Nature photography from a woman in the woods

What Cold Critters Do . . .

The polar vortex is here again (I think it left for a day or two).  Extremely cold weather can give us cabin fever and make us grumpy, but it also brings out the good sides, too.  There is a tendency to slow down and be patient with each other, to reach out and help those in “winter” need, and to share warmth of good food and company.  The same is true for the wild critters that have to live in the cold conditions 24 hours a day.

The fluffed up and grumpy:


And, a never before seen … “sharing of the sunflower seeds”:

(Or, is it a miraculous ability – brought on by freezing cold,  to “pretend” that they are alone and their bottoms are not warmer? 😉 )



5 responses

  1. The Editors of Garden Variety

    Oh my….they are so cute. Excellent pictures!

    January 20, 2014 at 10:16 am

  2. The squirrels are so cute!

    January 20, 2014 at 1:05 pm

  3. Hi Bearyweather, Imagine that, cooperation between those little bird seed thieves (cute ones, at that). I sure do hope all is well with that extra-cold weather hitting. By the way, the temperatures will be at or just below freezing here in Marion County, FL, where I live tonight. Brrr. Could be worse – where I used to live in TN was -2 degrees this AM! So, I can really appreciate my cozy Florida diggs. Have a great day and stay warm!

    January 22, 2014 at 2:32 pm

  4. That blue jay looks positively grumpy about the weather!

    January 26, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    • Aren’t we all … this winter has been so harsh. We are experiencing 50-60 below wind chills tonight and tomorrow .. with a high of 17 below. Many schools are closed, unfortunately, my superintendent is pretty tough … we are only 2 hours late in the morning (it will be deathly cold and windy). Have a feeling I am going to look like that blue jay in the morning.

      January 26, 2014 at 8:50 pm

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