Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Last Blast..

The last blast of winter in North Texas.  We don't often have much snow, but when we do, it can turn the dead of winter into a wonderland.

Snow flakes swirl down gently, in the deep blue haze beyond the window.  The outside world is a dream.  
~Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration~

Our back yard during a recent snowfall.

Cardinals braving the cold....

Female Northern Cardinal

The daytime view of our backyard.

Handsome Harris Sparrows that showed up at our feeders because of the cold.  They are somewhat rare and usually not that visible.

Carolina Wren looking for nourishment.

Anyone with knowledge of birds will find this grouping of interest:
Fox Sparrow, White Crown Sparrow (immature), Cardinal and Harris Sparrow.

Another night view of our backyard.  It was taken in the wee hours of the morning.  I turned the porch lights on and this is what I saw.

The colorful and striking Fox Sparrow (red form).  He is also somewhat elusive unless the cold drives him to the feeders. 
I absolutely love the Divine Design on his breast.

Cardinal, White-crowned Sparrow, Harris sparrow.

Berries are a favorite source of food for a number of birds.

More winter visitors.  Most of our sparrows leave in the spring for their northern nesting areas; some flying to the Canadian Arctic.  

"As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed to the sower and bread for the eater."
~Isaiah 55:10~

Capturing the silence and tranquility....
and the beauty of the Divine Designer.