Winter Gatherers...

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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 andWinter Gatherers 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. 

Winter GatherersAnyway, 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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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I have 2 black squirrels and 1 grey squirrel who have claimed my yard as their own.  They seemed quite tickled with the mixed nuts they received at Christmas to go along with their daily feed I give them.  For compnay they now have an absolute herd of chickadees and swallows so another feeder went out for them.  They get 2 slices of bread each day but I see them swapping back and forth so who knows what they have a taste for on any given day!

They do keep our back yards busy though don't they!

Jan 10, 2011 07:55 AM #1
Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula
Realty Works Temecula - Temecula, CA
Realty Works Temecula

What a winter wonderland...hard for me to fathom since I have only been in snowy weather a couple of times in my life...but it like it! 

Jan 10, 2011 10:24 AM #2
Michael Delaware
North Sky Realty LLC - Battle Creek, MI

Susan, they certainly to keep our backyards busy! Sounds like you almost have a zoo!

Jane, I used to be from the Southwest, where we did not get snow.  So I know what you mean.  It is kind of nice to have a Winter season.

Jan 10, 2011 11:07 AM #3
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Michael, I love writing about and taking photos of the birds and squirrels...especially when we had our blizzard and there was lots of activity. I will see if I can find a few of those posts.


Jan 10, 2011 02:32 PM #4
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Michael, good post.  We could learn much from the animals like these winter gatherers!

Jan 10, 2011 05:06 PM #5
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

It looks cold outside. We’re supposed to get into the 70s here today. I’m pretty much a warm weather guy. I even start shivering from thinking about the snow and cold, as I am now. Maybe some hot chocolate is in order. J ♪♫♫♪

Jan 11, 2011 06:28 AM #6
Cynthia Bartch
Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio - Granville, OH
Redesigned Spaces; All Round Nice Gal

Hi Michael, those birds do flit around fast and I find it hard to capture them too! But I see you got a good one of that fuzzy squirrel. Funny you mentioned tea it's usually the first thing I do when coming in from the cold is make myself a cuppa tea :~)

I like the name of your post Winter Gatherers.

Jan 12, 2011 04:50 AM #7
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Love the photos Michael!  We have a ton of snow here too!

Jan 13, 2011 05:06 AM #8
Michael Delaware
North Sky Realty LLC - Battle Creek, MI

Thank you everyone, I am glad you enjoyed this post.  Jim, hot chocolate sounds like a great idea! 

Jan 16, 2011 01:19 PM #9
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