Great Start to the Year

Diversions, like planning and going on our 20th anniversary trip (good interruption) as well as dealing with a failing golf cart which I use to get around our property when I go out birding (bad experience), business constraints (good for business – bad for personal desires) all resulted in a forth quarter of 2021 when I simply lost my mojo to go out and about the property filming the flora and fauna – especially the wild birds.

I adjusted to the situation, but never truly contemplated how the absence of such a new hobby could affect me. I had come to use my time in the tranquility of nature as a type of meditation. Nature as my religion, so to speak. While I felt frustrated about the golf cart tribulations, I believe that what I was actually experiencing was grief and mourning for that special time that had come to mean so much to me, and which fueled my soul.

We acquired a new (used) golf cart just in time for the depths of winter to arrive. It was cold, but we also had a few long weeks of bleak, gray weather that, for a novice photographer like me, can completely spoil the fun. Lack of good lighting yields less than brilliant images. To remain outdoors in freezing temperatures and fail to get a quality photo was a double whammy to my psyche.

It was time for a pivot which would reduce my need to travel about in frigid temperatures. We set up a feeding station just off my office patio so that I could film out of the open door. With a heater at my feet, the chill is tolerable – at least for a little while.

When I download, and then view the pictures of these lovely creatures all puffed up to stay warm, my heart sings. I’m just a novice photographer, so I’m not reacting to the quality of the shots. I love having something to remind me that I I was connected to these little birds for a brief moment. Touching nature breathes life into me like no other experience. I feel very grateful to share these images with you.

I’ve posted pictures of the Common or Hoary Redpoll and the Carolina Wren already. Here are some of the other visitors that stopped by over the past couple of days.

Northern Cardinal

Dark-eyed Junco

Downy Woodpecker

American Goldfinch

White-crowned Sparrow

House Finch

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