The Small Things

“Again I resume the long lesson: how small a thing can be pleasing, how little in this hard world it takes to satisfy the mind and bring it to its rest.”

~ Wendell Berry (1934- ), Sabbaths

(Quote Source: goodreads.com)

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While traveling, take time not only to see the major sights, but intentionally grab a moment to observe the birds, animals, and flora of a given area.  Here is a photo I shot of a Cedar Waxwing enjoying the berries of a bush while my husband and I were taking a break from driving through Idaho on a road trip.

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Roadside Picnic

“Everything that is made beautiful and fair and lovely is made for the eye of the one who sees.”

~Rumi, (1207-1273) Persian poet, Islamic jurist, and theologian

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This was a delightful spot for a roadside picnic while my husband and I traveled across North Dakota.  We lingered much longer than our original plan just to soak up the sunshine, the water, and the fresh air.

Visit the Great Outdoors!

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”

~ Gustave Flaubert, (1821-1880) French Novelist

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Summer is just around the corner.  What an opportune time to see new sites and reconnect with the great outdoors!  I took this shot on a road trip across Montana.  Where might you be planning to travel this year?

Spring Bird Migration

“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,

To gain all while you give,

To roam the roads of lands remote,

To travel is to live.”

~Hans Christian Andersen, The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography

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We are in the midst of the bird migration season here in Minnesota.  Simply put, birds migrate to move from areas of low or decreasing resources to areas of high or increasing resources. The two primary resources being sought are food and nesting locations.  It can be an exciting time for birders and photographers alike as all hope to spot something new and/or different as the birds visit our area.

This is a shot of geese high above a birding “hotspot” near the Cannon River in southeastern Minnesota.  (To learn more about birding hotspots, please visit:  http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/hotspot-explorer/ )