Or, studies in wildlife. I'd never seen a common / northern flicker before. Look at these great closeup shots I got, courtesy of my new birdbath heater near the patio door.
This is the most beautiful bird I've seen in my backyard. And did you know they're considered ground woodpeckers? First time I saw this guy swoop through the yard I thought we had a hawk.
Flicker balance beam.
Floating cardinal. Most of the cardinals here are magicians who were scheduled to appear on Conan O'Brien in March, but....
Junco v. strawberry. Who will make the first move?
With the snow melt during the day, and hard freezes at night, ice fog / freezing fog develops. This is another reason not to cut back plants in the fall. The last two mornings every object has been covered in a frothy white that is stunning in the sunlight.
And finally--GO MINNESOTA VIKINGS!