Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Lighted Arbor

The backyard arbor/gate. The white lights are a permanent installation. I always mean to turn them on during summer evenings, and I always forget! For some reason, it's easy to remember in the winter.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Chime Bowl Thaws a Bit

The copper chime bowl is melting in our suddenly warm weather. Highs above 50 degrees have quickly melted over a foot of snow.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Snow Hats

Fuzzy snow hats on the black-eyed Susan seed heads.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

New Bird Feeder - First Customer

The first customer of the morning after hanging a new platform bird feeder the night before. He did a great job of brushing off the snow, too.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Recovering After a Window Crash

One of my feathered friends resting in a snow-covered hanging basket after going "thwock" into a window. I kept an eye on her. She did fly away and I hope she made a full recovery.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Bird Seed Chair

This is a little bird feeder. The cushion of snow looks comfy.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Rose Icicles

These mini icicles are hanging from a mini rose bush.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Oregon Juncos, Finches and House Sparrows

Little birds scooping up seed I scattered this morning. We received about 4 inches more of snow last night.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Another Good Hiding Place for Small Birds

This is a mini-rose bush sweeping over the fence. It's gorgeous in summer, and a good hiding place in winter for house sparrows, finches and Oregon juncos who need a quick place to duck when a hawk, or cat, appears on the scene. I think the house sparrows roost there all night.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Let it Snow....let it snow....etc.

The reddish-brown vine is a clematis plant. Little birds find shelter in the leaves in the winter on days like this - with plenty of snow falling. Maybe another 7 inches tonight, and as the cold temperatures make us shiver, I'm really hoping the squash bugs are freezing to death...literally. I'll be browsing the seed catalogues. I'll germinate petunia seeds next month.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Snow on the Pumpkin

More snow today. About three inches should fall tonight.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Planters Covered with Marshmallow Fluff

Fluffy snow frosting on the front-door planter.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

A Skiff of Snow

We've had a couple of skiffs of snow, but no "real" snow yet. My grass is still green!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Candy-Colored Sky

Sunset looking through the crabapple tree.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Congress of Crows

A very noisy racket outside my office window yesterday. Crows don't usually hang around our neighborhood. They must be hungry, they were eating fallen crabapples.