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A grey shadow dances softly on fragile wings tracing snow angels in the sky.
Snow Angel
 
Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus

Snowy days always push me into the warm embrace of my favorite armchair by the window.  

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My chores can wait until later.
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A hot cup of coffee, half a cinnamon bagel, toasted, and spread with cream cheese set the morning mood.

Incoming!

The cat straddles my lap, hogging the blanket as he stretches. He's 20-years young and old-age deaf, but still vibrates with a loud purr when stroked. In the silence of his world, the vacuum cleaner is no longer terrifying.

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He's never been outside to walk or stalk the untamed wilds. He thrives indoors, living in this enclosed artificial earthship, called our house. Watching birds still makes his tail twitch and excites a short chatter of squeaky chirps.

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One dog curls around my ankles with his grey grizzled muzzle resting warmly on my toes, the other patrols the inside windows along the deck in search of wily usurpers.

Wishful thinking

Eastern Grey Squirrel Sciurus carolinensis with loyal Canis lupus familiaris patroling
Fox Squirrel

Fox Squirrel Sciurus niger
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I shoot birds through the window from the calm of my armchair. I lock their beauty in memory, frozen in time, for my pleasure.

Wing explosion

Click! Click!
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Click! Click! Click!
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The finches hide their daffodil yellows and rich raspberry purples under faded winter-drab cloaks. In this season my sun starved eyes crave cheerful colors.

Purple Finch
A red bird performing her winged ballet
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is startling.
Fan Dancer
Falling snow softens the grey gloom of the background and creates a subtle canvas to paint
 
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the charm of birds
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the antics of dangling feet
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and wings touched with the first golden blush of spring feathers.
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My chores can wait until later.

Originally posted to Backyard Science on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 01:30 PM PST.

Also republished by Birds and Birdwatching, J Town, and Badger State Progressive.

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