Check out this spectacular visitor to my back yard over the weekend. He first dropped in late Friday afternoon, his arrival announced by a flurry of irritable crows and bluejays squawking and bouncing about. When he showed up again on Saturday, he had an even crankier antagonist — a very large red-tailed hawk. I couldn’t…
Category: out the window
Noticing a pattern lately….
Literally. This was taken out my car window this morning at a red light. And this was taken as I headed through a glass walkway early yesterday morning. It’s a little different than what I usually am drawn to, but it’s nice to change focus from time to time.
And yooou are…?
This lovely creature took some time to rest in my back yard this morning. And this was the look that was sent my way when I disturbed him/her. The definition of stink eye.
Sorry, little guy
This funny little fella was enjoying a snack atop our fence until I showed up at the door with my camera. And if that wasn’t interruption enough, this bird swooped in and photobombed the scene. Poor little chipmunk just wanted to eat in peace.
While imperfect, I finally got a photo of the male Cardinal feeding the female. How sweet is this? Humans should take note.
Love – Part II
For almost a week now, I’ve watched a pair of downy woodpeckers perform a little feeding ritual. Every day, the little male takes pieces from the suet feeder and feeds it to the female. It happens so regularly that I have even been able to take photos. Also for quite some time, I’ve watched a…
Scenes from the office
Or scenes from my view at the dining room table that currently serves as my home “office,” that is. I cannot get over the amount of wildlife traffic in our little back patio area. Granted, I’ve been putting out birdseed, so I’ve stacked the deck a bit in my favor, but still. One of the…
“Do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa For two days from our back door, I’ve watched this male downy woodpecker take chunks of seed from the suet feeder and go feed the little female. Such a tiny thing, but such an act of love. And a total joy to watch.
Learn something new every day
Throughout this week I learned a few things about the rodents out back as I continued to work from home. 1.) Squirrels come in a variety of colors. I have better photos of this strange whitish/light grey, seemingly pastel little guy, but this was my favorite because he looked like he was protesting the paparazzi….
A Special Eclipse
So…I know I’m weird, but I wasn’t caught up in the eclipse hubbub before today. I’d seen the t-shirts, articles, Facebook posts, etc., but I hadn’t given it much thought and didn’t really care to. I hadn’t even bothered to purchase the glasses just in case. But today I finally caught the bug. There was…
“Ah, how good it feels! The hand of an old friend.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Please forgive this blurry photo, but when you see something this dear, you use whatever you have handy. Which in this case, when I was looking out the window at the art museum, I only had my iPhone. So I…
“When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.” – Mahatma Gandhi *Note: I was stopped at a light and not moving when I took this.
Bit of Wisdom
“In your quest for happiness, choose your companions wisely. Surround yourself with people who take responsibility for themselves… …and are actively seeking joy.” — Nanea Hoffman
A Little Quiet
“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” – Ram Dass I’m sorry that my blog has been a little quiet for the past few days. I’ve not been neglectful, I’ve just spent the last few days on a silence retreat on the grounds of a convent in Indiana. With all of life’s recent changes…
“Sometimes I need only to stand wherever I am to be blessed.” – Mary Oliver, poet
For One Minute…
…walk outside. Stand there… …in silence. Look up at the sky… …and contemplate… …how amazing life is. (Have we had the most amazing clouds lately or what?)
Through Today’s Lens
“It’s not what you look at that matters. It’s what you see.” — Henry David Thoreau Bubble Bus bubbles clinging to my car’s windshield or a whimsical, magical temporary art installation? A lost and beaten-up button or a funny/creepy little face? Roses through a rain-soaked window or a watercolor dream? A sleeping cat or a…
We’re All Stories in the End
May every chapter be beautiful.
Well, hello there.
Bright and early this morning, I opened the front door to leave for work and…. …this cute little guy was sunbathing on my front porch* and I’d obviously woken him up. As I debated opening the glass storm door, he was clearly debating whether or not he was going to have to move. When I swung…
“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” – W.B. Yeats
A(nother) Day in the Life
A little over a year ago, I completed a “day in the life” photo project — which meant taking at least one photo every hour all day long. As I said at the time, it’s not that my life is vaguely important or newsworthy enough to merit play-by-play documentation. Rather it is a much-needed exercise in awareness…
We’re not in Kansas anymore…or Colorado
We reluctantly packed up at the crack of dawn this morning and headed home, putting Colorado and the Rockies in our rear view mirrors. But not before a fun send off from a few rather large visitors. One elk stood right outside our back door, while two others mulled around in the neighboring yard. They…
We have a family of chipmunks in our backyard that continues to provide a lot of amusement. This morning when I sat down to breakfast, I caught a glimpse of Buddha out the corner of my eye. I turned to look and…there he was. Little chipmunk just chilled out on top of Buddha Man’s head.
So many shades…
…of pink. No wonder the bees are mesmerized.