The Snow Buntings scatter as the RAV4 travels the roadsides, with their white and gray plumage and flocking behavior, they are easily recognized as the next winter visitor to return from the high arctic regions until the first sign of Spring, when they leave. The first arctic visitors are the Juncos, last will be the Redpolls and Pine Siskin (which can easily be mistaken for the American Goldfinch if one does not pay close attention to the streaked breast which sets them apart).
"All photographs are there to remind us of what we forget. In this — as in other ways — they are the opposite of paintings. Paintings record what the painter remembers. Because each one of us forgets different things, a photo more than a painting may change its meaning according to who is looking at it." John Berger