On Sunday afternoon I dusted off the camera and headed out for a stroll with Treebeard. The sun was shining but the wind had a definite chill to it with high temperatures only in the 30s F. It has been a very cold winter.
A few birds were moving around. We saw this yellow-bellied sapsucker checking out a sweetgum tree. If you look closely, you can see how puffed out this bird was. See the belly feathers? He looked like he had swallowed a tennis ball.
A bit farther down the trail, Mother Nature provided us with a collage of leaves accented with a whisper of Spanish moss and a couple of sweetgum balls.
A young crossvine was climbing a tree. The leaves looked a bit winter-weary but it was still nice to see a little green in this gray season.
In a field adjacent to the trail, sunshine had the broomstraw glowing.
Down in the swamp ice was everywhere. Like I said, it's been a cold winter.
An oak leaf sporting a fuzzy gall...
Looks like just a stump, right? Come spring it will sprout cottonmouths :) The snakes use stumps like this as winter hideouts. In March we start seeing sluggish snakes out sunning nearby.
We enjoyed our walk despite the chill.