Sunday, December 11, 2016


"If winter comes, can spring be far behind?"

― Percy Bysshe Shelley

Motivate. Motivate. Motivate.
So I went for a walk through the conservancy after all.
It snowed the entire time.
It was so quiet I could hear snowflakes hitting the ground.
And feathers fluttering, too.
Chickadees were hard at work, as per usual.
At the prairie there were harriers hunting the fields.
Circling, hovering, dropping to the grass.
A life ends, a life is sustained.
Elsewhere, I found the usual assortment of winter birds.
A male Northern Cardinal was singing.
And somewhere an owl was watching.
Breathing, involved, present.

All images © 2016 Mike McDowell


  1. Great black and white photos. It was a beautiful day. I hiked up and down the bike path and it was so quiet with the snow muffling the usual traffic noise. I need to get out to Pheasant Branch again soon. I just heard there were hundreds of Tundra Swans on University Bay this weekend.

  2. The winter quiet, stillness, and beauty is breathtaking!

  3. I do so love a fresh snowfall in the woods!