Wednesday

A Little Stardust Caught




American Goldfinch feeds on the seeds of this wildflower - a type of thistle perhaps?

The true harvest of my life is intangible - a little star dust caught, a portion of the rainbow I have clutched.
 — Henry David Thoreau   

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Tuesday

An Ordinary Minute


You can find something truly important in an ordinary minute.
~ Mitch Albom

Ordinary minutes - are really extraordinary minutes - we just have to look for that little "extra".

This image on cards, puzzles, journals and more - HERE 
(watermark does not appear on final product)

Monday

Waiting For You At The End


Somehow difficulties are easier to endure when you know your dream is waiting for you at the end.
~ Lisa Mangum

Great Blue Heron in flight over Lake Crabtree  - North Carolina
As they glide - their wings almost touch the water.

Sunday

Great Blue Heron in Profile

Give up being right. Instead radiate peace, harmony, love, and laughter from your heart.
~  Deepak Chopra

Saturday

Do It On Purpose


As the morning grew
We were  
Dancing in the Dew
Just me and You  

Find out who you are and do it on purpose.
 ― Dolly Parton

iPhone 4 and Olloclip Macro Lens 

Rainy Day Friends



Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart. 
― Eleanor Roosevelt

Male and Female Cardinal on a rainy day

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Wednesday

Beach Memories

Some of the best memories are made in flip flops.
~ Kellie Elmore


beach art

Kindness and Gentleness

We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. 
~ Charlie Chaplin

Female Goldfinch snacks on a wildflower

Sharing with Wild Bird Wednesday

Tuesday

Change Your World


Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? 
Make kindness your modus operandi 
and change your world. 
~ Annie Lennox
A Version of this image - HERE 







heart art

Sunday

Together In Peace


If we are to live together in peace, we must come to know each other better. 
Lyndon Johnson 




Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly Gathering

A Gathering of Pipevine Swallowtail Butterflies

Showing off A Pretty Blue Belly


Another Look at the Blue Belly

I had never noticed that their abdomen was such a Lovely Shade of Blue.  Nature amazes me Daily!

 Look everywhere. There are miracles and curiosities to fascinate and intrigue for many lifetimes:..
Jay Woodman 


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Friday

Thursday

It Is Your Choice

The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you choose, what you think and what you do is who you become.
 - Heraclitus

Wednesday

Monarch Butterfly Trio

When we pay attention to nature's music, we find that everything on the Earth contributes to its harmony.
― Hazrat Inayat Khan

~ Monarch Butterfly Trio from 2012 ~ 

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Bird Talk

The art of conversation is the 
art of hearing as well as of being heard.
~ William Hazlitt 

Perhaps it went like this..... "Fancy meeting you here"  or "Let's share, there is enough for both of us" - but more like  "I was here first!" 

A slightly different version available
HERE 


Monday

The Power of Friendship

Don't underestimate the power of friendship. Those bonds are tight stitches that close up the holes you might otherwise fall through.
~  Richelle E. Goodrich

Sunday

Extraordinary Things Can Happen

If someone listens, or stretches out a hand, or whispers a kind word of encouragement, or attempts to understand a lonely person, extraordinary things begin to happen.
~  Loretta Girzaitis


encouragement art

Saturday

Birding Mysteries

Ruby-throated Hummingbird wing flap - edited with DistressedFX App.

I discovered what I think would be a neat series of books to read - combining the love of birding and a murder mystery.  Two of my FAVORITE hobbies!  

The author is Jan Dunlap.  She also has several others in the series.  I have not started reading them yet - but they are on my "to read" list!

Sharing with Camera Critters 
hummingbird in flight framed prints

Friday

Beautiful Moments

The most beautiful moments always seemed to accelerate and slip beyond one’s grasp just when you want to hold onto them for as long as possible.
~ E.A. Bucchianeri

During one of my walks this little butterfly landed on my right hand.  With my left hand, I took my iPhone out of my pocket, and tried to snap a few pics of him.  I assume he was drinking the salt from my skin.  It was a most amazing moment .....one I will treasure!

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The sights are always amazing when you LOOK UP!

Wednesday

Leading the Way

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
— John Quincy Adams

Sunday

Every Moment is Golden

Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.
~ Henry Miller 

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Friday

Divine Things


....there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell.
― Walt Whitman

Monarch Butterfly

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Loving Family

 What can you do to promote world peace? 
Go home and love your family.
~ Mother Teresa

Thursday

Hungry Babies


The life of a mother is the life of a child: you are two blossoms on a single branch.
 ~ Karen Maezen Miller

Stopping at the Sweet Pea


Stop looking for the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight.
~ Gordon B. Hinckley

Silver-spotted Skipper stops to savor the Sweet Pea

Wednesday

Old Glory

You're a grand old flag, 
You're a high flying flag 
And forever in peace may you wave. 
You're the emblem of 
The land I love. 
The home of the free and the brave. 
Ev'ry heart beats true 'neath the
 Red, White and Blue, 
Where there's never a boast or brag.
 Should auld acquaintance be forgot, 
Keep your eye on the grand old flag. 
~ George M. Cohan

Info on how Our Flag got the nickname Old Glory -  HERE


Tuesday

Catbirds in Love

Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
 ~  Robert A. Heinlein

Catbird Couple Hanging Out In My Backyard 

Pleasure In Simple Things


Slow down, take pleasure on the simple things of life, heal your soul from the wounds caused by the fast pace of society
~ Martin Suarez

Monday

Voyage of Discovery

Life is a voyage of discovery 
~ Unknown

Rubbing His Wings

What a sweet face! 

With Lovely Wing Markings!


video


And another video.  I am using my iPhone and Olloclip lens for the pics above and this video - so no tripod involved.  VERY hard to stay still enough and stay in focus - but my goal was to show you how this Hairstreak butterfly rubs his wings together.  From my reasearch I found out this:

Hairstreaks usually have a pattern of lines or stripes on the underside wings. These, in combination with ocelli ( false eye markings ) and short tails ( false antennae ) act to divert attention away from the head, and towards the outer edge of the hindwings. By oscillating the wings, the tails are made to wiggle like antennae, further increasing the illusion that the butterfly is 'back to front'. Attacking birds will always aim at the head of a butterfly, but are tricked into aiming at the tail. The butterfly is thus able to escape in the opposite direction unharmed. Another reason for wing-rubbing is that male Hairstreaks have patches of specialised wing scales - 'androconia', located on their upperside forewings. Sacs at the base of these scales contain pheromones. Rubbing the wings together helps to disseminate the pheromones, which attract females and induce them to mate.

This info above from the website - 
 Learn About Butterflies




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