On the coldest days I admire the tenacity of the chickadees, searching earnestly through the forest for food. They weigh around 10 grams, the same as two quarters. They gain 10% of their body weight every day, and lose it at night shivering to stay warm. I have planted shrubs with winter fruits for the birds and other wildlife. The often bold and bright colors of winter fruits add a welcome touch of color in this muted season.
These berries were shot at a very shallow depth of field and appear to be floating. This is how I imagine birds might see them, a splash of red as they fly in search of food. Together we share January’s bounty, a gift for both of us. They provide a meal for hungry birds, and a feast for my eyes.