Saturday, February 28, 2015

Seeds for the birds and the frozen waterfalls

“By March, the worst of the winter would be over. The snow would thaw, the rivers begin to run and the world would wake into itself again.

Not that year.” 

- Neil Gaiman, Odd and the Frost Giants

Happy Saturday everyone!  I hope today finds you in great health and spirit. It's the last day of February and with March the promise of spring is in the air.

Or is it.

Weekend has arrived and with it I was expecting those milder temperatures we've been promised but there is nothing to be excited about so far.  It's currently -20C with the windchill of -27C and we are told it will be warming up to -8C.  Not quite the -1C we were told to expect few days ago.

We have broken many cold and snow records this February.  One of them is for the length of time we've been blessed with below freezing temperatures.  February 2015 is the first February since the turn of this century and second only in known history when temperatures remained below freezing for the entire month.  The last time this happened was back in 1970s.  And not only this month was entirely below freezing, most of it was in real deep freeze.

As I continue to observe my yard, I can see the grimness of the situation first hand.  All the birds are in fact gone, even the crows don't come around as often.  We've always had small birds and crows here throughout the winter but for the past few weeks it's nearly dead in our area.  Sometimes Angel and I put out some seeds for the birds and we've always had a pleasure watching them pick at the seeds and squirrels trying to steal a few as well.

Not this year.

We've hanged the seeds a week ago and so far nothing has come to claim them.  No squirrel acrobatics trying to get to the seeds either.  The critters are feeling the cold.  Hopefully not for too long.

Situation is not better down at Smokey Hollow.  The waterfalls have completely frozen over. Yesterday I stopped by and found Smokey Hollow enveloped in eerie silence I've never experienced before.  Mother Nature has shown us.

I recorded a short one minute video but for some reason Blogger insists it can't find it on YouTube, even though it's there.  Here is the link.

Now it's time for some tea.  Outside might be freezing but inside is warm and cosy and a hot green tea awaits.


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