Northern Cardinal, Snow and Last Garden Greens

We have had a pleasant autumn.  This past week we had some snow, but it did not stick on the sidewalk, so no shoveling.  It has melted now and we had a lovely walk in the woods this afternoon.

There seem to be quite a few northern cardinals in the yard these days.


Male northern cardinal trying out the crab apples outside our kitchen window.


Let’s see how the next one tastes…


Some years the crab apples go uneaten, so glad they seem edible this year.


Female northern cardinal working on a red yew berry.  I think the cardinals have found and eaten all the berries on the hicksii yews now.


House sparrows hang out in the bare branches of the American plum tree.


This shot was taken a few weeks ago from the kitchen window.  Can you see the neighbor cat who comes to visit?  Generally I don’t like the cat reducing the biodiversity in the yard, but I guess I don’t mind the help if it is getting rid of some of the house sparrows.


On Wednesday we had a pretty snowfall, but it quickly melted away.  The winter shadows are long now.


I just took this shot of the remains of our garden.  We continue to pick a few collard green each time we cook, and we got a few tiny Brussel sprouts today.  Mint, parsley, oregano, and thyme are still green if I want them.  Last Sunday a took some buckets, filled the trunk up with horse manure from the local stable, and spread it on the garden.  We also turned the compost pile yesterday and harvested about a foot of compost from the bottom of the pile and threw in the garden.  We can spread it around where needed in the spring.  I see the squirrel’s tail as it makes a get away on the back fence…


Winterbor kale is still growing.  Wonder if it will make it through the winter and start up again in the spring.


The little bluestem grass is wonderful this time of year.  It turns red with feathery seed heads.


When we went to the forest preserve today the woods were quiet and peaceful.


These scraggly roots are just a glimpse of the living matter under the ground holding this forest in place.  All the leaves are down now and the deciduous forest can rest until next spring.

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