Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Power of Sunlight

We've had extremely cold weather this winter along with many dreary grey days.  Upon letting Topaz our dog out the back one morning I noticed the spiderweb window cling on my granny door was frosted over. It prevents birds from flying into the glass, a necessity after a morning dove hit it (but lived) a couple of years ago.  Rather pretty isn't it?
The miniature crabapples on the tree just outside the kitchen window look like little frosted jewels covered in snow.  Once the sun came out, the snow melted off the apples and I noticed a red orb on a branch glistening in the sunlight.
 One of the resident male cardinals was gorging on the apples.
Sunlight can sure transform a drab day into one of uplifted spirits and motivation.
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Thank you for visiting and I hope you find a little sunshine in your life.

44 comments:

  1. I totally agree that a sunshiny day can lift your spirits! It's been so bright & cheery yesterday and today ... no wonder the birds are happily eating out there. My brood of mourning doves sit in the sun on top of the snow with all the seeds scattered under their fat bellies. They look so peaceful that I hate to let the dog out until he's reaching critical stage ;) Then off go the birds in a big flurry of wings. Wendy x

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  2. I love how frost and snow can cling to an ordinary object and transform it into a something amazingly beautiful!

    Blessings,
    Debby

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  3. And it's all brought to you by Mother Nature!!!!..:)JP

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  4. The crabapples are so delicate and beautiful and cardinals are always a welcome visitor! Sending you some FL sunshine! Sweet hugs!

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  5. Absolutely, and so many gray days drag one down. Beautiful cardinal visits you are getting.

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  6. Judith, it is super cold here too. The frosted web and crabapples are neat. Love the beautiful male cardinals. Lovely collection of photos. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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  7. Pretty amazing. Great pictures.

    Jocelyn @ http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  8. And we have so many sunny days the I really enjoy the cloudy ones, they make it feel more like winter. So far no real snow here. Your spider web looks really pretty all frosted!

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  9. And we have so many sunny days the I really enjoy the cloudy ones, they make it feel more like winter. So far no real snow here. Your spider web looks really pretty all frosted!

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  10. Those were beautiful shots of winter. I wish we had cardinals out here - lots of red berries, but I miss the cardinals and the lovely flash of red they make on a winter day.

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  11. Lovely photos, Judith! I'm so glad you take these, as it may be some of the only snow I see this winter!

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  12. Beautiful photos...especially of your cardinal! :)

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  13. Great photos, Judith. I never get to see Cardinals except in photos. That spiderweb cling photo is wonderful!

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  14. The bright red of the Cardinal would be a bright spot during these cold, snowy, dreary days.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  15. Judith, thanks for linking up to my Saturday's Critters. I hope you are warm and safe this cold day. Have a happy weekend!

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  16. Sunshine is so important! And the lack of it is the reason we flee Oregon in the winter. I tell you though, those beautiful cardinals would lift my spirits no matter what the day was like!

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  17. Beautiful photos, and I love the cobweb!

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  18. It's grey and snowy again here today. The Cardinals sure add colour to winter.

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  19. the cardinals are so pretty in the winter. glad they could find your trees.

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  20. Beautiful photos Judith. I love those tiny crab apples and the beautiful cardinal. You have found some sunny moments in the cold this week. It's raining here right now. Strange weather.

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  21. Cardinals are such welcome visitors!

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  22. That web is phenomenal! But the beautiful cardinals in the winter weather, with the sunlight hitting its bright red just makes the day so much more pleasant!!! Awesome.

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  23. You show great shots on a beautiful blog! I love the red bitd. Thanks for sharing and Sunday greetings, Wieczora (◔‿◔) | Mein Fotoblog

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  24. Yes, sunshine can make a day. I'm looking at it right now! Have a great week!

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  25. The sun is shining brightly here, and it does add a certain cheer! I love the photos of the cardinal, Judith, with the feathers glowing. I think seeing their red beauty in wintertime is one of the prettiest things a person can spot.

    It's so good of you to join in Sunlit Sunday again.

    -Karen

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  26. What lovely photos, Judith. The Cardinal is especially beautiful.

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  27. i love critters. one of my favorite birds would be cardinals. always & forever. ( :

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  28. Such a regal looking cardinal and what exquisite color!!!! WOW!! Have a wonderful week! Cathy

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  29. The powdery snow on the mini crab apples reminds me of icing sugar on raspberries that might top a piece of cheesecake or pudding. How dainty and fine. The cardinal looks very much at home, perched on those bare branches, as if they are waiting for it to warm up the space!

    Beautiful images, Judith.

    Have a wonderful week!

    Poppy

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  30. We saw some sun this morning but it is beginning to cloud over again. We did get the driveway and paths all cleared .. just in time for the next round that is coming later today.
    Those little crab apples look lovely with the snow and sun on them. Seeing the cardinal always brings a smile to my face.

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  31. I have the same tree right outside our kitchen window. The children gave it to me for Mother's Day many years ago. I never realized how much pleasure it would bring with its beautiful blossoms and bright red apples. But best of all we set up bird feeders in it and now we enjoy the birds in every season. It's my dream to see a beautiful red cardinal in it someday. I'm so glad they like apples - I never knew that.They have been seen on the Island in the last few years but they're not common. Thanks so much for sharing yours. Happy Sunday!

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  32. So pretty! I love watching the Cardinals in the yard too.

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  33. You are so right about sunshine lifting ones spirits. I love the way you captured the light shining on the little crab apples. I don't often get to see Cardinals so I take advantage of feeding and attracting them when I'm away other places.

    So glad to be finding sunshine on these long Winter days.

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  34. I just love to see the cardinals. we had a few couples last year but haven't seen any this year. They were rather noisy which I think bothered some of the neighbors but I loved to hear them.

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  35. The spiderweb cling with the frost makes an interesting pattern. I love, love the cardinal in the crab apple tree!
    Thanks for stopping by and your sweet comment.

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  36. Interesting photos, great contribution!
    Well done!
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  37. Beautiful pictures.. I have been wanting to take pictures of birds but never seem to see them around the house. Coming over from Sunlit Sunday.

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  38. How did you capture that Cardinal with the sunlight? My favorite bird.
    Balisha

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  39. Hi Judith, the cardinal looks so content basking in the sun. He looks well fed too! I agree with you totally that sunlight can lift our spirit and energizes us. Christa

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  40. Hooray for sunshine! The cardinal photos are lovely - such fat cheerful birds.

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  41. We have rainy weeks here. I was so happy when last Saturday we could enjoy sunshine for a few hours!
    Lovely post and shots, dear. Thanks for dropping by.

    1sthappyfamily.com

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  42. Fabulous picture of the spider web...and those frozen crab apples are yummy.

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  43. Beautiful captures! Love that cardinal. I haven't seen any this winter.

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