It’s tough out there


See the Canada goose in the center of the photo? It’s starving.

IMG_4100The migratory geese left long ago, and the resident population is now desperately searching for bare grass to eat. There isn’t much of that to be found, and they’re hanging out in people’s yards, many of them too weak to fly very far.

This is a tough time for many birds and animals. It’s also a beautiful time, if you make the effort to get outside. Mornings are particularly lovely.

IMG_4050This azalea, coated in fluffy snow, was stunning in the dawn sunlight.

IMG_4049As was Rudbeckia Henry Eilers.

IMG_4074The woods were bright and clean and quiet.

IMG_4059The rhododendrons were curled into themselves against the cold. Sometimes, I feel that way.

IMG_4066But not today.


About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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6 Responses to It’s tough out there

  1. Kathy says:

    Just to let you know that I love these little picture stories! You’re a terrific photographer! 🙂


    • dirtynailz says:

      Thanks Kathy! I will admit that I have been thinking lately of taking a break from blogging. I am just not getting the traffic or the number of comments I used to and I can’t figure out why.


  2. Kathy says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever gone more than a week without reading the blog although I don’t always comment. Hang in there! I’d miss you if you “take a break”!


  3. CJ Wright says:

    Those hungry geese just break my heart. I’d be out there giving them everything I could find that they would eat, and then go buy some more. It’s a trait that makes my hubby a little nuts. But I do love the critters.


    • dirtynailz says:

      I’m like you, CJ. I can’t stand to see anything suffer. But I was told that feeding them could cause more harm, because whatever I gave them would not be their usual food and could make them sick. The dilemma of the caring person…..

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