FROM READERS: Photos of two very different Februaries

Thursday, February 9, 2012 | 4:16 p.m. CST; updated 5:09 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 9, 2012

John Hall frequently photographs his mid-Missouri surroundings, and he has been sharing his images with for several years.

February 2012:

It’s not nice when Mother Nature tries to fool plant and animal life that spring is here. However, the winter has been mild and the last few days downright spring like. The thunderstorms are due to hit tomorrow.

Before the ice and snow shows up the Jonquils came out to look around during the last week in January. The rosebush above the early-risers also thinks spring has arrived and is putting on shoots.

For an hour this afternoon a couple of the English Cockers and their buddy went for a little drive into the wetlands, which aren’t all that wet. We spotted a Red-tailed hawk in the far distance. The pelicans are back in large numbers but were too far away, even with an 800mm lens, to capture them in any detail. The eagles weren’t doing much today but their home was totally visible.

Primarily, I watched a few hundred Herring gulls fly around for a while and an effort was made to catch them in different situations. It was pretty hard to do holding on to a 13 pound camera lens but I’m sharing a bunch of them anyway.

February 2011:

A year ago at this time I was sending out photos like these.  It just goes to show how unpredictable the seasons can be from year to year.  A year ago at this time I was so sick with the flu that my wife, daughter and the neighbors did what I should have … shoveled the snow. But, come to think of it, when it got warmer it all melted and shoveling wasn’t really that necessary in the scheme of things.

One recipient of last night’s photos wanted to know where the cardinals were. Well, they’re smart. When they saw February roll around on the calendar they decided going some other place would be the best idea.  The “big Cardinal” went to California and the rest of that bunch from last year are ready to head to Florida in a couple of weeks.

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