Julie Gowing Hayes

Woodland Redhead, 2019
12 x 9 in (30.48 x 22.86 cm)
I have always been an avid birdwatcher but as COVID-19 began shutting the world down, it seemed the birds stepped up to the challenge of offering amazing backyard entertainment to provide the much needed diversion away from the negativity of the news outlets. It was peak migration season and I spent hours watching and photographing, not just the usual visitors, but breeds that only pass through for a brief time, that usually go unnoticed because of normal everyday busyness. It also gave me a reason to get up and out early as it was a challenge to keep the feeders full every day. Social media provided an outlet to connect with like-minded people to share the beauty by providing photos and information exchange about the birds - a much needed break from the negativity of the news. While this time of isolation has caused great strife for many, I am thankful to be in a place that provided me a sanctuary in which to reflect on the beauty of creation, what is important in my life and to realize how blessed I am.
Woodland Redhead by Julie Gowing Hayes

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