A Winter’s Day ‘Round the Feeders

Slate gray skies melded into a misty horizon. Gusts of wind toyed with intermittent moisture. The birds did not care. They were gathered around our feeders; pecking or picking, squating or searching. While the weather was powerless to against the birds, the feeders cleared each time a Northern Harrier extended its search beyond the hay field to the west.

The below photographs are American Goldfinches, Downy Woodpecker, House Finch and a White-crowned Sparrow.

The feeders also welcomed the following species: American Tree Sparrow, Brown-headed Cowbird, Brewer’s Blackbird, Carolina Chickadee, Dark-eyed Junco, European Starling, House Sparrow, Mourning Dove, Northern Cardinal, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Red-breasted Woodpecker, Red-winged Blackbird, Song Sparrow, Tufted Titmouse.

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Temptation in the Wilds (2 photos)

Ever experience temptation in the midst of your best intentions?

I am purposeful in my approach to the outdoors. If I’m in a wilderness area to shoot photographs, I capture images. If that means I only hike a half mile, so be it.
Earlier this month I went for a work out at John Bryan State Park in western Ohio. Unfortunately, I track workouts with a smart phone. This means I carry a digital camera.

A clear view of the Little Miami River slashing through the gorge was too much for me. For a period if time I abandoned the exercize for the sake of a few photos.

Since I’ve already confessed my faility, I might as well share the images. How do you deal with such internal conflicts?

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