November Snow Beauty

Happy Thanksgiving!  I did not get around to posting on Saturday, 11/17, when the snow was on the ground and now it is gone, but here are a few pictures to record what has been a cooler than usual month of November in Illinois.

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On Saturday we opened the kitchen curtains to see the snow lining the trees branches in the backyard.

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Snow on Hicksii yew bushes and on the mulberry tree in the background.

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Miscanthus ‘morning light’ ornamental grass.  I cut off some of the seed heads already to get ahead of the spring duties.  I use this grass, minus the seeds heads, as mulch around the garden in the spring.

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We walked around Lake Katherine on Saturday morning and loved the reflections.

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Across the lake a woman in a red coat walking her dog caught my eye.

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Snow on pine needles

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The cypress tress by the ephemeral pond had changed color but not lost their needles yet when the snow covered them.

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We were the first ones to come to the snowy bridge over the pond.

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We noticed a white waterfowl in the lake.  Was it a goose or a duck?  At home I did an internet search and I think it is an American Pekin, which is a domesticated duck.  I suppose it has joined a wild flock or something, not sure how that works.  Apparently these domesticated ducks originally were bred from mallards in China.

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Back at home, we put up a suet feeder about a ten days ago and the male red-bellied woodpecker came to feed.

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Here is another shot of the red-bellied woodpecker on a snowy day.

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The white-breasted nuthatch watched a flock of sparrow at the bird feeder and kept its distance.

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A male house sparrow can be aggressive for its small size.

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The white-breasted nuthatch eventually got its turn, looking around between each nibble.

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The downy woodpecker came, too.  I need to put another block of suet in the feeder today.

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A week ago we were walking in another part of the forest and stopped to admire the moss on an old log.

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Our walk took us by this grassy prairie.  The reason we ended up on this path is that we could see two coyotes on the path we planned to take.  They were relaxing by a stream, but we really did not feel like walking toward them to see what they would do….

I am thankful for so many things and thank you for reading this far today!

9 thoughts on “November Snow Beauty

  1. It sounds as if you’re enjoying the season! Beautiful photo of the bridge and the mossy log, and cool that you saw the coyotes. I’m surprised they didn’t see you first and run off, they must feel pretty safe around there.

    1. Quite a few of us, including some barking dogs, were viewing the coyotes from afar, though they really blend in to the drab forest and it took a while to see them. We could actually see a man not that far from them taking pictures of them. There is plenty of room in the forest for them to run to if they feel threatened, I guess.

  2. I really enjoy the Red Bellied Woodpeckers and the Nuthatches. House Sparrows. on the other hand, drive me a little nuts. So odd that there was snow all over but not right around Chicago where we are. Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving.

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