The other day, I felt like the weight of winter finally broke from my back! It was beautiful outside here in Northern Virginia! The birds started singing loudly and proudly and the small mammals started foraging for the goodies left behind.
To push my advantages from my camera's perspective, I decided to take advantage of the natural landscape view from my backyard to entice the furry and feathered friends for photographic opportunities.
With five very gigantic pine and spruce trees growing along the property line, I have more than enough pine cones to last for several winters! I gathered up a small kitchen trash bag full of the fullest and largest I could find. I coated about a fourth of them in peanut butter and rolled them around in bird seed to create natural bird feeders! The squirrels and chipmunks like them, too. :)
After getting a flower pot full, I ventured outside with them, hanging some in the dogwood tree out front and some in the large maple tree behind the house.
The pine cone feeders were hung on Tuesday. Wednesday, I found that two of the pine cones were missing from the maple tree. I figured squirrels carried them off. I laughed and proceeded to fill the four feeders that made it through the harsh winter with leftover seed. As I filled the smallest one, I saw beneath my step stool one of the missing pine cones! It had ventured about 50-feet from the maple tree to one of the pine trees! Silly squirrel. :) I found the other one all the way around to the front of the house under the dogwood tree!
So here I am on Thursday listening and watching grackles, ring-winged blackbirds, some cute brown striped bird, juncos, squirrels, cow birds, and starlings enjoy the bounty. I await the sun to shift position of the shadows and the camera will snap away! Meanwhile, I will run to Lowe's to grab some potting soil. I have seeds to finish planting in my new outdoor pots so as to attract lovely butterflies and small finches later on! Gold finches make wonderful models. :)
Even for those who don't want to photograph them, these are a great way to entice the pretty wildlife creatures to your yard to entertain you with their antic and their songs :)