Ladybug - Experience Life

Life is too short not to be experienced.
~Apolo Anton Ohno
Another iPhone pic with my Olloclip lens.  


Share A Little Love

Alert Your Senses

That's death and life, you see. We all shine on. You just have to release your heart, alert your senses, and pay attention. A leaf, a star, a song, a laugh. Notice all the little things, because somebody is reaching out to you. 
Qualcuno ti ama. 
Somebody loves you.
~ Ben Sherwood, The Death And Life Of Charlie St. Cloud



Mourning Dove Getting Soaked

Being soaked alone is cold. Being soaked with your best friend is an adventure.
 ~Emily Wing Smith


Bridge at the Hahn Horticulture Garden

Feel your emotions, 
Live true your passions, 
Keep still your mind. 
 ~ Geoffrey M. Gluckman

A Version of this Image Available --- HERE 

bridge art


If you want to fly ....

Robin - Tongue Out and Ruffled

Candid shot!  
I'm sure if he knew I captured him sticking out his tongue and with this feathers ruffled he would have said - "hold on a minute and let me get myself together".  
Wishing you a Wonderful Day!



Nature is Groovy

Image made with my  iPhone and Olloclip macro lens

There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.
~ John Calvin

Have you ever stopped and looked closely at a blade of grass?
Nature is so Groovy!


It Has Given Itself Into the Keeping Of All

(iPhone pic - edited with Snapseed -  Gateway Trail - Blacksburg, Virginia)

I had assumed that the Earth, the spirit of the Earth, noticed exceptions -- those who wantonly damage it and those who do not. But the Earth is wise. It has given itself into the keeping of all, and all are therefore accountable.
— Alice Walker


Eastern Towhee Fanning His Tail

Excerpt from All About Birds:
Eastern Towhees tend to be pretty solitary, and they use a number of threat displays to tell other towhees they’re not welcome. You may see contentious males lift, spread, or droop one or both wings, fan their tails, or flick their tails to show off the white spots at the corners. Studies have shown that male towhees tend to defend territories many times larger than needed simply to provide food.

Full link to info about the Eastern Towhee is HERE
It was thrilling to be able to witness this bird behavior.


Just Married!

My Son and his Wife
Junior and Whitney Kirker - 04-14-12
It was a BEAUTIFUL Wedding and we are so pleased to have Whitney as part of our family.

Cutting the Cake!

What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined together to strengthen each other in all labor, to minister to each other in all sorrow, to share with each other in all gladness, to be one with each other in the silent unspoken memories?
- George Eliot


Goldfinch Stretching His Wing - Pointing the Way

Previously I posted Mr. Bluebird Giving Directions - HERE
Mr. Goldfinch thought he would point out the way to go as well. I thought it funny that they were "pointing" in opposite directions.
Wishing you a Wonderful Day!


Bluebird Giving Directions

Mr Bluebird was just stretching his wing - but I thought it looked like he was giving directions.
Wishing you a Wonderful Day!


Tulips at the Hahn Horticulture Garden

Sharing and Celebrating!

Same image without the text.

  Taken at the Hahn Horticulture Garden - at Virginia Tech
You can read more about this beautiful garden - HERE

tulip art


Canada Goose - Flying Upside Down

I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
– Thomas Jefferson

I was quite amazed when I looked at this and saw the goose flying upside down. I guess he's not really flying upside down - but maybe got bumped by one of the others which turned him over - mid flight.
Sometimes I get really LUCKY!

I did some more research on this and found that this is called a Whiffling - you

can read more about it HERE on Wikipedia.
Isn't Nature Amazing?


Praying Mantis - Learning from Nature

One should pay attention to even the smallest crawling creature for these too may have a valuable lesson to teach us.
~ Black Elk
About the image: Taken in June 2011 - I found him after he had emerged from his exoskeleton. This was the first time I realized that they molted and leave behind their old skin.
You can see his molted Exoskeleton - HERE
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