Brown Thrasher

The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude. 
 ~ Dennis S. Brown

More info on the Brown Thrasher and his beautiful song:


An Angry Bird

For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness. 
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Of course this Mockingbird wasn't really angry - but he looked like it - and the "foot stomp" added to the look.


Similar but Different

Both of these are birds (of course), both are females and both are woodpeckers.   The one of the left is a Downy Woodpecker and on the right is a Red-bellied Woodpecker - 
and they both LOVE the Suet on Snowy days!

Share our similarities, celebrate our differences. 
~ M. Scott Peck



Downy Woodpecker Wings

It is not where we are going or where we have been.
Sometimes the beauty 
is in that very moment....   
the spreading of our wings.


His Best Side Perhaps?

Male Cardinal Stikes a Pose 

I wake up every morning 
with a great desire to live joyfully.
— Anna Howard Shaw

Print Available - HERE 


Free February 2014 Calendar Download

The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.
– Ashley Montagu

Here is a Free February 2014 Calendar Download
 If you would like the jpg file of this calendar - 
just leave a comment with your email address and I will send you the full size (about 9" x 10") via email - for you to download and print or to save as wallpaper for your desktop.


Discovering New Regions

A traveller I am, and a navigator, and everyday I discover a new region within my soul.
 - Kahlil Gibran

Mourning Dove with snowflakes on her feathers


Moon Behind The Branches


To be great, be whole; Exclude nothing, exaggerate nothing that is not you. Be whole in everything. Put all you are Into the smallest thing you do. So, in each lake, the moon shines with splendor Because it blooms up above."
 — Fernando Pessoa


Tiny Bird on a Snowy Branch

Looking out the sliding glass door I saw a tiny bird "flitting around" on the branches .....

A closer crop and you can see it is a Golden-crowned Kinglet.  I had never seen one in the snow before.
Even in the snow they blend in pretty well with their surroundings.

...the poem of the world is uninterrupted, but few are the ears that hear it.
 ― Henry David Thoreau


Sharing With Others

Mr and Mrs House Finch in the snow can barely see her but she is there :) 

What is most important is to find peace and to share it with others. To have peace, you can begin by walking peacefully. Everything depends on your steps. 
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

More of my House Finch Images - HERE 


Fun in the Snow

Juvie White-crowned Sparrow (I think) 
wondering what that white stuff is!

In December I got a new "Bridge" camera - similar to a point and shoot but it has a super Zoom Lens and takes video.  Below is one of my first videos shot with the camera (I'm still learning).  
I thought it was nice that yet again the birds are being sweet and sharing with each other!  And you can see that the snow was coming down at quite a clip!
Oh, and the camera is a Canon SX50HS
The shot above and the video below were both taken through the sliding glass door.


Wings in the Wild

In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy.
~ Albert Clarke

White-breasted Nuthatch takes flight.  


Surrounded by Hearts

Hearts understand in ways minds cannot.
 ― Louis Wilson

Blue Jay surrounded by heart shaped leaves..... well, they look like hearts to me :)

More of my "Heart" images - HERE 


Female Red-winged Blackbird

I believe in the uncommon, the unusual and unlikely, even the miraculous. I believe in nearly all things except impossibilities. That I can't fathom. 
 - Richelle E. Goodrich  - Smile Anyway 

Having a Female Red-winged Blackbird show up at the feeder wreath is NOT a common occurrence.  It took me a while to ID her because she is so different from the male - which you can see - HERE 


Cardinal and Goldfinch Sharing

Whatever we possess becomes of double value when we have the opportunity of sharing it with others. 
- Jean-Nicolas Bouilly

I LOVE to catch two different birds together - especially when they are sharing nicely.  And it gives you a size comparison too.




Male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker hanging on the suet feeder on a rainy day.  

When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude. 
— G.K. Chesterton


Hanging Out With Friends

Carolina Wren and Female Red-bellied Woodpecker 
share the feeder

A friend accepts us as we are 
yet helps us to be what we should
 ~ Unknown

Print Available - HERE 


Hunkered Down

Mourning Dove thru the glass door

Listen with ears of tolerance! 
See through the eyes of compassion! 
Speak with the language of love
 ― Rumi


Wings In Motion - White-crowned Sparrow

We are surrounded by poetry on all sides...
― Vincent van Gogh

More of my White-crowned Sparrow images - HERE 

Natural Bliss Giveaway Winner

AND The Winner of the
Natural Bliss Giveaway is......

Misty Dawn!
Congratulations Misty!!  

A New Giveaway coming up in the next few weeks......
stay tuned :) 


Wings in the Rain

Mockingbird in the rain 

Tell me how many beads there are 
In a silver chain 
Of evening rain, 
Unravelled from the tumbling main... 
~ Thomas Lovell Beddoes

Print Available - HERE 


When I Looked Up I Saw ....

Let go of your mind and then be mindful. 
Close your ears and listen!
 — Rumi


Going To Extremes

Weather is a great metaphor for life — sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad, and there's nothing much you can do about it but carry an umbrella. 


Because of Your Smile

Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful. 
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Red-bellied Woodpecker with some snow flurries fluttering down

Artsy Version - HERE 


A Flutter of Wings

Power said to the world, "You are mine." 
The world kept it prisoner on her throne. 
Love said to the world, "I am thine." 
The world gave it the freedom of her house. 
-  Rabindranath Tagore

~ Love is always the answer ~ 


Snow Face

All the statistics in the world can't measure the warmth of a smile.
 ― Chris Hart

I hope this little guy made you smile today!  

Print Available - HERE 


Lady on Ice

In all things of nature there is
something of the marvelous.
- Aristotle 

This shot of the female cardinal was from an ice storm back in December 2014.  On days like that it is
time to break out the Hot Cocoa and a Good Book!


Have You Ever Noticed...


....the different shades of Blue on the Blue Jay's Feathers?

Many people are alive but don't touch the miracle of being alive.
 ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Nature has so much to show us - don't get too busy to see it!

Available - HERE 


5 Quotes on Celebrating Life

(Daddy Goldfinch feeds his young one)

The only way to live is to accept each minute as an unrepeatable miracle, which is exactly what it is: a miracle and unrepeatable.
– Storm Jameson

If we are ever to enjoy life, now is the time, not tomorrow or next year…Today should always be our most wonderful day.
– Thomas Dreier

The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it. 
– Richard Bach

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.
– Oprah Winfrey

This is my life. I am happy to be living it.
– Unknown


Simple Moments - Natural Bliss - A GiveAway

Male Red-bellied Woodpecker 

Most of my favorite moments are simple moments.  Hiking along a trail, curling up with a good book and especially watching the birds!  These moments are made even more blissful with a hot cup of coffee!

And this is where the Give-away comes in

 Coffee-mate has provided me with a Natural Bliss gift pack - and has also provided one for one of my blog readers.
 (United States Residents Only)
This gift pack includes: 
A Reduced Value Coupon for Natural Bliss  Coffee Creamer · $5 Target Gift Card · Coffee Tumbler · Vanilla Bean Scented Candle · Italian Biscotti Cookies

The Natural Bliss Coffee Creamer is an all natural coffee creamer made with just 4 ingredients
milk - cream - sugar - natural flavor
It comes in 5 flavors
cinnamon cream, sweet cream, vanilla,
low-fat vanilla, low fat chocolate

There are TWO ways to enter this Give-away 
#1 - Leave a comment and let me know you want to be entered. If you are a "no reply" blogger - be sure to leave your email address in the comment. 
#2 - Mention this Giveaway WITH a link to this blog post on YOUR Blog, Facebook Page, or Twitter. You must come back and leave a 2nd comment to let me know you've done this to receive a 2nd entry.

That's it!  Very simple!  
The Give-away will be open through January 10th.  I'll pick a winner (throw the names in a container and pick one out) on the 11th and post the winner's name on the 12th.
Good Luck!

Sharing with Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine's Corner 


Free January 2014 Calendar

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.
 ― Edith Lovejoy Pierce

A Free January 2014 Calendar.  If you would like the jpg file of this calendar - just email me at:
cardsbykerri @ yahoo (dot) com and I will send you the full size (about 9" x 12") via email - for you to download and print or to save as wallpaper for your desktop

Happy New Year!!

PS - Don't forget to check out my blog later this week for a NEW Giveaway!!  

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