Holmes Run report and photo update

February 20, 2010

Birds, birds, birds! That seems to be all I’m getting these days. Don’t get me wrong – I think they’re great. I just crave a little variety thrown in the mix.

On Thursday I returned to Holmes Run Park, hoping the snow would have cleared to a point where easy navigation would have been possible, but that wasn’t the case.

Having to trek through snowdrifts around two feet deep definitely makes being stealthy difficult. I saw no mammals but did observe some signs of animals in the snow. The problem with deep snow, however, is that it’s nearly impossible to make a definitive case for anything, since the tracks aren’t preserved as the snow falls and shifts.

As I reached the water for the first time in recent history, I saw little activity. However, I did catch this guy out of the corner of my eye.

After a brief scan of the area I moved to a bridge over the water and had a quick visit with another feathered friend.

Despite some wickedly gusty wind, I had a nice outing. For the time being, I just need the snow to relax a while and let some mammals come out again.

In other news, you might notice the images I have here right now are formatted a little differently than usual. I don’t have access to Photoshop again so I’m improvising with Aperture. I haven’t used the program before so I’m trying to learn as I go. Hopefully I’ll have Photoshop access again in the near future. Let’s hope together, shall we?

2 Responses to “Holmes Run report and photo update”

  1. P Smith Says:

    Hi Evan,
    Have you seen any of the deer? They use the “meadow” behind our house (and the flower garden) but we haven’t seen them since the snow, or the fox, only tracks from “le chat noir” who likes to sit by the basement window. Where did you see the kingfisher?

  2. Evan Dyson Says:

    I haven’t seen deer there yet this year, but I’ll keep my eye out for them. The kingfisher was hanging out on the stretch of Holmes Run near Duke Street.

    “le chat noir” eh? If you like black cats there are a ton of them in that area too. A little stray colony.

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