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Winter grey

I would like it very much if the sun would come out and stay out for a while.  A week would be nice. I think we used to have sun once in a while in Kansas.

Update, 2 hours later:  I went downstairs to do yoga.  I lay in corpse pose, eyes closed, thinking about how gloomy this post was and how I should remove it.  Opening my eyes, I saw sun sparkling over the snow.  All righty!  All we have to do is ask.

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Pig pile

At Shelburne Farms, this pile of pigs kept reforming itself over and over. Some of the pics are blurry, but the formation was too good to resist posting.

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Coyotes in the yard

We’ve seen two coyotes hunting in the field south of the house quite a bit lately.  This morning they were hunting along the west row of hedge trees, where many pack rats live among the tree roots.  Then they got interested in the area around the woodpile, where Buster has also been after something – bunnies, snakes, who knows?  These photos are in the order I took them.

You can just barely see them here.

You can just barely see one here.

 

This is the coolest shot I took.  It looks like he's jumping off the woodpile, but he's actually behind it.

This is the coolest shot I took. It looks like he's jumping off the woodpile, but he's actually behind it.

 

He looked right at me!  He was about 20 feet away from the deck.

He looked right at me! He was about 20 feet away from the deck.

 

This isn't the same coyote as in the previous picture.  That one had gone around behind the pile.

This isn't the same coyote as in the previous picture. That one had gone around behind the pile.

 

 

They saw us and decided to leave, not terribly hastily.

They saw us and decided to leave, not terribly hastily.

 

Here the coyotes are barely visible in the long grass.  A moment later they were gone.

Here the coyotes are barely visible in the long grass. A moment later they were gone.

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After the storm

Yesterday we had an ice storm. The wind was mild and today is sunny and warm, so this storm wasn’t the crippling kind we sometimes get. A and Buster and I walked down to the pond around mid-morning, as everything was dripping off. I took pictures of the ice-covered trees, and then we got a bonus when we approached the pond.

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Hedge trees above the pond. You can just see the pond on the left.

A nice row of icy hedge trees.

A nice row of icy hedge trees.

Geese on the pond, honking like a bunch of taxis.

Geese on the pond, honking like a bunch of taxis.

We were standing on the ridge above the pond, looking through the trees.

We were standing on the ridge above the pond, looking through the trees.

Look at how the grass greened up after all the wet.

Look at how the grass greened up after all the wet.

After watching the three grownups for about five minutes, we discovered the reason for all the honking.  See those babies on the right?

After watching the three grownups for about five minutes, we discovered the reason for all the honking. See those babies on the right?

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March in Kansas

We’re having a wild windstorm today.  It was pretty bad when I went to Kansas City this morning, and worse now that I’m home.  Pieces of the roof are flapping around, ripping off and flying into the yard.

Right now it’s gusting up to 45mph and expected to get worse, with possible rain and hail tonight.  Let’s just hope we don’t have too much roof damage, or else let’s just hope there’s no rain and hail.

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