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January 7, 2013 / Rae Spencer

A Sunny Mid-Winter Day

Shadows Jan 7

Today’s bright sunshine lured me into the yard, where I spent the afternoon starting (but not finishing) a number of chores. My first job involved two small bird houses, which have become a winter refuge for spiders. Determined to avoid more encounters with black widow spiders, I wanted to clean out the webs and evict any venomous guests.

Spiderweb Jan 7

I’ve been dreading this task, and I was relieved when a clump of weeds with tiny white flowers gave me an excuse to put off confronting the spiders.

Weed Jan 7

After photographing the unfamiliar weed (I believe it might be hairy bittercress), I crawled through patches of henbit and speedwell, trying to capture their enchanting beauty.

Henbit Jan 7

Speedwell Jan 7

I crossed half of the yard on my hands and knees before I remembered the bird feeders. Dusty and empty, all of the feeders needed attention. Under the second feeder, I found a cicada molt.

Cicada Molt Jan 7

A short time later, I moved into the front yard. Before reaching the final bird feeder, I stopped to take a photo of paperwhites.

Paperwhite Jan 7

Beside the paperwhites, a single hyacinth was trying to bloom. Trying unsuccessfully, for the moment, because something has been grazing on it.

Hyacinth Jan 7

Hyacinth Jan 7

A quick search for suspects found a rabbit hiding in the irises and a squirrel trying to hide in a nearby tree. They both looked guilty to me.

Rabbit Jan 7

Squirrel Jan 7

Distracted by rabbits and squirrels, I never finished the last feeder. I also didn’t get to the windows, which are disgracefully dirty.

Cat Jan 7

But I don’t regret my disorganized day, which ended on a sunny, sleepy note.

Cat Jan 7

I can clean bird houses, feeders, and windows some other day, some cloudy day when the yard doesn’t sparkle with wonders.

8 Comments

  1. Shutterbug Sage / Jan 8 2013 12:03 AM

    The bunny shot is too cute!

    • Rae Spencer / Jan 8 2013 7:19 PM

      Thanks! I love having rabbits in the yard, mostly because they are so much fun to photograph.

  2. Saajida / Jan 8 2013 1:16 AM

    love the images! cute animals 🙂

  3. lynnwyvill / Jan 8 2013 11:07 AM

    Great photos as always. I think bunny is guilty! Don’t let that sweet little face fool you.

  4. bardessdmdenton / Jan 16 2013 4:51 PM

    I love your commentaries, Rae – the line about the rabbit and squirrel looking guilty is delightful, and the last line serenly beautiful.

    And those photographs of the speedwell, etc, are stunning!

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