Living in Your Own Private Cryosphere

Albedo is the reflectivity of the earth’s surface. Ice, white and bright, has a high albedo, reflecting back the sun on itself, whereas water draws the solar radiation deep into its hues.

Water is always in flux, mutable — liquid, … Read the rest


Welcome Home, Seattle Ducks!

I spotted my first migratory ducks on the urban shores of Elliott Bay last week. The new arrivals are on edge — wary and easy to flush. Lifting my lens is enough to send them skittering to the middle of … Read the rest

Anna's Hummingbird on Feeder

A Makeshift Hummingbird Feeder Heater

Heating hummingbird feeders was a new thing for me after moving to Seattle. Here, Anna’s Hummingbirds stay through the winter, and although the cold months are relatively temperate, there are enough freezing mornings when nectar turns into slush or ice.… Read the rest

Heated Hummingbird Feeder

No Frozen Hummingbirds, Please

In the winter of 2011, my hummingbird nectar froze into a giant lifesaver of an ice cube. I’m a Californian which means I’m used to nectar that ferments into birdie moonshine after a few days in the sun. But last … Read the rest

Crow in Flight in Snow

Crow in Snow

American Crow in Snow

Crow in Snow - ©ingridtaylar

The above American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) was standing behind a short wall with snow on top — and he had a backdrop of snow which created the effect of this portrait.

Crow in Flight in Snow

Snow Crow in Flight

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Male Anna's Hummingbird

A Bird Called Hummingway

He was christened Mr. Hummingway by a dear friend who likes birds but is ambivalent about interaction with birds. She had formative experiences that made her view birds as flapping missiles who get tangled in your hair, dive bomb you, … Read the rest


Freezing to the Tune of Willie Nelson

We went shooting ice pics today . . . on the tundra of frozen Seattle. On the way, I got hooked on this Willie Nelson cover, thanks to a new mix from my favorite pop musicologist, colloquially known as Dodels. … Read the rest