Friday

The Joy of the Moment


Instead of bracing yourself for the perils of the unknown, embrace the joy that is here, in your present moment.
- Michelle Cruz-Rosado

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Thursday

Creativity is Contagious



Creativity is contagious. Pass it on. 
 - Albert Einstein

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Wednesday

I Held My Breath.....



Viceroy Butterfly

I held my breath as we do sometimes to stop time when something wonderful has touched us...
 ― Mary Oliver

Available as a Fine Art Print/Canvas/Card - HERE 

Tuesday

Profile in the Pines

Female Goldfinch

The responsibilities of life seem to rest lightly on the Goldfinch's sunny shoulders. 
Roger T. Peterson

A slightly different version - HERE 

Sunday

Morning Sparkles


An early-morning walk is a blessing 
for the whole day.
- Henry David Thoreau

Saturday

On The Yellow


Hairstreak Butterfly - Gray Hairstreak I believe - Hahn Horticulture Garden
Virginia Tech - Blacksburg, Virginia


If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
 — Marcus Tullius Cicero

Another Version of this image - HERE 

Thursday

On a Journey


The seeker embarks on a journey to find what he wants and discovers, along the way, what he needs. 
 — Wally Lamb

This image Available - HERE 

Sunday

Walking with Butterflies


Monarch Butterfly 

Remember that nature is your great restorer. 
~ Calvin Coolidge

The Hahn Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg has a lovely meadow of flowers at the very bottom.....and of course, beautiful butterflies!

Artistic Print - HERE 

Friday

Accept What Comes From Silence


Accept what comes from silence. 
 Make the best you can of it. 
 Of the little words that come out of the silence, 
like prayers prayed back to the one who prays, 
 make a poem that does not disturb 
 the silence from which it came.
- Wendell Berry

A Different Version of this Image - HERE 

Thursday

In The Red

Widow Skimmer Dragonfly

Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. 
Keep in the sunlight. 
- Benjamin Franklin

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Wednesday

A Philosophy of the Spirit




Those who make compassion an essential part of their lives find the joy of life. 
Kindness deepens the spirit and 
produces rewards that cannot be completely explained in words. 
It is an experience more powerful than words. 
To become acquainted with kindness one must be prepared to learn new things 
and feel new feelings. 
Kindness is more than a philosophy of the mind. 
It is a philosophy of the spirit.  
—Robert J. Furey

Tuesday

Birds In the Rain


Tufted Titmouse 

  The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain. 
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Mourning Dove

The sound of the rain needs no translation. 
~ Alan Watts


Mockingbird - 
who doesn't look to happy about the rain! 

A rainy day is the perfect time for a walk in the woods. 
~ Rachel Carson

Monday

American Goldfinch And His Beard of Thistle


Dance. Smile. Giggle. Marvel. TRUST. HOPE. LOVE. WISH. BELIEVE. Most of all, enjoy every moment of the journey, and appreciate where you are at this moment ....
 ― Mandy Hale

I hope this little Goldfinch put a smile on your face :) 

Saturday

Mockingbird Youngster


 In the woods, is perpetual youth. 
 ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

But youth smiles without any reason. 
It is one of its chiefest charms.
 - Oscar Wilde

Friday

Bluebird Wings


At some point in life, the world's beauty becomes enough.
- Toni Morrison

Thursday

Red-spotted Purple Butterfly



The butterfly counts not months but moments, 
and has time enough.
 ― Rabindranath Tagore

Wednesday

Worm-eating Warbler - Another New Life Bird!

Another new lifer for me!  A Worm-eating Warbler.  
To be honest, I had never even heard of this warbler before.  I looked through all of my guides, and did some comparing of pics online - and I do believe that I have ID'd him correctly - BUT - if I'm wrong - please let me know :)  

We do not need to attend classroom training programs for everything, our observation opens the windows of knowledge around us.
― Sukant Ratnakar

Sharing with Wild Bird Wednesday

Tuesday

American Goldfinch Flies Between The Thistle


Female American Goldfinch takes flight


A closer crop of the same pic - those wings just make my heart flutter every time :)

Each moment of the year has its own beauty... a picture which was never seen before and which shall never be seen again.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday

Fritillary Flies Over the Field

If you are a regular here - you know that I am ALWAYS trying to get "flight" shots.  
Butterflies, Birds, Bugs - just about anything with wings that I can capture with my camera.  This is Fritillary butterfly flying over a field of wildflowers - a Variegated Fritillary (I think) 
This totally shows what my summer is all about!

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
 ― Robert F. Kennedy


You can see a different version of this - HERE 


Saturday

Little Dots of Light


It may be that you are not yourself luminous, but that you are a conductor of light. Some people without possessing genius have a remarkable power of stimulating it. 
 ― Arthur Conan Doyle

Friday

Finding Ecstasy

There is ecstasy in paying attention.
 ― Anne Lamott


ec·sta·sy
noun
  1. 1.
    an overwhelming feeling of great happiness or joyful excitement.
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