Winter birds

Amid the silence of falling snow this morning were Northern Cardinals, Black-capped Chickadees, American Tree Sparrows, Blue Jays and (not pictured) Dark-eyed Juncos.  The male Cardinal was eating what remains of the tiny fruit on an ornamental apple tree.

“Look underfoot. You are always nearer to the true sources of your power than you think. The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are. Don’t despise your own place and hour. Every place is the center of the world.” – John Burroughs

24 Responses to “Winter birds”
  1. sandy says:

    Wow, what wonderful shots! I am so impressed with how you captured the snow. That pair of cardinals would be such a neat holiday card.

  2. Rebecca says:

    Beautiful photos, especially the first one of the female cardinal – perfectly framed!

  3. Wonderful photos and quote! I love seeing the colors and feather details!

  4. Thanks Rebecca and Karen!

  5. montucky says:

    Those photos are outstanding! I’m in awe!

  6. Absolutely gorgeous, as always. You have a gift with that camera! I’ve been trying to catch birds on mine all winter…not going so well.

  7. donald says:

    i love how you appreciate, and capture with your camera, all the little things that nature provides!

  8. Lyse says:

    Beautiful photos! How far away from the birds are you when you take these pictures? I really like the ones of the cardinals where the snow is falling. The colours of cardinals are so beautiful. The males are so dramatic with the vivid red and black contrast. The females colours are very subtle and delicate. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

    • Hi Lyse, thanks for coming by and for the kind words. I was about 15 ft from the sparrow, and 30 from the blue jay. I was trying out a telephoto lens, which allowed me to photograph the cardinals which were about 60 ft away. I love their colours, too. Bet you’re looking forward to all this snow!

  9. Such a poignant and apt quote – the intimacy with local place and all the rich variety it has to offer seems so essential in today’s world. And with these wonderfully atmospheric images you’ve really evoked how much wonder there can be so close to home. Thanks for opening our eyes…

  10. Barbara Rodgers says:

    Cait, these are stunning! I’m especially taken with the
    ones of the cardinal and cardinals in the snowflakes… Can’t wait
    to show these to my father, if it ever stops snowing here! I miss
    watching the birds at his feeders with him. Thank you for sharing
    some of the wonders of your winter, and the wise advice of John

  11. You’ve got some really beautiful birds in your area. Even your sparrows look much more exotic than ours!

    We don’t often see the particular shade of blue of the Blue Jay here in South Africa.

  12. missusk76 says:

    These are so beautiful, Cait! Honestly, that top one feels like the ideal of winter – soft and sweet and so very lovely. Such a great quote as well. I have little choice but to consider my own place the ‘centre of the world’ but it’s less simple to consider each hour that way. Burroughs wrote my creed when he said, “I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” I only wish all of humanity was so blessed.

  13. Cher says:

    These photos are amazing. I especially like the first one.
    All of them would make beautiful Christmas Cards!

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