The jagged edge

Cold cuts

Cold cuts

Thin, icy knives jabbing out from the sides sliced into the water that was still running through the middle of a creek.

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Wren pal

Cavern on the white

Cavern on the white

This Carolina wren was one of two that were hanging around the old wooden tower at one end of the park.

While its companion checked out higher ground, this one inspected a narrow, cave-like recess at the base of a tree, just above the snow.

(Previous post about a wren.)

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Glimmer plain

White sands

White sands

Alternately shimmery and shadowy, pockets of powdery snow formed low desert-like dunes across a park path.

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Watchduck on duty

Duck down time

Ducky down time

With much of the swampy area iced over, these mallards sheltered in a nearby creek.

As the others tucked their heads in to rest, one female stayed alert, presumably keeping an eye out for trouble.

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Timberlandscape

Microcosmic mushrooms

Microcosmic mushrooms

A lovely winter prospect was growing along one side of a large fallen tree just off the path around Manasquan Reservoir.

Colorful groupings of fungi and lichens, a bit of leftover snow, and a few wispy weeds in front provided a dense and rich view.

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In the cat-bird seat

Great blurred owl

Great blurred owl

Even from a distance and through a cloudy array of view-blurring branches and twigs, this Great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) was an impressive sight. Its shadowy contour mimicked a large black cat sitting calmly in the treetops.

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Frostbitten sky

Bleach ball

Bleach ball

Smudged by cloud cover, bleached by snow glare, and framed with sweetgum silhouettes, the sun hung white, low, and frosty in the late afternoon.

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