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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Dichotomies of Winter and Spring

Posted Thursday, February 19, 2015, at 4:56 PM
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  • Winter has beauty even though we can't appreciate them for long. Ice can be a particularly beautiful yet dangerous result, as we have seen this week.

    I hope all seeing this can relax enough to enjoy the silver lining.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Feb 19, 2015, at 4:59 PM
  • That's about a chubby little robin, ha...the wind has been so strong it's pushed my feeders together and so far over I can't see them. My favorite tree rat hasn't helped much either!

    Hopefully, I can get out there before this new spurt of weather comes through and fill them so our feathered friends can nibble.

    I reckon this pesky squirrel can have a little too, but I've had to name her "Tragedy Anne", this past week she has totally wrecked havoc with this feeder!

    Do you think we will get more ice?...it's sure looking hazy out there already this morning.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Fri, Feb 20, 2015, at 8:51 AM
  • Unless the air temps rise quickly I would expect more ice on the trees.

    I've kept the greenhouse at or above 55 through all of this but today will finish up my wood so I will have to shift over to electric and propane.

    I've been having to fill our three bird feeders once a day to keep up with demand. Once the ice is off the trees (and seeds) I will have to let them "get back to nature".

    I am curious how successful the robins are i their search for worms. They are all over the yard but surely the worms are deeper than they can get and the ground is frozen so......

    One pair of robins insist on working the ground between two key cat feeding areas. It is like they are teasing them but surely they will slip up. I can't seem to discourage them so the soil must hold something for the birds.

    It is an area where I considered building another greenhouse that used the soil. Maybe I chose well?

    Pamela, I really like these pictures. I need to see about diopters for my current lenses. Close-ups can open up such great wealth in subjects.

    My brother gave me attachments to even do microscopic photography but it is for Nikon film and I no longer use film. My digital in Canon. Our daughter reaped the benefit of that, since she has a Nikon.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Feb 20, 2015, at 9:16 AM
  • I just looked outside and although it is still cold, the cats seem to be celebrating a change coming.

    We have three basic groups of "outside" cats, the garage cats, true outside cats and our greenhouse cats. Some seem to outright dislike each other but this morning a group of about 12 from all groups are outside on the lawn playing with each other.

    At first I thought something in particular had their attention, but as I watch I realized it was like a "feline picnic". They were just all in the same area, mixing it up.

    While I am on the topic of cats, here is a tip for those of us who maintain litter boxes for our cats who are outside during freezing weather, keep the litter filled up. When it gets low and kitty passes urine it freezes to the bottom of the box and is TOUGH to break loose!

    Now where else are you going to find a tip like that? LOLOLOL

    While I was checking to see if there were comments like that out there, I ran across an interesting use of cat litter, but this time for gardening. NOT the clumping variety, just plain clay particles.

    OUCH! Wiggly Wendy is biting the crap out of my toes. Gotta go.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Feb 20, 2015, at 9:55 AM
  • Running low on Sunflower seeds for the feeders here.....The mice nibbled a hole in the bottom of the bag and filled themselves up until I discovered their trick and put the bag in a big pot....... Don't know if the seeds will last until I get out to run errands. Seems every time I turn around the feeder is empty....I know.....Stop turning around !

    Bought some dried mealworms last fall and have been throwing some out where the Robins hang out. I don't hear them as much today....The berries are now few and far between. Time to double up on the worms........

    Lenses........Steve, I have one macro lens for my digitals. It is a 100mm I got used on EBAY........I have had so much fun with this lens ! When I do a shoot I like to tell a story and sometimes a macro adds so much information to that story. Glad you like the shots. Anytime........

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Fri, Feb 20, 2015, at 12:24 PM
  • Though my core body temperature and the cold winter weather often disagree as to what might be comfortable, I do enjoy taking outdoor pics. I also enjoy printing them in the comfort of my warm home while enjoying a nice warm mug of hot chocolate.

    -- Posted by Tim Lokey on Sun, Feb 22, 2015, at 1:43 PM
  • Tim, since you said developing I iresume you still use a fi camera? Color, B&W or both?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Feb 22, 2015, at 2:24 PM
  • Yeesh! I just read my last entry. I may stop using the "smart phone" since it is sure making me look dumb.

    A larger screen might help but even auto correct did not help this last one. Auto correct has its own challenges too.

    Tiim, I presume you are still using film?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Feb 23, 2015, at 8:31 AM
  • No film. Just a decent digital camera and printing them with my printer.

    -- Posted by Tim Lokey on Tue, Feb 24, 2015, at 1:48 PM
  • I loved my darkroom but I do not miss the chemicals and live my photoshop. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Feb 24, 2015, at 2:22 PM
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