“Go afield with a good attitude, with respect for the forest and fields in which you walk. Immerse yourself in the outdoor experience. It will cleanse your soul and make you a better person.”
~Fred Bear, (1902-1988) American bow hunter, bow manufacturer, author, and television host
(Quote Source: wideopenspaces.com)
This is a White-tailed Deer standing in a field of wildflowers.
“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
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 (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.
If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come. ~ Chinese Proverb
This is a male Northern Cardinal, very common at Minnesota bird feeders in the winter months.
“The sky and the sun are always there. It’s the clouds that come and go.”
~Rachel Joyce, British author
There are aspects to nature that bring me comfort, like knowing the sun will rise each morning regardless of anything that happens the day before. It is entirely up to me whether I choose to focus upon the clouds that occasionally appear.
“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh
This is late November in Minnesota. I think the gold of the grasses against the black of the water against a cloudy sky is quite striking. What do you think?
“Both abundance and lack exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend… when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present — love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure — the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience heaven on earth.”
~Sarah Ban Breathnach, Author of Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy (first published in 1995)
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
~ Theodore Roosevelt, Citizenship in a Republic: April 23, 1910, Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, France
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“If you are driven by fear, anger or pride nature will force you to compete. If you are guided by courage, awareness, tranquility and peace nature will serve you.” ~ Amit Ray, Nonviolence: The Transforming Power
(Dr. Amit Ray is an Indian author, and spiritual master. He is best known for his Om meditation and integrated yoga and vipassana meditation techniques. He is author of several books on meditation and other spiritual topics.)
“The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered. When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be.”
~Robert Fulghum, American author
Source: It was on Fire When I Lay Down on it (1988)
Black-capped chickadee sitting on an aspen branch. Whether food is plentiful or scarce, their curiosity and bouncy flight pattern are ever present. These little birds are a delight for me to watch all year long!
What is your favorite bird?