Buffleheads

For the past two winters at least, buffleheads have made the pond their home. This year’s collection was the largest we’ve seen.  Feb. 13 was a great morning for taking photos. Nearly 60 degrees, a little snow remaining, and the sun was shining all around.

Buffleheads taking flight
Startled by a car coming down the road, the flock of buffleheads takes flight.
... and landing
... and lands at the other end of the pond.
Bufflehead flock
The bufflehead flock moves down the lake on a spring like morning.

The morning after

The morning after brought sun, warmer temperatures and insidious melt and re-freeze beneath the snow blanket.  Still, it was beautiful and the sound of running water and birds were the only ones to break the morning silence.

Bluebird on a wire
Bluebird enjoys the warm sun.
Grass and shadows
Husks of warm-hued summer grass stand in contrast to the blue snow shadows.
Bird tracks in the snow
Bird tracks cross where dogs, kids and bicycles have been.
Robin ventures out on the ice.
A robin ventures out on the ice covered lake.
Outdoor faucet and its shadow.
Outdoor faucet casts a clean shadow.
Lakeshore covered by snow.
Lake in winter.
Deer tracks in the snow.
Tracks left by deer on their morning rounds.
snow on filigreed mat
Snow traces the filigree of a doormat.

Snow piled on slats.

Oh, forgot a caption for this one. Snow is piled on the slats of a garden bench.

Montage

Everybody needs a montage. Here’s one showing snow accumulation from yesterday’s big storm.

snow day 7 a.m.
The first very fine flakes begin to fall at 0713 hours.
Snowday 9 a.m.
First accumulations at 0901 hours.
Snow at 1024
Snowfall increasing at 1024.
Snowfall during a brief ceasefire at 1531. When it started up again, the snow would keep going for another eight hours.
Day after
More than 7 inches of snow, in the sunshine of the day after.

Feb. 9 snow storm

The National Weather Service at Little Rock was calling for up to 8 inches across most of  Arkansas, with locally heavier amounts possible. The forecasts for this storm were enough to prompt schools, churches and businesses to keep closed for the day, except for essential personnel.  Mother Nature isn’t taking any breaks on this snow day.

Cardinal in the snow
Cardinal plucks what berries he may as the snow falls.
Deer crossing the driveway
One of a group of four deer, making the morning rounds cutting through the driveway.
Deck chairs filled with snow
The deck chairs show their white cushions during a snow cease-fire. I'd say Ferndale falls into the "locally heavier amounts" category.

This storm follows one that dumped about two inches on the Ouachitas two days ago. All this snow is a bit of a novelty in the South. Just 20 years ago, Little Rock owned one snow plow. We take comfort in knowing that even the county now owns sand/salt trucks — a blessing out in the middle of nowhere. Real four-wheel drive helps too.

snowy scene on the road
Could be Bavaria in the spring, but it is the Ouachitas in winter.

Eurydice

Like Eurydice following Orpheus, spring keeps trying to emerge.  The thermometer hit 70 here in Ferndale. However, Orpheus has turned and we are expecting another 1-3 inches of snow by 9 a.m. tomorrow.

”]69.8 degrees
reflections in the lake
Just a few hours earlier, snow still lingered on the north sides of the ridge.