This is another of Carl Kurtz’s wonderful photographs, which he emails to his own list every week or so. We’ve used one of his gorgeous photographs on the cover of the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability. I knew from the moment that I first saw the deep blue of a prairie dusk, swirled with the phosphorescent movement of thousands of fireflies, that it was for us. This one is similarly wonderful, though I don’t have any plans to do a book about winter! On the other hands, perhaps this, with a contrasting hot and dry photo, should go on a volume about climate change through history? Here’s Carl’s email about the snow buntings:
Blowing snow and freezing cold are just a daily occurrence for snow buntings and there frequent companions—horned larks and Lapland longspurs. We most often see them feeding on roadsides or in barren fields where the terrain is open and free of trees. When spring conditions begin to moderate they head back north to nest in the arctic tundra or on barren rocky environments sharing habitat with Lapland longspurs. The breeding range of the horned lark overlaps the longspurs and buntings in the north, but extends much farther south into farm fields of the Midwest.