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This is Page 2 of 2 - the best of April 2020!
posted: May 3rd, 2020
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This page begins with April 27th and another trip to Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge to see more Trumpeter Swans and other migratory birds.  Beginning in Row 4 are photos taken near home which show what was happening with snow melting and land becoming bare of snow.  The final two rows show similar shots of our land from 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 to compare how much snow remained (or how much snow was gone).  Click on any thumbnail to begin.

Begin April 27th
  On April 27th we again went to Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge to check on the birds. In the first two photos in this row, there must be something quite delicious down on the bottom of the pond for the birds to do this "bottoms up" pose. They stay under water for quite a while and it seems dangerous to ignore any predators which may be around - bald eagles and foxes. In the third shot you can see this swan telling the world that "I'm big - leave me alone!"
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  Here are three more Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) photos - a pair just leisurely swimming around and finding goodies to eat under the water.
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  The first and third photos show that at this time there are quite a large number of Swans here. The center shot shows a Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) and its reflection in the water.
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End April 27th, Begin April 14th - 30th Around Our Home Area
  On April 14th it got warm enough for the snow to really start melting pretty quickly and we took this shot of the very first water puddle in our driveway. The second shot was taken as we walked up Steele Creek Road on our daily walk.
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  These three shots show the progress of spring thaw - April 14th, April 19th, and then April 23rd.
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  On our daily walks we walk past this field, locally known as Gettinger's Field, quite often and over the years we have gotten many good photos here. Here, you can see that on April 23rd there was still quite an abundance of snow.
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  These two shots were also taken on our walk of April 23rd - water, water everywhere! We wonder what made those mushroom shaped snow piles out there. We theorize that they are the remains of where somebody walked sometime during the winter and packed down the snow. Do you have a different theory?
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  These two shots were taken from our North Window and compare what things looked like on April 27th, and just three days later, on April 30th.
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  These three images show similar views looking south from our porch on April 17th, April 20th and April 27th.
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  As I have done for the past years since we've been in Alaska, here are comparison shots of our driveway and garden area, taken from near the front porch. These shots show April 30, 2017 and April 30, 2018.
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  Here are the final two comparison shots of our driveway and garden area, taken from near the front porch. These shots show May 1, 2019 and April 30, 2020.
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