Where is the snow my little frosty friend???
In our area, the only real sign of winter are the Christmas decorations. It is more like Southern California here in Niagara Falls.
We have been consistently warmer this year thanks to the friend of many, El Niño. Mr. El Niño has brought moisture and warmth around the world in places for a few months now. The jet stream was pushed northward taking those higher winds and colder air on a northward projection.
I made a trip to a local park on the 23rd to see what I could find since the weather was so agreeable. Flying high above was an adult eagle with a huge fish followed by some greedy gulls, always a nice sight to see. The Niagara River was a bit choppy, so very few ducks were about, but that did not stop the Trumpeter Swans from taking a rest in the river tributaries around the islands.
I did not head to Buffalo, yet am sure the folks jogging the waterfront have brought out the shorts and t-shirts once again. Cherry blossoms in Washington. Daffodils popping out, yet not in flower around here. Rhododendrons in flower a bit south of us. Trees budding early may lose their ability to flower or fruit next Spring. Flowers still trying to bloom in my garden below. Nature really is pulling a mean trick on them.
Hibernation for bugs is all messed up. There will be a slug fest come spring with slug armies chewing the Buffalo hosta if we don’t get some cold, cold weather. The above-normal temperatures. The abundance of rain. The absence of snow. Happy slugs. While some may prefer this warm weather, I myself prefer the snow and cold.
Another patch of sustained warm weather arrives this week, which will melt any snow that might fall mid weekend. Yes, lake-effect snow is heading for parts of Western New York, yet Christmas Eve temperatures were in the upper 60s. No polar vortex this winter looks to be in the forecast! A lone duck below…days ago, ducks were numerous.
Last year we had snow a good part of the winter season and the swans and ducks had a hard time getting enough food. One thing about snow cover, the images are always much more appealing and the wildlife is always more accessible.
I plan on going to PA this January to visit the eagles in Maryland again. So you might see a bit more wildlife photography coming up here and on Nature and Wildlife Pics. If I don’t get skunked…
I did get some good news on my health, but still have many doctor appointments scheduled, one hospital procedure early tomorrow morning. Oh, I hate anesthesia, but it is necessary. I hope all goes well.
I was told I should not be visiting remote places for wildlife anymore, so am a bit limited where I can photograph. The Conowingo Dam is OK since there are hundreds of people there and it is not out in the middle of nowhere. So, hence that trip. I hope you like seeing eagles! See some more eagles (much better photography) over on Nature and Wildlife Pics. Have a Happy New Year.