Unexpected Guest

My neighbors’ chickens had a visitor this morning. A lovely, unusual visitor. Their ruckus would indicate that I was more enthused about and fascinated with this guest than the chickens were. Fortunately he mostly napped before taking his leave. Isn’t he a beauty?

Unique Joy

“By being yourself, you put something beautiful into the world that was not there before.” – Edwin Elliott I spotted this quirky tulip during an evening run last week. More than that, it stopped me in my tracks. I marveled at this proud little thing standing where it really didn’t belong. Clearly it was oblivious…

Owls & Orchids

Made some new friends at the Butterfly House tonight at the Owls & Orchids event. First I met the owls that were feathered… Yes, these are alive…and yes, that is that owl’s real expression. Then I met the other winged owls…1,000 owl butterflies!  Before I walked in, the guide told me that the butterflies were “just waking…

Be You.

“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” — Maya Angelou

Unexpected

I know I’ve been blogging floral photos constantly lately — and I confess that I headed to the park this afternoon to take more. But then I became a little sidetracked. Check this guy out! He wasn’t crazy about me, but he indulged me for a few minutes. But then he decided he’d had enough…

Why DO birds sing in the morning? (video)

This little fella greets my fellow office mates like this almost every morning. It’s the happiest, most uplifting thing. I just love him. When I saw this fun article (click here) explaining why birds sing in the morning, I immediately thought of him.  Happy First Day of Spring!!

Morning with the Birds

Made my annual trip to Alton, Illinois, to do a little bird watching this morning. I wish a had a longer lens because the eagles were on the hunt this morning and it was tough to get zoomed in enough. If you look closely, you can see that this pretty fella nailed his treasure. An…

Hello, world!

This pretty little guy was the first thing I saw – and heard – when I got to work this morning. Perched on a wire, he practically glowed against his bright blue sky backdrop. Like a tiny flame. And he sang. Boy, did he sing. That little fuss budget carried on like nobody’s business. It…

What was that?!

This was one of the strangest things I’ve ever seen. Remember that Murmuration video that went viral because it was so breathtakingly beautiful? These photos represent something I saw that was very similar, but on a much smaller scale…only these were not starlings. Nor did this take place in a remote natural setting. No, this…

No Binoculars Necessary

The internet is stunning. Seriously stunning. For all of its dark places and pitfalls, the internet can deliver so many gifts, a dizzying amount of information…even miracles. Check out the Hawk Cam from the New York Times. Here, you can watch redtail hawks Bobby and Rosie raise their young — on the 12th floor of a…

Yes, I see you.

This sweet thing posed outside my office window for the longest time. After watching him tilt and turn his curious little head around for several minutes, I finally picked up my camera and obliged him. (Don’t you love the little green buds by his feet?) My office is like being in a tree house. It’s…

A Look Outside

Growing up, our house was plunked in the middle of several thickly wooded acres way out in the middle of nowhere. As an adult, I’m plunked in the suburbs with neighboring houses within view out of literally every window. Guess who has the better bird watching? Maybe it’s simply because I didn’t pay attention when…

I spy…

A host of feathered travelers making their way in a perfectly silent line. Bright and early this morning, they were a lovely sight to start the day. Hello, weekend. I’ve missed you.

Happy…

…little song could even be heard from our second floor. With the windows closed.