Any birds? Jon texted. Not now, I texted back, I’ll let you know when
The problem is that when the birds come, by the time Jon gets to my studio they have either left or he scares them away by opening my studio door.
They do of course come back again, but then Jon has to wait around while I’m working and my work tables are in front of the windows where the bird feeder is.
One day he sat in my studio taking pictures of the birds when I wasn’t there. There was something sweet about that, about him doing his working in my studio. It’s never happened before.
But mostly I’m working when the birds are there.
So yesterday I bought a long narrow bird feeder and told Jon I’d hang it in the south facing living room window. That way, he could set up his tripod by the window, and sit comfortably in a chair waiting for the birds to come.
I always think of the birds at my feeder as Winter’s Flowers.
They bring color and life to the landscape out my studio window when the tress, grasses and flowers are resting.
In a way it works the same as Jon’s raised flower beds.
I was going to hang the feeder today, but if it doesn’t warm up I’ll wait until tomorrow. I’ll take the screen off the storm window and clean the windows so Jon will have a clear view. I’ll hang suet also, to attract the woodpeckers and maybe that Northern Flicker that comes to my feeder.
One of the things that I’ve learned about creativity is that there is always another idea. But I have act on them. It’s only when I bring an idea into the physical world that it leads to another and another.
When Jon was concerned at the end of the summer that he wouldn’t be able to take pictures of his flowers anymore (He loves so much sharing them with the people on his blog and they love seeing them), I knew he’d come up with his own “winter flower”.
Because one of the things I’ve loved about Jon, from the time I first met him, was that he always has another creative idea.
And he’s done it again, this time with the birds right outside the window.