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Old Dec 13, 2009, 4:16 PM   #1
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Well Thursday and Friday were bright and clear from predawn on, as you can see here... So I planned to go for a good long Mt hike on Saturday.
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But Saturday dawned at 15 degrees F, and the forecast was for freezing rain! (not the best weather to drive to higher country)
Fortunately, one of my favorite nearby trails is just 1 1/2 miles from home, so the puppies and I could just walk to the trailhead.

Increasing overcast made for some interesting lake reflections along the way.
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Old Dec 13, 2009, 4:20 PM   #3
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Frost rimed the Cedars and Blackberry leaves, and froze the Horse Nettle berries solid!
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Old Dec 13, 2009, 4:21 PM   #4
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This is usually a tiny dripping waterfall, now a bit frozen!
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Creeks are still running high (we've had even more rain & flooding today). And creek splashes freeze to the branches in some fascinating patterns.
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Back home after a good little 9 mile hike, I noticed that the birds were unusually active at the feeder - perhaps they could sense the approaching heavier rain & cold.
This is the first Song Sparrow we've seen at the feeder this year.
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My goodness, you can see the craters. How much lens did you have?
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And their cousins the White Throated Sparrows sure look fat!
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Of course, the Cardinals and House Finches were feasting...
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Towhees are usually much to shy to come out in the open, but both Mr. and Mrs. Towhee were feasting in the cold, too hungry to worry about the crazy man with the camera!
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