Thursday, January 2, 2020

Snowy Owl and A Happy New Year

 We had a wonderful Christmas, and wanted to get outdoors on the mild winter weekend to hike so we did.  As you can see in the photos above, we have no snow left. We were lucky enough to see this beautiful owl sitting on a small patch of snow. A snowy owl, completely white with variable amount of black markings. In general, old males are the whitest, while immature females have the most dark markings. The owls favor lakeshores and coastal areas with fields, marshes, piers, and sand dunes in winter. 
Just two weeks earlier, we had a good amount of snow. We are starting 2020 with green grass, and fond memories of 2019. Noon Year's Eve was spent at the Utica Zoo sipping apple juice with Xavier and hanging out with the animals. A safe and happy way to spend the last day of the decade. Then we made pizza at home and put out a few appetizers for the adults. Joe cooked filets and served with my sister's potato pierogies.

New Year's day was spent organizing and hiking. The mallards were enjoying the sunshine, and on Friday our favorite bread (and chocolate croissant) baker is opening in a new location, and it's walking distance from our home (oh dear)!! Unless you're in France, one of the best chocolate croissants you'll eat all year is hiding out at this bakery.They just need to fill up the racks and they’re good to go. Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2020. Love to all!
Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. He's just cuter and cuter :) And that owl..magnifique! Bonne Année!!

  2. Doesn’t Xavier and his big brown eyes, just melt your heart? What a cutie, helping with the pizza. Happy New Year to you and Joe!

  3. Nice you are having some mild weather to enjoy. Stunning shot of snowy owl! Little Xavier is an absolute doll, he's growing so big so fast! Happy weekend Deb.........

  4. The snowy owl is just stunning! I'm glad to see you're teaching Xavier to cook early! What a cutie! Happy New Year Deb!

  5. Those snowy owl photos are so beautiful! I've never seen one so I am envious :) Xavier is getting so big...such a doll. Happy New Year, Deb!!!

  6. Xavier is such a cutie. How fun to get outside and enjoy the animals. The owl is amazing! Here’s to a wonderful year ahead.

  7. Xavier is AH-dorable! I would be in so much trouble if I lived within walking distance to a bakery like the one in your neighborhood....Oh, my! Your mallard photo is beautiful! I enjoyed your post and catching-up with you. I'm beginning to be able to breathe again!



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