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.
About the Image: Taken 10-28-11 - first sleet event of winter 2011/2012. If you look closely you can see some sleet on his tail feathers.
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 -
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 (NOT looking forward to days like this)
A good time to laugh is any time you can. ~Linda Ellerbee
Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things I am tempted to think there are no little things.
About the image: Taken thru the window yet again 10-21-11 - 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
Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.
As we grow as unique persons, we learn to respect the uniqueness of others.
~Robert H. Schuller
About the quotes: 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 :)
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
About this image: Taken standing in my living room through the window. I thought the birdie blended in well with the leaves. Not sure what the ID is on this bird - If you know, please leave me a comment. It was raining again - hence the little specs in the shot :)
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 & 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 several months 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 soooo glad you did!
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. It was a very dark day when I took this - thru the sliding glass door that leads to my deck with my ISO set on 3200. I am using a Nikon D7000 (see sidebar link) and I can't get over how well it does on a High ISO.
Focus on your potential instead of your limitations.
Alan Loy McGinnis
About this shot: This was taken on a foggy morning early in September. My sister was visiting and we found this little guy on a morning walk. With little sunshine, I had to shoot this on a high ISO - 1600. I hope he survived and lived up to his potential to become a beautiful Monarch butterfly.
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 just couldn'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.
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 - clickHEREfor 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!
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.