Happy New Year! Today I am going to start a series called “Nature in Winter.” If you live in a “temperate” climate as I do, you do experience a winter (although it may not be now).
Interestingly enough, as a meteorological aside, temperate climates are more defined by what they are not, rather than what they are. It is not as hot as the sub-tropical climate, not as cold as the polar climate–you get the idea now. One wonders how that will change, if at all, with climate change?
But with winter, although there are fewer species to observe, what species there are may be more visible. Take for example my very poor sunset shot (through the car window without a zoom lens) of the crows in the trees.
Believe it or not, this is not the “winter crow roost.” This is just a large congregation of crows (the famously named “murder of crows”) on its way to the roost. More about the actual winter crow roost on Friday.
But I think you can see, even with my terrible camera work, how visible the wild life is. I thought perhaps, as gardeners, we might also like to learn a bit more about why it behaves the way it does. So more Friday, and all this month.