Saturday, February 07, 2015

In the Middle

We are in the middle of winter now....lurching forward toward spring, one day, sliding backward on a tide of ice and storms another.

Poised on the brink of the brightest change of the year, the segue from ice and snow to Ice Follies Daffodils and Snow Drops.

I have been noticing.....

Outdoors in the late afternoon, almost evening, to try to photograph the crazy yellow sky as the sun went down.

Lo and behold the sun was setting halfway north on the cow barn roof!

By high summer it will set clear north of the heifer barn, which is now the kids' chicken and pony palace, but at least it is no longer sinking more south than west behind the 60-acre lot hill.

Just now a White-throated Sparrow sang its whole song. Over the past few weeks with the arbor feeder that Jade got me right in front of the kitchen window, I have come to know their richly whistled deep for a bird....quite well. However, their songs have been truncated, one short whistle here, another tiny tweet there.

This morning, right under the window in the not quite dawn, "Old Sam Peabody, Peabody, Peabody," rang out loud and strong and then was repeated. 

No migrants yet, and the snow is ever-deepening, but the birds will not be many days I think before we see the first Red-winged Blackbirds, Grackles, and Robins...although the latter stay all winter on the other side of the river and we might see them any time....

And soon it will be maple sugaring time.


joated said...

A four letter word filled with promise.

Cathy said...

Almost makes me teary with relief. It's coming. It's coming. And to hear that plaintive song - right beneath your window . . . . Blessed.

ellie k said...

The snow pics are beautiful, it's been a few years since I have seen snow but I do remember it is cold and slick at times. We have about 73 today and very sunny, sorry wish I could send some your way.

Terry and Linda said...

I love that last photo!

Here the Sandhills and the Geese have all left the fields. You can see them on the rivers and lakes but not the's like they are already migrating, although the sky's are not full of sound...makes me wonder.

Linda ❤⊱彡

threecollie said...

Joated, true..and with so much more snow in the forecast. Ack.

Cathy, it really is. I start looking mid February and there are things to see or will be soon. I saw a bit of junk dangling from the tip of a box elder branch just yesterday and wondered if the sap was running yet. Won't be long!

Ellie, it is lovely. And cold and slick. It is at least easier not to have to get the milk truck in every other day. That was hard. I envy your weather. lol

LInda, same here! Snow is too deep here. Wait until you see the bunny trails we have. I took some pics the other day. Boomer would have a field day!