Sunday, February 02, 2014

Groundhog Day

They dragged poor old Punxsutawney Phil out of his den this morning; supposedly he saw his shadow and retreated, meaning six more weeks of winter. I don't know how he saw his shadow; it's been a solid overcast all day, and Punxsutawney is only about 150 miles up the road. The kleig lights from all the TV cameras must have freaked him out. But the prediction looks to be good. It certainly looks and feels wintry here, and we have more snow heading here early tomorrow.

I went walking in the Dykeman Spring Nature Park this morning to get Groundhog Day shots. I was undecided between color or b&w, and decided to go with both, but only post the color ones here because in this post I want to emphasize Mama Gaia's paintbrush at work in the midst of a typically nondescript season. If you want to see the b&w versions as well, click here to go to the web album. Meanwhile, enjoy the colors of winter here!

The wooden bridge over Gum Run, which joins up with Branch Creek a little farther downstream
Branch Creek in the Dykeman Spring Nature Park
Looking across the north duck pond
Looking north down the length of the north duck pond
The wetland north of the north duck pond, with Martin house
© 2014 by A. Roy Hilbinger


  1. Love the one with the amazing reflections of trees in the water - and I always like that zip of ruby from the red bench. Beautiful as always...

    The groundhog wouldn't have seen his shadow here unless he waited till about 3 pm. Beautiful day - over 60 degrees. No complaints here.

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