Close up of the Carolina Chickadee holding a nut against the tree with his feet and taking a bite.
To know how other people behave takes intelligence, but to know myself takes wisdom. To manage other people's lives takes strength, but to manage my own life takes true power. If I am content with what I have, I can live simply and enjoy both prosperity and free time. If my goals are clear, I can achieve them without fuss. If I am at peace with myself, I will not spend my life force in conflicts. If I have learned to let go, I do not need to fear dying. John Heider
I watched while the White-breasted Nuthatch took a seed/nut - hid it behind some tree bark - and back he came for more. I don't recall him ever eating these as he took them - just hiding them. I guess he was saving them for later :)
I've been asked which comes first - the quote or the image. 99% of the time the image comes first - however - today I found this quote and it seemed to sum up exactly how I feel about walking in nature - It is ALWAYS a WONDER to me. So I searched in my archives to find something that would convey that - and this is what I found :) There is so much wonder out there if we take the time to look around.
Another walk down memory lane. I had to crop these really closely so they aren't the greatest of shots - and I guess that's why I didn't post them back in March of 2010 when I took them. My first and only sighting of Hooded Mergansers.
One of the most satisfying experiences I know is fully to appreciate an individual in the same way I appreciate a sunset. When I look at a sunset...I don't find myself saying, 'Soften the orange a litle more on the right hand corner, and put a bit more purple along the base, and use a little more pink in the cloud color...' I don't try to control a sunset. I watch it with awe as it unfolds.
Carl R. Rogers
My wish for today and everyday -
Allow me to appreciate each individual for who they are - and watch with awe as they "unfold".
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Stay, little cheerful Robin! stay, And at my easement sing, Though it should prove a farewell lay And this our parting spring. Then, little Bird, this boon confer, Come, and my requiem sing, Nor fail to be the harbinger Of everlasting spring. —William Wordsworth
Waking up to Robin's song puts me in a good mood! Have you ever heard the morning song of a Robin? Click HERE for his beautiful music.