Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The Beauty of Snow and Birds

As the last few days of winter wind down,I will share a few more winter images.Yes, I'm waiting for spring and green grass, but winter has a beauty all it's own.

This is at Lake Minniwasta, just west of Morden. I love it when the snow outlines every structure like this.


At home on my yard, a few of the seeds from last fall are still hanging onto the branches.Here they have a pretty snowy cap.


The Black-billed Magpie is known to be very shy, at least around here so I was thrilled to capture this, less than perfect, shot as he took off.


While staying in my kitchen,I can get shots like this.Somehow this Blue Jay does not look impressed. Is it the lady with the camera, or is the snow? I guess we'll never know.


It was a cold day when these images were captured.You can tell that the bird is all fluffed up to try to stay warm. Yes, they do have a constant supply of sunflower seeds and peanuts, so they are well taken care of.

Closing Thought:
We are surrounded by God’s creative power.

26 comments:

  1. The flying Magpie is definitely my favorite, what a beautiful image!! They are so smart and playful. I wish we had some around here. The blue jay is looking right AT us! You must have bribed him to pose...

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  2. God bless you for sharing these uplifting posts

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  3. Darling Blue Jay...all huffy and puffy...
    Love the snowy outlined fences and the snow capped seed pods are lovely.
    I hope Spring will come for you soon.

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  4. you have a great view from your kitchen window. assuming these pictures were taken through the glass, they came out really good!!

    i really like the first picture!!!

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  5. i think the jay is wishing for spring and warmer temps... love the magpie, i have never seen one... i love the snow puffs on the seeds and the piles on the fence

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  6. The bird lover that I am, I must admit that the snow-capped seeds is so artfully composed, I favor it most.

    I haven't seen magpies OR bluejays since leaving Colorado.

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  7. I love images of birds in flight. There is so much detail in their feathers. That was a great capture of the magpie. Love the fluffy blue jays, too. They look like we feel...wondering how soon spring will get here.

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  8. I don't know of anyone who can capture the beauty of winter as well as you do. But then your photos of the birds are awesome as well.

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  9. Lovely photos. Those jays are so delightful.

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  10. you have me thinking? it has been a while since i have seen a blue jay? where are they? keep hearing the morning doves ... i dislike that sound ... drives me bonkers ... but my Dad thinks they are lovely ...he told me a story ... i think they remind him of his mom?? great shots. hope this week is a good one for ya. take care. ( ;

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  11. That magpie looks dressed for a fancy ball. We have seen no Stellar jays this winter - just Gray Jays. Our snow is boundless - we don't know where to go with it anymore. I'll enjoy your green grass when it appears, Ruth. Mine is a long way off.

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  12. Beautiful wintry pictures.
    The magpie is a fantastic photo!!
    The bluejay does NOT look happy. He is probably looking forward to spring too. :)

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  13. God knows how to carpet nature with beautiful snow scenes and you know how to help feed the birds Ruth. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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  14. Great post, Ruth. Even though winter hangs on here, the birds herald spring. They just can't wait. I hear their excited jmoyful chirps and I know that even though we're thinking winter, they know it's spring. Have a wonderful God blessed day, Ruth.

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  15. Hi Ruth, I sure enjoyed all the photos here. My favorite (although it is a difficult choice) is the first pic with the snow on the fence rails. That should be in one of those photo calendars! And congrats on those close ups of the Blue Jay. As much as the photos I enjoy your descriptions and spiritual thoughts. Excellent post! Have a happy weekend ahead! John

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  16. I just love those blue jays!
    We have plenty of them during the winter and I've discovered that they are such a gentle bird.
    Your snow looks pretty~

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  17. I think your magpie capture is great...

    I so agree winter has a beauty all its own. I just have to be so careful with Roger and with myself now, that I don't get to get out and enjoy it. I always loved to get out for a good tramp in the woods, and along the fields when younger.

    I love that second shot!

    For some reason when I am on my tablet or phone, the publish button does not show up! I will write a comment and then go to publish it and there is no way to do it. I need to check on the previous post and see if my comment is on it. I know there was another post the other day that I tried to comment on and this happened, but I don't recall if it was yours or not.

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  18. You never disappoint us with so many beautiful sights. I m thankful Texas does not get the winters like you do.

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  19. For a split second, I thought you had Cotton growing up there! LOL. great picture of the seeds with snow caps. Beautiful pics of the Blue Jay..

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  20. Hi Ruth, I'm just stopping by again to thank you for your kind comments on my blog and the encouragemnt to keep going with my current challenge to walk around Green Lake (appx 3 miles) daily, take photos, and post them on the blog. I am still using your blog as a guidepost for how to do this business of taking walks, taking pictures, and adding descriptions. Thank you, Ruth, for the inspiration. John

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  21. Such beautiful pictures Ruth! I love how you got such great shots of the blue jay up close! You have captured the beautiful essence of winter for sure, and indeed winter has been glorious and amazing! But we are ready for spring :) Blessings to you sweet friend :)

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  22. snow ... love that. thx 4 sharing. can't believe it is the 1st day of spring. does not feel that way. we will see??! i saw a joke on FB today ... the folks from the Wizard of Oz movie are walking on the yellow brick road .. and Dorothy says that is not a road that is pollen ... new to me and kind of cute. lol!! have a great week. hope all is well. how much snow do u have now? melting any? ( ;

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  23. Beautiful shots! I think spring is finally here in my neighborhood, but I'm not a big fan of all this rain. The flooding is awful in so many places. Have a great day Ruth!

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  24. All are such beautiful photographs.
    Great winter scenes.

    All the best Jan

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