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. Even with my thickest coat, I still feel really cold.
So how do birds survive such cold?
Certainly, they can’t put on a hat or light a bonfire.
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.
So it has minimized its exposure to the wind. And, more important, it’s using the natural down feathers that cover its body to provide a layer of insulation.
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.
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