Black-capped Chickadee

“We learned to be patient observers like the owl.  We learned cleverness from the crow; and courage from the jay, who will attack an owl ten times its size to drive it off its territory. But, above all of them ranked the chickadee because of its indomitable spirit.”

~Tom Brown, Jr. (1950- ) American naturalist, tracker, survivalist, and author

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Anyone who gardens around chickadees can tell you about the curiosity and the pluck of this little bird.  Whether I am digging in the dirt on my hands and knees, walking through the yard with a garden hose to water, or scrubbing out the bird bath with a wire brush I  will regularly witness a chickadee on a nearby branch peering at me in a quizzical manner.  They tilt their head and look at you with just one of their eyes as if to say, “Who are you and what are you doing here?”  I think of them as my little guardians of the garden and enjoy their antics immensely.

Imogen Cunningham

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Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976) was named by her father after the heroine of Shakespeare’s play, Cymbeline. She was an American photographer known for her photography of botanicals, nudes and industry.

Cunningham began her lengthy career in 1901 after sending away for a $15 camera. Her photographic work was varied and included numerous exhibitions, a career with Vanity Fair, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Even at the age of 92, Cunningham continued to create with a work that would be her last, a book entitled  After Ninety. The book featured portraits of the elderly, many of whom were her friends.

Stop and See the Flowers

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.”

~Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) Anti-war activist and Indian nationalist

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Visiting a local conservatory can be a welcome and uplifting break from the days of winter that are cold and drab.  This was taken at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory located in Como Park of Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Magic Moments

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”

~William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish Poet

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After a long day of traveling in the country looking for an intriguing subject to photograph I was headed home.  I had taken some interesting shots, but they all paled in comparison to the amazing pink clouds that appeared on the horizon for the evening sunset.  I was not in the best place for a typical sunset shot, but I am still grateful to this family of cows.

Stress Relief


“If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.”

~Doug Larson, (1926- ) American Journalist

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I took this shot on a gorgeous fall day while traveling out west.  I was walking and felt rather envious when I noticed the men out fishing on the river.  We must never get so busy  that we fail to take note of the beautiful world which surrounds us!

 

Powerful Beyond Measure

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Marianne WilliamsonA Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”

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A Gray Jay stretching his wings to fly!