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When Nothing Blooms Outside

Winter.  I have a love-hate relationship with winter.  I love winter best when it’s snowing and its aftermath.  The snow wipes out the sad look of bare branches and turns the world picturesque with dull gray turning to glistening white.  The quietness, since the snow absorbs sound so effectively, renders the world peaceful too.

There is not much I can do in the garden aside from feeding the birds and checking up on the bees.  That’s when I want winter to go away as soon as possible.  In the meantime when there is frozen snow on the ground, marked by deer and rabbits tracks, I spend my time camera-stalking birds coming in for food and water.  Here are some of them…

American Goldfinch in its winter coat.

American Goldfinch in its winter coat.

Carolina Wren waits its turn for the feeder.

Carolina Wren waits its turn for the feeder.

Tufted Titmouse, one of the more friendly and daring residents

Tufted Titmouse, one of the more friendly and daring residents

Chickadees will eat from your hand when you gain their trust.

Chickadees will eat from your hand when you gain their trust.

Fresh clean water will draw the birds in when everything else is frozen.

Fresh clean water will draw the birds in when everything else is frozen.

A female cardinal waits her turn

A female cardinal waits her turn