Wednesday

White-breasted Nuthatch - Beneath the Beak


Laugh at yourself and at life.
Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity,
but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain,
cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective
that seemingly terrible defeat and worry with laughter at your predicaments,
thus freeing your mind to think clearly toward the solution that is certain to come.
Never take yourself too seriously.
- Og Mandino

Tuesday

A Unique Gift Idea

Several years ago I was searching for a unique Christmas gift for my brother and two sisters. Using Photoshop Elements (see link in my sidebar) I made a "sketch" from an image of my parents' hands using the Photocopy filter. I printed them on a heavy bond paper and put them in black frames.I am happy to say they were a HIT! Do you make gifts for your friends/family? Please share them with me.

Hummingbird Moth - A Winged Heart

Monday

BokehLicious


Stay the course, light a star,
Change the world where'er you are.
- Richard Le Gallienne

For More info on Bokeh - Click HERE

Butterfly Curls and Kindness


It is not genius, nor glory, nor love that reflects the greatest of the human soul;
it is kindness.
-Henri-Dominiqe Lacordaire


Kindness is like a boomerang, it always returns.
~Author Unknown

About the images: Taken at the Cecil B Day Butterfly Center in Georgia. This is some type of tropical butterfly but not sure of the ID.

Sunday

Viceroy Butterfly - Velvet Wings


The true worth of a man is not to be found in man himself, but in the colours and textures that come alive in others.
~ Albert Schweitzer
 

Saturday

A Male Cardinal

A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.  
~ Winnie The Pooh

Thursday

Dove In the Berries


For flowers that bloom about our feet;
For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;
For song of bird, and hum of bee;
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday

Eye To Eye With A Carolina Wren


For today and its blessings, I owe the world an attitude of gratitude.
~ Author Unknown

Along with my family and friends - I count the wonderful creatures on this Earth as true blessings. And I feel VERY blessed to be able to see them and "capture" a few with my camera.

Tuesday

White-throated Sparrow Surrounded By Berries

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
~Epictetus

Monday

Rose-breasted Grosbeak


Play with life, laugh with life,
dance lightly with life, and
smile at the riddles of life,
knowing that life's only true lessons
are writ small in the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Sunday

Shades of Green - Delicate Wings


Beauty comes from a life well lived. If you've lived well, your smile lines are in the right places, and your frown lines aren't too bad.
~ Jennifer Garner

Dark-eyed Junco - Blowing in the Wind


Don't ever save anything for a special occasion. Being alive is the special occasion.
~Author Unknown

About the image: I always seem to give "my" birds human characteristics. This one reminded me of the famous Marilyn Monroe image with the white dress blowing.
Izaak Walton Park, Christiansburg, Virginia.

About the quote: It doesn't really have anything to do with the image - but reminds me that each day we live on this wonderful planet is a blessing!

Saturday

Mourning Dove Music


There's music in the sighing of a reed;
There's music in the gushing of a rill;
There's music in all things, if men had ears:
Their earth is but an echo of the spheres.
- Lord Byron
We have an abundance of doves here at my house - but I never tire of seeing their sweet little faces and listening to the lovely "coo" they make. Click HERE for A link to their sweet voice.

Friday

Droplet on a Leaf

Butterfly Ballerina


It takes so little to make people happy. Just a touch, If we know how to give it, just a word fitly spoken, a slight readjustment of some bolt or pin or bearing in the delicate machinery of a soul.
~ Frank Crane
  We can change someone's day and yes, I believe, their entire life, by speaking kind words. And when you speak kind words, it changes your life as well.

Thursday

Cedar Waxwing - A Backyard Treasure


We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
~ Thornton Wilder

Wednesday

Where the Tail Tips Meet


Of all that is good, sublimity is supreme. Succeeding is the coming together of all that is beautiful. Furtherance is the agreement of all that is just. Perseverance is the foundation of all actions.
~ Lao Tzu

Tuesday

Falling Rain


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

Grackle Giving Me The Eye

The man who has no imagination has no wings.
~Muhammad Ali
About the image: This Grackle looks like he is doing "toe-touches". I often think of my bird friends (actually all of my animals friends) with human characteristics. Like this Cedar Waxwing reminded me of Audrey Hepburn - HERE. And this Red-bellied Woodpecker looked like he was doing Chin-ups - HERE
I'm not sure if it comes with age - or if it is due to my passion for photography - but I find that my imagination has developed more later in life than when I was younger. Do you find that you have a vivid imagination?

Monday

The Embrace


Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
~ Albert Einstein

  Captured during an early morning  walk.
I thought it looked like the
bee was being embraced by the wildflower.

Sunday

Joy

I've pondered what this exactly means. To me it means trying to keep a positive attitude, seeing the positive in things rather than the negative and it just builds upon itself. The more positive/happy/joyful you are - the more positive/happy/joyful you become.
And it is contagious - so spread it around :)

Saturday

Simple Surroundings


If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money can't buy.
~Author Unknown

About the image: As you can tell - we have an abundance of cardinals in my area. They seems to appear on my blog regularly. I feel VERY blessed to have them.

Friday

Deserving of Gratitude


We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.
~Cynthia Ozick
Thank you to  all of our soldiers that are serving and those who have served including My Son, My Hubby, My Dad, My Father in law, and countless others. As civilians we will never know the sacrifices they have made and continue to make for us.
God Bless Them All and God Bless America.

Thursday

Robin ~ Grabbing His Opportunity


If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up.
~J.M. Power
Grab your opportunities ~ Follow your Dreams

Wednesday

Butterfly Wings - Spicebush Swallowtail




To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.
~Joseph Chilton Pearce
About the image: "Shades of November" texture by Kim Klaussen added to this image. Kim offers many of her textures for free. A Link to her site is - HERE
Updated - Randy says this is a Spicebush Swallowtail and he is an expert on butterfly ID :)
Wishing you a Happy and Creative Day!

Tuesday

Blue Jay - Open Wide!


It’s not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It’s because we dare not venture that they are difficult.  
Seneca 

This blue jay was hanging out on the feeder wreath and had to open wide to get that peanut!

Mockingbird and Autumn Bokeh


May the sun shine all day long,
everything go right and nothing wrong.
May those you love bring love back to you,
and may all the wishes you wish come true!
~ Irish Blessing

About the image: Mockingbird on the fence along Deerfield Trail - one of my favorite walking trails. Shooting into the sunlight is not always a good thing - but I liked the bokeh that developed in this one. For more info on Bokeh - click HERE

Monday

Female Cardinal - Simple Joy


The essence of life is not in the great victories and grand failures, but in the simple joys.
~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Sunday

Joy in Bloom


Joy is a flower that blooms when you do.
~Author Unknown

If a flower can look happy - I think this one does :) 


Where is His Orange Beak?


It's sad to grow old, but nice to ripen.
~Brigitte Bardot

About the image:   He was on my deck - I took this thru the sliding glass door. As I looked at this picture I knew something was "off" about it - and realized that he doesn't have his full orange beak yet. I am assuming this is a Juvenile since his beak is still black - although you can see some of the orange starting to come in.

Saturday

Brown Creeper Excitement

It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.
~David Attenborough

Friday

Wide Open to the Sun



The windows of my soul I throw 
Wide open to the sun. 
~John Greenleaf Whittier

Thursday

Enjoy The Flavor of Life


To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites.
~Robert Heinlein
Found in my online shop - HERE

Tuesday

Every Great Dream .....


Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
~Harriet Tubman

The Note Card version of this is found - HERE

Female Cardinal - Inquisitive Pose


Same old eyes, same old world but the difference is how you look at what is in front of you, not what it is.
- Lister Sinclair
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