11 Jan Winter Tribute
How Do Birds Survive Winter?
Here are two Winter tributes: a poem and a photo (with its story).
In the middle of winter
one might conclude
that frozen darkness
– – –had won.
Hard snow covers all
and fierce winds cut
life to the core.
Everything waits . . . .
And once again life
triumphs as it
pushes aside the
earth where it had
hidden to rise in
with color and song
– – –more beautiful
– – –and more vibrant
than ever before.
About the Photo
It’s cold: Zero F (-17 C) and wind is blowing.
So how do birds survive such cold?
This Mourning Dove has a way. As you can see in the photo, it found a secluded place where it could rest on dry leaves, puff up its feathers, and pull in its head.
Without winter there would be no incentive to build a shelter or discover fire.
So every adversity leads to an advance.
PS: The poem comes from Life Poems, a collection that I published in 2016. Find more info at: Life Poems.
I have three presentations in January that are open to the public.
January 18, 2017: Presentation, Meet the Birds, at the monthly meeting for San Bernardino Valley Audubon. (7:30 – 9:00 PM)
January 20, 2017: Presentation, Catch Me If You Can (How to Take Photos of Hummingbirds). See: Sea & Sage January Meeting. (7:30 – 8:30 PM)
January 28, 2017: Photo Class, Nature Photography, at the Fullerton Arboretum. (1 to 4 PM)
I just updated my article on Watchlist Birds. See: Birds at Risk