Enough Already

I’m sure I’m not the only one who gets cabin fever about this time each year. Other years we have broken the monotony by taking a trip or doing something intended to break up the depressing lack of light and never ending cold.

This year travel hasn’t really interested us so I have been looking back at some prior Winter getaways for inspiration.

Before we went RV’ing we took a January trip to Florida, particularly the Everglades and we travelled through Tampa on the way down.

The Sunshine Skyway Bridge

We made a point of viewing as many birds as we could. Long lenses help a lot. And… we made sure to stop off at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on our way.

Prior to this visit I was pretty much unaware of the interesting Anhinga. These diving birds spend a great deal of time drying out their feathers after fishing!

Shorebirds of every variety intrigue me, as you can tell.

It’s funny how just looking at critters can make me feel warmer even if the temp outside is a frigid 3º F.

Spring can come anytime now.

On one of my Paris trips I did a whole gallery of people taking pictures. I guess Peggy got the bug from me, because on this trip when I was shooting so was she…..


Snow Covered Boughs

One of the delights of winter — even for a hater of cold weather like myself — are scenes of snow covered boughs. A couple days ago we had enough snow, enough humidity and just the right overnight conditions to set snow on the branches and then freeze it so that it would stay like that for a few days.

What better excuse would we have for a little drive around town?

Most of these shots are taken at Whitnal Park, part of the Milwaukee County Park System.

It’s not quite the season for “winter wonderland” but still…. it’s lovely don’t you think?

I have to say without fear of equivocation that one thing about Wisconsin is that you don’t have far to go to find beautiful scenery.  No matter the season, there are sights worth getting the camera out for — or at least the iPhone!

For us confirmed Midwesterners this is home.  We had a blast wandering around the countryside but there’s no place like home.



Snow Rests on Nature’s Arms

Last February we had a lovely heavy wet snowstorm that coated the branches and wires with a thick layer of snow and ice.  It was hard on the plants — many branches cracked and broke. Which is what nature is all about — natural beauty often comes at a cost to nature herself (and the utility companies and landscapers as well).   Thus far this winter we’ve not seen much of the white stuff. I’m sure we will be seeing more than we want sooner than we want.  1211061933924