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.
The photograph above, of a female cardinal, was taken about four years ago in VA, during the wintertime. A straggler who decided to stay behind.
“Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it.” –
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The wintertime photograph of the Great White Egret was taken last week, while I was walking on a path at the lake.
“You expected to be sad in the fall. Part of you dies each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintry light. But you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen. When the cold rains kept on and killed the spring, it was as though a young person had died for no reason.”
– Ernest Hemingway
I am sorry for the update…I inadvertently called the female cardinal a “female robin”, and had to correct my mistake.
Visit Leora, at Sketching Out, for her review of In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist.
I will be seeing the movie The Pin. It looks quite compelling in many aspects. If you have seen it, please let me know what you thought of it.
Effort begins to return Iraqi Jewish artifacts, back to the Iraqi Jewish community.
This is an interesting article regarding the growth of Orthodox Judaism.
The Family: Three Journies Into the Heart of the Twentieth Century looks to be a fascinating book, in my opinion.
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The above collage (of older photographs) is my submission for Nature Notes Wednesday. The top left shows a cardinal, the top right shows a black-capped chickadee, the bottom left shows a house finch, and the bottom right shows a squirrel.
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December 25, 2012 – 12 Tevet, 5773