Monday

At the Top


One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.
~ Henry Miller

 I have quite a fascination with ants.
 They move so fast it's hard to get them in focus.

Sunday

On Delicate Hinges


Swinging on delicate hinges
the Autumn Leaf
Almost off the stem
- Jack Kerouac

This was taken after a visit from Mr. Jack Frost - it was 28 degrees. Look closely and you can see the frost on the edges of the leaf.

Dark-eyed Junco - Peaceful Harmony


Each day, awakening, are we asked to paint the sky blue? Need we coax the sun to rise or flowers to bloom? Need we teach birds to sing, or children to laugh, or lovers to kiss? No, though we think the world imperfect, it surrounds us each day with its perfections. We are asked only to appreciate them, and to show appreciation by living in peaceful harmony amidst them. The Creator does not ask that we create a perfect world; He asks that we celebrate it.
~Robert Brault

Saturday

Leaves - I Count Them As Joy


Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.
~Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Thursday

Birds with Long Tongues


Hummingbird sticking it's tongue out.


Red-bellied Woodpecker - stretching his tongue to reach the peanut butter.
I think most woodpeckers have long tongues like this.
I think it's pretty cool!!

I believe that every person has uniqueness - something that nobody else has.
~ Michael Schenker


Butterfly Encounter


Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.
~Saint Francis de Sales

Wednesday

Birds and Beaks


It seems that I am always focused on trying to capture birds with something either in their beak or on their beak. I captured the above cardinal with the sun shining ON his beak and a seed IN his beak (a twofer) Looking back - I see that it has been quite a subject on this blog -
for example:
A Blue Jay Feeling quite Nutty - HERE (a little piggy with all those nuts)
A Downy Woodpcker that's quite a Messy Eater - HERE (no table ...er feeder manners)
A Female Cardinal just hanging out in the pines - HERE (pass her a napkin)
A White-throated sparrow with a buried beak - HERE 

A good time to laugh is any time you can. 
 ~ Linda Ellerbee
I hope you've had a laugh!!

Dream it - Be It!


Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.
~Karen Ravn

Tuesday

The Dew Of Little Things


In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.
~ Kahlil Gibran

Red-spotted Newt Close-up

When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.
~ Steve Maraboli
About the image: This was shot during my first encounter with a Red-spotted Newt (aka Eastern Newt) on 09-04-11. It was a definite highlight of my summer to see one of these.

Monday

Pay Attention To The Story


There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough to pay attention to the story.
~Linda Hogan

Droplets on The Stamen


Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else and thinking something different.
~Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
About the image: Taken 05-11-11 - Rhododendron in my front yard.
 

Sunday

The Polka Dot Bird


Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things I am tempted to think there are no little things.
~Bruce Barton
About the image: Taken thru the window - tree in my back yard.
About the quote: You may wonder what this quote has to do with this picture. In doing a little research on this bird - The Common Starling - I discovered that it is considered a "nuisance" here in the US (not to me though). It seems that there are 200 million of these in the US and they descended from 60-100 that were released in Central Park, NY back in 1890.
You can read more about this bird on Wikipedia - HERE
I think it is a beautiful bird :)

Carolina Chickadee and How to Change The World


Carolina Chickadee - Izaak Walton Park 
Christiansburg, VA 


My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world.
~Jack Layton

Saturday

Celebrate Unique Creatures


Today you are You, that is truer than true. 
There is no one alive who is Youer than You.
~Dr. Seuss


As we grow as unique persons, we learn to respect the uniqueness of others.
~Robert H. Schuller

 As I grow older I am learning to accept and recognize my own uniqueness and the uniqueness of others - and I celebrate it!
About the images: These images were taken July 17, 2011 - Heritage Park, Blacksburg, VA. I believe this is a mayfly - but I am not positive on that. What the pictures don't show very well are the little "tails" at the end. These were the first I've ever seen of this creature - a "life bug" for me :)

Friday

Nature's Glow


In Nature's Glow ~ My Soul Delights

  Deerfield Trail - Blacksburg, VA
Shooting into the light is a no-no - but I love the way leaves look when they are backlit. I also love finding hearts in nature - and the very bottom one looks like a heart to me :)

Thursday

Oh What Bliss

Oh What Bliss ~
To Scratch That Itch!
About the image: I have a squirrel or two that hang around my backyard and deck. They share - somewhat peacefully- the bird food I put in the feeders.

Our Senses Are Our Doors And Windows


Our senses are indeed our doors and windows on this world, in a very real sense the key to the unlocking of meaning and the wellspring of creativity.
~ Jean Houston

Wednesday

I Am Rich with Autumn's Gold


I am rich today with autumn's gold,
All that my covetous hands can hold;
Frost-painted leaves and goldenrod,
A goldfinch on a milkweed pod,
Huge golden pumpkins in the field
With heaps of corn from a bounteous yield,
Golden apples heavy on the trees
Rivaling those of Hesperides,
Golden rays of balmy sunshine spread
Over all like butter on warm bread;
And the harvest moon will this night unfold
The streams running full of molten gold.
Oh, who could find a dearth of bliss
With autumn glory such as this!
- Gladys Harp

About the image: White-throated sparrow in a bush in my backyard  
About the words: I enjoy reading seasonal poems and this is one that I thought described autumn beautifully.

Cardinal In the Pines

There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream.

~Author Unknown

About the image: Shot from my back deck. This is a favorite hiding place for the cardinals. This image is also one of my best sellers in my Kreations by Kerri Nature Store at Cafe Press.

Tuesday

Patience

All things come round to him who will but wait.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

One of my favorite images - shot several years ago.

Sunday

There Will Come a Time ....


There will come a time, you’ll see with no more tears.
And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears.
Get over your hill and see what you find there,
With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.
– Mumford and Sons, After the Storm
YouTube Link to this Song - It is AMAZING! = Click Here

About this image: I am always captivated by leaves that have fallen and come to rest somewhere else. And what better place to rest but in the Pine Needles.

About the quote: I've been listening to Mumford and Sons for a while now and admit that many times I am moved to tears with their music. If you aren't familiar with them, please check them out. You will be so glad you did!

Robin with Wet Berries


For after all the best thing one can do when
it is raining, is to let it rain.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

About this Image: Though not as sharp as I would have liked, it's still one of my faves. Berries after the rain and a Robin ready to feast ..... it just says "Autumn" to me :)

Saturday

Red-bellied Woodpecker - and His Red Belly


Each today, well-lived, makes yesterday a dream of happiness and each tomorrow a vision of hope. Look, therefore, to this one day, for it and it alone is life.
~ Sanskrit Poem

About this image: Looking thru my archives I found this Red-bellied Woodpecker - showing his Red Belly. I grew up calling his guy a "Red-headed" woodpecker .... well he does have a red head - but he isn't a Red-headed Woodpecker. If you look closely you can see his tongue too. 

Leaves in the Rain


A rainy day is the perfect time for a walk in the woods.
~ Rachel Carson

Friday

Monarch Caterpillar - Focus on Potential


Focus on your potential instead of your limitations.
Alan Loy McGinnis

I hope this little guy lived up to his potential and became a beautiful Monarch Butterfly! 

Thursday

Female Cardinal and Her Berry Beak


Autumn is the eternal corrective.
It is ripeness and color and a time of maturity;
but it is also breadth, and depth, and distance.
What man can stand with autumn on a hilltop and fail to see the span of his world and the meaning of the rolling hills that reach to the far horizon
- Hal Borland

About this image: I can't pass up a bird with a berry in her beak. This was a dark picture - I was VERY far away - and it wasn't sharp. I did a bit of editing in Lightroom 3 and this is what I got. Still not very sharp and has a "painterly" look to it. I am pleased with the way the autumn colors in the background show through and I love that you can see her skinny legs :) The branches came together nicely to give her a "framed" look.

Squirrel in the Morning Light


Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study. Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life.
~Henry L. Doherty

Wednesday

Tree Lined Path in Autumn

Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege.
Use it. Dwell in possibility.
~Oprah Winfrey

Black Vulture - Caught in Mid Flap


Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.
-James Thurber

Many times I hear these creatures before I see them. Their wings make a type of "woosh, woosh" sound as they fly overhead. Quite a thrill to hear!

Tuesday

Carolina Wren - Singing His Song


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

For those who have not heard what beautiful music this little guys makes - click HERE for a link.
I have found that a walk with Nature is one of the greatest stress relievers and mood enhancers. Feeling down? Go for a walk in the forest or in your local park and listen to the sounds around you. You WILL feel better!

Sunday

Hiding In the Goldenrod - Macro Monday

Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.
~Zora Neale Hurston
I think this is a type of crab spider - however - I have no idea what type.
I found this info on Wikipedia about crab spiders. I LOVE Wikipedia!
This guy was itsy-bitsy. I used my 105mm Macro Lens for this shot (seen in my sidebar under favorites).
For More Macro Monday Shots - Visit Lisa's Chaos - HERE

Thursday

Female Cardinal - Peeking from the Pines


Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.
~ John Lubbock

Tuesday

The Morning Dew of Wonder


Tomorrow the sun will also rise to the occasion of another day with equal grandeur. Such is the nature of that morrow which today has already seen, yet it greets us each time afresh with the morning dew of wonder in its eyes.
~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Monday

Locust Borer Beetle


As we grow as unique persons, we learn to respect the uniqueness of others.
~ Robert H Schuller

This is a Lifer Bug for me - the first one I've even seen. I find him quite unique - and - beautiful in his own special way. He was crawling in the Goldenrod and blends in quite well.

Sunday

Mockingbird - Drying His Feathers


If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Saturday

Autumn Lace


For the Fall of the year is more than three months bounded by an equinox and a solstice. It is a summing up without the
finality of year's end.
~ Hal Borland
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