Tuesday, December 3, 2013

early morning

 




 

Early morning walks on the west mesa have become routine these days. The frost rime hasn't melted away yet and the desert, in its stillness, is a peaceful place. The silence is broken only by the barking of the dogs as they chase rabbits.

I find the prints of a crow that wandered the wash. Maybe he found a mouse or maybe he wanted to reconnect with the earth, only to fly off and watch us from above.

I do love these mornings, these quiet times before the day begins.

10 comments:

  1. Are you sure they're crow feet marks?....they look HUGE in the photo. I was expecting you to say something like turkey..... ;)

    AND who knew dead plants could be so interesting and beautiful. You do take the most beautiful photos Julie. xx

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    1. To the best of my knowledge, they are crow tracks. Don't crows have the longer track mark behind the toes?
      We see crows wandering the wash and they are HUGE. I have yet to see a wild turkey here....I would think conditions are too harsh for them down here. We do see lots of turkeys in the mountains though.

      Glad you enjoyed the dead plants. :)

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  2. Amazing photos, the first few are like little woolly creatures. Like Chrisy, I thought those were wild turkey tracks. We have lots of wild turkey flocks now in the area as part of the governments re-introduction of them. I must pay attention to the tracks our crows leave. Usually I am busy suggesting that them move along and away from my bird feeders - greedy big eaters that they are!

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    1. I thought of you when I photographed the wooly plants! Fluffy little sheep!

      Yes, the crows are gigantic monsters out here too. I can't imagine flocks of turkeys in the desert, although I know they do live in New Mexico and Arizona. I was so concerned about my track identification.....I did look up both turkey and crow prints and they seem to be crow. We do see lots of crows on our walks....

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    2. :) I was only teasing when l said l thought they were going to be turkey footprints....l should have said emu ;-) Crows can be deceivingly big. We get hardly any adult crows come into care, they're far too smart for that. I've only rescued one, and it felt massive in my hands....almost like l was handling a bird of prey.

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  3. So simple and beautiful.
    Why is frost so dreamy?
    xo
    ashley

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    1. Good question! It must be in the simplicity....moisture and cold, creating something perfect.
      xx

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  4. The perfect way to start your day!! Love the prints in the sand!! : )

    ~ Wendy
    http://Crickleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks, Wendy. it sure is a peaceful way to ease into the day!

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