Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Can’t help but smile


Trent hosts a weekly post soliciting smiles. Since I believe we could all use a smile, I try to participate. This past week I’ve had lots and lots to smile about, much of which’ve blogged about and includes a cold Great Lake and snow and ice.

Can you see the birds hidden among all that fruit?

But this morning back at home the dog wanted to go out, a much less glamorous event than shooting a lighthouse glowing in the morning light. Plus it’s cold here, 10 F (-12.22 C) with a brisk wind. I wasn’t eager to traipse around in the yard.

I usually catch their yellow bellies, or the red tips to their wings…

After I bundled up we headed out to do her job. I was urging her to hurry, she was dawdling as usual. Then I heard it. The sound of a bunch of birds somewhere behind me.

I turned my head and saw a flash of yellow in our crab-apple tree. And a distinctive shape.

…but for me the defining bit of a cedar waxwing is the yellow strip along the tail. (Thank you Mr. Waxwing for showing us your colors!)

I grabbed the dog up in my arms and ran for the house and my camera. I had to change lenses. The dog was mystified. Racing back outside I told the dog to “STAY!” on the porch and I crept closer to the tree.

See the red tips at the end of the wings?

I was in such a hurry I didn’t consider my depth of field, and I have many blurry shots of nothing in particular. And even the ‘good’ images aren’t sharp, but the slightly blurry edges adds to the magic of the moment. Or so I’m telling myself.

Hungry in this cold weather, they stopped on their travels to visit my buffet.

Cedar waxwings fly through here as they migrate. I only see them once or twice a year, if at all, and those times it’s only a singular event. They don’t hang around. If the dog hadn’t decided she wanted to go out, if she had continued her nap, I never would have seen these.

So…that’s what made me smile today!

Hard to see even when I crop the image!

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

28 thoughts on “Can’t help but smile

  1. These photos are delightful. Thank you for sharing. With all the detail in the photo it’s hard to find focus on the waxwings, but you did a marvelous job and they have a nice quality. They made me smile!
    I promise not to tell Katie you referred to her as “the dog.”

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  2. I think your photos are, indeed, magical. I love Waxwings – had some Bohemian Waxwings visit us one summer, but so far only that one summer.


  3. Aw, these photos make me smile too! Just lovely!


  4. Of all the songbirds, don’t the waxwings always looks so perfectly coiffed? Never a feather out of place, such a smooth look.


  5. Great photos. Typically when that happens to me, by the time I get back the birds are gone. Glad the stuck around for you. A smile indeed 🙂


    • Me too! So many lost images when I have to run back into the house for the camera. Usually it’s the light that was magic and then is gone in an instant. Birds, too, rarely wait around for me to get my stuff together. Luckily these guys were hungry.

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  6. Dawn–I am smiling and laughing! In your rush to get photos, I guess ‘the dog’ was quicker to write than ‘Princess Katie.’ So made me smile! The photos are wonderful, though. Those little bits of red and yellow stand out so perfectly. I cannot imagine going outside in 10 degree weather…


  7. Oh, what a beautiful sight they are!! 🙂 Your photos are wonderful and magical. We only see them once, maybe twice if we’re lucky, when they migrate through here. I’ve only managed to catch them once so I know the feeling of how great it is when you do.


    • They are soooo beautiful. We seem them once or twice in a year too, often not at all. And I usually see them far away, in the tops of trees. So this was really special. And they came back the next evening, sitting in the top of a neighbor’s maple tree, right next to our crab apple. The sun was shining on them. I am using that shot as my FB main heading.


  8. On my screen the images look nice and sharp. Such beautiful photos, Dawn! I love cedar waxwings and their subtle splashes of colour. I read somewhere that these birds have been seen getting quite “drunk” on fermented berries in the winter.


  9. I’ve never seen one outside of pictures — they’re gorgeous! And the happy yellow and red detailing makes them really stand out. Good job, Katie, for getting your mama out in the cold to snap these!


  10. You made me laugh out loud with the part about rushing inside for your camera. Having to change lenses sometimes means missing things completely, so I can totally imagine your frantic haste, especially since the birds won’t be seen again probably. Katie being mystified also cracked me up because I can totally picture that too. Great shots under difficult circumstances!


    • Thank you! Yes, Katie gets confused if it’s not all about her! And the birds did come back the next evening, sitting in the top of a neighbor’s tree, with the late day sun making them glow. I got a little of that too, using it as my FB header. Haven’t seen or heard them since.


  11. Smile for sure! I usually see them for a few weeks in the summer about the time the wild raspberries are ripe:) They are a beautiful; bird!


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  13. I absolutely love your photos of the birds.


  14. Pretty pictures !


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