Too true, dear love, too true

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I lay in the firelight peacefully listening to pigeons on the roof.
To me pigeons say, “Too true, dear love, too true.”
I listened,
looked out on trees beyond both windows
and I was free and happy.

~ Florida Scott-Maxwell, The Measure of My Days



Monday Morning Wake-up Call

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Thank you Carol via yanen31

Frans Lanting

“No photographer turns animals into art more completely than Frans Lanting,” writes The New Yorker. Lanting’s images have been featured in exhibitions at major museums and leading art galleries around the world.

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“Impalas alarmed, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania: I keep three cameras on the seat next to me, each mounted with a different lens, allowing me to frame a moment any way it unfolds–far or wide. For this image I grabbed a Nikkor 300mm f2.8 lens to crop in smoothly on a herd of impalas when one alarm call transformed a placid scattering of grazers into a scene of suspense. An ever-present sense of danger characterizes the African plains. This image visualizes fear by inferring it. The collective gaze of the impalas points at something invisible, hidden in plain view–in a moment that could not have been chased, only waited for.”

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“Macaws over river, Tambopata National Reserve, Peru: Perched on a scaffold a hundred feet above a clay lick where macaws gather, I had an eagle’s-eye view of their coming and goings as they flew over the muddy river below. From that perspective I could see how each species of macaw flashes a distinctive combination of colors and patterns visible only from above.”


Source: DON’T MISS checking out his Lanting’s other photographs here.

FRANS LANTING has been hailed as one of the great photographers of our time. His influential work appears in books, magazines, and exhibitions around the world. Born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, he earned a master’s degree in economics then moved to the United States to study environmental planning.  Soon after, he began photographing the natural world–and never turned back.  For three decades he has documented wildlife from the Amazon to Antarctica to promote understanding about the Earth and its natural history through images that convey a passion for nature and a sense of wonder about our living planet. See his full bio here.


2º F. Us too.

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A bitter morning,
sparrows sitting together
without any necks.

~ James Hackett


James William Hackett (84, b. Seattle), is an American poet and philosopher most noted for his work with haiku in English.  (Noted he was born during the year the Great Depression started.)  The Zen poet and pioneer in creating haiku poetry in English began writing haiku in the 1950s following a near fatal accident. Spiritually reborn, he acquired a profound reverence for life, and now writes haiku with a focus upon Greater Nature and life’s Eternal Now. He is a reclusive poet dedicated to a spiritual way of haiku in English.  Hackett’s poetry is known, translated, and anthologized world wide. Hackett’s Haiku Poetry: v. 1 can be found at Amazon at this link.

Credits: Photograph by Maris Rozenfelds. Haiku from The Haiku Form by Joan Giroux via apoetreflects. Hackett Bio via haiku-hia.com

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call: Breakfast!!!!

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Image Credit: gifdrome

Murmuration


A flock of 10,000 starlings put on an impressive show near Gretna, Scotland this week.  Photographer Paul Bunyard films the poetry-in-motion spectacle of nature and puts it to music.


Pain is not exclusive to humans

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Source: Youreyesblazeout

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call: Up. Out of Bed. This way.

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It’s time to move on. Autumn must come.

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With overripe berries
and the last margin of wildflowers
and gauzy-winged dragonflies
skimming a creek
into shimmering rings
above minnows as bright as dimes,
our world seems splendid, immutable.
Leaf by leaf
the stream is laced
with green going to yellow and red
twirling from a colonnade of trees,
down on strips of light.
Near water urging over mossy rubble,
it’s hard to accept it’s all ending.
Parents have died and children are leaving.
Even the birds
ounce their singing,
begin flitting
to cover for night.
And under the late glow of sun,
every place whispers
that it’s time to move on,
that autumn must come
autumn must come,
must come.

Claude Wilkinson, closing lines to “Summer’s End,” from Joy in the Morning: Poems


Sources/Credits: Photograph-Thank you Andy’s Photography. Poem-Thank You A Poet Reflects and Google Books


Ayse Juaneda

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Ayse Juaneda found my blog yesterday (how Ayse?) and I followed her back after browsing her wonderful posts.  What amazing talent…

Ayse is from France.  She’s an artist, teacher and designer.  Her first illustration is a soft pastel on paper – it is titled “Sleeping Birds.”  The second is watercolor on paper and is titled “Venice.”

Her work reminds me of a quote by Vincent van Gogh:

“…and then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?”

You can find Ayse’s blog at aysejuaneda.wordpress.com.  Be sure to check it out.


Sunday Morning: L’envol

L’envol from Magda Jamil on Vimeo.


L’envol = In Flight.  Not exactly sure I landed on a concrete meaning here, but I was fully present from the early frames through to the end…loved it.  All interpretations welcome.

Our Home

This short trailer opens with a quote by English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

“…And till my ghastly tale is told, this heart within me burns.”

It’s set in Midway Atoll, North Pacific Ocean, more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent.

The images are burned into my consciousness.

Those that follow this blog, know about birds and me.  No more words required.  Take a few minutes and watch.  See what we’re doing to our planet.


Thank you Olga for sharing.

Disney 2013. A Reflection.

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Traffic. People. People. People. Lines. Lines. Lines. Fast Pass. Strollers. Wheelchairs. Electric scooters. Cameras. iPhones. Texting.

Sun. Heat. Humidity. Sunscreen. Afternoon Rains. Ponchos. Sticky.

Hot dogs. Corn dogs. Burgers. Chili cheese fries. Soft serve ice cream. Asian Chicken wings. Spicy Chicken Sandwiches. Coke (diet). Frozen Minute Made lemonade. Turkey Legs (NOT!). Indigestion.

Test Track. Splash Mountain. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Tower of Terror. Expedition Everest. Dinosaur. Kali River Rapids. Dad sits them all out. Nauseous just watching.

Old favorites. Kilimanjaro Safari. Haunted Mansion. Pirates of Caribbean. Jungle Cruise. Epcot. Parades. Marching Bands. Fireworks.

Exhaustion.

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Sunday Morning: Morning Glory

What’s the story: Morning Glory! from Ben on Vimeo.

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call: One time only.

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Image Source for Juvenile Bald Eagle: Thank you (again) Fairy-Wren

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The Lilac-breasted Roller “is found in sub-Saharan Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula, preferring open woodland and savanna; it is largely absent from treeless places. Usually found alone or in pairs, it perches conspicuously at the tops of trees, poles or other high vantage points from where it can spot insects, lizards, scorpions, snails, small birds and rodents moving about at ground level. Nesting takes place in a natural hole in a tree where a clutch of 2–4 eggs is laid, and incubated by both parents, who are extremely aggressive in defence of their nest, taking on raptors and other birds. During the breeding season the male will rise to great heights, descending in swoops and dives, while uttering harsh, discordant cries. The sexes are alike in coloration. Juveniles do not have the long tail feathers that adults do. It is also the national bird of Botswana and Kenya.” (Source: Wiki)


Image Source: Fairy-Wren

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Image Source: Thank you (again) Anake Goodall

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The crested caracara is in the falcon family but not fast-flying aerial hunters, but rather sluggish and often scavengers.  They are found in Cuba, South America, Central America and Mexico and in the southernmost parts of the U.S.  The Northern Caracara has a length of 19-23 inches, a wingspan of 42-51 inches and weighs 1.8-2.9 pounds.  It is broad-winged and long-tailed.  It has long legs and frequently walks and runs on the ground. The Northern Caracara is an omnivorous scavenger that mainly feeds on carrion. The live prey they do catch is usually immobile, injured, incapacitated or young. Prey species can include small mammals,amphibians, reptiles, fish, crabs, insects, their larvae, earthworms, shellfish and young birds. The voice of this species is a low rattle. (Source: Wiki)


Image Source: Thank you Steve Layman via Head Like An Orange

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Monday Morning Wake Up Call: Do NOT hit the snooze button!

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The burrowing owl is a tiny but long-legged owl found throughout open landscapes of North and South America. The burrowing owl measures 19–28 cm (7.5–11 in) long, spans 50.8–61 cm (20.0–24 in) across the wings and weighs 140–240 g (4.9–8.5 oz). As a size comparison, an average adult is slightly larger than an American Robin.  Burrowing Owls can be found in grasslands, rangelands, agricultural areas, deserts, or any or any other open dry area with low vegetation. Unlike most owls, Burrowing Owls are often active during the day, although they tend to avoid the midday heat. But like many other kinds of owls, Burrowing Owls do most of their hunting from dusk until dawn, when they can use their night vision and hearing to their advantage.  Burrowing Owls have bright yellow eyes; their beaks can be dark yellow or gray depending on the subspecies.


Source: Thank you fairywren for the photo by Alfred Forns.

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Monday Morning Wake Up Call: Hair Gel applied. Ready to roll…

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The cute birds are Guira Cuckoos and are found in Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina.  It is generally rather shaggy-looking and has a total length of 13 in).  It feeds on large arthropods, frogs, eggs, small birds (not nice cuckoo) and small mammals such as mice.  It is not an accomplished flier, mostly gliding or hoping from one perch to another.  The bird’s call is unmistakeable for bieng long and shrill, something between a long whistle and a wailing.  (Just what we need for a wake-up call on a Monday Morning.)


Source: Thank you fairywren for the photo by Jason Ellison.

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Thank you fairywren for the photo of the Anhinga.

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Monday Morning Wake Up Call: Doesn’t my hair look great!

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Thank you Cristi @ Simple.Interesting.

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A Bird Ballet

So, you’ve seen 1 murmuration, so you’ve seen them all? Hmmmmm. No. Can’t seem to get enough. This team was shooting a commercial in Marseille France and waiting for their prop – - “when thousands and thousands of birds came and made this incredible dance in the sky.” And just look what they captured.  2.5 minutes of magnificent cinematography and music (“Hand-Made” by Alt-J).  Good Thursday morning.

A bird ballet | Short Film from Neels CASTILLON on Vimeo.


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Hump Day: Cat v Birds.

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Don’t miss the birds on the branch at end of gif.  Come on.  Admit it.  You smiled.

Source: themetapicture.com

Monday Morning Wake Up Call. Don’t Ease Out of Bed. Jump!

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Thank you Headlikeanorange.  I can’t seem to get enough Penguins. :)

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Building up a head of steam after 3-day weekend…

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Thank you headlikeanorange for the European Robin photo gif.

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Zen Man and his Ducks

I’ve been following Manoli Rizo‘s photography blog for some time…admiring her work.  I just loved her most recent post.

This man. His “herd.”  The march in unison.  His peace, pride and contentment.

Manoli, hats off to you.  You’ve done it again.

Take a minute and hit this link and pan through Manoli’s photos of this man and his family.  (And Foreign Language competency anyone?  If someone could translate the intro of the post, I’d be grateful)

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Monday Morning Wake Up Call. You want what? A few more minutes?

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Thank you Headlikeanorange

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Awe inspiring. Period.

No words to describe this…sit for one minute in awe.  Well, perhaps there is one word to describe it…and it was the only word spoken on this clip: “Dude!”


Snow Geese. Shot at Merrill Creek Reservoir, near Washington, New Jersey on January 3, 2013.  Source: Grindtv.

Monday Morning Wake Up Call…Do not hit that snooze button!

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Thank you Fairy-Wren

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Beauty: The Art of Cutting Feathers

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Monday Morning Wake-Up Call: Get up. Hitting the snooze button will not help…

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Once

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Everyone onceonce only.  Just once and no more.
And we also once.  Never again.  But this having been
once, although only once, to have been of the earth,
seems irrevocable.

—Rainer Maria Rilke


For 20 children and 6 adults in an elementary school in Newtown, CT, “Once” has proven to be shockingly short.  Peace be with them and their families.


Sources: Image – amorecheiro. Quote: A Poet Reflects.

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call: Join in our meditation chant…

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Source: headlikeanorange

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Monday Morning Wake-Up Call: Bath Time!

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Source: dailyanimals via atomiclanterns

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Sunday Morning: Murmuration. The rustle of thousands of pairs of wings

Murmuration from Islands & Rivers on Vimeo.

“Winter must must be coming… because the starlings are flocking. Here are many thousands of the birds wheeling together in the afternoon sky near Gretna Green yesterday, as they prepare to roost together for the night. A starling flock like this is called a murmuration, a word that perfectly describes the rustle of thousands of pairs of wings. Starling murmurations are one of the most dazzling displays in the natural world, as the flock changes shape, one minute like a colossal wisp of smoke, the next a tornado, the next a thundercloud blocking the light.  The huge gatherings, biggest in winter, are boosted by thousands of birds that come to Britain’s milder Atlantic climate to escape the harsh cold of the European continent, especially in Scandinavia. There are several reasons to get together in the way they do – safety in numbers, information exchange (if some come back from a good feeding area others may learn of it) and warmth at night through roosting together. The birds may feed up to 20 miles from their winter roost but return each evening.”

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T.G.I.F.: We’re marching to Saturday…


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Source: Thank you Mme Scherzo

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Volume has risen. The imbecilic din encroaching everywhere…

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This article by Tim Kreider, Quiet Ones, struck a cord with me.  A few excerpts:

…it seems significant that we don’t want things to be quiet, ever, anymore. Stores and restaurants have their ubiquitous Muzak or satellite radio; bars have anywhere between 1 and 17 TVs blaring…ads and 30-second news cycles play on screens in cabs, elevators and restrooms. Even some libraries, whose professional shushers were once celebrated in cartoon and sitcom, now have music and special segregated areas designated for “quiet study,” which is what a library used to be.

…People are louder, too. They complain at length and in detail about their divorces or gallbladders a foot away from you in restaurants. A dreaded Amtrak type is the passenger who commences prattling on her cellphone the instant she sits down and doesn’t hang up until she gets to her stop, unable to bear an undistracted instant in her own company. People practice rap lyrics on the bus or the subway, barking doggerel along with their iPods as though they were alone in the shower. Respecting shared public space is becoming as quaintly archaic as tipping your hat to a lady, now that the concept of public space is as nearly extinct as hats, and ladies. [Read more...]

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call: Let’s go!


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“The Kingfisher makes a perfect dive at 100 km/hr into the little frozen hole in Germany to catch fish for food.  This amazing moment captured by photographer Gisela Delpho.”

Source: goodmemory via opticoverload

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A Golden Eagle.  Source: fairy-wren

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Clark’s Grebe.  This species nests on large inland lakes in western North America and migrates to the Pacific coast in winter.  It maintains local populations year-round in  California, Nevada, Arizona, and central Mexico.  It feeds by diving for carp, herring, mollusks, crabs and salamanders.

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Monday Morning Wake-Up Call. It’s time to FLY!


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Curious Duck Photo from National Geographic.

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