Sunday, December 8, 2013

Hunger

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After waiting 'til March last winter for a decent snow,

we got an early start this year.

Sleet came down most of the day Thursday,

covering the ground with tiny styrofoam like pellets,

and Friday's snow piled on top.





When the thermometer headed down, 

we found our appetites sitting on the high side of the teeter-totter.  

We weren't alone.  









The corn and sunflower seeds we feed the creatures 

disappeared almost as fast as we could toss them out.





Blue jays wore their heads on backwards...





and Cardinals perched near the feeders like Christmas ornaments,

waiting for their number to come up.





Fox sparrows thought nothing of the cold, knocking the snow out of their way with swift kicks.





The crows were emboldened to come close to feed, even perching on the deck.










Barley's appetite stays at its peak year round...





























but his energy soars when the snow comes.



While all the creatures outdoors have voracious appetites,

so do we.

Pass the popcorn, please.





Linking with Wild Bird Wednesday
and Saturday's Critters







22 comments:

*Manja* said...

...so wundervoll!♥
Liebe Grüße,*Manja*

S. Etole said...

These are just excellent. Your Barley looks so happy. The snow is up to the deers "knees" here.

Pam :) said...

Your snowy scenes delight my southern eyes.

I love deer and Barley's snow booties and apparently he does too :)

Brian King said...

Beautiful shots! I really like the cardinal and crow! Crows are one of my favorites. We got some freezing rain, but only a dusting of snow.

eileeninmd said...

Lovely post and photos. I love the deer and the pretty birds. And Barley is adorable. Stay warm and safe, have a happy week!

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Gorgeous post, so much beauty in your corner of the world.The birds and animals look a little forlorn but oh so beautiful too! Hope you all make it safely through the winter for it looks like it may be a long one.

Christian Weiß said...

Wonderful photos, it now a hard time for animals.

Barb Brookbank said...

I always love your beautiful photos!

Sandra said...

Such beautiful birds visit your garden and you have captured them as wonderfully as you always do. I love Barley's portrait with snow on his nose and perky ears! I see he is wearing blue snow shoes too to protect his feet. Such a good idea!
How on earth to the deer manage to find something to eat? Does anyone put some forage out for them? Poor things.

Jodi said...

You are a brilliant photographer,Connie! I love the running deer!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

These are exceptional, just marvelous entry...smiled the whole way~

Lisa Gordon said...

This is such a beautiful post, Connie, and it is always such a pleasure to see Barley here@

Rick said...

Great commentary to go with your superb shots, Connie.

The 10" of snow we got all disappeared in one day last week when the temp hit 55. White again today but only a dusting. Ah, winter ...

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful photos! We only have a little snow and it will probably be gone tomorrow.

mick said...

Great photos and I enjoyed reading about your cold and snow and how you feed more to the birds around your yard - BUT - I am happy that I don't live in a climate like that - Brr! Sub-tropics suit me much better :-)

Karen said...

Beautiful bird captures and Barley is a sweetie!

geanina said...

Amazig images! Great captures...:)

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Connie it is lovely to see the snow. It makes a great background for these beautiful birds. i alos love the dog shots.

ladyfi said...

What beautiful shots - love the blue jay and your dog, of course.

bailey-road.com said...

I love these beautiful shots of the animals in the snow.
Hello Barley!

jeannettestgermain said...

Wow, these are Christmascard pics! Beautiful! Long time ago I lived in Springfield, MO in my college years:) Pleasant memories. Wished I had had more time to venture out in the Ozarks!

susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

Breath taking beautiful photographs! I am going back to study them again.