A cold wet mix of ice is pelting the skylight falling from the morning grey sky.  Winter brown grass dots last nights dusting of snow, as a couple doves peck at sprinkled crushed corn on the ground. Roosted on bare lilac branches a family of cardinal’s brilliant red plumage pulse puffed-up against the arctic winter air.

With both hands wrapped around a hot cup of coffee I take a moment to appreciate the simple details of the beauty and joy my backyard friends bring each day outside the studio window. Today temp– high 20s tonight dropping down to 5. That’s cold beyond cold it’s freezing. Stay well my friend!