The message

I wake to a world of plummeting temperatures and snow.

Minus 25 C. It’s cold. Very cold.

My glasses are white with a thick layer of ice.

Not a bus or train in sight. Freezing.

I’m on the verge of giving up the wait.

Then, suddenly, a sound…

A woodpecker.

Beating out a message on the frozen bark of a tree.

It’s a drum roll that speaks of determination,

Of patience and hope.

Of the promise of better things to come.

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61 responses

  1. Persistence and perseverance, too!

    February 26, 2011 at 15:34

  2. Great post ! Love how hearty these woodpeckers are! I “stumbled” it 😉

    February 26, 2011 at 15:41

    • Thanks. So kind!

      February 26, 2011 at 16:10

  3. I’ll bet that’s a spotted!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

    February 26, 2011 at 15:52

  4. Such beautiful photos and inspiring words. We were near freezing this morning, but by mid-day are suppose to be in the upper 60s. Have a great weekend.

    Thoughts in Progress

    February 26, 2011 at 16:26

  5. cherry blossom

    And look how it hangs on…as if to say..”I made it!” :-)

    February 26, 2011 at 16:56

  6. The best messages come from the birds, like in “a little birdie told me….!”

    Your wake was rewarded with a brilliant photo.

    February 26, 2011 at 16:59

  7. They are so beautiful! I saw one this afternoon but it was on top of a VERY tall tree.

    -25?!? Close to 0 where my mum lives (ie where I am right now), outside Sollefteå.

    February 26, 2011 at 17:03

  8. What wonderful photos and they so similar to woodpeckers I see at my feeder here in Iowa.

    February 26, 2011 at 17:06

  9. Oh, very cool!

    February 26, 2011 at 17:13

  10. Always a wonderful message to receive when things appear bleak. Lovely shots, as always.

    February 26, 2011 at 17:25

  11. Blu

    Fabulous, but do take care!

    February 26, 2011 at 18:00

  12. Fantastic images of the birds in action.

    February 26, 2011 at 18:25

  13. Though I am also red-headed, I claim no kinship to a woodpecker who braves the frozen tundra. I had no idea they would stay year-round in such a cold place!

    But his message is loud and clear, and thank you for pointing it out!

    February 26, 2011 at 18:34

  14. Lovely post and I love the woodpecker. They are cool birds to watch!

    February 26, 2011 at 18:46

  15. I´m always amazed how birds survive those temperatures. But he looks perfectly happy.

    February 26, 2011 at 18:57

  16. lilalia

    Glad you gave it a meal. I was imagining it trying to find frozen nutriment.

    February 26, 2011 at 19:04

  17. Inspiring words and beautiful photos. Thank you!

    February 26, 2011 at 19:26

  18. glad you got that message cause it sounds bitter cold out there…nice shots…

    February 26, 2011 at 19:47

  19. EXCELLENT photos!! I do love to watch and go birding. Your captures are so vivid and the clarity is outstanding!!

    February 26, 2011 at 20:55

  20. Any signs of spring are welcome on my end! Love the pictures of the Woodpecker!!! I don’t know if you saw my response to your comment but there is a reason for my malaise about winter/snow…

    February 26, 2011 at 21:14

  21. “Patience” and “hope”, “better things to come”, what a beautiful message from a beautiful little creature, thank you ladyfi:-)

    February 26, 2011 at 21:24

  22. It’s hard being a bird in such cold weather, but they’re driven on by unseen forces.

    February 26, 2011 at 21:37

  23. Doesn’t it make you wonder how birds, so much smaller than we are, can withstand such cold? Nature is amazing!

    February 26, 2011 at 22:44

  24. I’d never make it as a bird.

    February 26, 2011 at 23:11

  25. Beautiful, clear images.

    February 26, 2011 at 23:40

  26. Gorgeous!

    Camera Critter Post at my page. Have a nice weekend!

    February 27, 2011 at 01:21

  27. What a wonderful, cheerful sight that woodpecker is!
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

    February 27, 2011 at 01:29

  28. I have woodpeckers that visit the tree outside my office all the time. Very entertaining little fellows.

    February 27, 2011 at 02:55

  29. AL

    Hey Woody Woodpecker, do you know I was just imitating how you sound like while pecking woods? Hahaha.

    February 27, 2011 at 04:17

  30. My hat’s off to the woodpecker, then! Beautiful little harbinger of hope that he is.

    February 27, 2011 at 04:19

  31. I really enjoy woodpeckers. They usually have such interesting coloring. Back when I was a “birder,” they were one of my favorite birds who visited.

    February 27, 2011 at 04:33

  32. fe

    wow! such a wonderful pictures..I love it:)

    February 27, 2011 at 04:40

  33. What a treat that was for you on an icy day! We so enjoy the teeny woodpeckers that stop by to visit and fill up on suet. Lovely photos…:)


    February 27, 2011 at 07:50

  34. Sorry to hear that, -25 degrees C! Contrary to the fact, the woodpecker, your photos and words are inspiring and lovely. Wish you spring sooner.

    February 27, 2011 at 08:00

  35. So very motivating… Beautiful message.
    My Yatra Diary…

    February 27, 2011 at 09:20

  36. Amy

    We have woodpeckers around here also but haven’t heard any of them through the winter…maybe they’ve all gone to Sweden? Looks like your trees aren’t as cold as ours…probably easier on the beaks😉 Great photos Fi!!

    February 27, 2011 at 10:05

  37. Hi Lady Fi
    dolcissime immagini !
    Buona domenica:)

    February 27, 2011 at 14:59

  38. We are lucky that you always have your camera handy…..and that it works even when it is very, very cold.

    February 27, 2011 at 16:29

  39. Amazing how in one moment a new awareness (like the sound and sight of a sweet creature) can take us out of our experience of suffering and into joy and delight.

    February 27, 2011 at 17:15

  40. We have around 40 degrees higher temperature than what you have experienced while waiting…
    Great capture, as always.

    February 27, 2011 at 17:25

  41. Beautiful capture! I like the bird feeder, very interesting looking!

    February 27, 2011 at 18:44

  42. man! that´s cold! hang in there!

    February 27, 2011 at 21:28

  43. · The second one is a very nice picture. What does the little bird eat?

    · greetings

    CR & LMA Here, tomorrow, something different: My own music

    February 27, 2011 at 22:42

  44. I just love woodpeckers even though they are little monsters!

    February 27, 2011 at 23:36

  45. He is great!! I love listening to woodpeckers!

    February 28, 2011 at 01:30

  46. Lovely color in the white of winter.

    February 28, 2011 at 03:04

  47. Patience and hope and beautiful pictures. I can’t even fathom being out in that cold a day..

    February 28, 2011 at 03:41

  48. So, so beautiful. Thank you.

    February 28, 2011 at 04:14

  49. What a lovely message!!
    I drop everything when woodpeckers visit neighboring trees…but I have never been able to capture them in photos. Thanks to you I can admire this one. Great shots!
    Have a wonderful day, and stay warm please!

    February 28, 2011 at 06:41

  50. Brrr. That woodpecker seems an attractive bird. We don’t get them here Fi – Dave

    February 28, 2011 at 10:05

  51. Great pictures. now i will be able to tell what a woodpecker looks like. lol
    The second photo, really great capture

    February 28, 2011 at 12:12

  52. Absolutely love the last line – and I so agree. There is suddenly a promise in the air.;))

    February 28, 2011 at 14:56

  53. Beautiful pictures, and your patience paid off. Minus 25, geesh..way too cold for me to even think venturing outside!

    February 28, 2011 at 15:27

  54. Love the snow pics (there’s NO snow in my part of the world)!

    March 1, 2011 at 00:29

  55. Hope!!

    March 1, 2011 at 17:04

  56. That’s one COOL bird!:-)

    March 1, 2011 at 18:34

  57. Let’s pretend that the woodpecker’s drumming is heralding spring, Fi… Also, I like that spiral suet feeder.

    March 2, 2011 at 00:19

  58. It is cold here too..we just cannot seem to warm up..we had one warm spell in mid Feb..after that it has been way below zero every night. I know I am whining..but you got some great photos of the woodpeckers:)

    March 3, 2011 at 07:39

  59. That is an excellent shot of the woodpecker!!

    March 5, 2011 at 13:19

  60. That twirlly green feeder is great! Especially in the composition you captured.

    I’m enjoying a stroll through your photos.

    btw – I’m new to wordpress ( found you via hillary @ smitten image )

    March 16, 2011 at 15:41

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