Saturday

Tufted Titmouse As The Snow Falls

He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter.
~ John Burroughs

Friday

Robin Watching


The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Another berry tossing Robin.  
A highlight of my birding and photography moments have been 
to photograph the berry toss.  

Thursday

Wednesday

Leaves Covered In Ice




I guess you could say it was a little bit icy 



What a severe yet master artist old Winter is.... No longer the canvas and the pigments, but the marble and the chisel. 
~ John Burroughs

Tuesday

Icy Weather

The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day. 
 ― Dr. Seuss

Monday

Doing What It Takes

It is easy to sit up and take notice. What is difficult is getting up and taking action. 
~ Al Batt
I know I've said it before - 
but I really do learn a lot from the animals I observe.   
Not a lazy one in the bunch - 
they always do what it takes!

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Saturday

American Robin - A Favorable Light


Make it a practice to judge persons and things in the most favorable light at all times and under all circumstances. 
 ~ Saint Vincent de Paul

Friday

Thankful for the Berries


We pray for the big things 
and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, 
small (and yet really not small) gifts. 
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Thankful for the berries and the trees that produce those berries.  Without those trees and berries, I wouldn't be able to watch the beautiful birds that visit.

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Thursday

Out of Darkness Comes Light


Sadness flies on the wings of the morning and out of the heart of darkness comes the light. 
 ~ Jean Giraudoux

Cedar Waxwing in my backyard

Wednesday

White-crowned Sparrow Watching


White-crowned Sparrow 

To look at any thing,
 If you would know that thing, 
 You must look at it long... 
 John Moffitt


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Monday

The Safe Place


The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.
~ Maya Angelou


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Sunday

Finding Solace


And I firmly believe 
that nature brings solace in all troubles.
- Anne Frank

Saturday

Always Make Time For Laughter



Tufted Titmouse - Bisset Park - Radford Virginia

If you are too busy to laugh, you are too busy. 
~ Proverb


Friday

Blue Jay Bokeh


Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space. It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe. It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished. 
 ~ Michael Strassfeld

~ Life Lessons from Light ~ 

More about Bokeh - HERE 

Thursday

Limitless Possibilities


White-breasted Nuthatch

Be grateful for the precious gift of life with its limitless possibilities. 
 ~ Wilferd Peterson

Wednesday

A Little Red Blessing


Sometimes I need 
only to stand 
wherever I am 
 to be blessed. 
 — Mary Oliver

Male Cardinal in the trees off of my back deck.


Tuesday

No Fear

You can’t let fear and indecision sink your creativity— they do not easily release their hold. 
 ― Richie Norton

Squirrels are one of the most fearless animals I have ever watched.
They have no fear in launching off in new directions at a moments notice.
They have no fear in reaching for something that looks completely out of reach.
They have no fear when it comes to taking that Big Jump when their destination is obscure.  
They just do it.
I can learn a lot from squirrels!!

Sunday

Down The Hatch


All of us are watchers – 
of television, of time clocks, 
of traffic on the freeway – 
but few are observers. 
Everyone is looking, 
not many are seeing. 
~ Peter M. Leschak

When I first saw this shot the first thing that came to mind that berry is going  "Down the Hatch".  And that got me wondering where that phrase came from.  In a bit of internet research I found out this:

"a drinking expression that seems to have its origins in sea freight, where cargoes are lowered into the hatch. First used by seamen, it has only been traced back to the turn of the century."
This info found at Naval History and Heritage

I remember saying this as I would try to coax my kids to take their medicine when they were little too.

Saturday

To Fly Toward A Secret Sky

This is love: 
to fly toward a secret sky, 
to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. 
First to let go of life. 
Finally, to take a step without feet.
 ― Rumi

Thursday

Tame Your Thoughts



From restless thoughts, that, like a deadly swarm 
Of hornets arm'd, no sooner found alone, 
But rush upon me thronging. 
~ John Milton

Sometimes this is exactly how I feel about my thoughts.....they are restless, they rush upon me, and many many times they are negative!  I am constantly telling myself to "tame my thoughts" - and nothing tames them better than a walk in nature.  

~ Painted Lady Butterfly   ~ 

 

Wednesday

Mockingbird Gets In On the Berry Action




He that would have the fruit 
must climb the tree.
~ Dr. Thomas Fuller

The Mockingbird getting in on the berry action in my back yard.

Tuesday

Invasion Of The Berry Snatchers


Berries will always bring the birds!




The Starlings have never been a nuisance in my yard and never pick the tree clean.  The Robins and Waxwings have been getting their fair share too.
I am happy to have all that visit!!

A guest never forgets the host who had treated him kindly. 
~ Homer

Monday

Sunday

The Soul Always Knows


The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. 
 The challenge is to silence the mind.
 ~ Caroline Myss 

Saturday

Dark-eyed Junco in the Pines


Lean forward into your life. 
Begin each day as if it were on purpose.
 ― Mary Anne Radmacher

Friday

Song Sparrow Takes a Bath


I sit at my window gazing 
The world passes by, nods to me 
And is gone. 
~ Rabindranath Tagore
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