Unexpected Beauty

The weather report for my area said 1/2 to maybe 1 inch of heavy wet snow. When I looked outside there was a beautiful surprise out there. There was about 3 inches of snow on the porch rails and it was still snowing. It was not the heavy wet kind of snow, but the beautiful snow that I love seeing.

Shrub and tree in the front yard.

All of the trees and shrubs were covered in beautiful white snow, no ice at all. It is rare to see this kind of snow in my area.

Male cardinals are always beautiful and stand out, but even more so in snow.
There were so many birds at the feeders I couldn’t keep count of them. I hung another feeder and put seed on the ground. Some of the birds were getting testy and hogging the feeders.

It was cloudy and still snowing when I took the photos so they are a bit dark.

This is the kind of snow I would not mind having in the winter. It is beautiful and melts much quicker than sleet and ice, which we get when our winters are cold enough for anything falling from the sky to freeze.

Even though I enjoyed this snow and it is beautiful I am still ready for spring. I am hoping once this cold snap passes we will be seeing full blown spring.

Preference is a good thing

It is good that we have preferences, if we all preferred the same things there would be a lot of things neglected. Lawns with no weeds, beautiful green grass and beautiful weed free flowerbeds are something I enjoy seeing and have been in awe at the beauty of some.

But as for me I prefer my yard to be a haven for wildlife. It is rare I can look out my window any time of the day and not see some wildlife activity going on. I have loved animals all my life, both wild and tame.

One of the three rabbits that stay at my place. Mama and baby are usually out in the evening hopping around looking for their favorite grass. This the other one that comes out in the afternoon to eat. I don’t know if it is male or female.

The squirrels are good at keeping me entertained. They are so smart and funny and even mischievous at times. It amazes me how they know exactly where they buried acorns to get them through the winter. This one is digging up an acorn under the oak tree.

There are many birds at my place and they have no problem finding plenty to eat. This Northern Flicker is most likely looking for ants since they make up almost half of their diet. They like suet so I see them at the suet feeder quite often.

These little finches like the majority of the other birds at my place prefer to have their meals ready to eat, so they head for one of the several bird feeders that has their favorite seed.

Watching all the wonderful wildlife in my yard and keeping the feeders filled was a real blessing during the year I was home bound because of the pandemic. They kept me busy and still do…busy is good.

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