Happy New Year!

Ah, world, what lessons you prepare for us,
even in the leafless winter…
I feel my boots trying to leave the ground,
I feel my heart pumping hard…
I want to be light and frolicsome…
and afraid of nothing, as though I had wings.

— Mary Oliver, “Starlings in Winter” in “Owls and Other Fantasies: Poems and Essays


  • Photo: DK, Birds @ Daybreak. Jan 1, 2021. 6:45 to 7am. 30° F, feels like 23° F. Cove Island Park, Stamford CT. More amazing scenes from this morning here and here.
  • Mary Oliver’s poem “Starlings in Winter” was edited. Full poem here @Mindfulbalance.  Thank you Karl for sharing for the Mary Oliver poem and the inspiration.


  1. Happy New Year Dave! Thanks for sharing Mary and a glorious and ominous dawn this morning 💕

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  2. A beautiful Mary Oliver quote along with stunning photos. Happy New Year, David!

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  3. What I a powerful quote. Thanks David. Have a winged 2021.🙋🏼

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  4. Happy New Year, David! Thanks for keeping this going. 😊

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  5. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    “Ah, world, what lessons you prepare for us, even in the leafless winter… ” – Mary Oliver, “Starlings in Winter” in “Owls and Other Fantasies: Poems and Essays”. Nothing more needs to be said … it’s a new beginning!!

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  6. may we all fly free into the beauty of the new year

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  7. Beautiful! Thank you!

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  8. Happy New Year David! May your wings unfurl and may you heed the call of the wind call to soar.

    Beautiful photos and quote. ❤

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  9. Happy New Year, David! Beautiful quote and photos; a terrific way to start 2021 with serenity and gratitude. I hope this year brings both to you every day. Cher xoxo

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  10. Ahhhh, to be “light and frolicsome “ again….almost seems like a mirage at this point, but embracing hope nonetheless. May you continue to spread your wings in the new year, pal. So enjoying your daily photo safaris. And maybe if we’re lucky, you’ll be joined by a furry friend at some point in 2021. 😋🦮 (hey, a girl can hope…)

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  11. I want wings too!

    Happy New Year!
    Grateful for your light.

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  12. Whoa, what gorgeous photo’s you give us today! Even though “red sky in the morning, sailors take warning” may be ominous–how wonderful that beauty comes along with whatever nature shows us. More of a challenge from Mary Oliver: I want to be light and frolicsome…. How distant that can seem. Thank you for venturing out for all of us..no matter what day we may be celebrating–you’re celebrating them all!

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  13. Lovely sky! The only colour in our sky lately is GRAY! But that doesn’t mean we can’t still have a happy day.

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  14. THANKS DAVID, AND *Happy New Year to You & Yours…*

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  15. Wonderful start to the new year, David. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!
    Lovely joining of photos to poetry… love!

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  16. Thank you, Dale. The best to you and yours!


  17. beautiful photos. what a wonderful way to start the new year…

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  18. niasunset says:

    How beautiful post, poetical words of one of my favorite poets, beautiful photographs of one of my beautiful blogger friends… Thank you so much, dear Dave, Happy New Year, Love, nia

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  19. Happy New Year, Dave!!!! 🥂🎶🐫

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  20. Late, with the New Year Greeting…I enjoyed your bright, lovely and freedom soaring sunrise…

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  21. Happy New Year to you 😊
    Hugs, David.

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