Perhaps ....

Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come. 
~ Chinese Proverb


Unexpected Pleasure

Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought. Our brightest blazes are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks. 
~ Samuel Johnson


The Simple Goodness of a Life

 American Snout Butterfly
That man is happiest who lives from day to day and asks no more, garnering the simple goodness of a life. 



Take a Deep Breath

Smile, breathe and go slowly. 
~Thich Nhat Hanh

  Heritage Park Pond - Blacksburg Virginia 


Voyage of Discovery

The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. ~Marcel Proust
This image is from a few years back. When I first saw this little guy I thought he was a beaver but I do believe he is a muskrat. The tail wasn't quite right for a beaver. It was a quite a magical moment for me!
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Upward Motion

Everything is in motion. 
Everything flows. 
Everything is vibrating.
- William Hazlitt

I really like to capture movement in the birds. 
 This little house finch cooperated nicely.


Count Your Life With Smiles

  Count the garden by the flowers, never by the leaves that fall. Count your life with smiles and not the tears that roll. 
~ Unknown


Defending His Family

Our most basic instinct is not for survival but for family. Most of us would give our own life for the survival of a family member, yet we lead our daily life too often as if we take our family for granted.
~Paul Pearshall


Music to My Ears

It was his nature to blossom into song, as it is a tree's to leaf itself in April. 
~ Alexander Smith

 I LOVE to watch the birds sing. They throw their head back, close their eyes, and belt it out! And the Carolina Wren has QUITE a Song!

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Steady and Constant

It's the steady, constant driving to the goal for which you're striving, not the speed with which you travel, that will make your victory sure.
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Always Music in the Trees

There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it.
~Minnie Aumonier


Letting Go

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. ~Havelock Ellis


Put on a Smile Today

I think this White-breasted Nuthatch was smiling at me :) Have you ever noticed how hard it is to be angry when you are smiling? Smiles are attitude changers!

Everyone smiles in the same language.
~ Unknown


An Irish Blessing

When I found my first 4 -leaf clover - I didn't pick it - I wanted it to continue to grow. So I did the next best thing - I photographed it so I could keep it forever.

May brooks and trees and singing hills
Join in the chorus too,
And every gentle wind that blows
Send happiness to you.
~Irish Blessing


Grateful for the Abundance

Both abundance and lack exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend ... when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that's present-love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature, and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure-the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience heaven on earth. 
~ Sarah Ban Breathnach


Live Up to the Light You Have

 Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly.  
I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. 
I am not bound to succeed, 
but I am bound to live up to what light I have.
~Abraham Lincoln


Holding It Together

Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength. 
~ Unknown


Something Good In Every Day

Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day. ~Unknown


Reach Out

Taken on a very Wet and Dark day at ISO 3200 - Very Grainy - but I am happy that I got his wing outstretched.

Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light. 
~ Norman B. Rice



A Joyful Existence

A Cardinal caught in MID-Jump!

Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars... and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful. Everything is simply happy. Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not going to become rich and they will never have any bank balance. Look at the flowers - for no reason. It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are. 
~ Osho

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In Season At All Times

A White-breasted Nuthatch with a Treat.

Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand. 
~Mother Teresa


Roots and Wings

There are two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One is roots. The other is wings
~Hodding Carter, Jr.


Taking the Moment

I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it without knowing what's going to happen next. ~Gilda Radner


Color Your World

Grackles have some AMAZING colors in their feathers. I had never been able to capture their iridescence until now.
Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up. 
~Allen Klein


There Are No Shortcuts

I am fascinated with the "motion" of birds and I take a LOT of pictures trying to capture them in motion. I have often thought of doing a "bloopers" post to show the zillions of pics I have with maybe one wing in the frame, or just the tail feathers. Most of the time I end up with nothing at all as they've left the frame before I can even get a shot off. It has been VERY hard for me to capture the entire bird in the frame. This is NOT a great picture - BUT - I caught the entire Downy Woodpecker in the shot :) I have posted before of a Red-bellied Woodpecker In Motion - Here and a Female Cardinal in Motion - Here. So I will keep trying to capture the birds in motion - and someday in focus too :)
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. ~Beverly Sills


Singing in the Rain

Taken thru the window looking out into my front yard.

Truly to sing, that is a different breath.  
Rainer Maria Rilke

This little guy was singing his heart out in the rain one morning. 
Beautiful music!
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