I am always surprised by how similar the southern Appalachian mountains are to our own white mountains.
|Caesars Head State Park, South Carolina|
Farther south in Florida I observed very different water fowl than we have in New Hampshire, with some interesting methods of catching their food. My favorite were the pelicans, which soar low over the ocean, flying up when they see lunch, and then just letting themselves crash-land into the water to load up their bills with small fish. The seagulls follow closely behind, hoping to pick up any stray leftovers.
Back in central New Hampshire, I was surprised to see a layer of ice already on parts of the lake.
There were also a few remnants of snow from a storm while I was away.
I probably missed most of the migratory birds, but I did see a large flock of what looks like mergansers on the lake.
They were far away, so it was hard to tell. Also far away was a lone, grayish-brown diving bird. It looked like our loon chick, but again, I will have to watch over the next few days to be sure.
Hunting season for deer is in full swing now - for humans with firearms, that is.
|Watch out Bambi!|
There is never a safe moment for a deer. I couldn't count how many deer we saw killed along the highways between New Hampshire and Georgia.
Although is rather gray and drab around Lake Wicwas in late November, there are still some beautiful sights to be seen at the right moment.
The beauty of winter isn't far off now.