Yesterday … the first day of the year, was bright and shiny, but very windy and cold. We went out for a spin any way … basically to see if the Northern Pintail duck was still there, and perhaps get some more pictures of it.
First we went to the park, though. These things to the left here, I don’t really know what they are, but they are right outside the pavilion, and I think people tie their bicycles to them in the summer. I’ve kept taknig pictures of them because I have some idea about a photo for them, but so far I haven’t finished with that. It’s a little like Quotidian Hudson’s idea about that rounded thing [if he reads this, he’ll understand]. However, this time I took this, because I liked how the shadows fell on the snow.
In the duck pond, there was business as usual — people feeding them white bread, in spite of the large, informative sign they have put up there. The Glaucous Gull is still there … see how much bigger he is, compared to the ‘ordinary’ gulls! Some gulls are kind of beige and speckled … the look almost ‘dirty’, but I’ve learnt now that they are immature gulls — two years old or something.
I so love the particular light we have now, in the midst of winter.
We met deer … both in the park, and out in Millidgeville, but all the picture-taking got very painful after a short while, as the fingers stiffen up almost right away, holding the camera, in the cold weather. Wish we could get winds like this in the heat of summer instead, when we’re almost suffocating here in the building! In the summertime we hardly get any winds at all, which is a little strange, considering we’re right on the Atlantic ocean. In my hometown, in Sweden, it’s always windy!
People really enjoy feeding the chickadees from their hands, and I fully understand that! The feeling, of having that little life, sitting on your finger is unbelievable. Also, when holding a peanut, and a squirrel grabs it, he puts his little paw on your hand … it’s something so special about that — having a wild animal do that!
No Pintail was seen though … can’t have such luck two times in a row 🙂