Downy Woodpecker (source)
I've been walking through the trees these past couple days, gathering up bits of nature for the Advent season. I love to clip greens and berries from the junipers in our shelter belts and poke them into wreaths and vases. I heard a Downy Woodpecker tapping on the trees and then I saw him and watched for a while. There were a few Chickadees dipping in and out, and today I noticed a flock of Sharptail Grouse had come into the trees for shelter from the coming cold. I think they like to feed on the Russian Olive trees. Olives were part of my collecting this winter.
I love bringing in the things that grow in my world and adding them to vases and candles.
For me, the earthy, spicy aroma of a juniper wreath is a fragrant and beautiful gift to my home.
It says, "Christmas is coming!"
Wishing you an Advent of quiet contemplation and joy.