Tuesday

Tiger in the Wildflowers

We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love.
~ Mother Theresa

Sunday

White-breasted Nuthatch In Flight


One of my all time favorite places for photographing birds is Bisset Park in Radford Virginia. 
There is a paved trail that leads you beside the New River and allows for amazing photo opportunities. 
The blue you see in the background of this photo is the sky reflected off of the river.  
As you can see, it was definitely a blue sky day.    

Every place is given its character by certain patterns of events that keep on happening there…The more living patterns there are in a place—a room, a building or a town—the more it comes to life as an entirety, the more it glows, the more it has that self-maintaining fire which is the quality without a name.
~ Christopher Alexander

Thursday

Wings

Fragile creatures of a small blue planet, surrounded by light years of silent space.
~ Jeanette Winterson

I think dragonfly wings are pretty awesome.

Tuesday

Flyaway

In February I was asked to review a book about a wild bird rehabber. I agreed, and I'm so glad I did. As a bird lover, this book really touched my heart.




Suzie Gilbert's Flyaway: How a Wild Bird Rehabber Sought Adventure and Found Her Wings gives a first-hand account of what life is like as a wild bird rehabber - the ups and downs and in-betweens. The stress, the joy, the sadness, and yes the wonderful sense of accomplishment are all woven together throughout the pages. Flyaway takes you on Suzie's journey of setting up a wild bird rehabilitation center in her home located in New York's Hudson Valley.

From the first diminutive house finch to the lovable crows, you experience what it takes to rehab wild birds. Suzie not only rehabs the birds but combines those duties with the rigors of family life. I was enthralled with her children, Mac and Skye, who were Mommy's little helpers throughout, whether it was feeding the nestlings, giving a mallard a little "human interaction" or just being a shoulder for Mom to lean on. At some points "super-human" comes to mind when you realize how much juggling of priorities is required, but juggles she does - all in the name of helping these feathered friends to survive.

The first chapter had me laughing out loud as she describes what she went through to capture an injured black vulture. Each chapter thereafter is filled with happiness and heartache as call after call comes in from those who have wild birds that need help. Suzie's commitment to the birds is evident throughout the book - who else would allow a great blue heron to take over their bathroom?

Flyway is not only entertaining, but also educating. Suzie describes, in easy to understand terms, how the birds were rehabbed and what treatments were used. The text is accompanied by beautiful line drawings that illustrate some of the birds that she cared for.


Great blue herons, baby wood ducks, a peregrine falcon, and many others found their way to her center. From talons falling off, split beaks and seizures, to West Nile Virus and babies without parents, she saw and dealt with it all. Referring to her blue three-ring binder and advice from colleagues both near and far, she discovered how to treat and care for these lovely creatures. Flyaway is a book about sacrifices and great rewards in the pursuit of serving the wild bird community.

You can visit Suzie Gilbert's website HERE

Monday

Sunday

Among the Thorns

I am amazed that these little guys can flit around and land on these thorny plants without getting pricked.
Every moment of life is so precious. Take a moment, slow down, and enjoy it.

Saturday

Yellow-rumped Warbler

  This bird is nicknamed a BUTTER BUTT....you can see why in the pic below.

That yellow rump helps GREATLY in IDing this bird ;)

Friday

Floating on the Sky

I LOVE reflections and I LOVE Blue skies with white puffy clouds - so I couldn't resist this shot. 
And as an added bonus ~ a little duck - I think it is a ring necked duck - floating on the sky :)

Wednesday

Redbud Beauty

The seasons are what a symphony ought to be: four perfect movements in harmony with each other.
~Arthur Rubenstein

Monday

Empty

  In all our searching, the only thing we've found that makes the emptiness bearable is each other.
~ Carl Sagan 

For some reason I am in love with this little nut. I call it a nut, but it is actually the shell of a nut. The empty part actually looks like a little heart to me :)


Sunday

Silhouette

Life is grace. Sleep is forgiveness. The night absolves. Darkness wipes the slate clean, not spotless to be sure, but clean enough for another day's chalking.
~ Frederick Buechner

Saturday

Thursday

A Little bit of Color

Buttercups and daisies, / Oh the pretty flowers; / Coming ere the Springtime, / to tell of Sunny hours . 
~ Mary Howitt

 This handsome gentleman (male house finch) visits the pine trees in my yard. 

Wednesday

Treasure at the Pond

Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music - the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.
 ~ Henry Miller

Friday

Carolina Chickadee

Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.  
~Rachel Carson
My Nature Store - Kreations by Kerri
This little chickadee has been added to the store as a set of notecards, a tile, and a framed tile.
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