’tis the season

we spent a couple days at my parents’ house just before Christmas to celebrate the holiday with my side of the family.


luckily, we arrived after the bad ice storm that hit their area – and even luckier, they still had power!


branches were weighted down with a thick coating of ice, and various branches had snapped and fallen down around their yard, thankfully with minimal damage.


despite all the destruction, the ice storm aftermath makes for some amazing outdoor photography.  when the sun is shining, the ice everywhere can just sparkle and make everything glisten.  I spent a bit of time walking around outside with our silver lab puppy, Arwen – she loves exploring my parents’ yard.


I also snapped a couple great shots of the various birds that congregate at the bird feeders.


here is a great shot of a male cardinal hopping onto the bird feeder.


and a red-bellied (strange name, huh?!) woodpecker that was hanging out at the suet feeder.


all told, a beautiful few days spending time with family and celebrating the Christmas holiday, and enjoying the amazing power of nature intertwined with the beauty it creates.

merry Christmas!

[all photos taken with my Nikon D70 & a Nikon Nikkor 70-300mm F/4-5.6G-AF Zoom Lens]


6 Responses to “’tis the season”

  1. 1 Bonnie K. Frogma December 24, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Lovely photos! Have a Merry Christmas! Stay warm!

  2. 3 bookbooster December 25, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Wow. Beautiful photos! I’m a fan of songbirds, so I especially enjoyed those. Thanks for sharing!

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