Dove in the Blossoms

It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy.
― Jiddu Krishnamurti


Posing in the Pines

(American Robin) 

Yesterday the twig was brown and bare;
To-day the glint of green is there;
Tomorrow will be leaflets spare;
I know no thing so wondrous fair,
No miracle so strangely rare.
I wonder what will next be there!
~ L.H. Bailey

Print Available - HERE 


Drying His Feathers


The Tufted Titmouse was trying to dry his feathers after a rain.

All the windows of my heart I open to the day. 
~ John Greenleaf Whittier



Honey From the Moment

I expect some new phases of life this summer, and shall try to get the honey from each moment. 
~Lucy Stone

Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall - I'm striving for the 
"honey from each moment".



Each Day is a Gift

Eastern Bluebird

Every day you are alive is a special occasion. 
Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God. 
~Mary Manin Morrissey

Print Available - HERE 


Remain Hopeful

Carolina Wren 

By seeing the seed of failure in every success, 
we remain humble. 
By seeing the seed of success in every failure,
 we remain hopeful. 
~ Unknown


Elusive Moments

 The more we try to catch hold of the present moment the more elusive it becomes. It is like trying to clutch water in ones hands. The harder we grip, the more it slips through our fingers.
~ Alan Watts

One of the most elusive birds I have encountered - a Brown Creeper.  They flit here and there - never in one spot very long - AND - they blend in with the trees.   
They have GREAT Camo! 


Invest in Goodness

Goodness is the only investment that never fails.
~Henry David Thoreau

A perfect spot for a Pine Siskin ~ In the Pines.
A quote that has absolutely nothing to do with the pic - 
but EVERYTHING to do with each of us.


Imagination Took the Reins

White-breasted nuthatch on tree in my front yard
Imagination took the reins, and Reason, slow-paced, though surefooted, was unequal to a race with so eccentric and flighty a companion.- Fanny Burney


Creativity Is ...

(Taken at Bellpoint Park - Hinton WV)

"Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun." 
- Mary Lou Cook


Remaining Silent

Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.
~Dalai Lama


Nature's Heart

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive. 
~ Eleonora Duse


The Greatest Science

The greatest science in the world; 
in heaven and on earth; is love.
~Mother Teresa

A little bit of love ~ smooths the rough edges.
Another "heart shape" I have found in nature ..... can you see it?


Wings in Flight

Be like the bird in flight . . . pausing a while on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, yet sings knowing yet, that she has wings. 
 ~ Victor Hugo

A Blue-headed Vireo spreads his wings.


The Seeds of Today

All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today 

Powerful words in such a short quote.


Wings Like Tree Bark

 "Seeing is a gift that comes with practice." 
 - Stephanie Mills 

 A Mourning Cloak Butterfly is one of the first butterflies I see in spring.
Doesn't the underside look like tree bark?
 He really blends in with the tree.


Well Balanced

If we could learn how to balance rest against effort, calmness against strain, quiet against turmoil, we would assure ourselves of joy in living and psychological health for life.
 -  Josephine Rathbone

Finding a balance in life is quite the undertaking! I'm working on it!


Threads in Nature's Tapestry

Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.- Richard Feynman


Away from the Crowd

Get away from the crowd when you can. Keep yourself to yourself, if only for a few hours daily. 
~ Arthur Brisbane


Joy in the Morning

White-throated sparrow

I used to love night best but the older I get the more treasures and hope and joy I find in mornings. 
 ~Terri Guillemets

This print available - HERE 


An Unwrinkled Heart

To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent -that is to triumph over old age. 
~ Thomas Bailey Aldrich

One of my favorite things to do when I am out walking is to try to find "shapes" in nature. Can you see the heart shape in this leaf?


Little Things

It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.
~ John Wooden
When I saw this quote I thought of all the "little" feathers making it possible for this Tufted Titmouse to fly. Birds in flight are a constant fascination to me and any time I can get a shot of one in flight - or in take off mode I am thrilled.


We Only Have This Moment

We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand... and melting like a snowflake. 
Let us use it before it is too late.
- Marie Beynon Ray

 More Cardinals - HERE 
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