On Feb 5, 2012, we saw sandhill cranes migrating north. That is very early to be headed north compared to our sightings over the last few years. Normally, they wait until March.
We saw them migrating south around Jan 1, 2012. That was about a month later than usual.
The winter here has been very warm in February and March (as of March 15). Here, on March 15 in the Atlanta area, it is sunny and 81 degrees.
How did the sandhill cranes know it was going to be a mild, short winter?
Our cat Blue stays warm on the dryer on a cold winter day. She is always looking for a warm spot — winter is not her favorite season.
Earth Shots » Happy Holidays by Dennis Walton.
Happy Holidays by Dennis Walton
The Cascade Mountains of Washington State are a beautiful place for a photographer. That’s why I retired here. Travel Photography by Dennis Walton
Link: Monochrome of Winter | Fragments From Floyd
Fred First says:
The texture and brilliance of soft clouds and the hard, sharp shadows of barn and woods spoke clearly of this day of January contrast–a pleasant thaw in a gray season yet to come.