Yes, it rained here in Oklahoma! And since the temperatures have been mostly below freezing, Voila! Icicles!
This ice actually formed from runoff from the barn roof (in the sun) dripping on small branches (in the shade).
Isn’t it fascinating how water can take two such different forms? Amazing, and it keeps the world interesting and beautiful!
Walking around the second pond, which was completely iced over, I spotted an odd shaped blueish blob just under the surface of the ice. It did not move as I approached.
I got too close to the boggy edge and one leg sank in up past my knee! Trying to hold my camera up out of the muck and reach a small stick to put under my other foot, I made quite a bit of noise, but the blueish blob showed no signs at all of hearing me. Was it even still alive?
Finally free of the muck (with the muck-&-water-filled boot still on!), I found a way to get close enough to break the ice with a stick. Even this ruckus did not disturb blueish blob. I finally poked at her tail and she stretched out her hind feet a little, then eased away from my stick and resumed her quiet wait – for a meal to pass by?
There he goes! He has a hidey-hole nearby, and he is going to crouch down in it and hope you will not see him.
Surely you won’t notice that thick tail sticking out of the hole, or you will just mistake it for a stick.
Bridger’s favorite detail of the armadillo was its hairy little tummy.
This is the little guy who thought he was hidden in yesterday’s post. If you didn’t know what he was yesterday, perhaps it is more obvious today 🙂
The other day I was out in a very still woods, just walking quietly on a marvelous, soft trail made by my husband and son. I heard leaves crunching, a slight scurrying, a humming/grunting sound…
Then, once the little hummer noticed me, he ran for his hidey-hole. Can you see him? Can you identify him?
Originally the pond was iced over in a smooth sheet, which then was dusted with glittery snow.
Bridger and his cousin broke the ice near the edge of the pond, thinking they might fish. The edge re-froze in these wonderfully organic crystalline patterns 🙂
Many little cedar (juniper) bushes line the path.
Most of the time they are fairly unnoticeable. But add some frost crystals and early morning light – they stand out like the inspiration for decorating the Christmas tree.