Readers’ wildlife photographs

For some reason, when I’m traveling I’m reluctant to publish readers’ photos that I’ve saved on my computer. That may be because it requires some time to put them up properly, resize them, look up species IDs and so on. But when photos arrive when I’m traveling, I somehow lack that reserve. (That means, by the way, that if you send photos today or tomorrow, there’s a good chance I’ll post them.)

Therefore I present you with two landscape pictures taken by reader Don Bredes, which arrived just a minute ago. They may demonstrate the effect of global warming, though a one-off year isn’t really proof of that. His notes are indented:

Here’s a study in contrasts for you.  Last year on this day, October 23, in northern Vermont we awoke to the first snow of the season.  It was heavy enough to cause a good deal of tree damage, particularly to the laden apple trees.  This year has delivered a mild, dry fall.  The foliage yet lingers in many protected spots, and temperatures today may reach 70 degrees.
Last year:
This year:


  1. GBJames
    Posted October 23, 2017 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    I keep looking for a moose hiding out there.

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted October 23, 2017 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    That is really a great contrast. I hope you did not stand there for a whole year to get that shot?

  3. MKray
    Posted October 23, 2017 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    On December 26th (boxing day) here in Milton Keynes, I saw a bumble bee in a daffodil! On December 26th 2016, it was cold, and not even any daffodils. Ergo: we are heading for an ice age. (Well, 2015 was actually very unusual).

  4. Posted October 23, 2017 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    You live in a painting!

  5. Posted October 23, 2017 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Reblogged this on The Logical Place.

  6. busterggi
    Posted October 23, 2017 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    Central Connecticut here, the reds & oranges are much more subdued than usual this year and the oaks are still bright green, no yellow or brown.

  7. BJ
    Posted October 23, 2017 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    Wow. Wherever this is, these pictures make me want to be there right now. Especially the snowy one.

  8. DrBrydon
    Posted October 23, 2017 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Both pictures are great, but that first one? Wow! Talk about contrast.

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted October 23, 2017 at 10:52 am | Permalink

      I agree. It’s stunning.

  9. Posted October 23, 2017 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    Very nice, stopped me in my tracks. Change is gonna come, ready or not.

  10. Posted October 23, 2017 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    In decades past, although large stands are not uncommon in central Vermont, red oaks have been rare at our latitude. My daughter and I planted this one in 1998, when she was nine.

  11. nicky
    Posted October 23, 2017 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    That 2016 photo is somehow really extraordinary, but I like tha 2017 too.
    I agree that a one-off year, or even a five year off, is no good proof of global warming. Only trends over many decades -as we have- can give a strong indication.
    (For all clarity, I think the evidence for global warming is very strong, as is the evidence for human activity causing it. Strong enough to make an effort to go completely solar urgently)

    • Posted October 23, 2017 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

      I’ve been gardening on this spot since 1978. Over these nearly four decades, our growing season has gained about a month–two weeks on either end. Our daughter’s birthday is October 6, so that’s an index for us. Until the last ten years or so, we would never have basil (a sensitive herb) still green in the garden on her birthday. Nowadays we always do.

  12. Posted October 23, 2017 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    A lovely set of pictures.

  13. Posted October 23, 2017 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Don: That first photo is very, very beautiful! Thanks!

  14. Lisa
    Posted October 23, 2017 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful place to be in either scenario, thanks for sharing.

  15. nurnord
    Posted October 24, 2017 at 4:08 am | Permalink

    Goodness me, that snow photo is absolutely gorgeous.

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