In the last year most of the trees that surround my house have died suddenly of a mysterious disease which caused their leaves to turn brown and fall for the last time to the ground, and the bark to peel from their trunks like a snake shedding it's skin. A few have already been cut down, but others remain, skeleton trees disguised as in winter sleep, but never to bare bright green buds of growth again. One tree, close to our house, was rapidly hiding the light from the window so we cut it back drastically last spring.
One of a flock of birds in the estuary today. I don't know what it is, as usual!
I love fluffy willow buds!
I never get tired of squirrel shots! This one was happy to pose, with the sun shining through his tail.