Anti-Freeze Feet

January 9 2014 ice on Parkway 110

Great Blue Heron wading along College Creek

Have you ever wondered how the birds do it?

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Sea gulls on a sand bar in the James River

How they stay out in the cold,

day after day after night,

and don’t freeze?

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Canada Geese in Halfway Creek

How high must their metabolism burn?

What anti-freeze could possibly run through their wings and feet?

January 9 2014 ice on Parkway 106

I wonder as I watch them

wade through icy water;

Sea gulls in a marsh by Jamestown Island

Sea gulls in a marsh by Jamestown Island

As they stand unruffled and unmoved in the winter wind.

Redtailed Hawk

Redtailed Hawk

Their eyes ever watchful for the next bite of food;

floating, flying, crawling, swimming, dangling, buried in mud;

Red Tailed Hawk

Red Tailed Hawk

their patience unparalleled as they wait out winter,

finely tuned to survival.

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What titanium will to greet yet another frost rimmed sunrise;

Ducks in College Creek

Ducks in College Creek

What optimism to date and mate in this frozen wintery world,

trusting spring will come before chicks hatch with hungry cries.

Red Winged Black Birds

Red Winged Blackbirds

Gathering sociably on ice, wading through the frozen marsh,

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clinging to the highest points of windswept trees,

their sharp taloned feet, covered in thick bird flesh scales,

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

immune to the cold.ย  Gripping, balancing, grabbing;

an act of pure will.

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Paddling, wading; webbed feet of

waterfowl immersed in frigid brine.

Sea gulls

Sea gulls

How is it possible that human flesh,

so prone to frostbite,

could not last an hour;ย  let alone a season?

Flock of Canada Geese flying in formation

Flock of Canada Geese flying in formation

A precious gift from Creator:

Anti-freeze feet.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Photos and Words by Woodland Gnome 2014

Bringing Birds to the Garden

What’s There to Eat?

Wild Ice

Why Do Ducks Not Get Frostbite?ย  (Arts and Crafts For Retirees)

About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

14 responses to “Anti-Freeze Feet

  1. Forest So Green

    I am always amazed by the birds, they bring much joy and wonder to me ๐Ÿ™‚ Annie

  2. Lovely photos, I really like the red tailed hawk!

  3. I have wondered how their little bodies cope in the cold! Beautiful images.

  4. I have often wondered how they do it. Another beautiful post, WG, in words and images. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Just four words! Amazing!
    Well a few more maybe, lol
    Another wonderful,blog,
    Amazingly,written,and amazingly beautiful photos, ๐Ÿ™‚
    I never vet tired of reading them,hope you don’t get tired of shareing them!
    Have a wondrrful day! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you, Marion. I’ll not get tired of taking the photos and writing at least until its warm enough to work in the garden again… Thank you for the kind words ๐Ÿ˜‰ WG

      • You are welcome!
        I know what you mean bout geting back in garden I am impaitently,waiting for that as well,lol
        That is worth slowing down on other things for,lol
        Have a great night ,stay well,safe and happy,WG, ๐Ÿ™‚

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