sharing!

Verde Farm said...

Love this post. I have never seen the sap like that either--wow. Are those growths on the rocks and trees a form of lichen? I don’t know for sure but it’s so pretty. That yellow feather is a mystery for sure. Perhaps big bird is visiting and you missed him? :) I hate the long lens is MIA. I want to see that robin up close. Can you believe what beavers can do? They are amazing contractors and architects. The cliffs are scary but I bet a great place to be inside your own head. Thanks for sharing Kritter Keeper :)
Appreciate you joining up with Farm Friend Friday too :)

Laura @ Our Wee Farm said...

Hi there!
My favourite photo of all was the Acorn. We have a huge Oak tree in our garden and I've yet to find an acorn from it!

Buttons said...

Dear Kritter Keeper. Beautiful photos. I am never happier than roaming the bush discovering all it has to offer. Thanks for sharing yours. B

Gail said...

Discovered you through Farm Friday.

Amazing photos! I love walking in the woods any time of the year, there are always treasure to find.

My sister and I have simple cameras but are able to capture many fine pictures...we delete a lot, too.

Enjoyable visit, I will be back!

Leslie @ Farm Fresh Fun said...

Beautiful pictures. I'm so glad you visited me and led me to this walk through your lovely blog!
hugs,
Leslie

Feral Female said...

Thanks for sharing that walk in the wood!

Jill said...

My favorite thing to do is to take a walk in the woods. Beautiful photos.

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Great series of photos with some very unusual items. Very nicely captured.

Darryl and Ruth : )

lisa said...

Lovely walk! We have a long way before I will be able to take that kind of walk! So, it was very nice to go on yours! Love that last picture!

Michaele said...

I felt like I was on the walk with you. Thanks for the post!

Farm Girl said...

This was a really interesting post, I liked everything you found on your walk. Thanks for becoming my newest follower. I read the scary story of your first blog post. Wow you are brave. It seemed weird to me that people would just do that without asking permission.
All your pictures are just beautiful and the pictures of the frozen sap.

Kimberly said...

What a lovely walk! Thanks for bringing us along!

Coy said...

Nice woodland walk, thanks for taking us along. I'm thinking you myster feather came from a yellow-shafted flickers tail. Cannot say for sure though.

Louise said...

I really enjoyed that walk with you. The frozen sap was amazing to see. I think last year must have been a bumper year for acorns, I am always finding caps around the yard.

I was thinking the same thing as coy. I bet that's a yellow shafted flicker feather. If you Google them, you will be surprised at how colorful they are on the underwing and tail.

Sharon said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and the interesting comment!

The Barn Door said...

Wonderful photos! Makes me almost wish I was home in Indiana to walk through my woods.
Karen

Country Gal said...

Love your photos ! The sap frozen driping from the tree looks awesome ! never seen that before. Have a great day !

luckybunny said...

Beautiful pictures, and your banner looks great!

I enjoyed walking with you and seeing no snow on the ground especially!

Sall's Country Life said...

You live in a little corner of heaven!! I don't know if I've ever held an acorn in my hand (put that on my bucket list)! I love to have these peeks into other people's lives and see where they live! What a treat it was to go to Vermont today, I'll be returning soon. Thanks for visiting our blog, stop by anytime!!

Rachel said...

I've never seen anything like that frozen sap either! Beautiful.

Phyllis said...

Yes, there is lots of beauty in the winter too.

Hmm...I wonder what that yellow feather is from? Maybe the underside of a flicker's wing???

♥I am Holly♥ said...

That was a very fun walk through the woods! Love the perch for the squirrels and what you said about the beavers! Where are they hiding! Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

Michelle said...

Great pictures!! I especially love the frozen sap. :)

Rural Rambler said...

Loved the walk thru your woods but the link to your old post, frightening. What is it with people walking around on property that is not their own to walk on? Amazingingly gutsy. We have people that park in the beginning of our drive all the time and use the yard to make an exit. I don't get it.

Love all the fungus shots! The sap is fascinating. We have 18 turkey back in the yard right now. I am so happy to see them!

Sharon Creech said...

Thanks for visiting my blog--I'm so happy to find yours. What beautiful pics! And posts. . .

Dog Trot Farm said...

Kritter Keeper, thank you for taking us along on a most enjoyable walk. I do believe there are faeries living in those enchanted woods of yours. I do wonder who lost the yellow feather though. Due to the fact that my e-mail has not been setup on my new lap top I must answer your question here. In regards to the vacuum I use on my coop. It is a shop vac, it is a bit cumbersome, however, does do a fantastic job. Blessings to you from Dog Trot Farm, Julie

Honest Abe Lincoln said...

Is that an Eastern Towee? Sure looks like it.

Farm Girl said...

I just wanted you to know that our garden is about the same size as yours. So what do you grow in a Man Garden? My husband and I pondered that this morning, do you grow giant pumpkins? We were out there this morning and I start thinking of what I can plant where. I do loose my mind and then when it is all in it takes me hours each morning to weed it. I do good with the weeds until it goes over 100 by 10:00 am then it gets away from me and every year I say it isn't going to happen.
Have a wonderful week.

flowerweaver said...

I've never seen frozen sap, either, but is sure looks neat! The rock lichens are amazing...supposedly some of them that size have lived 1,000 years. The cliffs are beautiful. The trespassers would have annoyed me. We are high fenced so all I have to worry about is stray hunter's bullets. Since we live where there are exotics, every day is in season. Thanks for joining my blog! I look forward to reading more of yours.

Pondside said...

I loved that walk. There's so much to see when the leaves are off the trees.

baystatebrumby said...

I like to rename things too, especially mushrooms. Even though some common names of mushrooms are pretty expressive already! That tree sap does look a little creepy. Like there is some witch out there concocting some weird witch trap! I love all of your photos and am amazed that your snow is gone! That means lots of trail riding opps!

Linda said...

Wonderful pictures. I didn't know there was so much to see in the winter woods! I'm going to have to go out and look harder.

Willard said...

That was quite an interesting walk in the woods you had. I had no idea what the feather was either, until Coy came up with the Flicker.

There still must be acorns left here too, as the turkeys have quit coming since the snow melted.

I hope you find some antlers. I found them from my 2 yr. old "Lenny", last year, but haven't found any this year.

acorn hollow said...

It isn't it amazing what is hiding under the snow. I still have a long wait. Thanks for taking us along. wish it did burn calories.
have a great day
Cathy

Carol said...

This is such a touching post. I think it wonderful to have a raven connection with your beloved father. Very important birds. Do you know who did the drawing or etching? Brilliant! Makes me think of A. Durer. This is a lovely memorial to your dad.

Carol said...

What an interesting walk . . . love the frozen sap, fungi and seeing the beavers handiwork. I think it was a very good year for the Oaks! Thank you for reminding me of what it will be like here, when all the snow is gone. There are many treasures hidden beneath the snow. I love your fabulous photo of Cricket on your side bar!

Elenka said...

Enjoyed 'walking' with you. I need to get out more...right now it's a balmy 22 degrees. I'll wait til this afternoon......

Vickie said...

Thanks for taking us along on your walk! I SO love walks through the woods. If you go quietly enough, you can see all kinds of neat things - all those lichens and such are beautiful in their own way. The yellow feather - isn't there a thrush that has a yellow breast? Not sure on my birds. We have some kind of vine-y thing that grows through our woods, too, and it gradually takes over all the trees, too. My husband tries to keep it cut back and cut down, but it's almost a losing battle. Enjoy!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

This was a great post. I really enjoyed seeing all the wonderful things in the woods.

Anonymous said...

I am not sure if I can leave a comment, but I am going to try. I absolutely love to read your blog. You definitely have a love for all animals, great and small. I also am an animal lover. Those animals that have ended up at your home have hit the jackpot!! They are no longer animals....they are now family members that have names! :>)
Beth Thomas