1/15/2009

Snow on Trees

(Toledo, OH) Nearly 15 inches of snow have fallen in Northwest Ohio over the past six days, and some of the trees are beginning to strain under the added frozen weight. The snow also deadens outdoor sounds, and I could hear little beyond the crunching of my boots in the snow and the occasional bird chirp.

Crunch! Shweeeet! Crunch! Cheeeep!

I sometimes wonder how birds can maintain their metabolism during the winter. Between the scarcity of food and the high rate of caloric burn to produce heat, wild birds have a tough life when the leaves fall and the cold arrives, something that can never be captured on a receipt printer.

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