Monday, December 21, 2009

Winter in Michigan

The "Big Storm" missed us and we only received an inch or so of snow while the East Coast was hit with two FEET!  But it was enough here to give the garden a winter look.

I love to check out the critter footprints in the snow the morning after even an inch of snow.


Here I identified mice, rabbit, and squirrel.  Could be something more exotic some day.  As we drove East on a road away from the new Humbug Marsh Wildlife preserve, we noticed a coyote loping through a yard along the road.  He looked to be well-fed and rather larger than others I have seen trotting along the roadside in the past.  Given the wildlife in the Marsh I wonder why he would leave that buffet.


Mother always said when she saw a "Snowbird" (Junco) there would be snow within 24 hours.  This little guy has been around the last 2 days and, sure enough, we have had snow  the last few evenings.  I know this doesn't make sense scientifically, but it happens so often it makes one wonder.


This Nuthatch and a pair of Chick-A-Dees are also winter visitors I never seem to see in summer.  I am being careful about feeding the birds.  A neighbor will take over with my left-over seed cakes while we are in Florida.  I leave a few days between feedings in the seed feeder to be sure the other birds have other places to get food.


This is the first orchid I have ever had bloom for me.  I rescued a couple sad pieces of orchids from under a neighbor's bushes when we were cleaning up her property (now in the hands of her children who live far away).  Needless to say I am thrilled and hopeful that I finally know how to care for these plants.  Another one that was a gift is near to blooming also.  Those two pots will be going back to Florida with us.  I don't know if I will leave them there or cart them back to Michigan again in Spring.

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I am a retired Middle School Science teacher from Michigan spending 4 months each winter in Florida and learning about a whole new world.
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