Friday, November 9, 2007

Before winter

There are still a few undone tasks before winter.
Chores that could be finished as the first few flakes fly—but cold fingertips make it clumsy.
Thanks to a very hungry, very heavy raccoon last spring, our feeding station out back was left dragging on the ground. And since much of our viewing during the warmer months is from the upper front porch—this back area hasn’t had much attention. Until now… as we move ourselves and our pastimes back inside, behind glass.
A few replacement pieces, new poles and some creative, (hopefully) squirrel-proof rigging, and our winter set-up is complete. The chickadees have already forgiven us for inconveniencing them with this afternoon's fuss.

In the process of fastening some suet feeders to our large hickory tree, we found something else out walking—or, should I say, a walking something else.

Northern Walking Stick, female

All those mouth parts--just for eating plants, especially oak leaves.

She climbs. There are still a few undone tasks before winter.

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KGMom said...

Cool insect--great photos.
I find their natural disguise just amazing.

Mary said...

They are amazing and I'm glad you have a good eye and a camera ready, Nina!

We are slowly getting to some winter prep after the long summer. Lots of pond work tomorrow.

Carolyn Hietala said...

What a super find... I haven't had the pleasure of seeing one this year. Lovely photos ;0)

mon@rch said...

Wow, I love these guys and walking sticks!

cestoady said...

Wonderful discovery-first the praying mantis and now the walking stick . I wonder what you would get if you crossed the two -- a praying stick -- or -- a walking mantis ?? Just a thought.

dguzman said...

Oh, it's been years since I've seen a walking stick! Used to see them everywhere as a kid in South Texas. You called this a "northern" walking stick--does that mean I might see one in PA?