Today I want to talk about a different vantage point, the view from over my kitchen sink (same room designation, different room). Whereas the summer kitchen looks out from the back of the house in three directions (southeast, west, and north), my kitchen sink window looks out toward the front of the house (due east). This unassuming little window has surprised me with many beautiful views through the seasons. A flower bed with two magnolia bushes wraps around this corner of the kitchen. Beyond it the front yard stretches out to the drive way which curves gracefully in from the road welcoming any visitors. Across the road which is bordered by a field the Jackson's red barn stands out against a wide prairie sky in the distance. So in early spring I enjoy the delicate, glowing magnolia blooms and the colorful spring bulbs in the flower bed; in the summer it's the cleomes and the susans that reach clear up to the window sill, the Queen Anne's lace growing across the road, and the hummingbirds that frequent the feeders; and in the fall it's the view of the Jackson's barn after the corn has been harvested.
A pair of Christmas Cardinals adorn my snow-covered magnolia bush (2007).
But in the winter, it's the beautiful sunrises and the winter birds.
The people who owned this old farmhouse for many years must have loved birds. For many years when Ben and I rode our bikes past this place, there was a purple martin house on a tall pole in the front yard. When we purchased the property in 2005 the purple martin house was gone but we inherited several little bird houses hanging in trees. The flower beds and bushes around the old house with its modern picture windows seemed designed to draw in the birds for all to see. For instance the winter birds shelter themselves from the wind and sun themselves on the bare magnolia-bush branches just outside the kitchen sink window. For that reason I have gotten into the habit of taking out the screen during the cold weather months for a better view - and for the occasional photo opportunity.
So let me introduce you to some more of our fine feathered friends:
species of winter birds viewed from the window over my kitchen sink
|Mr. Cardinal takes a bow (2013)|
I did also mention winter sunrises at the beginning of this post, didn't I? Stay tuned for more on those. As the sun changes its trajectory toward the south in the dark months, we get unobstructed views of the sunrises (and sunsets) on the horizon in this little corner of the prairie. So I will finish this post with a couple of shots of the winter sunrise from over my kitchen sink. :)
A hearty thanks to all who have found their way to this post! I hope you will feel rewarded (as I did) by these views from my little kitchen-sink window.
I missed "Red" when he no longer came to visit, so I attached this cardinal thermometer I found at the farm store to the window to remind us of him (photo on right).