The Pieces of Us Are Fragile

Hubby’s daughter is going through some pretty rough times right now with her health.  And, of course, it makes hubby pretty stressed.

No one ever wants to see their child in such a tenuous place.  We bring them into this world with high hopes that their lives will be filled with joy, laughter, love, peace and abundance in all forms. And when something happens to shake that for them, we are shaken as well.  It comes with the territory of being a parent.

So we ask our divine Creator to help us put the fragile pieces back into working order again.  And we have faith that our requests are being heard because after all …“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? Matt 6:25-27 NIV



How to Fly with a Bird

This is one of the most wonderful videos I’ve seen in a long, long time.  Thanks to my friend, Sam, in Juneau Alaska, for sending it to me.  It made my heart sing.  I hope you all enjoy it just as much.  Namaste’



Looking for Breakfast

This morning when I let the dogs out, I noticed a Harris Hawk in the neighbor’s tree.  I stood and watched for a while and decided to grab my camera before it took off.  It was probably a juvenile, considering its size.  I watched for a while longer as it scanned the landscape with it’s “eyes like a hawk” before it left.  What a cool bird.  Namaste’


Before the Rain

The weather reports all say we’re supposed to have some big rain tonight and tomorrow.  I’m ready.  As far as I’m concerned, we never get enough. This photo was taken in my back yard as the sun started to peek under the early evening clouds. I hope the birds have some place nice and warm and dry when the rains come.

Sometimes the light just plays perfectly for the camera and the subject.  This was one of those times.  Namaste’


My Very Own Sun Dog

What’s a sun dog, you say?  The technical explanation is best left to someone else (if you know, I welcome your comments).  I just happened to look up in the sky today,  as the clouds are coming in for some more rain.  Then I noticed how the light was reflecting from the sun to the clouds.  Our meteorologist has talked about this on numerous occasions and I finally got a picture of one. Oh, yeah, and the birds are all hanging out on the wires again.  Maybe they’re just getting some extra sun before it went completely behind the clouds.

Click the photo to enlarge for more detail.  Namaste’



The Council

So I asked myself as I was walking through the grocery store parking lot, “What could I do with a photo of these birds?”  The whole rest of the day I searched for another something to photograph but nothing showed up on my radar.  So I decided to work with what I had.  I call it The Council because they all look like they’re having a meeting up there.  All I did was change the threshold in post processing slightly to give it a little punctuation.  Namaste’


Birds of Prey

Today’s photo is of a couple of Harris hawks (are they really a couple?) calmly looking for their next meal.  I thought they would make a good subject for Halloween, so I added a couple of special effects.  Let the “haunting” begin.  Namaste’

Do Birds Blink?

I shot this today while visiting my parents.  We took a little walk around the grounds and I heard the cooing of the doves.  Found them up in the rafters and zoomed in a little  so as not to scare them.  I think these are mourning doves and I love the sound they make.  I stood there for quite a while watching them and noticed they never blinked.  Do birds blink … ever?  Namaste’

Water for the Critters

Every time I think I can get a shot of these little guys, by the time I come back with the camera, they’ve scampered away.  But not this time.  I had to take the shot through the window but at least it captured their kinship with the bird.

We’ve been putting water in a clay pot saucer for the critters for a couple of weeks now and it’s really kind of cool to see them all taking their turns.  Evening is the time these cottontails come around for their drink  and we thoroughly enjoy watching them, but so far we haven’t seen any jack rabbits come to the dish.  In the morning it’s the chipmunks and lizards who get their daily drink.  I think word is getting around now and they’re telling all of their friends.  We might have to set the dish up with an automatic drip system 🙂

Hope you all have had a wonderful Sunday.  Namaste’

Mom-To-Be … No, Not Me!

Mom-to-Be … this pretty little dove found a place high enough to build a home for her babies, hoping I’m sure, that it will be safe from those nest-robbers, the road runners.  This is as close as I could get before she got nervous.  I could sense she was, so I backed off right after I snapped this.  And sure enough, she took off.

We have a lot of activity going on in Woody’s Hotel, too.  New baby woodpeckers chirping like crazy until Mom and Dad show up with food. I don’t know for sure how many are in there but it sounds like several nurseries 🙂

Hope you’re  having a great Sunday.  Namaste’

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