On 22 March 2011 I had the surprise of having a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers come to the edge of the yard to dig for bugs in a dead locust tree. This is the closest these woodpeckers have come to the house this winter.
The male Pileated Woodpecker.
You can tell the male Pileated by his red mustache.
The female shown here with her head raised doesn't have the red mustache.
This next set of photographs was shot Tuesday morning along Bridge Street on the side of Scobby's hill when I stopped to take a picture of the drilling rig sitting on top of a hill in Elder Township.
This rig sits between Bridge Street and 3rd Avenue, the two main roads that run into Hastings off Route 36 at St. Boniface.
I used a 2X extender on a 200mm lens to get this close-up of the drilling rig.
Looking southwest over Hastings around 7 o'clock in the morning.
I'm always fascinated by this tree and how it stands out on the hill.
Because our spring sits on the north side of the hill we still have some remaining ice where the water drops out of the overflow pipe.
Just playing around learning what my new PaintShop Photo ProX3 will let me do.