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Sitting at my desk this morning, trying to come up with a title for these pictures, I detected movement outside the window, up in the trees. Some sort of impressive bird. It was large, though not as big as the bigger hawks. The bird was mostly black, but as it flew higher I could see white underneath the wings. Such a beautiful wing span. It landed on a tree in my neighbor’s yard, and I thought it was some kind of woodpecker. My eyes drifted to the left, and halfway up a tree in my backyard was another bird, this one close enough for me to identify as a pileated woodpecker. This is only the fourth time I’ve seen pileated woodpeckers, and they never, ever fail to impress me … immensely. A great reminder, first thing in the morning, however weighty the problems of the world seem, there’s still so much that’s wonderful.

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Despite what you see here, there was not a lot of green. The temperature was above freezing, and what there was a lot of was mud. The off path to avoid the muddy trail was leaves covering mud, and yes, there were way too many people trying to do the same thing I was doing. If I had to sum up the walk, it would be me on one side of the muddy trail, and someone else heading the other way on the other side, both of us debating if a ‘hi’ or a head nod violates protocol.



photographed 12/28/20