Antidote for Gray Day (four photos)

The American Midwest is isolated in a deep freeze. Nature is marked by the lack of color; gray trees and tan fields and crusty white snow. Seemed like a perfect time for a reminder the splashes of color will return in the Spring. Here’s a preview.

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American Goldfinch
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Baltimore Oriole
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House Finch
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Red-headed Woodpecker

Change of Seasons (two photos)

Just as the sudden appearance of American Robins is a sure sign of Spring, so they quietly herald Fall by disappearing from lawns and parks. There are days in mid-winter when I hike local woodlots and stands of trees solely to find loosely gathered flocks of Robins. I watch them, often shivering with icy mud on my boots, and feel just a touch of the warmth of Spring.

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