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 thoughts on “A Sunny Mid-Winter Day

  1. bardessdmdenton January 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!

  2. lynnwyvill January 8, 2013 / 11:07 AM

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

  3. Saajida January 8, 2013 / 1:16 AM

    love the images! cute animals 🙂

  4. Shutterbug Sage January 8, 2013 / 12:03 AM

    The bunny shot is too cute!

    • Rae Spencer January 8, 2013 / 7:19 PM

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

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