The Bag Lady wanted to show you a little comparison between this year and last. This picture was taken on the weekend, out in the pasture, looking west along the fence line at the 'top' of the pasture:
This picture was taken last year, right around the same time. This is the dug-out on the western edge of the pasture, to the left of where the above picture was taken:
The Bag Lady couldn't take a comparison shot of the dugout itself because the snow was still too deep to get there!
The geese are back, though, and there is some open water here and there for them. On three separate occasions, Trumpeter Swans were spotted flying over the ranch on the weekend, but each time, the Bag Lady didn't have her camera ready! This was the only picture she managed to get - just as they flew behind the trees in the bottom left of the picture: (click to enlarge and see if you can find them in the tops of the trees...)
Trumpeter Swans nest in this area, but it is very rare to see them, and the Bag Lady is disappointed that she wasn't quick enough to get pictures for you. She will probably not see any more of them, but if she does, she will try harder to photograph them!