I’ve started keeping a camera in the bedroom. My bathroom window has a phenomenal view of the hedge and woods. It faces east and when I first wake up, the sun is just coming up. Some mornings, the sky above the woods is ablaze.
Since the first of the heavy snows at the end of January, birds have been congregating in the forsythia hedge behind the house. At first I thought they were feeding there. Maybe they were, though I think they must have picked it clean by now. Still they gather in the hedge, mostly dark-eyed juncos, but now our cardinal and miscellaneous other garden birds.
It’s quite a distance, so I use my super-zoom camera. I cannot see the birds clearly with my eyes alone, but I see them through the lens.
At first I didn’t see the cardinal this morning. I took a few shots of the sunrise and was about to put the camera away and go back to bed when I got a flash of scarlet. There he was. It was warmer this morning and my cardinal was not as puffed up as he was the other day. He was also at least 100 feet further away than the last time I saw him and I needed every inch of my 600 mm lens. It is not so easy to focus such a long lens on such a small thing as a little bird, but I got some nice pictures.
I am hoping this is the end of winter. The weather guys on television are predicting warmer temperatures soon. In a few weeks, the snow will be gone, the flowers poking up through the mud.
Last Saturday, we set the clocks back an hour. We have returned to Daylight Savings Time. I take that as a good sign.