Wintry Spring Morning

I woke up this morning blinded by the light that was coming in through my windows.  My bedroom windows face east so as the sun comes up, its light shines in.  But this sunrise was different.  We had yet another winter storm here late yesterday.  It’s become funny to me now, it’s just so ridiculous to be having this much snow in April.  When the first one hit I was really disappointed because I’m so very anxious to get out in my garden, but now… several winter storms later…

“I throw my hands up in the air sometimes saying ayo, gotta let go.”  😉

And this morning… even with as badly as I want it to be spring, there was simply no denying how absolutely beautiful the snow was.  Especially against the pastel blue of the morning sky.  Ah so very pretty!   ♥   And the reason the light coming in was so blinding was because the branches of the tree outside my window were sparkling!  It had snowed, but we also had some freezing rain so the branches were a combination of snow and ice, and they were glistening in the sunlight!  It almost looked like special effects, it was really quite magical!

I wish I could have taken a photo of the beautiful sight of it all, but not only would my camera never have done it justice, but I also woke up this morning with an upset stomach and wasn’t feeling up for doing much, so I just laid there and enjoyed gazing at it until I felt well enough to get up.

Once I was feeling a little better, I did try and take a few photos, but the lighting was quite a bit different by then, so it’s not anywhere near the same as what I woke up to.  Still kinda pretty though…

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I also took some pictures of the little birdies trying to get breakfast at my suet feeder.  You can tell this pair of sparrows were looking at it trying to figure it out…

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I think the birds are a bit hard-up for food with all this snow because I even saw a male cardinal trying to eat from it, and they don’t typically feed at suet feeders.  I didn’t catch a picture of him though.

But a while later I did happen to get a picture of a woodpecker that stopped by.  He checked out my suet feeder, but quickly realized he was a bit too large for it.  He was very striking looking and this photo doesn’t do him justice, but I was lucky to catch a shot of him at all because he only stopped by for a few brief moments.

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As I write this, much of the snow from the morning has already melted, and I heard the temps this weekend could reach the 70’s.  So maybe this will finally be the last we’ll see of winter.  Gosh, I sure the heck hope so!  But it was really lovely this morning…

EDIT:  I recently discovered that the bird in the above photo is not a woodpecker, but is actually a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

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10 responses to “Wintry Spring Morning

  1. I need a few more bird features in my garden. Maybe I’ll add a bird bath this year, now that we don’t have an outside cat.

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  2. Love your pictures! The weather turned yesterdayto “stunningly” nice here! I’m out filling my bird feeders…need to find a spot for a bird bath too!

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    • Thanks Cathy, I’m glad you liked them. 🙂 I really do wish I could have gotten a shot of my “sparkling” tree, it was such a beautiful sight. Glad the weather is nice for you there, aside from in a few shady areas, all the snow here is gone now! That’s one good thing about having all this snow in the spring ~ it melts quickly. 😉 So good of you to be filling your feeders, hope you find the perfect spot for your bird bath.

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  3. More snow Julie – your weather is unbelievable! I can report that my daffs are out, some hyacinths have survived and also some tulips are popping out. At last…! Hope for better for you soon. Lovely to see the woodpecker! 🙂

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  4. Beautiful, thank you!!!!

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  5. Your pics are awesome … I just came across your blog by googling ” wintry spring ” … So glad I did !!! I have several bird feeders and suet feeders and 3 birdbaths … my backyard is wooded and we always have birds , squirrels, and raccoons … also the occasional deer … I live in Indiana and it has been beautiful here the past few days but turning off cool again this weekend … Where do you live ? I hope you get your ” true Spring weather ” soon …

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    • Hi Deb, thanks so much and I’m so glad you found it too! It must be wonderful having all that wildlife in your backyard! I used to live on 6 acres and I loved being surrounded by all the wildlife, but now I’m back living at home with my mom in the inner city and it’s such a huge difference ~ just in the amount of noise alone, it’s culture shock! I really miss the country, but I’m doing my best to carve out a little place of serenity here ~ watching the birds helps. 🙂 I’m in Minnesota. Yesterday we had another winter storm warning in the forecast (insane for May!), but we didn’t end up getting any where I am. Yay! 🙂

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