Getting in touch with the beauty of nature makes life much more beautiful, much more real, and the more mindful and concentrated you are, the more deeply the sunset will reveal itself to you.
~ Hanh, Thich Nhat; Kohn, Sherab Chodzin (2010-12-21). You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment (Kindle Locations 187-188). Shambhala Publications. Kindle Edition.
Lately, I haven’t spent much time outside, but the other evening while sitting out back this little house finch stopped by and paused for a few minutes, staring into the sunset to the west. Sharing this experience with him instantly eliminated the day’s worries and challenges and connected me with a world with which our human-created environments drive separation. And yet, for all of the benefits that these manufactured environments provide (temperature control and protection to name a couple), we are a part of the natural world. As Thich Nhat Hanh states above, connection with the natural world can enhance life.
For this week I will try to spend more time outside, connecting with the natural world.
Have a great week!
I’m surprised at how many places I’ve seen the color orange since A Word In Your Ear issued the latest photo challenge! Many of these have been clothing and other human-created objects. I’ve also seen some great responses to this challenge with flowers, sunsets, and other natural forms of orange.
But when I saw this challenge, the first image that came to mind was a recent image I discovered of a goose:
That bill really pops out, and I really like the orange around the eye! But wait, there’s more – check out the feet!
I don’t have the greatest sense of fashion, but I gotta tell you, I think that the gray and the orange are working very well together…
Thanks for another great photo challenge!
We’ve been lucky the last few days to see birds that are rare to our backyard. On Friday I was sitting outside with my camera and along came this male Rose-breasted Grosbeak:
He’s a beautiful bird. According to Wikipedia, Ohio is right on the edge of the migration and breeding ranges, so I suspect that he’s just passing through this area. I didn’t get the chance to hear him sing before he flew away, but the Ohio Division of Natural Resources site song recording description indicates that they sometimes sound like a “drunken robin.” This guy appeared to be full control of himself as he took a look around the yard.
He never hit the feeder or the bird bath, but I’m glad that he took notice. Perhaps we’ll see him again.
We were in the yard the other day when a first-time visitor stopped by for a moment:
This is the first time I’ve seen a White Crowned Sparrow in our yard. The contrast of the white and black on the head was clear. This bird didn’t go to a feeder, but he did hover around the bird bath (though he never dove in). And then after a couple of minutes he turned, gave me a quick look and nod, and was gone:
It’s always nice when new, friendly, curious guests stop by!
As spring matures, we’ve had a few house finches hanging around the yard. Here is a shot of two males and a female:
The male at the top of the branch spotted me and gave me the following look:
Eventually the female took her own path to the feeder. Here she is planning her move to the seed:
Spring is a great time of year. Watching the natural world awaken from its slumber brings a smile to my face, and the birds that come to visit make the smile even larger.