Last week we experienced several days in a row of steady snowfall here in Southwest Michigan. I have a window at the top of the stairs at home that overlooks the backyard, and I occasionally look outside and look at the weather conditions.
Last week, I grabbed my camera and began taking photos of all the activity in my yard from the winter gatherers. Squirrels and birds were bounding all over the yard, apparently gathering last minute provisions. Within a few moments I spotted blue jays, cardinals, a red-headed wood pecker, and several other birds all over the yard and in the trees in a bustle of activity.
It kind in inspired me to write this blog post, and get into production myself. My backyard friends, which call now the winter gatherers, are inspiring. They cannot flip a switch and have instant heat, or boil some hot tea for a quick warm up. They have to endure the conditions with whatever they have on, and just get on with it.
Anyway, I was not successful in getting any great shots of the bright colored birds, as they tended to move around faster than I could focus my camera, but I did get a few interesting ones of squirrels during the high wire act tromping along.
I also got a not so greatly focused shot of a bird sitting on the ground, and he looked into the camera between diggings in the snow. What a life they have! Anyhow, it is so easy to forget at times about our little friends the winter gatherers outdoors, when we go along with our lives. They have much more to deal with I suppose than we do.
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