Friday, December 16, 2011

Both Saturday Photohunts: Natural and Joy



I'm participating in both of the Saturday Photohunts this week and the two themes go together very well. Gattina's theme this week in Natural and Sandi's is Joy. I derive a great deal of joy from the natural world. For me natural joy is the best high around.
In the spirit of the season I'm using photographs I shot from December 4 through December 27 of 2010 which was an unusually snowy December for the part of North Carolina where I live.
The big ice blocks in the top part of the shot above are from the bird bath and my attempts to supply fresh water to the birds.
We haven't had any snow yet this December which is why I thought I'd show you my natural world from last December.
The birds in the shots above and below, as well as in many of the shots I'm using are standing on my deck wall. They give me a great deal of joy.
When it snows, I try to keep the top of the deck wall brushed off because it's a good major feeding station for the birds and squirrels. It may look like they're eating snow but that ledge is full of seeds, fruit and nuts.
The main time I feed the birds is when it's snowing or when it's unusually cold, although I always provide them with fresh water.
I used to have feeders for year round bird seed until I started letting my garden go to seed literally.
At this point, except in bad weather, there is plenty of stuff for the birds to eat in my wild garden and they hoard seeds and nuts in the fall to help with the winter.
However, when the weather is extra cold or snowy, I help them out.
I get so much joy from the natural world filled with the sky, trees, birds, and many other animals that make their home in my wild overgrown yard.
Click here to visit Gattina's Saturday's Photohunting where the theme is Natural. Sandy has taken over TN Chicks Saturday Photohunt and you can click here where the theme is Joy. A big thank you to both hosts for keeping the photohunt going.


Sue said...

Lovely collection for both themes! I especially like the contrast of the white snow with the cardinal. :)

I played both photo hunts two, but I put them in two separate posts. I do like the way you've combined your entries though because both themes do work well together, I feel joy from the natural world too :)

Happy weekend!

Judy said...

Beautiful snowy photos...All our snow is gone so I have to wait to get any snow shots.

MaR said...

What a fascinating collection, Carver! congrats on fantastic natural shots.


Annie said...

Carver, you take such great photos of the natural world; I love looking at them and can tell it brings you joy. I was thinking about all that snow last year, funny how balmy and warm it is right now. I'll be very surprised if we have another White Christmas this year!

Happy weekend!

MaR said...

Carver, thank you for your visit and comment. Which I can read on my e-mail but not on the blog...oh, blogger!!

Anonymous said...

natural beauty so magnificently presented. i have combined the themes for today too. will try to do that, if possible.

have a lovely weekend.

Rambling Woods said...

I know how much you love nature...Thank you for putting out some food in the snow..that is a time when it's hard to find natural food especially for the insect eaters...

ancient one said...

Oh my.. I remember last year's snow... today we were in the 70's and I sure enjoyed this day. Love all your snowy photos!

YTSL said...

So Gattina is going ahead with her meme... Maybe I'll play that some week but for this week, I've just continued with the Photo Hunt now hosted by Sandy...

Good on you for combining both, Carver. I'll have to see if I can combine both in a single entry some time! ;b

Gattina said...

That's the ideal combination ! beautiful pictures.
I will continue for a while and see, if it becomes too complicated for the participants I stop, the most important thing is that the meme continues !

Anneke (Mudhooks) said...

That reminds me! I have to set up the feeder, again!

Great birdies!

gengen said...

They all look nice shots. Visiting from PH!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I don't think there is any thing prettier in Nature than a red cardinal in the snow.
Thanks for joining the new Saturday PhotoHunt site.
See you next saturdy!

Liz said...

These photos are lovely. Great take on the theme. Have a fabulous week.

Liz @ MLC

Leora said...

I just love the red cardinals in the snow.

rdl said...

great shots!!

SquirrelQueen said...

Great shots, I of course love the one with the little squirrel. And the cardinal really stands out against the snow.

We haven't had any snow here either, I'm also recycling photos from last year.

ev said...

i always enjoy your photos Carver!thanks for sharing them.

Merry Christmas in advance to you and your family!God bless you the whole year round.:)

Suzy said...

Beautiful pics and they fit the theme so well.

Cezar and Léia said...

Poor birds outside, I whish I could shelter them all...
The snow covered tree against the blue sky is a delight!
God bless you!

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

beautiful. In Borneo and Singapore, they shave up blocks of ice and serve them with syrup.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Your snow pix are so marvelous, they almost make me wish for some (but I think I'll settle for looking at yours, thank you very much!!!).

Unknown said...

Those shots are beautiful. What a difference a year makes, huh? We've been having 70-degree weather all week -- even reached 80 one day.