The crocuses are in bloom! And so are the snowdrops! I keep getting surprised! This year I’ve been so busy and it’s been so cold and brown and gray that I haven’t even looked outside much. When I do: bam! there’s a little bit more color that’s appeared out of nowhere!

First there was an amazing cluster of light purple crocuses that faded perfectly from white to purple. Then it was some that were darker, richer purples and yellow. Then we had yet another round of snow on the crocuses. Pretty!

Meanwhile, my love of cats and my love of birds are in serious conflict in my yard. This winter our neighbor’s cat has decided to start murdering the birds at my feeder. It’s getting terrible. I had noticed the cat lurking around by yard. Then I noticed a pile of feathers. Then I saw this and realized she’s an amazing hunter and so well camouflaged:

darn cat!

Do you see her? She’s perched in the crook of the magnolia, eyeing a plump little junco, and just waiting… I chased her off as soon as I got done taking the photo. Then this morning I heard a commotion outside and looked up from my breakfast and newspaper to find that she was in my yard again and had caught another junco.

I was reminded of this great infographic about How Much Cats Kill.


Research shows one in three cats commits an average of two murders a week (in between blinking lazily, purring, sleeping, cuddling, and eating actual cat food).

My cat knows the proper way to appreciate the birds: from inside the house.


Ice Storm: the Sequel

Despite my crocus’ insistence that spring really is around the corner, the ice and snow continue to fall.

We got another round of winter this past weekend. First there was the ice–not as thick as last time but still pretty–and slippery. I tried to find interesting things in my yard that I hadn’t photographed before or new perspectives on the ones that I had previously photographed¬†(click a photo in any montage to get a slide show).

yard in the ice

And around the neighborhood…

Then snow fell…

snowy garden

And there were more interesting photos to take:

I’ve been working hard to keep the bird feeders full. The birds had a great party tent with an ice fringe.

bird feeder and birds in flight

And I’ve enjoyed the crocuses’ journey through the ice and snow.

I’ve had a wonderful visit from my sister and her family. We got to enjoy the snow by sledding on the Evansville riverfront. It was picturesque.