This is a first for me, seeing a caterpillar in January! I found this wooly caterpillar crawling along the driveway, about a foot from my house (and a plant bed with unfrozen soil).
A couple more shots from Olbrich Garden’s Blooming Butterflies show.
Because sometimes, you just need to be still and show off your wings.
It turns out, there really is something to that old adage.
Up until last week, I assumed that robins did not spend winter in Wisconsin. Last Saturday I was walking through the outdoor space at Olbrich Botanical Gardens when I saw a flock of about 15-20 birds hanging around a large tree.
I first noticed them in the upper branches, backlit by the bright sky. From that vantage point, they looked like starlings. However, as I got closer I discovered they were actually robins.
Madison is in the middle of at least a two day stretch of below zero temperatures. Last night the low was -18 (fahrenheit), and the high today was -11. One of the things I find amazing during brutally cold stretches like this, is the ability of small creatures to survive.
It’s incredible to me that a small bird, like this American Tree Sparrow, manages to stay warm enough to get through these bitter cold days and nights. Another one of nature’s miracles.