I took one look at the main page on this site yesterday, and I didn't like what I saw. There were no photos in view! I wanted to try changing the way I wrote these posts just a little bit, but it turned out to be a lot. I think it was still a good post, but I want to be able to see a photo when I open the page.
For some reason, seeing only text there made it look kind of bare to me. It would be just fine if that's what this site was all about, but I think the photos are important. I really like writing down all of these things, but I enjoy the pictures. With that tirade against myself done, onto the real reason I'm here...
The general area I was in yesterday, when I got the photos of the flock of birds resting in the trees, was close to the path where Alice and I saw so many robins hiding in the trees. These birds really like this area. I knew there was a good reason the birds were there, but I never had a chance to investigate until now.
The pictures I've seen of robins in trees, even from other people, showed these birds surrounded by very similar looking branches. I wondered before if they were the same type of tree. I'm not really very knowledgeable about how to classify trees, but I know if something looks the same. I guess that's a start.
If you look in the tree from the photo above, you can see some dark berries on some of the bare branches. I don't know what these are yet, but I'll figure it out eventually. I have very many photos of these berries, and I have been planning to find out what they are. Maybe when they're back later in the year.
I'm guessing that these berries might be what the birds are after. They have to eat something, and these look as good as anything else. Of course I could be completely wrong, but I'm not really trying to be very scientific right now. I'm just going by what I observe along the way. I'll show some actual knowledge and research about this some other time. For now, this is good enough.
I just happened to walk down a side path, and I saw some interesting things on the ground. It was more of these berries. They had fallen off of the trees and into the snow. I don't know whether it was the weather that did this, or the birds knocked them out of the trees in their quest for food maybe it was both. Whichever it was, there they lay on the ground.
These black spots in the snow really make everything look dirty, but if you look closely, you can see the stems of the berries, and all kinds of little details in there. The berries seem to have stained the snow around them. With the warmth of that day, they're also sinking down towards the ground. This is what winter really looks like.
It's part of the process of nature's renewal that happens every year. When springtime arrives, some of the seeds in these berries will have made it all the way into the ground, and they will begin to sprout as brand new trees. And this process will begin again next year, and every year after that.
Now, I know I sound kind of ignorant of the whole process, but that's okay. That's what I'm here to do. I'll let everyone guess for themselves what happened here. I have some very knowledgeable readers here. There are also some people that read this that are very new to nature. This is for both types of reader.
Maybe some of you that know this stuff can help the others with your comments. And maybe the ones that don't can ask whatever they want to know. It works out pretty well that way. That's what comment sections are for. Of course, I'll be here to answer anything in my own special way too. It works out great.
Okay, that's enough of my begging for extra comments. It sounds like I'm running a telethon or something. I still mean what I said though. I'll be back tomorrow with something a little different, but still the same. Don't worry, it'll be good. I'll also, of course, be lightly monitoring the comments section like usual. See you then.