3/04/2012

12/3/4 Winter's Still Outside the Door


In March I begin to tire of winter whites, and the vast expanse of it directly outside my window as I look at my frozen river. To  say nothing of the snow deer in the yard, hoping to be untethered soon:


These are the days when cabin fever can strike, and the urge to get outside sends me roaming around the countryside hoping to find signs of life. Maybe a bird or two. It doesn't really matter what I see, I just want relief from the frigid crystals that bind us....however beautifully winter arranges itself  along the roadside...
over the fields...

 
and upon the rocks...

The moodiness of March is a force to be reckoned with!  Around the Ottawa Valley all manner of life is coping with winter's last gasp. 
Cows and horses out of the barn for the first time in months




Mourning doves wait patiently...

The Raven tires of endlessly surfing snowdrifts...

 
 Wild turkeys roosting. Do they dream of fresh green sprouts?
 Oh for the day when we can go for a walk without hats, mitts,scarves, boots, coats!

                           


The road is long to spring, but there are signs.



The harbingers of spring are there, like little rewards for being so patient.And as I drive down the icy road, a final magnificent present! Do you see what I see??

Look closely...a tiny oval speck...white to blend with the snow....in the middle  of the shot
 YES!!!!!!!

A gift from winter. Posing quietly while I grabbed the camera, got out of the car, walked across the road to the edge of the field...and sighed hello.


A perfect ending. Just perfect.

6 comments:

Red said...

Not only a perfect ending but a whole lot of perfect shots. I really good photo essay on the end of winter. I like the snow drifts reaching out to the road.

Susan said...

Thankyou @Red, it was a great day today..any day with a Snowy Owl siting is!

eileeninmd said...

Wow, you did have a lot of snow. I would think the cattle and horses do not like the deep snow at all, I feel sorry for them. Cool sighting of the Snowy Owl. Where did you see your Snowy? They are beautiful birds. I have never seen turkeys roosting, what a neat sight.

Susan said...

There's a lot of snow in the woods and along the roads, in the fields, it tends to get blown around so not nearly as deep. The cattle and horses love to get out of the barn -and they grow thicker winter coats to protect them so they're ok. The Snowy Owl was about 5 km from where I live in eastern Ontario, sunning himself as he surveyed the field beyond.

Knatolee said...

Oh, a snowy owl! Lucky you!!! Love your pics.
I live east of Ottawa and my Muscovy ducks are all pairing off in the barn. Spring must be in the air!

Jenn Jilks said...

Aren't they a blessing, our wildlife and nature.
Thanks for sharing your spring breakout dance!
Cheers from Cottage Country!