Photo of the Day: do I see what I think I see?

One of the things I love about digital photography is that, after I’ve uploaded the images to my desktop, I often find things in the photos I didn’t notice when I took the photo.

Take this adorable chickadee on a lilac branch.

Are those really fresh leaf buds on the twigs???

This photo was taken on January 17. There should not be leaf buds this early in the year!

Given the cold spell we had soon after this was taken, there’s a good chance those leaf buds (if that’s what they are) were killed off by the bitter temperatures.