Cardinals Celebrate the First Day of Spring at the Stone House

Spring in the Ozarks – redbuds, dogwoods, bluebirds, snow…SNOW? You heard me right, snow.

Tonight we are under a freeze warning for the 3rd night in a row. I am heating the cellar to keep the pipes from bursting, I am wearing long-johns, I am stoking a fire – yeah, feels like Spring.

My driveway on the first day of Spring.

I suppose this view beats the bare trees, if it was warmer I would be out shooting macro shots of snowflakes on my daffodils. Before we get a mob together to take out that lying groundhog – there is an upside. My snobby cardinals come out in droves in the snow. They must know that the contrast makes them look amazing.

There’s nothing more classic that a shot of a cardinal in a tree in the snow – makes me feel like Christmas, well, maybe next Christmas…

Ignoring me in a tree...

Ignoring me in a tree…

Puffed and posing in the branches...

Puffed and posing in the branches…

Ignoring me behind a birdhouse...

Ignoring me behind a bird house…

Avoiding my glance in the crepe myrtle...

Avoiding my glance in the crepe myrtle…

Of course, they can ignore me all day out there on the limb – but when the snow stops for a minute, they feed like there’s no tomorrow.

Stomping in the snow, looking for seed...

Stomping in the snow, looking for seed…

Digging through the ice for his next meal...

Digging through the ice for his next meal…

Doing his best impression of an Angry Bird...

Doing his best impression of an Angry Bird…

Out on a ledge feasting on cracked corn...

Out on a ledge feasting on cracked corn…Is it just me, or does he look inflated?

Once the snow starts again, it’s time to take cover and wait for that next meal…

No superstition here, he's taking refuge under a ladder.

No superstition here, he’s taking refuge under a ladder.

Spring is supposed to return sometime around Wednesday. I’ll probably keep putting out that expensive songbird food they like so much. They will likely continue to ignore me. Ungrateful snobs, beautiful ungrateful snobs. I love them.

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49 thoughts on “Cardinals Celebrate the First Day of Spring at the Stone House

  1. Those red cardinals look gorgeous against the white snow and I’m loving your images of them.
    Yep, he does look a little fatter (or pot-bellied). Probably ate too much.

    Nice to see some more snow – send it over to me (if you don’t like it) – today, we went back to hot humid summer heat (and worse tomorrow).

    I wish the seasons would get themselves all sorted out around the world.

    • Thanks Vicki, they seem to puff up when the wind blows.

      My 99-year-old neighbor told me that she thinks the seasons are just a month off :) We didn’t get a lot of snow, but it was very cold and windy until this morning. It’s only 24 degrees but with no wind it’s fine. I’m not ready for summer, but some sunlight would be nice.

  2. I share your attitude on snow but these are beautiful and I think he is posing, do you think he knows he does not blend in with the environment?

  3. When did you come to my house? Cuz that’s just what it looked like.

    And if you got a bunch of “unlikes” that was my fingers not my heart pressing the wrong damn keys! I LIKE this!

    • LOL – I’ve been too crazy to notice any “unlikes” – but that happens to me sometimes too! My house is a bit further south that yours so it rarely looks like this in late March.

    • Thanks Brigette – the driveway is like a tunnel to my secret meadow – as long as a football field and curves so you can’t see in. I like how they just puff up when they are cold – that could come in handy.

    • Thanks – I struggled with the darkness that day it was tough to get a shot in focus during the snow fall. They do look great in the snow and I’m certain that they know it :)

  4. I’m telling you – the most cardinals ever in our yard. So beautiful and as long as the feed held out, they were there. Still running off hoards of grackles tho – boo hiss! Have a great week, Lorri – 60s by thurs – yea! K

    • They were really fluttering in and out on Thursday when I took these shots. Still there heavily through the weekend with the cold. I am ready for some warmer weather and a long weekend.

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