Nature Never Sleeps
The chilly, yet refreshing, rain has stopped. Gray clouds linger keeping a nip in the air. Migrating red-winged blackbirds still arrive, and mix with resident chickadees and goldfinches. Woodpeckers strike at the dying ash tree while robins, who have remained, look for berries. So many birds come in waves, so late this autumn. Is this a portent for the coming of a mild winter?
And the juncos are here now too. These ‘snow birds’ arrive with the close of fall and the first snow. Their feathers match the dark winter sky, as they flit from place to place clearing the garden of seeds. These feathered visitors are all here for their early morning feeding before going about their day, flying south or finding a warm spot to linger.
No matter, all are welcome here bringing pleasure to this gardener even as winter gets closer, and the garden sleeps. Nature never does, thankfully!
Soft birdsong rising
With the fiery eastern light,
New day has begun.
© Donna Donabella 2015
The visitor’s to my garden were many this fall. Some were late in visiting, and a few new surprise critters stopped by. These observations led me to write this Haibun. You can read more about the specific garden visitors in my Wildlife Lesson post from last week. It continues to be unseasonably warm here as I await winter’s coming.
December 1st started my Seasonal Celebrations meme for the change of seasons. Check out my post at Gardens Eye View, and join in the celebration of the change of seasons, no matter where you are on earth. You can also read an excerpt of my Winter story in the latest issue of RURAL magazine.
I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog. Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.
I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday and with Kara@A Spirit of Simplicity for her Tuesday Afternoon meme.
If you enjoy reading this blog, I welcome you to share it with others. I enjoy spreading the blog love, and I appreciate all who come and read my blogs.
Special Note: The pictures here are of Dark-eyed Juncos who visit the garden from late fall through early spring. These birds come right around the time of the first snow, and leave as spring returns.
I leave you with a few additional words about the wonders of nature and garden visitors. I welcome you to download the photo and share it.
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