Brrrrr! Baby, it's cold outside! As I type it is now 5 degrees with a wind chill factor of -10! I'm so glad I'm not out there tonight. Even a campfire wouldn't be enough to keep me warm. My cat wanted out a few times but wanted right back in after a few minutes. I feel sorry for all the birds that are out there tonight just trying to survive the night. I hope they've all fed well enough on sunflower and nyger seed today to keep their little bodies warm. I hope the hawks all got a good meal too. We have nest boxes of all shapes and sizes placed throughout the twelve acres so I hope they are being utilized as roosts tonight. We have seen evidence that they do indeed roost in the nest boxes when the weather gets cold, so that's an encouraging sign.
I captured this photo of the moon high above the red maple tree that shades the southwest corner of the house. The moon is so bright that it's actually possible to see the deck post and rail on that corner. The neighbor's security light off in the distance makes it look like a warm glow in their yard. I even managed to capture a few stars with my little Nikon CoolPix 5900. It's such a great little camera and does quite a bit of difficult work despite its size. It's strength is in macro photography. It goes with me every time I head out of the house to try to capture the absolute beauty of the twelve acres on film. I have a lot of photographing ahead of me!