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Buddha’s eye view

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Last night the latest wave of storms delivered what looks like a beautiful cover of 5″ of snow, but what is truly 5″ of crusted ice and sleet that I walked out on without even leaving a trace.  Inside and wanting to take photos, I found the view of some friends.

An icy Buddha's eye view
A peaceful Buddha’s eye view

Joe’s eye view of the birds … and the bird’s eye view of Joe!

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Sharing for survival

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The feeder out the dining window is always our first view each morning.  On this day, the suet feeders were frozen in the subzero temperatures so I put out a tray of wild bird seed.  At first the mighty tried to keep it to themselves, but after several dive bombs for seed, all of the usual fighters gave out to peace-and-love in the face of survival. 

The first brave soul to approach the new tray.
The first brave soul to approach the new tray
Looking for intruders
Looking for intruders
Breakfast at last
Breakfast at last
Not sharing
Not sharing
Not too happy
And, not too happy
Cardinals in a tizzy
Boys in a tizzy
Finally taking turns
Sharing
Peaceful resolution in a shared space with everyone taking turns!
Peaceful resolution in a shared space with everyone taking turns!

Usually there is one more on board–a particularly grumpy Blue Jay that honors his expected behaviors by hoarding and chasing all others away.  Maybe today the cold kept him home and left the females to reign supreme over those that dared approach!

The Midst of Icepocalypse

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Austin and I find ourselves in the midst of Storm Cleon, or as friends have titled it, “Icepocalypse.”  Following a full inch of sleet and freezing rain throughout the night, we now have about six inches of fresh, wet snow and still more falling.