I live in central Minnesota. It's April, 20, 2013. Yes, winter is long here, but the snow has come and gone several times over the past few weeks and I have an unbelievable case of spring fever. I've had recurring nightmares I'm trapped in a land of eternal winter, just white and grey and cold cold cold.
So today I ventured out into the balmy 39 degree afternoon on my bike. Armed with a water bottle, bike pump, and my long zoom camera with fresh batteries, I headed out into the blinding sunshine.
I first happened across a large bird in a tree just off the road - when I snapped this shot I thought I was photographing a hawk...but now as I look closer, is it an owl. What do you think? I need to research long zoom digital cameras that aren't so sensitive to motion!
I also watched Canadian geese come in for a landing - always a pleasure. It's louder than you may imagine!
There were deer, too! Looks like young ones, I think.
I held my breath.
The skunk came up to me, sniffed my ankles, and ran away!
Mixed feelings about that.
Makes me wonder if I smell like cat/dog food from afar :)