"The north wind scours the sleeping land; the fields lay fallow and bleak. The summer flocks have all flown south; and the sun shines thin and weak."
So goes the opening to Winter Birds, the latest work from local wildlife biologist and writer Diane Culling and artist Cindy Vincent.
It's a lovely, lyrical tribute to the birds that continue to make the north home in the dead of winter and their peculiarities as they forage for food and take shelter from the cold.
There's the magpie, "cagey like a fox"; and the raven too, which "dines upon disgusting things when no one's looking on," Culling writes.
Culling's delightful prose is mixed with Vincent's rich illustrations of winter vistas and waxwings clutching to branches, grouse almost hidden in snow and gray jays sneaking up to a campfire.
Culling and Vincent hold a book launch Friday night at Peace Gallery North from 7 to 9 p.m.
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