From the few examples planted in a flower front bed a few years ago, the Purple Coneflowers have needed no care at all and multiplied in a way very pleasing to us, and to pollinators both resident and passing through. There’s a honeybee on a flower in the lower right quadrant.
I got down on their level to capture a different perspective of these fungi sprouting from a trunk in the back yard.
Water, ponded around a drain, froze into an array of needles and spikes.
We went on a hike on a fine day recently. Always good to get into the real world.
I sometimes think of the Dark-eyed Junco as the songbirds’ version of a wind-up toy. It suddenly starts to skitter over the ground or snow and as suddenly stops. It will quickly back- then forward-scratch to reveal hidden tidbits. I enjoy watching them go about their business.