The first week of Spring the air is crisp and cool with a nip of early morning frost. Buds erupt with yellowish green shoots, the ground opens to show spikes of green leaves, the birds shrill chirps and tweets bring life from the still quiet of the night.
With my camera and tripod, I follow a deer path that leads me to a sunlit patch to photograph my little piece of paradise. I hear the song of the Carolina Wren. This is South Carolina’s state bird a small bird, with a loud voice, that fills the woods with its high volume of songs.
Although its name is Carolina Wren, it has been wintering farther and father north. It covers most of the East Coast and inland. It’s interesting to watch as it forages through the forest ground its tail will point down and when it sings the tail points up.
I spotted this Carolina Wren camouflaged against the fallen, tan, reddish, and yellow leaves. Its distinctive long, slender and down curved bill scatters the leaves like a toss salad in search of spiders, thousand legers, and beetles.
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A drop could be a very small quantity of anything. At the end of its fall, it will leave an impression. What are those special words you may drop on someone to leave an impression?
Are you there to pick up that small quantity of liquid that drops from the face of a person in sorrow? A drop of kind words is an impression that may bring comfort, joy, gratitude, and compassion.
After it is dropped look for that impression.
What a great day to take some photos. On the pond, six turtles enjoyed the rays of the sun as they chilled out on a 3 square foot platform. A clumsy webbed foot Canadian Goose decided to join the turtles. The goose leaped onto the floating platform, springing the turtles on top of each other. Some turtles managed to cling to the platform while a few of them took a dive.
The big bird looked at the remaining turtles as if to say sorry about that and began to preen itself as if nothing really happened.
I apologize about the rear end shots, I had no choice to compose the characters. This was a shoot from the hip session. Hope you all enjoyed the pictures along with the story.
With a twinkle in its eye, this young mockingbird eyes the ripe green cluster of grapes. When the grapes are ripe, that is the time to set up a relationship. The symbol of grapes represents a joyous fellowship.
It is known that if a bird eats enough grapes, the bird will take on a state of being intoxicated. Hmmm!!! Is this what it takes to build up the nerve to do the ritual mating dance, spreading its feathers, spreading its wings, and stepping cautiously to support balance. Day and night the mockingbird is heard doing vocal imitations of other birds. All for a joyous fellowship.
In the book “To Kill a Mockingbird”, the mockingbird symbolizes innocence.
Photo by: Richard Smith
The other morning I stood in the woods with my camera. I heard various birds chirping and rustling through the leaves. As I scaned the area for a bird at rest, I noticed something clinging to a rotted piece of a limb. I wasn’t able to make it out with my naked eye. So I looked through my camera lens to see this baby squirrel. It looked frightened as it emerged from the hole in the trunk of the tree. It nervously tested each piece of the tree bark before he planted its feet. Here he is holding on for dear life. Natural instinct may have coaxed it along to let him know its time to search for food or starve.
I did end up photographing this Tuffed Titmous and Blue Bird
The photos may not win a prize but I sure enjoy the time I spend with God’s creation and all His love.
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Symbol of Spring
This is an 8 x 10 x .50 inch acrylic/oil painting done on a stretch canvas board.
A robin is a symbol of spring in the United States. This bird is the state bird for Connecticut, Michigan, and Wisconsin. America’s popular songs featured this bird; such as “Rock’in Robin”, and “When the red red robin comes bob, bob, bobbin along”.
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I get great pleasure in photographing birds. It’s not just to capture the detail, light, or composition of a picture. The enjoyment is the outdoors and to learn from the animals, in my case the birds. Like this picture of the Hermit Thrush, food is there for the picking. They eat what they need and leave some for others. Nature provides the material, source of nutrients and water for their survival. Not only does God provide for all animals and insects, He is there for all who believe.
This tiny bird known as the Golden-crown Kinglet must have read my mind. I was thinking I’d like to get a good shot of its crown. No sooner said, he leans down to show me his famous icon, the the golden crown.
The common house sparrow adapts easily to environmental changes. They are seen in many geographical areas. We know the sparrow existed in the Arab countries. In the Biblical reading, Jesus used the sparrow to show that God loved all his creatures. It was ceremonially clean and eaten as food by the poor.
These birds are not native to America. They first came to Brooklyn, New York in the 1850’s. Now, the house sparrow is a year round species in the continental United States. Some people consider these birds undesirable. They make a nuisance by nesting in man-made structures, especially in the eaves of homes.
Like the elephants and hippos, these little creatures enjoy dust baths. They are often seen creating little dust storms as they roll in the dirt. When the sparrows move on the ground they hop instead of walk like other birds. The adult sparrows are mainly vegetarian, but the young birds, when first hatched, feed on insects for their diet.
I photographed this Eastern Towhee as he takes a break from foraging through the leaves to splash in the cool clear water. I guess it needs to clean off all the dust and dirt after rummaging through the ground clutter. Good sanitation and hygiene !!!!!