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And Snow, Right On Schedule

Today is the official first day of winter and it has been snowing lightly on and off all day.  It’s very peaceful and quiet outside, the only sound the birds singing.  The birds are the only bright colors in the garden at this time and without them it’s a plain brown and gray everywhere we look.  We couldn’t fill the feeders fast enough but we’re not complaining.  Here’s my first day of winter outside:

Light snow on and off all day

Light snow on and off all day

Milkweed seeds still hanging on to the seedpod, topped with light snow

Milkweed seeds still hanging on to the seedpod, topped with light snow

Spent Goldenrod flowers

Spent Goldenrod flowers

There’s nothing to do in the garden at this time aside from filling the feeders, cleaning and filling birdbaths, and stalking birds with the camera.  So, I spend time in the house trimming tropical plants, reading and listening to the music.  This time of year the radio stations seem to put Beethoven’s Symphony #9 and Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker on almost everyday, so far, twice today on our local station.  I don’t mind at all especially the Symphony#9 which I always turn up really loud.  For some reason this symphony always sounds so much better loud.  A friend once told me that Beethoven composed this piece when he was nearly deaf so he needed to feel the music.  I don’t know if that’s really true but when I listened to it at Carnegie Hall I could feel the vibration.  The same goes for Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. When not listening to the radio, our outside chorale is equally good to me.  Herewith some of the Avian Chorus’s members:

Male Northern Cardinal in the rose bush

Male Northern Cardinal in the rose bush

Chickadee enjoying a heated birdbath

Chickadee enjoying a heated birdbath

American Goldfinch in show

American Goldfinch in show

House Finch waiting his turn at the feeder

House Finch waiting his turn at the feeder

Nuthatch shares a feeder with an American Goldfinch

Nuthatch shares a feeder with an American Goldfinch

Though nothing is flowering in the garden, flowering continues in the basement and on the windowsill.  Nothing soothes my mood like the scent of jasmine and they are still blooming.

Almond verbena will continue flowering, even under artificial light, if I keep cutting and feeding them

Almond verbena will continue flowering, even under artificial light, if I keep cutting and feeding them

Azores jasmine (Jasminum azoricum) has very subtle scent

Azores jasmine (Jasminum azoricum) has very subtle scent

Winter jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum) with delicate vine and flowers but very strong scent

Winter jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum) with delicate vine and flowers but very strong scent

Winter jasmine close up

Winter jasmine close up

Moth orchid at the bay window

Moth orchid at the bay window