Writing is like being able to put life into a snow globe. It takes the things that are too big and scary and reduces them into a form that I can put away when I want and look at from a distance. It also takes all that’s good in life and captures it into something I can take out when I want and look at close up and keep forever. It makes the bad things into something I can hold…and the good things into something I can hold onto. Both help so much that I need that little souvenir of life.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

LOTS of Snow Stuff Around My House…and a Surprise

What’s black and white and red in one flitting little spot? My backyard with this cardinal in it.

Like everything else, photography is something I’m learning to appreciate as I attempt to try it.  Each time I find out the truth behind all of the arts:  it's a lot harder than it looks to capture what the soul feels. I didn't even come close with this guy, who stood out like a flying ornament in the ten + inches of snow we got in my area.

And right now we are getting more snow. As I age, I’m learning to appreciate ALL of the seasons, but some are harder than others. This little bird is a happy reminder for me—a bright spot. 

When you have come to the edge of all the light you have
And step into the darkness of the unknown
Believe that one of the two will happen to you
Either you’ll find something solid to stand on
Or you'll be taught how to fly! ~Richard Bach


  1. Beeeautiful! I feel ashamed of my post and you gave me a new appreciation for winter.

  2. Tammy, LOVE the photos! And you know what?? I think that exact same cardinal was at MY house yesterday! Really! He looked just like that, too, nestled on a branch, with a little bit of snow all around. Positively breath-taking! Thanks for sharing! (PS. While I'm blogging and writing....I can hear a loud and obnoxious screeching of a Blue Jay outside! I really dislike those birds...although they, too, are pretty to look at!)

  3. I am with you, Tammy. I envision a marvelous, arty photgraph, but alas, I cut off parts or it's a bit fuzzy or something goes wrong. (I always blame the camera!)

  4. I love cardinals, and fortunately we have tons that come to the birdfeeder right outside our kitchen window. The girls aren't as pretty as the boys, which seems terribly unfair. *sigh* We sometimes see red-headed woodpeckers, too, and I adore them--they're such big lugs. LOL

  5. Nice pictures. I see cardinals in my yard too, but every time I pull out the camera, they fly off. Or they are so far away, no one would appreciate what I see.

  6. Linda, your nostalgic post about winter made me feel guilty that I'm so sick of snow!! This little bird was all I could come up with to like. How funny is that?!

    Becky, funny you'd mention the jays, because I just saw one the other day for the first time in years! Where have they been?? Bet they really look pretty against all of this snow!

    I too blame my camera, Sioux. And then I remember that good cameras have even more buttons and switches and dial thingies for me to figure out.

    Lisa, I used to live in GA for two years (outside of Savannah), so I know y'all get the COOLEST wildlife. And plants! I miss the mini Jurassic Park I had in my backyard.

    Yes Lynn, that was exactly it for me. I need a good camera AND a subject who is willing to pose patiently.

  7. Lovely photos, and a great quote.

  8. What a beautiful splash of color is made by a Cardinal in a winter landscape! Perfect!


  9. You might try cross country skiing or snow shoeing (which are both easy to pick up and go do on any trail in your area.) It might help you enjoy the season more. Its delightful to get out on a trail in the quiet of the snow and wander off and see the animal tracks and listen to the rustle of the trees and then come home and have a hot cup of chocolate or tea or whatever you're into. But then, I have a scandanavian skier's heart.

  10. Thanks! And Silly, I love that idea since it would presumably be hard to plummet out of control on cross country skis. And no ski lifts!


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