Saturday, February 7, 2015

Shadows


Monday was Groundhog's Day, and the weather here was balmy and beautiful. The woodchuck could certainly have seen his shadow, had he been up, but unlike those people in Punxsutawney, we chose to let him sleep.



There are plenty of other creatures around here who are awake already. The Flicker, wearing a heart on her back, cast a shadow, but she was more interested in the dogwood berries she was mining from the grass. Yum!




The day was sunny enough; the red squirrel would have noticed her shadow if she'd been looking in the right direction, but looking for nuts and watching her back were far more important.

It's a silly tradition, after all, one we've heard since grade school, that if a groundhog sees its shadow that day, there will be six more weeks of winter. But it speaks to our longing for spring, and the warmth and light that come with it. I have a bit of a conflict this year, because the only snow we've seen so far sprinkled over the ground like powdered sugar on a Weight Watcher's cake. And I love snow.




Snowdrops are blooming, and those small white blossoms are always a welcome sight, reminding us that no matter how long it takes for spring to get here, it will surely arrive. They call to mind the promise God made long ago:


As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest, 
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease.

Genesis 8:22







Linking with Wild Bird Wednesday

and Saturday's Critters





26 comments:

Valerie said...

A lovely post Grace - the markings on the Flicker are exquisite and, as always, the squirrel is so cute! Thank you for dropping by my blog. Happy weekend.

Margaret Adamson said...

Three gorgeous shots but I love the movement of the Woodpecker

Gunilla Bäck said...

Gorgeous critters and I love the snowdrops. Have a wonderful Sunday.

eileeninmd said...

I just love the Flicker and its photo, cool! The squirrel is cute and the snowdrops are lovely.. Maybe spring has sprung early? Thank you for linking up and sharing your post.. Have a happy Sunday!

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Connie,
What a fantastic animation of that wonderful bird. So amazing.
Your second shot is really nice too. Lovely!!

Many greetings,
Marco

Brian King said...

Awesome! Love the Flicker!

Lisa Gordon said...

You have snowdrops!!! :-)

We are blanketed in about 30+ inches of snow here, and another foot or more coming over the next 24 hours. No snowdrops for us for a while.

Have a wonderful week ahead, Connie!

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful shots, as usual. Love the Flicker animation.

Felicia said...

so cool how the flicker is moving. great images Connie.

Janice Adcock said...

Have been missing posts but tried to catch up on the beauty today. Lovely photos!

Mary Cromer said...

Oh I love the moving Flicker Connie,, but the Red Fox Squirrel,. I love those creatures!

Lea said...

Beautiful photos!
I like the Bible verse, too.

Adam Jones said...

Great snowdrop shot.

retriever said...

A very lovely post, beautifull animated foto, greeting from Belgium.

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mick said...

The Flicker is beautiful and I love the snowdrops - haven't seen any of them for years! Too hot around here!

thewovenspoke said...

Fantastic post and photos too.

Karen said...

Cool Flicker animation!

EG CameraGirl said...

The moving flicker is so much fun!

Chris Rohrer said...

Cool Flicker shot!!!!I love it! Nice critters featured today:)

June Caedmon said...

Love that speckled belly and your image of the snowdrops is sweet, Connie! Blessings!

Susan (ABON) said...

Beautiful shots! Love the Northern Flicker- one of my favorite woodpeckers!

Marie said...

Wonderful photos! Sorry you haven't had more than a dusting of snow (we had a dusting, and areas closeby got an inch or two) Hope you get more before winter is over. Somehow I think you will. Loved the scripture!

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

The photo of the flier on the branch is wonderful.

Hannah said...

The flicker movie is fun to watch, it shows off the heart on the back of its head and the beauty of its feathers so well, a gorgeous creation. I like the Snowdrops, I finally got some planted last year and hope they have multiplied. I like your verses, signs of spring are popping up.

Bob Bushell said...

I love the first, it's brilliant Connie.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Good work .. Great shots.. Regards