Friday, January 30, 2009

And in the Bower, Birds


Laid round bare shoulders, winter white,
a veil, with diamonds dripping,

she steps slowly forward.

All stand.

And in the bower, birds.









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33 comments:

Ruth said...

What a lovely set of pictures. I do not get Purple Finches, a Tufted Titmouse, or Carolina Wrens at my feeders. I am glad we got snow rather than ice in this storm even though the ice is pretty.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Beautiful pictures Nina and even more beautiful words. I can see all in my minds eye.

Mary said...

I can't help feeling sorry for the the birds... I'm glad you have the ice to photograph so nicely but I hope it all melts real soon!

Mary

Corker2 said...

For either one reason or another, we don't see these type's of birds around here. Wish that we did. I do have a bird feeder out in the front yard, but just don't see them. I like your great pictures that you have taken. You've done a great job. - Les

T.R. said...

These are absolutely stunning.

nina said...

These branches have come CLOSE to our window, under ice, the weight bearing down.
And, with the brightness all around, the photos I've been able to get are some of my favorites of all time!

Yes--even more important than ever--feeding the birds. Their world has been encased in inches of impenetrable ice!

KaHolly said...

What an awesome little gallery of photos! I can see why they've become your favorite!

Vickie said...

The beauty of the fluffed birds nestled in that wintery wonderland is absolutely stunning.

giggles said...

This morning when I arose, two carolina wrens were heard... inside my garage! They quickly escaped when I opened the garage door.... Lovely photos....tufted titmice are becoming some of my favorites!

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Lovely words; lovely photos. Thank you.

Deborah Godin said...

A winter bower of ice and thorns, filled with tiny delicate birds - amazing photos!

EcoPanas said...

Wow! Amazing pictures of nature at its fullest…wish everyone knew how fragile it is, how easy to save it.

Best,

EcoPanas.com

NCmountainwoman said...

Lovely birds in the ice. Hope the stuff melts soon.

Diane C. said...

These pictures are so beautiful and interesting. I've never seen birds perching on ice coated branches.

TSannie said...

Beautiful. And those birds look chilly!

Kallen305 said...

As always Nina, stunning pictures and prose. I love how all of the pictures are in harmony with one another.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Fantastic shots.Each bird has it's own little ice castle.
Blessings,Ruth

Heather said...

Wow,wow,wow. I think these are my favourite photos of all time, too!! Beautiful, thank you.

KGMom said...

Nina--I love the way the photos show the birds with their feet tightly grasping the icy branches. I wonder--do they feel the cold on their feet?

Toni said...

Beautiful set of photos Nina. I especially love the cardinal. As treacherous as ice and snow can get it creates a beautiful world. Keep those little birdies fed.

mon@rch said...

Sorry for the ice but . . . . it really does make STUNNING photos! BRAVO work!

Wren said...

Whenever I see Carolina Wrens in the snow, I feel so bad for them. They aren't meant for this weather - but who is?

Mel said...

Sooo beautiful!!
Loved your 'ice beads' post :)

Carolina said...

Well, of course the Carolina Wren is my favourite! (if I only knew which one it was). My feet are getting cold just watching these pictures. Beautiful photos.

Carolina (it really is my name)

Norm said...

awesome! all series of winter pictures are beautiful. Check out my camera critters here and thanks for leaving a comment.

Tammy said...

Gorgeous shots!

Anna said...

These are absolutely gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing.

nina said...

Giggles--I am becoming fond of Titmice, too. They're fairly comfortable getting quite close, and, unlike the chickadees, sit still long enough for their picture!

KGmom--I think they DO feel the cold--can you imagine, not having one square inch of your world un-iced?!

Toni--aren't the colors on Mrs. Cardinal wonderful--almost a bronze--and she has red eyebrows!

Carolina--sorry to not have them better marked--the Carolina Wren is the next to the last photo (small brown bird)


Just in case others are curious:
1. Tufted Titmouse
2. Purple Finch
3. American Goldfinch
4. Chickadee (not sure which)
5. Carolina Wren
6. Northern Cardinal

Darla said...

These are fantastic photos!!!!

letspaintnature.com said...

Beautiful icy winter wonderland, I just hope the birds find enough food!

nina said...

Letspaintnatature--
Me, too! And in an ice storm, especially, bird feeding can be far more than a birdwatchers' hobby. It can be a real life saver!

Dianne said...

each shot is beautiful!!
wonderful framing

Adrienne in Ohio said...

This are beautiful pictures, Nina. I love pictures and poetry!