WINTER FINCH (male) 5 x 7 oil painting by Dawn B. Dwyer
When I first began to feed the birds, I had a male Finch show up during the colder weather. I wondered who this new bird was and followed it around from tree branch to tree branch, trying to identify him. I really fell in love with this little bird.
After weeks of brief visits at my house, I was able to identify him as an American Goldfinch. Now, I only saw him by himself and when he stopped by, I considered him a special guest at my feeder. But when spring came and I hung a large finch feeder, he brought a dozen other American Goldfinches to my house. And he transformed into his brightly colored feathers.
One of the things I love about the American Goldfinch is their group spirit. Finches seem to show up at our feeders with 12 of their closet friends and family. They really are the most social birds in our yard. Here is a video of the whole gang on the Finch Feeder: https://youtu.be/C97I37vrmVM
Did you know that in ancient Rome, the month, January is named after Janus the god of the doorway? In fact, it was a tradition to symbolically close the door on old troubles and open another to new possibilities.
I thought this painting would be a great one to feature this month because of the story it tells. It just fits in with the new year and the endless possibilities the new year offers to all of us.
The world offers us endless possibilities. We just have to be ready to act without hesitation when the opportunities arise. Because sometimes it is just a fleeting moment. So now and then, we just need to take the chance, remove our shoes and get our feet wet.