Wednesday, March 6, 2013

A Noisy Distraction! (1)

I go to Nature to be healed,
and to have my senses put in order.
             John Burroughs


 Most early mornings lately have had me hopping out of bed running to the window to see what the snow on the ground looks like, wondering if it is a good snowshoe day. I have been in the bush everyday because I know eventually my beautiful snow will be mud and that will mean packing up those snowshoes and not dragging them out till next year. This morning was a little different. I was exhausted and decided I would do the chores a little earlier and then go back to bed for a bit before heading to Moms.

 I made my way downstairs to get Annie’s bottle ready knowing it is weaning off time so I will not be doing that much longer either. I dressed in the familiar garb, you know Pink Cadillac Boots and Styling Coveralls, and I mixed that bottle and headed out. I stopped and picked up a couple of bales and took them to the girls who kept staring at me and wondering why I was so early this morning but not minding that one little bit. I fed the girls and then Annie and climbed back into the tractor but instead of turning in the direction of the house I turned in the direction of the bush. That always seems to happen to me. Instinct no doubt.


I parked the tractor and looked over the gate at the glistening snow and those Cedar trees and knew even though I had left my snowshoes in the basement, and I was exhausted, I had to try. I hopped that red gate.  The snow was hard packed so I knew as soon as my feet hit the ground I had no choice but to head into the bush. I followed some Coyote tracks for a few minutes and then figuring out that they were heading into this ear drum piercing noise I decided to turn in the other direction. The noise appeared to be coming from the only thing it could possibly be The Annual Crow Convention, the noise was so loud I could hardly hear myself think. I could hear the “Caw caw” echoing through the bush coming from these excited birds. The sound bounced off those Pine and Cedar trees and clamoured around looking for an opening to escape in every direction. This is a sure sign of spring I have been told by the local farmers.


 For one moment I thought I should turn around and try to find where it was actually coming from and if I could see those Crows and get a couple of shots. I was wondering how many of them there was but decided to stick with the Deer tracks I had found instead. I could see where the Deer had broken through the ice created by the water flowing over the lane and then freezing again under the snow. Crack…… and now I was standing in that water. This made me wonder if that would have hurt the ankle of that poor Deer.


I crested the hill and was just going to take some shots of the sun rays bouncing off the snow and shining on the Pine trees, when I became distracted with that over powering noise again coming from behind me. It was deafening I could not hear anything. I remember wondering how long an Annual Crow Convention lasts.  I took some beautiful shots with Leo and then turned towards the opening in the trees with my camera still in my hand. That was the moment I knew the reason I had dragged myself back here today.


Do you see it? See you tomorrow.  Hint (Click and look to the right).

PART 2

Later

32 comments:

  1. Looks like a spam attack above. You make me laugh at your intensions but the call of the bush is too distracting. I'm like that too but in a much warmer climate. The view through the trees is beautiful. Is it the sun?

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  2. Always the best decision to get outside!

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  3. What the "H"?!??! a bogging cliffhanger! I see it but it's so small I can't tell what it is. Looks kind of like a buck...or something with antlers. When I blow up the picture it's blurry. It best not be a bear. Or a bull moose. Run! Get in the house! Get out the whistle! Blow! Do something. Quick!
    Cindy Bee

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  4. My Mom always said if you couldn't hear yourself think for the crows then spring was just around the corner. Another good sign was the small bird that was singing in my big cedar outside the livingroom window this morning at 6 a.m.
    Hope you have many more days to enjoy your snowshoes but in reality I will be happy when I can walk without fear of falling on the icy sidewalks.

    Love You, BA

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  5. crow convention, lol. When I lived in TX, they had grackles, and they were the LOUDEST birds!

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  6. A lovely post and photos ! When the crows fly and make all that ruckus it does mean spring is in the air . They are doing the same thing here , so are the Cardinals and Goldfinch they are singing their spring songs and chatting away ! The buds on the trees and bushes are visible to . Oh come on spring ! Have a good day !

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  7. I've never heard a crow convention - it sounds noisy. This looks like a lovely morning, but you left me hanging - I see something, but I'm not sure what. :-)

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  8. Looks like a deer head looking back at you...(from just above the space between Buttons & Thoughts.)

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  9. I can see what appears to be a head poking up....deer???

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  10. I have stuck my head outside to yell at the crows to quiet down...our Murder of crows is loud yr round!

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  11. :-) Thanks for another tour of your morning walk. It makes me feel like walking too. Maybe I will be able to some day. I walk with Wii fit for 10 minutes in the morning, but I suspect it isn't quite the same.

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  12. I see it peeking over! What a sacred moment, following those tracks in that pristine snow, hearing only nature speaking...

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  13. Spring will be here in 13 days and I can't wait!

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  14. B-I want to say it's a deer peaking out too. And I know those crows very well! They hold conventions in one of the Maple trees outside Amy's bedroom window, and they start their conversations early (and I mean early!) in the morning!

    Love your beautiful photos today! xx

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  15. The crow convention woke me up this morning. Holy Crow they were loud!
    I've had a bit of a tummy bug so haven't been out on the snow shoes for a few days. Now it's getting really warm again. There are people coming here to shoe this weekend from the city. Hope they aren't disappointed.

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  16. Ha ha...a crow convention! That's a good description. I don't see "it"...guess my eyes are older than I thought! I'l come back tomorrow for the rest of the story! :)

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  17. I too think I see a head peeking over the snow but not sure...
    I'll bet those crows were LOUD there in the trees! Yikes!!

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  18. Still some spam in the air, Buttons! (above- vera wang shoes?) Crows ... I don't like them at all. Along with the spam that infilterates your beautiful blog. Hugs Sue

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  19. We have a crows nest (or a crow convention) going on behind our house here in the mountains. I know exactly what you mean when you say overpowering noise.

    I 'think' I spy a little deer head and ears sticking up far away beyond the trees. :)

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  20. Oh I do hope your local farmer friends are correct and those crows mean spring is on the way. I adore that you have a passion for the snow and snow shoeing (I don't know how to spell that!) But this girl is ready for some sun!

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  21. Well I've looked and looked hmm but a nice shot.

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  22. Sounds like the crows were loud! Yikes. Better get in all the snowshoeing time you can now :) I'll have to check back tomorrow because I'm not seeing anything in the last photo!

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  23. ?? i don't see anything but nonspecific beauty!!

    spring is near!!

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  24. I love your stories of your adventures in nature. I see a little head in the right--is it a deer peeking at you?

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  25. Had an up close and personal with a coyote on a quiet road going to work today. Such encounters in the quiet near- dawn are breath taking!

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  26. Hi Buttons, whenever the crows are loud around here it means there's a hawk, owl, or eagle around. They love to harass them. I can't see anything in your photo that would make them carry on, but it sure is a pretty view! Don't know if I'd want to follow coyote tracks, though. We had one 'singing' in the back yard the other night. Blood curdling. Stay safe. xoxo

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  27. We had a crow convention here about a week ago. I didn't know that was a sure sign of spring, though.I just learned something.

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  28. Ugh, I can't see anything in the photo. Maybe it's my iPad. Anyway, I'm a bit behind on commenting so I'm off to read the second installment!

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  29. I hate to say this but I can't see a thing either. I even enlarged the photo. But It sure is a great story so far. I can't wait to finish it.

    Hugs~

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