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March 3, 2012

Leaping into March

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If February hadn’t had an extra day this year, we would have gotten out of it without any accumulating snow.  As it happened, a large storm pushed its way across the country, and arrived here in the early afternoon of February 29th.  It wasn’t too big by the time it got here, leaving us with only a few inches of snow, which are currently melting away on this rainy day, with temperatures promised to get up to 50°.  Since I may not have many opportunities for this type of photo  this year, here’s a few pictures of our little storm:

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I’ve found a new bird feeder problem this winter.  Some of you may remember my tribulations with the “squirrel-proof” feeder last year.  I replaced the broken feeder this year with glass and copper feeders.  Twice now I’ve come home from work and found them unscrewed from their hooks and lying, mostly empty on the ground.  The problem this time around seems to be a pack of grackles; so many of them land at a time that their weight gets the feeders swinging and they come unscrewed. I wrote last year about not having a problem with this so-called nuisance bird, but now I’m starting to understand.  Each time I fill the feeders, a group of about 20 birds flocks to the seed, and bullies away many of the smaller birds.  I’m wondering if changing the location to my back deck would help at all.

I took the feeders down, and this morning, Mrs Cardinal showed up on my window sill looking in.  She seemed to be saying, “Hey Lady!  Where’s the seed?”

If anyone has any bird feeding suggestions that won’t cost me a fortune in seed, I’d be happy to hear them.

I also took the opportunity to try a few macros while the flakes were coming down.  I got out the extension tubes and the tripod, put a black glove out in the snow, and this is what I managed:
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Those are extremely cropped shots; the extension tubes don’t allow me to get that close.

Just for fun, here’s a couple shots of Teddy and Daphne having a grand time in the snow:
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“Hey Daphne, whatcha doin’?”

“Rolling in the snow, of course!  You should try it! It feels great!”

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“Oh yeah?  How’s this feel?  Get up and plaaaaayyyyy!!”

“Teddy!  Ugh, little brothers can be such a pain!”

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“GetupGetupGetupGetup!!!!!!”

“Alright, alright, already!”

The result of this little storm was a delayed start to our school day the next morning.  Everyone knows how much I love those!  So far, March is kind of coming in with a whimper rather than a lion’s roar.

We’re off to a Mardi Gras party this afternoon (yes, we’re aware Mardi Gras was more than a week ago). I hope you all have a great weekend.

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28 Comments »

  1. Well the snow missed us, but I’m sure we’re not finished with it, nor it with us yet this year! Your photos are very nice…love the snowflakes. I have not ventured into the tube thing…have no idea what that is…but it is very cool! Katie loves the snow too, but not to roll in. She likes to lick it and eat as much as she can each trip out.

    Comment by DAwn — March 3, 2012 @ 12:03 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Dawn. The concept of extension tubes is really interesting. They are plastic rings that fit between your camera and your lens, and they decrease the distance that you can focus on an object, so you can get closer.

      Comment by Karma — March 4, 2012 @ 8:47 am | Reply

  2. It’s hard not to smile when I watch dogs playing.

    The snow shots are lovely.

    Comment by Sybil — March 3, 2012 @ 12:32 pm | Reply

    • My dogs are crazy funny playing in the snow.
      Thanks Sybil.

      Comment by Karma — March 4, 2012 @ 8:47 am | Reply

  3. I can’t believe the snow missed us, too! Oh wait….. :-P
    Love your snowy pictures. So pretty! :-)

    Comment by TheDailyClick — March 3, 2012 @ 5:22 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Michaela. I’ve got to wonder, did you love snow so much when you lived in a place that snowed more regularly or is it more of a “distance makes the heart grow fonder” sort of thing?

      Comment by Karma — March 4, 2012 @ 8:48 am | Reply

  4. Beautiful photos. We got rain, thankfully. We’ve barely had any snow this year, which is fine by me.

    Comment by Andrea L — March 3, 2012 @ 6:36 pm | Reply

    • Believe me, I’m not complaining about the lack of regular snowfall this season!
      Thanks Andrea.

      Comment by Karma — March 4, 2012 @ 8:49 am | Reply

  5. Your storm arrived at the same time as our storm, it appears. So now we’ve had a winter storm, a real winter storm that dumped more than four or five inches of snow, and it’s nearing 50 out there so the snow is melting. I am ready for crocus and daffodils. I am ready for spring!
    Loved your photos and see that your dogs have the same thing going mine do – Bailey is the older and much calmer of the two, and it is Shasta that has to work to get her to play.

    Comment by Carol — March 4, 2012 @ 1:54 pm | Reply

    • I wish my older dog would play more – she’s a bit too young to act like a lump at 6 1/2 years old. We’ve got some nice warm temperatures headed our way this week, so I’m sure we’ll see the rest of our little bit of snow disappear.

      Comment by Karma — March 5, 2012 @ 4:02 pm | Reply

  6. Your dogs crack me up! Yes, the snow was very pretty while it lasted!

    Sorry, no advice on feeders….we have too many too count and spend waaaay more on seed than anyone should. The entertainment the birds and critters supply us is priceless!

    Comment by milkayphoto — March 5, 2012 @ 12:32 pm | Reply

    • I enjoy the birds too but I hate to see the bigger birds bully the little ones away from the feeders :-(

      Comment by Karma — March 5, 2012 @ 4:04 pm | Reply

  7. JEEZ! What’s this weather doing? Why won’t it cooperate and let the daffodils bloom? Why? (Oh…so that you can take some more beautiful winter photos, that’s why…) **grin**

    Comment by Kathy — March 6, 2012 @ 4:20 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Kathy. Those poor daffodils are going to be confused this year for sure! Weather forecast for around here on Thursday is for the upper 60’s!

      Comment by Karma — March 6, 2012 @ 4:26 pm | Reply

      • I know what you mean, Karma. We have 50 right now. Crazy!

        Comment by Kathy — March 6, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

  8. Well if nothing else, a spattering of snow sure does look nice… Glad to hear it’s probably gone as quick as it arrived though… Love the shots of your dogs playing too.. lol..

    Comment by FS Photography — March 6, 2012 @ 6:23 pm | Reply

    • Yep, that’s my kind of snow! The disappearing kind! The dogs are goofballs, but fun to watch in the snow.

      Comment by Karma — March 7, 2012 @ 3:32 pm | Reply

  9. Hmmm…I think you need to review how to photograph snow, Karma. :) The snow I’ve been getting comes for a day or two and then leaves. Never seen a winter like this in all my life.

    BTW, I think my assignment this month is right up your alley.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — March 7, 2012 @ 4:31 pm | Reply

    • I don’t know Scott – these shots are pretty much exactly how it looked outside when I took them! :-)
      I was wondering when your new assignment would be posted – I’ll be over to have a look!

      Comment by Karma — March 7, 2012 @ 4:42 pm | Reply

      • No, not process them to be white but photograph it to be white. A camera’s meter gets tricked when it encounters a very light or dark scene. While I was not there at the time, it still looks too grayish to me from my experience. I would have increased the EV (Exposure Compensation) to bring the snow brightness up.

        Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — March 7, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

      • I’d agree if I’d taken those pictures mid-day, but if you check my EXIF data on Flickr, you’ll see I took those around 6pm; with gray snowing skies and setting sun, I’d say the way the camera recorded here was very accurate! Thanks for reminding me, however, about that EV compensation. That’s something I often forget about using. :-)

        Comment by Karma — March 7, 2012 @ 8:58 pm

    • What’s wrong with the snow shots?? Because the snow isn’t white?? That would have been overprocessing, because snow isn’t white on a gray, cloudy day…while it’s still snowing.
      I think they’re perfect, Karen :-)

      Comment by TheDailyClick — March 7, 2012 @ 6:00 pm | Reply

      • I have to agree with Michaela on this one, and come to Karen’s defence too.. I think Karen’s snow shots are a pretty accurate representation of how the snow “actually” looked on the grey snowy day she took them… Why process them to look like something they’re not ??…

        Comment by FS Photography — March 7, 2012 @ 6:11 pm

      • Thanks guys :-) Er, thanks guy and gal! LOL!

        Comment by Karma — March 7, 2012 @ 8:59 pm

      • Whoops…the above comment was meant to be here.

        Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — March 7, 2012 @ 7:58 pm

  10. Great macro shots! I’m glad that there’s no snow left!

    Comment by Becky Sue — March 10, 2012 @ 7:02 am | Reply

  11. Your snowflakes are beautiful! :)

    Comment by Robin — March 10, 2012 @ 4:14 pm | Reply


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