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January 28, 2012 / Leslie

Saturday Snapshot: Winter Thaw

It’s still 51 days until spring but our weather has been anything but winter-like. I’m not complaining. On the contrary, this is exactly how I would like winter to be: sunny days, mild temperatures, and small amounts of snow followed by a warm spell.

Yesterday was one of those warm sunny days so I wandered over to the nature park. I have been trying to walk at least one mile a day as part of my stay-fit plan. The paths were mostly clear, the creek was flowing and there was still a light cover of icy snow. It was actually pretty.

I noticed a group of Robins kicking around in the leaf litter. This one was looking in the water. I don’t know if he was contemplating a drink or looking at his reflection. Robins hang out in groups during the winter and some will stay in the area as long as they can find food. There are a lot of trees with berries in this park so I usually see Robins here.

I like the look of the bare trees against the winter sky. Something about the texture of the bark, it’s as if we can see the bones of the trees.


Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Alyce at At Home With Books. Visit her blog to see more great photos or add your own.


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  1. Louise / Jan 28 2012 6:11 am

    Beautiful pictures. I love the one of the robin. It’s great to imagine what he’s doing.


  2. Margaret @ BooksPlease / Jan 28 2012 6:51 am

    I like winter too – when it’s not too cold. That creek is beautiful and the silhouettes of the trees.


  3. Diane@BibliophileBytheSea / Jan 28 2012 7:03 am

    I love the robin and the sky shots –well done.


  4. Trish / Jan 28 2012 7:07 am

    You have robins already? They haven’t shown up here yet, even though we’ve had pretty mild temperatures also. He sure is a curious little fellow, isn’t he? He’s all, Huh? What’s there?


    • Leslie / Jan 28 2012 11:21 am

      I haven’t seen any individual robins in the backyard yet. I’ve seen them in flocks eating berries from the trees and kicking around the leaf litter in the parks and forest preserves.


  5. kaye / Jan 28 2012 7:46 am

    Your shots are gorgeous! I love bare trees against the sky too. Makes for such a wonderful sight.


  6. Jayme@Beachreader / Jan 28 2012 7:59 am

    Great photos. What a wonderful place to take a walk.


    • Leslie / Jan 28 2012 12:04 pm

      I’m fortunate to have this park within walking distance. The park district took 10 acres of unbuildable wetlands in a land swap with the school district and have been rehabbing it into a nature area.


  7. laurelrainsnow / Jan 28 2012 8:29 am

    I like the “bones” of the trees, too. They look etched across the sky, like a work of art. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Staci@LifeintheThumb / Jan 28 2012 8:32 am

    Your pictures are always amazing!!!


  9. Annie @ButteryBooks / Jan 28 2012 10:14 am

    Very pretty shots of the thawing snows. I especially love the tree bones against the winter sky. The colors and contrast is gorgeous.


  10. Kay / Jan 28 2012 10:16 am

    I know this has been a very mild winter for most people. Love the robin shot with his rosy red chest.


  11. Sheila (Book Journey) / Jan 28 2012 11:23 am

    Our winter has been much the same here in Minnesota – in fact we did not get our first snow until a couple weeks ago which is so fine by me! By Monday we are suppose to be back in the 30’s and I am so excited!


    • Leslie / Jan 28 2012 12:01 pm

      The entire Midwest is having a perfect winter, if there is such a thing. I woke to snow this morning but it will be 40F by Monday, and in the 40s all week. Woohooo! I’m excited too.


  12. Alyce / Jan 28 2012 11:44 am

    I love how you captured the details of the feathers on that robin! And his contemplative look is great too.


    • Leslie / Jan 28 2012 12:06 pm

      I watch these birds and I would love to know what they are thinking.


  13. Mary / Jan 28 2012 12:04 pm

    I agree, a perfect winter 🙂 Love all the pics but especially the first.


    • Leslie / Jan 28 2012 12:06 pm

      They should always be like this. I would never complain again!


  14. Darlene / Jan 28 2012 1:05 pm

    Great photos. We have a bit more snow than you but our weather has been doing the same thing. We had that bitter cold spell and now we’re back to the nice temps. Other than the freezing rain I love a warmer winter like this.


  15. Vicki / Jan 28 2012 1:25 pm

    They’re all great photos but I love the first one the most. Reminds me of a creek near where I grew up.


  16. Christine Rains / Jan 28 2012 1:40 pm

    What gorgeous shots! We got a sprinkling of snow last night, but it’s the only bit we had this year.


  17. Lisa / Jan 28 2012 2:34 pm

    Those are gorgeous photos! We’ve got no thaw, just more winter, so a little blue sky would be welcome.


  18. Suko / Jan 28 2012 4:46 pm

    Stunning winter scenes!!


  19. Marie / Jan 28 2012 8:35 pm

    Great photos! I’d love to have robins year round. I could listen to them sing all day. Maybe this one is contemplating a dip? On nice winter days (near 0C/32F) we have three bluejays who fight over the heated birdbath.


    • Leslie / Jan 29 2012 8:23 pm

      My robins aren’t singing yet. I did hear a cardinal calling a few days ago though. I must have well-behaved blue jays, they don’t fight, but the starlings do!


  20. BermudaOnion / Jan 29 2012 9:22 am

    Your photos are lovely! I’m enjoying the mild winter too!


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