Grey skies, nothing but grey skies…

Despite the grey skies, fog coming off the cold water, and threat of rain, I did go to the park this morning, but I didn’t expect much, and that’s what I got. The good news is that I had plenty of time to collect a lot of the litter deposited along the riverbank by the recent high water. The bad news is I don’t have much to show you.

The one picture I did get is of this nice blue turkey tail mushroom (Trametes versicolor), which the ancient latins literally called ‘of several colors’.

Other than that, I did see a few mallards, a couple of gulls, one bufflehead, a few juncos, and a couple of chickadees. I also heard a nuthatch, a cardinal, a red-bellied woodpecker, and a kingfisher, but that’s it. Plus, with all the grey on grey, nothing looked pretty.

Thus, I plan to distract you with some pretty pictures I took in the past few days instead.

First, here’s another view of that belted kingfisher that sat for me back on December 10.

Here’s some more of those ice crystals floating on golden water, without the mallard hen this time, from December 12.

Finally, here some ice crystals floating on water reflecting nice blue sky instead, also from December 12.

Enjoy the balmy weather while it lasts and let’s hope things get back to normal soon, eh?

Published by Andrew Dressel

Theoretical and Applied Bicycle Mechanic, and now, apparently, Amateur Naturalist. In any case, my day job is teaching mechanics at UWM.

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