Sunday, October 30, 2011

What a difference a day makes!

I was busy capturing the reds, yellows, and oranges of the changing of the leaves.  We have some beautiful oaks and maples right in our neighborhood. What began as a simple "Intro to Autumn" pictorial essay ..........

........evolved into an "Intro to WINTER" essay.  These photos were taken Friday morning, and the following were taken barely 24 hours later during the storm, (hence "What A Difference A Day Makes"  )         

Eddie hauling away one of the MANY limbs we lost the to weight of the snow, from the Dogwood alone.
The weight of the heavy wet snow takes its toll on the old Scotch Pine trees.

After 10 hours of a constant wet heavy snow fall, the morning sun softens the effects, if only visually, of the pre-pre-winter Halloween Snow Storm!!!

recognize this tree?  Yes, the same one that started this blog!  It happens to be the most beautiful tree in the neighborhood, and it lives on Elaine's and Ed's front lawn.

 This brings to mind another winter-seasonal song....."I'm Dreaming Of A White H A L L O W E E N ?!?!?"
What would Bing Crosby say????  I say......:Can you say "BETTER IN THE BAHAMAS?????"

Thank you for visiting "This and That" and a little bit of "Winter 101.....a primer"
Please come again and in the meantime - stay warm!

Linda P.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Four and Twenty Blackbirds

Well....not EXACTLY four, more like 20; and not EXACTLY blackbirds, but Turkey Hawks, standing 2-3 feet tall and with a wing-span of 5-6 feet and the face of an angry turkey. These fiendish looking fowl took up residence in the trees along side our house.
I tired the scare (crow) tactic using my own straw-filled sentinels, but that didn't seem to faze the hawks.  I decided to seek professional help, and took a trip to Peddlar's Village in Lahaska, Pa. to see the annual "Scarecrow Display and Competition".



Having toured the grounds, and enjoying the many scarecrows on display, it was time to sit a spell. This detecting work can be tiring!  On the way home, I spotted the perfect larger than life scarecrows perched on two Edith Ann-and-that's-the-truth sized Adirondack style chairs (remember Laugh-In???).  Perfect foil for those nasty hawks, but sadly just TOO HUGE to be relocated. 

I would love to see the neighbors' faces if these DID appear on the front lawn!!!  Well, as problems do this one solved itself while I was away.......and then there was one (soon to be none) who left when he realized his friends had gone on in search of food elsewhere!

Thank you for visiting "This and That" and a little bit of boo-tiful, spook-tacular scarecrows and the crows (ahem...hawks) they scare.  Please visit again! .......Linda P. 

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