It's snowing right now (!) and this afternoon as we were preparing for the predicted 8-12" the birds were busy eating and drinking. At one point we saw six bluebirds fly across the front lawn - it was so exciting. You can see why blue birds are the 'happiness' bird - you cannot be grumpy when you see one. On overcast days like today, the blue is almost electric. So, in the midst of covering the gardenias with sheets, I grabbed the camera for a few quick shots. On a side note - if you haven't discovered the joy of used fitted sheets you are missing out! My husband buys old fitted sheets at Goodwill and we use them for lots of garden tasks - they're perfect for protecting plants during snow/ice storms and for carrying weeds, leaves, and other debris away; the gathered corners make them much nicer than tarps and you can drag a huge amount of stuff in one (kind of like an ant with a giant crumb!). And they dry quickly (in the sun, not the dryer!) - unlike tarps and other plastic-y things sold for this purpose.
If you're accustomed to looking at photos of birds on other sites, please don't judge mine too harshly. I'm in the market for a new camera, but in the meantime my point-and-click does an okay job . . .
And to close, here's the only nice color in the garden right now - containers on the porch. The deer, squirrels, and cold weather haven't gotten them yet . . . we'll see how they fare during this storm.
Hope your weekend is warm and snugly!