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Sunday Scenes: June 21, 2014: Buddies


The scene above was captured about two years ago at a pond located within an orange grove. My grandie, Logan, was with me, along with my grandie Emily. Logan was three at the time. Today is his fifth birthday!

Happy Birthday, Logan! Yom Huledet Sameakh!

I remember how the grandies stared in awe at the Great White Egret. I did, too, for that matter. But, then I saw the turtle looking up at the Egret. It reminded me of two old buddies talking about life.

It was a moment in time that is memorable to the three of us. Each time we wander through there, we talk about that scene, and we look to see if there is a Great White Egret conversing with a turtle.

Leora, you asked if there was something in nature we were grateful for. This particular adventure, with the grandies, is one of those awe-of-nature moments.



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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

egret on path

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.


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Sunday Scenes: January 26, 2014

I took a late morning walk, yesterday, at the lake. It was a lovely day, nature was abuzz with all of its noise resounding from the birds of varied species, the frogs, the grasshoppers and crickets, the family gatherings, and children playing, and the moles. The quietude also surrounded me at various points along the way.

egret waiting

Speaking of moles and quietude, the photograph above shows a Great White Egret, standing motionless, waiting for its prey (a mole) to appear from the hole in the grass in front of it.


It did appear within a few minutes, and the Egret caught its lunch. The photograph is a bit blurred (I did sharpen it a bit), as the Egret decided to move back a bit, probably fearful I would try to take its catch.

Enjoy the rest of your day.

I am sorry for the update, I positioned one of my photographs wrong.


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Sunday Scenes – Last one of 2012

tree shadows

The pictures of the pelicans, great white egret and other birds were taken about a week ago while walking at the lake. The shadow photograph was taken then, as well.

Conference Time

The Beak of the Pelican
By J. Patrick Lewis
She looks for wiggly fishes,
At least so it appears,
To stuff inside the suitcase
That’s swinging from her ears.

And though she’s very graceful
When flying round and round,
How does she get that faceful
Of luggage off the ground?

Pelican White Egret

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December 30, 2012 – 17 Tevet, 5773

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Sunday Scenes – December 9, 2012

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Two poems I found:

Michael R. Collings
c. 2003


First, an egret, show-white hump
Unmoving in the ragged field,
Chalky blur as our car whips by,
Pure against stiff breeze-blown blacks;

Then, some miles further south,
Three–one alight, two awing–
Blending light with cloud, reflecting
Sky to fallow, waiting fields.

Then, on both sides, a dozen . . . more . . .
Sweeping angles, binding earth
To heaven with lustrous, facile flight,
Mirrored in flat watery panes.

No more–or . . . wait . . . silhouette
Against distant snow-caps, one more
Wings silently east, seeking dawn,
Surcease from winter’s murmured ice.

At last, no more. Marsh-black winter
Draws itself to a horizon
Unremittingly flat and gray. . . .
Where egrets must await the spring.

(from the Japanese of)
c. 9th century; transl. Rexroth

Like a wave crest
Escaped and frozen,
One white egret
Guards the harbor mouth.


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December 9, 2012 – 25 Kislev, 5773


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