Temperatures are falling, leaves are wrinkled golden brown, the air is crisp, and frost gathers every morning. Fall is ending, and winter temperatures are knocking on our door. We are pressing to finish fall garden work to prep for next spring–Water pumps and hoses are drained and stored. Wood has been cut, split, and stacked; Propane tank filled. Machinery and cars prepped for a hard winter’s use. The harvest is in and needs to be stored; canning, freeze-drying, dehydrating, freezing, and storing root crops consume much of our time. We have poured the foundation and floor of the garage carriage house and started framing—I am trimming deck posts: summer clothes away and the polar fleece placed in the dressers. We put an electric blanket on the bed. There is a lot of To-Dos for preparing for a Dakota winter.
One last chore—bird feeders and waterers out, and the gathering of the fall birds begins. I took time away from the work to appreciate dinner with the birds, squirrels, and deer. I love it. As I add seed to the feeders, the chickadees fly to me in anxious anticipation, some light on my shoulders. The sounds of sandhill cranes and geese fill the air as they gather and migrate. There is a hint of wood burning in a fireplace nearby. I love the change of seasons.
I share some of the activities at the feeders; I am not a nature photographer; still, I try to document what I see—I figured I would share them:
Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell; they sing among the branches. ~ Psalm 104:12
“Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” ~ Genesis 1:20
“Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” ~ Matthew 8:20
Amazing how colorful birds hang out in surroundings that fit in with their own colors for protective camouflage. Beautiful shots.
Why do you say you are not a nature photographer, these pictures are beautiful. I really like the Blue Jay. Typically there have been none at my home but this year I have some and I love the sounds they add to the other birds. I would also mention that multiple other beautiful photos you have shared contain a host of natures beauty.
Sharon, as always, thank you for the compliment. Many photographers spend their life’s work doing just one genre…Wildlife, Landscapes, Portraits, Street, Lifestyle, Seascapes, Product…I shoot all of them, and as the saying goes, “Jack of all genres – Master of none. So I meant to say I am not a master at wildlife photography; I love capturing images ods artistry of beautiful places, things, people, and animals and telling a story about how I did it.