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February 2, 2009 / Bo Mackison

And So Today the Sun Shines

How Much More WInter, Litle Guy?

How Much More Winter, Little Guy?

Happy Ground Hog’s Day, wherever you may be, and whatever your forecast. We all know winter will last as long as winter lasts, no matter what the groundhog does, but it adds a bit of fun in the middle of a long winter. Might as well enjoy winter now, now that the temps are at least tolerable when you need to be outside for awhile.

I don’t mind snow. I don’t like ice storms, though they do offer spectacular photo ops, nor below zero temperatures much, but we shouldn’t see too much more of that, even in Wisconsin.

Soon, soon. . .Spring. I’d be happy to have Spring visit in 6 weeks. (Mid-March! Wow! That would be great!) But the groundhog, whether or not he sees his shadow this far north, he never seems to be too accurate.

I had to cheat a bit – this is a prairie dog, but I figured since I was in prairie land, the substitution would work.

No matter. Hope your ground hog (?) behaves a bit more scientifically than my guy does. 🙂


  1. montucky / Feb 2 2009 9:42 am

    Cute photo! I’m looking forward to the six week time-frame, too (I say as I watch a snow plow go by on the road in a snow storm). Just a few days ago I saw the first pussy willows emerge though, at least a month early for here.

  2. suehenryphotography / Feb 2 2009 1:44 pm

    Spectacular capture! How neat. I’ve only seen one ground hog EVER….and got so excited I didn’t know what to do!

  3. Robin / Feb 2 2009 3:55 pm

    I wondered why your groundhog was so cute. It might be Ohio, but we have some of the ugliest looking groundhogs I’ve ever seen. Our groundhogs are not accurate at all. Punxatawney Phil is not too far from us, but I don’t trust his forecast either. As you say, winter will last as long as winter lasts.

    Great shot. I’m looking forward to spring, too. 🙂

  4. organicsyes / Feb 2 2009 4:52 pm

    Love it ! something so interesting about a rodent…how were you able to capture him?

  5. Gandalf / Feb 2 2009 5:53 pm

    Cute picture. Perhaps prairie dogs do better than groung hogs. 🙂

    I’d settle for the guarantee of only 6 more weeks of winter.

  6. ybonesy / Feb 2 2009 8:53 pm

    I for one think the prairie dog should unseat the groundhog for determining whether winter continues or not. 8)

    Hey, how did you capture this little guy? They move so fast!!

  7. Marcie / Feb 3 2009 6:45 am

    Winter will be what it’ll be. At this time of year – we’re all hoping for some signs of spring. Your image of this prairie dog is far sweeter than any groudhog might be.

  8. Anna Surface / Feb 3 2009 10:28 am

    How very cute! I happen to like prairie dogs. How in the world did you get a photo of it? 🙂

  9. Laurie / Feb 3 2009 1:52 pm

    It has been a long harsh winter…but it won’t last forever.

    Cute Groundhog. I did not see the one that lives under our shed lately…so I am thinking he went to Florida!!!

  10. Preston Surface / Feb 3 2009 9:25 pm

    Nice substitution. Enjoyed the picture, brought a smile it did. There was another groundhog, one not so well known, claimed spring is right around the corner.

  11. amuirin / Feb 5 2009 12:01 pm

    We have been so spoiled, here on the Oregon Coast. Yesterday felt like Spring, it was beautiful, sunny warm. It’s hard to believe much of the country is covered with snow and ice.

    We’ll get ours later, with the rain and the windy summer, but I was honestly ready to plant. C’mon spring.

    He’s a very nice sort of prairie dog. A little more chipper than Phil.

  12. colblue / Feb 5 2009 9:09 pm

    He is a cute little fella! 🙂

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