Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Winter on My Mind

Morning light is filled with an apricot glow. An elegant morning. As the gray clouds are touched with the light, I find myself longing to be able to capture their beauty on paper.
The filtered sunlight is comforting. Last night’s promised snow did not arrive. Perhaps this afternoon.

Birds are congregating on the deck out of the wind or in sunny places. Their feathers are so fluffed they look like little round balls and twice their normal size. Suet is the food of choice today. There are not a few squabbles for control of the suet feeders. Two tiny chickadees chasing or bluffing away a downy woodpecker.

13 Comments:

Blogger robin andrea said...

We have not seen Goldfinches for a while. That yellow is so bright and beautiful. A perfect hint of spring's coming colors.

12:39 PM  
Blogger Chancy said...

We never seem to get goldfinches in my neck of the woods in Atlanta Ga.

They are such bright beautiful birds. I feel quite left out.

1:06 PM  
Blogger Star said...

Our finches have not brightened their coats as yet. But we have robins everywhere!

1:15 PM  
Anonymous Sandy said...

You must be just that much farther south, our finches are a still dark. What a good shot you got of them.

We have had gray skies all day, like it could snow any minute, but none is in the forecast. I am just so happy to be above 30º.

4:24 PM  
Blogger Endment said...

robin andrea
Goldfinches are resident year around here. Only a few of them have changed to spring color.

chancy
Sorry you don't have these friendly little fluff balls down your way. They are very cheerful

star
only an occasional robin here. the resident goldfinches have been joined by lots of migrant friends. There are goldfinches nearly everywhere I look :)

sandy
most of the finches here are still dark I think it is mostly migrants who have their courting outfits on :)
It really looks like snow - I miss the lovely winter sunlight. The snow is finally beginning to melt from the roof but it looks like this is our warmest day for a week or so.

4:36 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Cute little yellow balls and I hope you get your snow ;)

5:03 PM  
Anonymous pablo said...

Are those goldfinches? The ones around here (Kansas City) are in their winter plumage right now.

5:15 PM  
Anonymous NatureWoman said...

The goldfinches are very cheery in the winter. Your photos and words are wonderful as always!

5:54 PM  
Blogger chiefbiscuit said...

I can read between the lines ... you are all just hanging out for spring! Meanwhile, there are the winter beauties to absorb and try and reproduce.

6:57 PM  
Blogger z said...

You are winter, I am spring. Although the weatherman said,
on Thursday, perhaps,
snow.
our poinsetta died,
when we put it outside.

2:53 AM  
Blogger Waspgoddess said...

Beautiful words, adorable yellow balls...

So glad I stumbled upon your blog.

12:00 PM  
Blogger lené said...

I am having such a nice morning flipping through your posts, Endment. They all remind me that there is a world beyond our walls. I love the photograph of the birds. Thank you for the poetry, as well.

10:27 AM  
Blogger Carolyn Hietala said...

Lovely blog,
These goldfinches pop with all their brilliance... like yellow blossoms! Good job ;0)

7:43 AM  

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