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It is 5 below zero outside with a stiff breeze to make it feel much colder. It is trying so hard to snow, but with such cold temperatures, the flakes are tiny..more like annoying ice crystals. The sun is trying to brighten up the day through a thin layer in the clouds off to the Southwest. It is one of those days that justifies spending crazy money on fancy moisture-wicking undergarments. It may be cold, but the driveway has 6 new inches of snow to be cleared and the woodbox is getting low. Yes, one of those days that reassures me that I was correct all those years when I taught my biology students, “Feathers did not evolve for flight, but as modified or mutated reptilian scales that became useful for insulation to conserve body heat as the climate became colder. Mammals with their hair..birds with their feathers…niches opened up…how cool it was to be warm!!”

This blue jay doesn’t seem bothered at all by the cold…but me…I think I will stay home today and there probably is enough wood inside to last until tomorrow. And on a day like today…this comforter works better than a dozen red roses, a box of fine chocolates, and dinner at a favorite restaurant on Valentine’s Day. :))

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Comments

  • Kratos
    Kratosabout 4 years ago

    This is a great shot once again, Brian. It has been cold here again, too, although warming up today. Hope some of that warm air comes your way before too long.

  • Thanks, Laurie. I could use a sniff of Spring.

    Brian

    – Brian Pelkey

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1about 4 years ago

    wow such a stunning capture against that wonderfully misty frozen backdrop – his colours and the wonderful detail of his feathers stand out so well against it

    brilliant work as always my friend
    stay cosy
    maggie
    :)

  • Thanks, Maggie. Misty frozen backdrop, formerly known as snow! Ha,Ha. Wood heat is one of God’s greatest gifts. :))

    Brian

    – Brian Pelkey

  • Desirée Glanville
    Desirée Glanvilleabout 4 years ago

    What a fantastic capture!!!

  • Thank you so much for the fave, Daisy. Means much coming from you.

    Brian

    – Brian Pelkey

  • NatureGreeting Cards ©ccwri
    NatureGreeting...about 4 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL IMAGE! I love all the beauty of ALL nature so this is a fave 4 me!

  • Thank you so much for the fave, Carolyn.

    Brian

    – Brian Pelkey

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 4 years ago

    Terrific capture! Ah, a biology teacher…tell me, why don’t the feet and legs of birds freeze? Every time I see one standing on an ice covered branch I wonder about that! LOL

  • It works the same way as a car’s radiator. Did you ever wonder how that hot radiator could cool your car engine? Counterpositioning..the arteries (carrying warm blood to the extremities of the bird) are next to the veins (bringing cold blood back from the extremities). Heat flows from warm to cold so by the time the blood makes it to the feet…most of the heat has been transferred to the vein and headed back to the body. Birds must have cold feet though..LOL Just not cold hearts :)) Cold feet is normal for them..but not a cold heart. Hope this short explanation helps. Thanks, Dot.

    Brian

    – Brian Pelkey

  • Neil Messenger
    Neil Messengerabout 4 years ago

    excellent

  • Thank you so much, Neil.

    Brian

    – Brian Pelkey

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleabout 4 years ago

    Great catch!

  • Thanks, Rick.

    Brian

    – Brian Pelkey

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...about 4 years ago

    fantastic capture Brian

  • Thank you, Dave.

    Brian

    – Brian Pelkey

  • tori yule
    tori yuleabout 4 years ago

    Excellent capture, Brian!!

  • Thank you, Tori. Your fave means much.

    Brian

    – Brian Pelkey

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 4 years ago

    Great capture !
    Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have built in temperature controls for one’s body :)

  • Huh? I thought we did!! Thanks, Trish.

    Brian

    – Brian Pelkey

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