Friday, March 6, 2015

Frosty

 
 
The feathery frost on the kitchen window is pretty, but when I see this, I know it must be darn cold out there. It's minus 17C this morning with the wind chill.
 
 
The birds were here early looking for food. This House Finch was waiting patiently as I struggled to get my boots and coat on over several layers of clothing, and numerous pairs of socks.
 
 
Merfy sits waiting patiently as well, to go out for his "morning constitutional", sporting his new hand knit sweater. Tell me you know what the design on it is!
(Hint, it's a squirrel).
 
 
We got more snow, and none of us are too happy about that! This grey squirrel (Redfeather) spotted me as I stumbled out the door, reminding me that I forgot the hazelnuts!
 

By the time I got all the feeders filled up, the Blue Jays had found the peanuts on the fence, and it started snowing again.
 
 Rumor has it, there will be a "heat wave" on Saturday! It is forecast to go up to zero!!
 
 
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49 comments:

Nancy said...

That lil' housefinch is sure cute. Haven't seen any around here yet.

Thanks so much for joining in R5F my friend. xo

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful images, Karen! I love your cute Merfy! Is that a squirrel on his sweater? The House Finch is pretty! Have a happy weekend!

Muffie said...

Cute sweater on the Merf!! Our Kasey won't wear sweaters or anything. Of course, he does have a lot of fur. Those birds almost look as if they're annoyed there isn't a meal awaiting them! Spoiled? Oh, and we had snow and more cold, too.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

National Geographic needs to feature your stunning pictures.

As for the snow and cold, we're with ya on that one, ma'am.

Bless you for feeding your nature friends so diligently. That is fine way to earn your wings, so to speak.

Have a warm, safe and joyful weekend, Karen. Thanks for so much beauty you share with all of us!

Michelle said...

Sad that a heat wave is "zero". LOL!

Linda W. said...

Lovely frost patterns you've captured! And your latest squirrel pic is too cute!

Lori Skoog said...

Beautiful photographs and I have to tell you how much I enjoyed reading your about me page. We have many things in common! but I am much older....

Tanya Breese said...

wow, i thought those were frozen ferns or something, not frost! beautiful shots!

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I do love Merfy and his sweater is so cute!! Your photos are always SO superb and Michele is right, National Geographic does indeed need to feature your pics!! I always look forward to visiting your site, Karen!! That little bird in the second shot could be sitting right here on my desk along with the squirrel!! Such incredible detail!!! Awesome! Thank you for sharing!!

TexWisGirl said...

i had figured out that was a squirrel. and i LAUGHED at your impudent real squirrel! so cute!!!

hope it warms enough for you to find some duckage!

David Gascoigne said...

It IS cold, Karen. I just came in from outside where it is minus 11. Put your snuggies on if you go out!

Andaje said...

Minus 17??!! Jikes!! Hope you are keeping warm, and lok at all these wonderful animals that know you are there to brighten their day

Nancy J said...

Still mighty cold, love Merfy's coat, do you have a hat with ear flaps in the same pattern? Great snowflakes, and the birds, they know where to come for breakfast.

Tanya Breese said...

thank you for linking..it is nice to meet you :)

Debbie said...

oh karen, it was 9 degrees this morning and that felt very cold!!! i could not resist getting some "snow" pictures!!!

beautiful images, i saw the sweater squirrell right away!!!!

J Bonafilla said...

My goodness it looks cold in your neck of the woods, Karen. I love your photos. They're all sensational. The frost on the window pane is amazing; so abstract. I thought it was frozen fern fronds when I first looked at it. Your birds are beautiful. Neither our finches nor our jays look anything like as glamorous as yours. I love the brightly coloured blue of the blue jay. He's amazing. Well done for feeding all the little critters. It looks like they need all the help they can get with all that cold. All the best for a lovely weekend, Bonny

Gemma Wiseman said...

Great little feathered characters, but i must admit that I adore the cheeky face of the squirrel. And the frosty ferm looks so magical.

Tom said...

WOW great shots. Tom The Backroads Traveller

Mascha said...

Beautiful photos, but it looks like a deep winter -
I think, it's a squirrel on the sweater.
Have a nice weekend, send you a little sunshine and spring air

Elephant's Child said...

Wow. Love all those images.
And Merfy is at least as cute as the birds and the squirrel.
And cuter than the one on his coat.

Bob Bushell said...

That blog is stupendous, so close too.

Ida said...

Wow there has been a lot of snow here on blogs today. I must say I'm thrilled to be enjoying a nice 64 degrees with sunny skies today.
Loved your Bluejay shot and The cute squirrel. That is a cute sweater and I'm guessing a squirrel as the pattern.

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

I'm hoping that rumour is true, temperatures on the plus side of zero will be wonderful. Lovely photos of the birds.

Snap said...

Gorgeous images. Aren't birds fun? They even pose! Love the frosty glass, but cold cold cold is right. Yuk! Love Merfy's sweater. Go get that squirrel, Merf! ;) Happy Friday and stay warm.

RedPat said...

I'm late viewing your post, Karen, but it is fabulous! I love Merfy's coat. I heard we are going up to +6˚C one day next week - I'll believe it when I feel it!

CatTales said...

Merphy is adorable and I knew (without cheating) that is a squirrel!
Lovely photos but I hope you and your feathered friends get warmer temps soon.

Stephanie said...

Such great images, love all of them. The sweater is too cute for words.

Norma Ruttan said...

wow, I love the vividness of the blue jay! We've had lots of sunshine today, but the wind makes the frigid temps feel even colder. We're due for more snow.

Madge Bloom said...

Your red finch is gorgeous!

The Furry Gnome said...

Stunning pictures Karen! That frost is amazing!

Judy said...

Beautiful stuff. A difference between you and me, though, is that I'd be shivering too much to even notice; much less, take a photo. But that's why you live up north and I live down south. In my neck of the woods, you would probably be panting so much from the heat, you couldn't take pictures there!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

Your photo's are absolutely wonderful! We don't get as many birds here in the winter, so I loved seeing yours! Enjoy your heat wave :)

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Beautiful shots! I especially love the little finches and their red faces.

Margaret Adamson said...

Ah! A Zero degree heat wave!! That did make me laugh. These are all wonderful images including the Squirrel on the little jacket for your dog. Have a wonderful weekend.

Rajesh said...

Very lovely birds and cute squirrel.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Karen, thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

Pix Under the Oaks said...

Karen I love your critter shots! The little House Finch is darling with its head tilt! You captured great shots. Love the ear tufts on the gray squirrel. Merfy's sweater is priceless! I enjoy frost patterns, memories from when I was a kid! We enjoyed our wine yesterday, hope you did too with your evening fire.

W. Latane Barton said...

Here's hoping that your heatwave will rise higher and higher. Zero just stinks.

EG CameraGirl said...

Yep, it sure has been cold outside. It will make spring seem all that much sweeter when it arrives. Meanwhile, keep taking photos of winter's beauty, Karen. The frost photo is gorgeous!

Pat said...

Beautiful shots of the wild critters. Merfy looks handsome in his new sweater.

Marie said...

Gorgeous frost shot...the photos of the birds and squirrel making the best of it, are great! Love the doggie sweater, too. Stay warm!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Nutkin sweater is awesome.

ALL the pics are awesome!

;-)

Felicia said...

fabulous images Karen, especially the frost.

stay warm

Derek said...

Your area is seriously cold. You have my sympathy.

Merfy looks great, and well adjusted, and displaying the height of canine fashion.

Great photos. Great post.

Have a nice day.

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

That's squirrels face says it all...he is looking for a change too!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wonderful photos! I love the frost on the window. Merfy's sweather is so cute.

Joyful said...

Wow! Fabulous photos and yes it does look cold.

Valerie said...

Exquisite captures Karen - that House Finch is so precious, but the Blue Jay just takes my breath away!! (Glad you have some compensatory pleasures for the extremely cold weather)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That warm huh? What a long winter you've had. Love the frost art, the cold birds and the squirrels (live and on sweater).. Murfee is adorable in the coat (well, he's always adorable, but that coat is so darn cute on him.)