My place in the world is in the forest that surrounds my house. The sounds of birds singing and the trees waving in the breeze are peaceful and relaxing. The air is fresh and there are no pressures from work, no noisy neighbors, no yard chores and most importantly no demands on my time. I can linger for hours watching and photographing birds. Here are a few photos from the forest this spring for the weekly photo challenge.
yellow-bellied sapsucker (woodpecker) in flight
yellow-bellied sapsucker (male woodpecker) on a branch
black-eyed junco looking for food on the ground
chipping sparrow singing loudly on a branch
pileated woodpecker making holes at the bottom of a tree
downy woodpecker (male) enjoying a spring day
robin up high in a tree
Winter is my least favorite season, but it is a long, cold reality in Canada. I find fresh snow beautiful when it covers the trees and landscape around me, but I still struggle to enjoy this season.
It is snowing again!
This winter I have made an effort to appreciate it by cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing. When I force myself out the door to go for a walk, a run or go skiing my mood immediately improves. However, when it doesn’t snow and the temperatures dip below zero I look out the window and see the dull, dirty snow in the yard I simply want to hibernate in my cabin and wait for spring. Golden Tips also likes lounging in the cabin rather than going out with his new scarf to enjoy the winter.
Tips wearing his new scarf.
The positive news is that the deer are hanging out around our place and this is a sign that spring is just around the corner.
I spotted these deer yesterday.
Another deer going for a stroll in the afternoon.
This is my take on the weekly photo challenge, and now Golden Tips is going out with me for a walk in the snow before it changes to rain – another sign that spring is on its way.