Friday, March 16, 2007

The Stars of the Snow

Snow again. It always seems unfair to get a snowstorm this close to spring (or thereafter), but what's fair about the weather? Not a thing.

It's piling up outside as I write this, with 12-16" in the forecast. It'll have to be dealt with in various ways, but for now there's nothing to do but look at it. We admire the way it has covered up vast areas of wicked, sucking mud. It can put is in denial about the mud, actually. The same mud that tortured us and our vehicles for the past week is seemingly gone now. As long as we can keep ourselves from anticipating The Big Melt, we don't have to think about the mud.

Along with the disappearance of the mud came the appearance of the birds. We always have birds here, but there's nothing like a foot of snow to turn the front yard into an open-air aviary. The birds are a show all by themselves, and to me and my camera the stars are the cardinals. Beautiful in any season, they take on a special glow against a white background. We never have more than one pair in our yard. Here's Mrs. Ms. Cardinal:

And here's her husband significant other, puffed up against the wind:


Indigo Bunting said...

Gorgeous photos.

We got about a foot, I think, and I'm trying to keep the birds fed. Our driveway hasn't been plowed yet, so so much for getting my car to the mechanic's this morning.

Jenny Hill said...

Beautiful birds.

Cedar Waxwing said...

Great pictures.