The weather breaks for a short time while old man winter draws his next breath. We typically feel his next icy blast sometime around Valentines Day.
Meanwhile in the valley the Kanawha River runs strong and steady on its perpetual march to the Ohio River. A few water birds are seen playing follow the leader on the other side but even my 400 mm lens is too weak for a good shot at that range. I’ve seen what looks like a Hooded Merganser paddling in the flat water above the falls but I haven’t been able to get close enough to be sure. One by one the ducks take off from the river and sail over the falls. So I take out my phone and go for a vertical panoramic of the Walnut Tree on the lot. It’s an ancient tree and it’s massive crown seems to reach out and tickle the clouds as the roll by. I have to work quickly because I only have a few minutes for the stop and so after the shots are taken I climb back up into the big blue truck throw the phone on charge. Later as I do my touch ups and edits I noticed that the grass in the photo is no longer dry and brown as it was just three short weeks ago. Instead it’s fresh and green. Last year I noticed that some of tree buds had begun to swell near the end of February and the green grass is just one more sign that nature us slowly beginning to stir.
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