Yet another flashback photo, again of a dragonfly. I think this is my favorite dragonfly photo! He is nearly camouflaged, but so sharp and clear. You can tell it was early morning, before the dew burned off, which may be why he was not as busily flitting around on dragonfly business as they usually are.
Would you sip clear rainwater from this pristine, white cup? It was larger around than your average coffee mug, although quite shallow.
In another flashback to Summer of 2011, we see a perfect jewel of a dragonfly reflecting light off his (her?) faceted wings, its translucent abdomen glowing green, orange, and black. Even at rest it looks in motion with iridescent gleams of light flashing off the far wing.
Yep, greenbrier again! Those twirling, organic, twisty shapes of the tendrils capture my attention almost as unfailingly as the thorns ensnare my ankles and clothing.
Perpetual motion machines, dragonflies flit around continually hunting and ever wary of those hunting them. It is rare to be able to sneak close enough to catch a living dragonfly in a photo.
From the log to the shore was all ice while the other side of the log was all open water. And so this ice incursion was successfully contained by the log!
Even the weeds gone to seed love the sun and celebrate its appearance.
It’s a tough couple of months in late autumn and early winter, with the sun rising above the horizon so late that we have to go to work before seeing its golden glow spread out across the landscape. Finally, in late January, the sun is coming up over the hill to our southeast right around 7:50 in the morning. Now that is a reason to celebrate!
Don’t you just love these ice crystals growing between logs in the pond? Crystals are endlessly fascinating, whether these common but evanescent* ice crystals or the incredibly huge, unimaginably ancient gypsum crystals in the Mexican Cueva de los Cristales: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/04/photogalleries/giant-crystals-cave/ *Evanescent – Soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing. Oh, how I love finding the perfect word, one that expresses exactly what I wanted to say as economically as possible! 🙂
Hmm, ice crystals grow relatively quickly at temperatures of around 32 degrees F, while the gypsum crystals formed incredibly slowly (over millennia) at around 136 degrees F.
The horses eat grass. Lots of grass. Since we are in the midst of a drought and the horses have long since eaten all the grass we had available on the part of our 40 acres dedicated to pasture, that means we must purchase grass and transport it back to the horses. I sure am glad someone cut it, dried it, and rolled it up into these big, relatively easy to handle bales!
Bridger leapt up on top of this five foot diameter roll of grass as soon as it was loaded on our trailer. How could he have resisted?
2012 has seen some days below freezing in NE Oklahoma!