Birds in Boots

We haven’t identified these unusual strangers who seemed to blow in with the blizzard this Easter Weekend.  Anyone out there in the know?

They look like they are wearing black snow boots.  They should be!  Unfortunately they also have spring fever and find themselves tails up in the snow after flying too fast.DSCF0061.jpg

Update: They are dark-eyed juncos!

Rail Fence Remnant

The remains of an old railway snow fence still exist just out of town, standing forlorn and picturesque on a winter morning.  It is the end of winter, the bright side and the hopeful part of the season.  The fence is frosty on the shady face but warm where it greets the sun.

Judy painted this delicate, simple scene that is so familiar to anyone who knows Spirit River.