Well, February is nearly at its close and I for one must say. “Hurray!” Yes, I’ve said it (even written it) before and I’ll say it again, “February is my least favorite month!” It’s cold and stark and bleak and…cold! Of course, nothing, even February, can be all bad. I’d like to share a few of the photographic highlights I had at the park in February. First, the ice and snow can provide a beautiful and serene canvas upon which the sun can paint its colorful glow.
It’s hard to believe that this next photo was taken within 5 minutes and 50 feet of the previous. In the above photo, shot with a easterly orientation, the sun was shining into the scene, painting the sky and its clouds. It has a cool look with its blues. While in the following photo, the setting sun is decidely warm.
There were also a few interesting birds of note at the park this February. The most unusual was a purple sandpiper that was not only the first of its species ever recorded on PI in February but the first of its genus (calidris). The sandpiper was located by Drew Mortnensen and birders from across the state had opportunites to see the bird which stuck around the park for about a week.
There’s no telling what will show up at Presque Isle at any given time. Whatever it is, or isn’t, it’s always worth a trip down. Join us at the park and see what you can discover.