The colors were so pretty this morning at Coast Guard Beach with the sun shining hazily in the sky. The sky almost looks like summer until you see the beach.
The snow was falling and it was turning dusk when I looked outside and saw this flash of vibrant red in the evergreen tree. I quickly got my camera and clicked. At first I thought it was a male Northern Cardinal (Red) and then I realized the the female (Birdie) was huddled up right next to him. They were so beautiful with the snow coming down…
I discovered this secret bench that overlooks the salt marsh a while back. It’s such a nice place just to go and sit and relax (when there isn’t any snow!) and the views are extraordinary. (Click on blog link to see other photo.)
It’s very hard to take a photograph of the bench from behind because there are so many scraggly bushes about. But, with the snow, it was much easier to get there as it covered the bushes.
So, I took the first photograph when the tide was low. I thought it was really pretty. I went back the next day to get one at high tide, thinking it was cloudy with no blue sky and it wouldn’t be as nice. But, I almost like it better. What do you think?
I have wanted a decent photograph of a Hooded Merganser for a long time, but never seem to get one. We stopped at Great Pond to see if there were any birds around and there he was.
The Hooded Merganser is quite distinctive with its black head with a distinct crest and large white patch when raised and bright yellow eyes. Gorgeous bird, don’t you think?
Have you ever seen a Hooded Merganser?