Frosty Morning at Little Piney

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Frosty Morning at Little Piney

Sunday morning I awoke to the sound of hundreds of Robins and the sight of a frosty earth.   Flashing red in the sun, the Robins flew from the woods in groups of 20-25 and perched in bare elms among Cedar Waxwings, Chipping Sparrows, and Cardinals.

Robins

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Mist on Dragonfly Pond

I threw on a warm coat, stuffed extra lenses in my pockets, and headed out with my camera to photograph a sparkling Little Piney in the clear morning light.  I’m thankful that I visited Dragonfly Pond first.  If I had chosen a different path, I would have  missed the sun rays divided by the pines and the rising mist, all reflected in the dark mirror of still water.

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Frost and Frost Weed

A young deer and I surprised each other on the way back toward the lake.

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I looked for the Frost WeedVerbena virginica, and found it under the pine trees.  When frozen, Frost Weed produces tiny ice sculptures as the moisture seeps out of its stems.

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The frost disappeared quickly in the morning sun.

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As always, I am in awe of the ever-changing presentation of the Earth, so surprising, so transient, there for us to experience in every ordinary or extraordinary moment.

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