Here and gone

Today’s guest picture is another from Venetia’s American adventure.  No prizes for guessing the name of this animal.


We woke to an unexpected scene this morning….

snowy garden

…though it was only unexpected as it had arrived sooner than I was expecting.

There wasn’t that much of a snowy scene though when I walked down to the river after breakfast….

River Esk snow

…and although it was only just above freezing all day, the snow tended to fade away as quickly as it had come.

While it was there, it made a good background for a greenfinch on the feeder….


…and the brighter light showed off the rich colours on the back of a dunnock which often looks like a rather dowdy bird.


It is one of my favourite garden birds.


I also like blue tits so I was pleased to see one in one of the sunny patches that interspersed the day.   You can see the nippy wind ruffling its  feathers.

blue tit

Because the wind was blowing briskly from the ‘wrong’ direction, the birds couldn’t hover when visiting the side of the feeder where I usually catch my flying visitors and there were very few birds today anyway, not surprising when this sort of thing happened.


I stopped trying to get a FBotD shot and went off to have lunch at the Buccleuch Centre with Mrs Tootlepedal in an effort to forget the weather.  It worked well as we had an excellent meal.

After lunch, I settled down to work at my computer and time fairly flew by.  When I looked up, the sun was out again so I put on my coat and went for a short walk.  I was hoping to see river side birds and I wasn’t disappointed.

Mr Grumpy was catching some late afternoon rays…


…and the ducks were doing likewise.


Crossing the Sawmill Brig, I looked down in the hope of seeing a dipper.


The Lumix did exceedingly well considering that it was quite far below me and in shadow.

The moss on the wall had survived the snow….


…and I was impressed by the enthusiasm of this clump which had managed to find a place to grow between two cut logs.


On the side of one of the logs, I could see the the seed holding cups of another moss.  The brown ones are empty (I think) and….


…the green ones are still in business.


In spite of the low sunshine, it was very nippy and the clouds behind Whita were beginning to look threatening…


…so I took a picture of some fine pines…


…put my camera in my pocket and headed home without stopping again.

I got in just as it started to snow.

It is promising to be colder and to snow more tomorrow.  What fun.  All the same, there are many parts of the country both to the south and north who are having a harder time than us so we mustn’t grumble.

Under the circumstances there is no flying bird of the day so the dunnock creeps into the frame instead.



Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

35 thoughts on “Here and gone

  1. Here in the balmy south west of England, it hasn’t made it above freezing point all day, though there’s no snow. Wish I had the fantastic cold weather gear they provided a week ago…

  2. Beautiful, beautiful bird photos. Hope the storm doesn’t hit your area too hard. Stay safe!

      1. As far as I’m concerned, the wind is the worst because that often means power outages for us. As a New England blogging friend noted, we can face almost any kind of bad weather as long as we have our power. So true! Hope yours doesn’t go out.

      2. We sincerely hope so too. Wind is forecast but I don’t think that we have ice on our power lines so we are hoping for the best.

  3. It does look chilly but you always manage to capture the beauty of the day. It’s trying to snow here but we hear from courier M that it’s causing mayhem on the roads in Catalonia.

  4. Although I liked the snowy landscape photos in this post, I hope that it warms up for you soon. I’m surprised that you didn’t receive more snow there were you are, it snowed at least as far south as Barcelona. I know this because Formula 1 testing was cancelled due to snow on the track. Great shot of the dipper, they must not migrate south, or is this one an early arrival?

    1. I think that dippers stay around for the whole year but I am not certain. I have photographed them this year from every month from September to February, only missing out January.

  5. Venetia’s shot of the male mountain sheep is great. I have yet to see one. You can tell he is male by how curly his horns are. Female horns do not curl all around.
    The moss between the cut logs is a great photo. It should have a caption about perseverance or grace under pressure.

  6. What a beautiful picture of a dunnock, I prefer it to be called a hedge sparrow. Dunnock sounds Scottish to me, could it be? The snow down here in the Neath Valley of South Wales has also been very light to date, but we are promised lots more before the weekend. Brrrr!! The snow is no problem, but it’s dreadful when it freezes, Cheers.

  7. Thank you for introducing me to the wonders of moss and lichen…it’s a whole new world! I’m glad the adverse weather has it’s upside; the dunnock is beautiful with the snowy backdrop.

  8. Love all the snowy photos especially the pine trees. Good to see Mr G. again enjoying the riverside views with the lovely dipper and ducks. Favourite photo is the dunnock…opened my eyes to its range of colours and its lovely eyes.

  9. The weather is seeming quite unsettled here as well. Seemed like we had an early spring toward the end of January and early February, but now it’s been one storm rolling in after another. I’m thankful for the lovely sunny days in between, but the rain here (snow in the mountains) is getting a bit old. We’ve kept putting off our planned adventure since we have to cross those mountains somewhere along the way to get to the desert in New Mexico. I suppose we should be grateful that we have the option to delay.

    Wishing all of us, including the birds, some springlike weather any time soon! 😀

  10. The Dunnock is lovely. And Mrs. Mallard looks beautiful in the sunshine too. Love the contrast of snow and the slow, steady reawakening of mosses.

  11. Loved the Dipper photo, and the Dunnocks. The pines were beautifully captured too.

    I know there are no prizes for guessing the name, but is the Bighorn Sheep called Malcolm?

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