The Common Grackle has interesting tones, and their iridescent colors illuminate differently against their environment. Depending on the light, the colors can appear to look different from one moment until the next.
Canadian Geese are lovely birds. One can often find them floating along a river or lake.
They also love to walk, and strut around on the ground. Some times they are showing off, other times they are searching for food. Either way, children are delighted to see them, as are adults.
Swans, what can one say. This sweet Mute Swan was taking in the sun. Its all-knowing attitude and expression beckoned those nearby to stop and look.
A morning walk by the river made for some calming winter scenes.
I moved to the left about 2-3 feet, and stepped back a few steps, and I created a different scene in the capture directly above.
Sit by a river. Find peace and meaning in the rhythm of the lifeblood of the Earth. — (Anonymous)
I took the two photographs above, yesterday. They were captured from the same spot, but I zoomed in on one, just a fraction, changing the perspective and creating two different photographs.
“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all
should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build
confidence in the creative spirit.” ― Ansel Adams
Shabbat Shalom to those who celebrate! Have a wonderful weekend, to everyone!
Tu B’Shevat begins at sunset, tonight, and ends at nightfall tomorrow, February 4th.” It is The New Year for the Trees.
Tu B’Shevat is the new year for the purpose of calculating the age of trees for tithing. See Lev. 19:23-25, which states that fruit from trees may not be eaten during the first three years; the fourth year’s fruit is for G-d, and after that, you can eat the fruit. Each tree is considered to have aged one year as of Tu B’Shevat, so if you planted a tree on Shevat 14, it begins its second year the next day, but if you plant a tree two days later, on Shevat 16, it does not reach its second year until the next Tu B’Shevat.
Trees are often seen standing by themselves, alone, but not necessarily lonely. Their beauty always illuminates, even in winter time when the branches are bare. They spread their winter joy with their arms and fingers stretched upward, downward and outward, as they beckon those who walk by to stop and perceive them with awe.
I was one such person, who stopped to inhale and view the vivid loveliness of the scene before me, at the end of December 2014. I stood for a while, contemplating and saying a prayer of thanks for what stood before me. As the euphemism goes: “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” And, this beholder noticed every minute detail in this scene, from the river to the tree, to the weeds encircling it, and so much more. The tones, textures and contrasts of nature were stunning to my eyes.
You’ve got to jump off cliffs and build your wings on the way down.
Life has loveliness to sell, all beautiful and splendid things, blue waves whitened on a cliff, soaring fire that sways and sings, and children’s faces looking up, holding wonder like a cup. -Sara Teasdale quotes