Within the last month the songbirds had returned to the island for their summer mating. It was obvious they had found their favorite mating territory by their loud cheerful cacophony of songs that raised my spirits during the warm sunny day walks. It was a blessing to my ears; their music brought back those feelings of spring that had been dormant during the long cold and gray days of winter.
This early morning when I started down the driveway through the forest, I noticed the quietness around me. It was silent! Then, I realized the songbirds weren’t singing announcing their day was going to be bright and warm; a perfect day for collecting food, playing and attracting mates. So, the two mile walk I did on my own without nature music to accompany me along the way. Further into my walk big chunky rain drops begin to fall intermittently with large snow flakes grounding all airborne animals from flying. The birds must have sensed the minor storm arriving this morning giving them a few more winks of sleep until the weather improved.
My thoughts drifted at that moment to the birds behavior during these quiet periods: Where do they locate, how do they maintain body weight if unable to search for their daily food intake and how do they keep warm?
In the painting, I used crayon resist hoping the white snow drops would show through the watercolor paint but they do not show on the print. The scanner results always shows the white paper gray; so you are looking at gray snow flakes.