Thursday, December 22, 2011

December Twenty Second, Winter Solstice

The shortest day of the year...the official beginning of Winter.

This bird nest was tucked into a thorny bush, and full of pink leaves.

-the phenologist

December Twenty First

Many bird nests are revealed now that all the leaves are gone. I found the one pictured here very close to the ground. Maybe a Winter Sparrow's?

We had the first snow on December 16th, but it was actually more like sleet, and didn't stick.

-the phenologist

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

December Fourteenth

Still not a single snow flake.
Today is misty and cold. Bare branches are dripping. Even the little moth I found had pearls of dew on it's feelers.
-the phenologist

Monday, November 28, 2011

November Twenty Eighth

Discovered a tree trunk that a woodpecker has made it's home as you can see in the last picture.
A very warm day considering the time of year, about 10°C.
-the phenologist

Sunday, November 27, 2011

November Twenty Seventh

Another sunny day. Many trees were cut down along this trail in the past couple of days. The pathways here in Austria are always very well taken care of.
-the phenologist

Saturday, November 26, 2011

November Twenty Sixth

Amazing what thaw can so quickly do to an icy landscape. All the white has disappeared and we are back to tawny browns under a blue sky. Birds sang today and it felt like March.
-the phenologist

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

November Twenty Third

It's important to note that this is not snow. It's hoarfrost, the beautiful result of frozen dew. These were taken on a hill top, where the frost is thickest. The world was black, brown, and white today, and very quiet.

Still waiting on the first snow.

-the penologist

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

November Twenty Second

Hoarfrost on branches and underbrush. First snow is right around the corner.
-the phenologist

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

November Fifteenth

Heavy frost this morning, but the sun came out at midday and shone in a cloudless sky. Everything was red and brown and sun drenched.
-the phenologist