12.20.2019

Winter Begins, NW Montana


Autumns often deep cold days
inspired the spirit and stance of hibernation early for me


the forest cloaked in snow is lovely 
with a deep sense of quiet


the little birds still come to me
inspiring joy and calm all at once

this mountain chickadee has a much narrower head than most of them 


sweet black capped chickadee
landing for a sunflower seed


chestnut-backed chickadee

These are the three chickadees that visit me

and then there is the nuthatch:


if it weren't for the tiny birds
a winter hush would be throughout the land

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lovely holidays to you and yours

Sweet Solstice to one and all!

slowly our days will become longer......

~


40 comments:

  1. What beautiful snow that decorates your lovely environment. I do love all your sweet feathered friends. They seem so tame the way they perch upon your fingers. What joy you must feel when they do that!
    Thank you for your visit and for the lovely quotation you gave me!
    Sending you sweet thoughts and happy days!

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    1. Thank you for enjoying these Sandra. I can see how they seem tame. But they grab a seed and are off to a tree in an instant usually. No petting going on ;-)

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  2. Happy Holidays in the snowy fairytale that's around you!

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    1. Thank you so much Rossichka! Lovely holidays to you!

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    2. Thank you, Tammie! Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

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  3. thank you for sharing your blessings! "the little birds still come to me
    inspiring joy and calm all at once" YES!

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    1. Thank you for sharing the quote that touched you!

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  4. Amazing photos, Tammie. Today I thought of you as I went through the forest on my skis. No birds, but a wonderful calm was like a gift. Your photos show that peace, too.

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    1. Your skiing time sounds wonderful. I have not skied yet this winter, and now the snow is melting away.

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  5. As we swelter in record breaking heat and fires I cannot tell you how welcome your post it - and isn't it a privilege when birds trust us and feed from our hands.

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    1. I am so sorry that you are going through that. Wildfires are horrible to be around and scary too. Wishing you just the right amount of rain!

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  6. Thank you for the winter report of your faily land, Tammie. Being enveloped in the snow, occasional chirps of birds, and sill more, the bird perching on your hand - this is peace itself.

    Yoko

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    1. They do inspire peace. Part of it is standing in the forest, like a tree, with my hand outstretched. Peace inspiring indeed.

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    1. Thank you Linda.
      Do you know that your link does not take us to a blog anymore?

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  8. Your winter shots are gorgeous!

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  9. You are the bird whisperer. Indeed, a sweet Solstice and all good holiday season! This is beautiful!

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    1. It really is fun having them be part of my life. Fun and deeply moving.

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  10. CON ESTE FRIO!!!!
    QUE HERMOSOS SON.
    ACA CON FRIO Y MUCHAS INUNDACIONES.
    SALUDITOS

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    1. Are you saying that you have floods in your area? If so I am sorry to hear that.
      Yes, some of our birds stay for the winter cold, not many, but we love the ones that do.

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  11. Those birds are adorable. They have wings so I don't quite understand why these particular birds hasn't flown to a warmer place but they seems to quite at ease in the snow. But it's lovely to see them anyhow.

    Have a lovely day.

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    1. Hello Lissa,

      Most birds do fly away before winter. But we have some that stay and they are sweet company in the otherwise quiet season out here in our woods.
      I love seeing them, listening to them and having them come to me for seeds. The couple of times that I have held them, they make my hand so warm! Down feathers. But yes, it is amazing they can live through winter.

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  12. Hi Tammie Lee,
    Wonderful photos.
    My the chestnut backed chickadee looks so pretty.
    They are such delightful happy birds!
    I had a peek at your artwork, too. Lovely!
    Happy holidays!

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    1. I agree, the chestnut-backed are lovely, that color!
      Thank you for enjoying my art as well.

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  13. The little birds are so adorable. But tough they must be too, to survive the cold of winter.

    You live in a beautiful area. Giving wonderful opportunities for your camera.

    Blessings of Yule, and Christmas, to you...

    🌲🌞🌲

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    1. you are right, they are made for winter, or surely they would leave like the majority of birds do.
      I do love it here.

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  14. A blessed Solstice to you Tammie :) Your world is lovely and so are the birds! :)

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    1. Thank you Rain.
      I think it is lovely too.

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  15. What A Stunning Location - So Gorgeous - Happy Little Birds

    Cheers

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  16. What an amzing splace,Tammie.
    It is so dramatic, and the birds are adorable.
    I hope you have a wonderful New Year.
    Tomoko

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    1. Hello Tomoko,
      I do love the little birds.
      Wonderful new year to you too!

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  17. We have the black capped chickadee down here, and the boreal in the northern woods. I agee that the little birds make winter special. The best to you in the new year.

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  18. I can't believe the Chickadee comes right to you. That is incredible.

    Your photos are wonderful, truly.

    ~Sheri

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Warm greetings to you~

Thank you for visiting and also for sharing your thoughts and feelings. Seeing anew through your eyes and heart mean so much to me!

Tammie