January 4

Winter’s cold crisp air
lays still on the snowy ground,
you fly overhead.

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Iowa view

Driving home this afternoon, I spotted a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk soaring about the snow covered fields.  He was too high to become part of the picture, but it is a nice view looking west along Military Road in Dubuque, IA.

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January 2

Bird feeders sit idle
waiting for small visitors
– northern refugees.

It is cold here again.  The birds are in a grab and go mode.  They zoom in for a seed or a nut and return to the shelter of the near by trees.  The one good thing about today is I can see the sum.

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Spring around the corner

Every morning the sun rises a bit earlier and sets a little later.   I look at the mess that is my yard and gardens and I want to grab a rake or a shovel or anything to be outside making it prettier.   Unfortunately – or fortunately some things just take time and patience.  The bulbs I planted last fall are still resting, hopefully as restless as I am.  The birds are beginning to trickle back to the feeders (the European Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) and English House Sparrows (Passer domesticus) have been here all winter.)

So for now, I will dream of multi-colored tulips, sunshine yellow daffodils and work on my weaving.

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Flowers from our house in Rochester, NY – sweet memories.

Children

Children are precious,

Regardless of who they are.

They should be loved.

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Western Gull and child (Larus occidentalis)