A Forest Find

Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons. 
~ Ruth Ann Schabacker


Mama Downy Woodpecker

I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.
― Alan Wilson Watts 

Mama Downy hanging out at the bird feeder wreath.


Female Cardinal Perched in the Pines

“Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.” 
 ― St. Therese of Lisieux

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Fly Away Home

We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. 
~ Frederick Keonig

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Quickly it Goes

The lost leaves measure our years; they are gone as the days are gone.
~Richard Jefferies

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Ready for Take Off

Doesn't that Look Like Fun?

A highlight of our vacation one summer (in North Carolina) was seeing all of the birds that I never get to see normally. It was fun to see this guy running through the mud getting ready to take off. I'm just sorry that it isn't a clearer picture. I was totally unprepared! Hope you all have a Wonderful Day!

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Butterflies in Flight - An Autumn Dance

For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad. 
~ Edwin Way Teale

Wishing you a Wonderful Day!


Beauties and Mysteries

“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.” 
~ Rachel Carson

Wishing you A Happy Day!


Destination Unknown

Every day is a journey, 
and the journey itself is home.
~ Matsuo Basho


Blue-headed Vireo

Blue-headed Vireo seen during one of my walks. They blend in really well with the leaves.  I really love his little white "eye rings" that extend out to his beak. Looks like he's wearing little white glasses :)  
Have a Wonderful Day!!



Let's Dance!

Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.

 This is one of the Herons that Hubby and I saw while on vacation in North Carolina. It looked like he was doing some dance moves! 

 Hope you all have a FABULOUS Day!


A Favorite Place

There comes . . . a longing never to travel again except on foot.
 ― Wendell Berry 

This is the scene along one of my favorite trails. I am VERY fortunate to have a LOT of nice walking trails where I live.


Skink and His Colorful Tree

We must look for a long time before we can see.
 ― Henry David Thoreau

I saw this little guy while I on vacation in North Carolina   
I thought he was a cutie - but I also 
LOVE the bark on this tree!

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Present Blessings

  Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many - not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
~ Charles Dickens


Like Stained Glass

Viceroy Butterfly-  a mimic of the Monarch

Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.
~ Rachel Carson

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The Tuxedo Bird

To sing is to love and affirm, to fly and soar, to coast into the hearts of the people who listen, to tell them that life is to live, that love is there, that nothing is a promise, but that beauty exists, and must be hunted for and found.
~ Joan Baez

You were expecting a penguin right? 
But doesn't this little guy look like he's got a tux on too? 
At the very least a nice suit :)


A Tasty Treat for a Cedar Waxwing

Wake up with a smile and go after life .... Live it, enjoy it, taste it, smell it, feel it. 
 ~ Joe Knapp

This cedar waxwing is getting ready to feast on a what looks to be a wasp. 
I wonder how they eat them without getting stung?  


The Birdie Buffet

I wonder if the birds in this tree think that they are at an all-you-can-eat buffet?  That tree produces a lot of berries, and the birds love it.  

bird and berries canvas prints


September Moment

The best things in life are not only free, but the line is shorter. 
~ Robert Brault

I really LOVE September. It may be my favorite month of the year. Everything is still green but there is a hint of Fall colors in the trees.  Some leaves start to fall which makes it easier to see the birds. Days aren't quite so hot and we get to sleep with the windows open.
Oh those Simple Pleasures!


Follow the Berries

If you find a tree with berries, most likely you will find a tree with birds in it. However, spotting those birds can be a bit of a problem. They really do blend right in! I am not sure what kind of bird this is (a warbler of some kind??) but I'm hoping my dear blogging friends can help ID it :)  
**Edited ~ possibly a Nashville Warbler**


Orange and Black Caterpillar

 Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple. 
 ― Dr. Seuss 

 These caterpillars remind me of Fall with their orange and black colors. 
 Almost like a Halloween caterpillar :)
I think this is a Tussock Moth Caterpillar 



Let the mystery carry you breathlessly along.
― Marty Rubin 

I "think" this is a leaf-footed bug. Whatever it is, I thought it looked kind of neat!  


Towhee in the Tree

  Kindness should become the natural way of life,not the exception.
 —  Buddha

Eastern Towhee in a berry-filled tree.  


The Monarch and The Moth

Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.
~ Ruth Reichl
A Monarch Butterfly and an Ailanthus Webworm Moth feeding together.
I LOVE it when they share!



How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.
~ Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel

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