Tuesday, April 12, 2011

World Bird Wednesday

Time once again for Word Bird Wednesday!  You don't have to be an experienced bird watcher or photographer (Thank the LORD) to join in the fun.  All you really need is a love of birds--observing them, photographing them, feeding them, learning about them, sharing them, enjoying them--or just ooohing and ahhhing over the finds of others.  Whatever it is you enjoy about birds, join up with Springman's Word Bird Wednesday at The Pine River Review.  You won't be sorry--unless you miss it.


Life is way too busy around here what with getting the raised beds going (complete with drip irrigation that Hubs set up that lead from rain barrels...oh yeah, he's good) and preparing to celebrate DD3's college graduation SO, some of these pictures are from last spring and some are more recent.  For some reason--and I'm guessing it's related to all the idiots lovely dog owners who are too stupid choose not to leash their dogs EVEN THOUGH THERE IS A LEASH LAW--the big birds are not frequenting the ponds as much this year.  Only one Great Blue Heron and, making even less of an appearance, one Egret.  There is a bird flying around though that I've been trying to get a shot of but he is so fast and he leaves whenever someone approaches--even though he's high up in the pines.  He appears to be some sort of hawk...I'll keep trying to get a shot of him- he's beautiful---like these Great Blue Herons in flight- the first one is the very first picture I ever took, on purpose, of a bird and is the reason I became interested in birds.  The quote that I separated and put beneath each picture is from Wendell Berry...Enjoy!


"When despair for the world grow in me, and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be---

I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds...

I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought or grief...

I come into the presence of still water....
And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light....
For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free."  Wendell Berry

14 comments:

Andrew said...

A stunning bird. Lovely images.

Sondra said...

Aweseome series of shots..and the words were perfectly matched..Super post!

Gary said...

Great shots!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Bouncin' Barb said...

I haven't seen as many here as I did in Charleston but we had lots of ponds around us so that's probably why. Here is mostly all beach. Great shots.

EmptyNester said...

Andrew- One of my favorites! Thank you.

Sondra- Thank you!

Gary- Thanks!

Barb- I'm still waiting on you to join this weekly meme! Thanks!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Beautiful pictures.

mick said...

Beautiful bird and photos.

holdingmoments said...

Lovely set of flight captures.

Frank said...

Lovely series of flight shots Pam and very appropriate words to match.
We could do with a 'Leash Law' over here.

EmptyNester said...

Ruth- Thanks!

mick-Thank you!

holding-Thank you!

Frank-So many people don't follow the leash law around here- they let their dogs do whatever they want to do, including chase the big birds away. And there's a dog park not 1/2 mile away! Go figure. Thanks so much!

Jean said...

You touched me with your words and images. Thank-you!

Mike B. @ slugyard.com said...

Love the way they look in flight. I had shots of a heron up in a tree too. They look strange up there.

NicoleB said...

These are gorgeous, so peaceful!
Yes, I can imagine that you can recharge your batteries there without troubles :)

Karen said...

WOW! Awesome photography!