Friday, March 26, 2010
TGIF! This has been a challenging week, and Wednesday was particularly yuksville (one of those "everything that could possibly go wrong - and even stuff that couldn't possibly go wrong - did" sort of days), so I was really delighted to see our first bluebird of the year yesterday while hiking with the dogs. Here's hoping he was a bluebird of happiness! (I don't think there is any other kind, actually!) ;-)
For happiness, how little suffices for happiness!...
The least thing precisely, the gentlest thing, the lightest thing,
a lizard's rustling, a breath, a whisk, an eye glance -
little maketh up the best happiness. Be still.
~Friedrich Nietzsche, "Thus Spake Zarathustra"
Our local bluebirds are Mountain Bluebirds, and they always show up here in March. Last year I saw our first one on March 14, so this year they were 11 days late, and since they are our first true harbinger of Spring, I was getting antsy to see one! It was a male, perched on our pasture fence, and he had a lot to tell us about his winter sojourn as we hiked by. I stopped and chatted with him for a bit, but didn't have my camera with me and wouldn't have gotten a good photo if I had... the light was wrong, the background too busy, and our bluebirds are shy and have always been difficult (for me, at least) to photograph. I have to do it from some distance, and my camera doesn't have much of a zoom.
Here are the best bluebird photos I've been able to take over the 18 years we've lived here. They were all taken in June 2007 - a lucky month for bluebird photos, apparently!
I took all of these from our bedroom window...
"The bluebird carries the sky on his back."
~Henry David Thoreau
I do have a few photos of female bluebirds,
but they are mostly gray & don't show up well from a distance.
According to Cornell University's Ornithology department:
Only the female builds the nest. The male sometimes acts as if he is helping, but he either brings no nest material or he drops it on the way.
LOL! Typical. ;-)~
Oddly enough, for all the various bird feathers I always find around our property and on my hikes, I've only ever found one male bluebird feather (which I sent to a faraway friend). Finding their feathers is even harder than taking their photos, but I'm hoping that one day another male drops another feather (perhaps along with the nesting material he's pretending to bring home with him!)
And while we're seeing blue, I thought I'd toss in this photo of some of the blue flax we grew from seed around our property. They're just so pretty, and really match the bluebirds...
(I took this photo in June 2007 also, so that was a true blue month, but in a good way!) :-)
- 11/22/63 ~ Stephen King
- DAEMON ~ Daniel Suarez
- DEEP SURVIVAL ~ Laurence Gonzales
- GRANT AND SHERMAN ~ Charles Bracelen Flood
- MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN ~ Ransom Riggs
- OVERDIAGNOSED ~ H. Gilbert Welch, MD
- THE GEOGRAPHY OF BLISS ~ Eric Weiner
- THE GRAVEYARD BOOK ~ Neil Gaiman
- THE ILLUSTRATED MAN ~ Ray Bradbury
- THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE ~ Neil Gaiman
- UNBROKEN ~ Laura Hillenbrand
There is still strong in our society the belief
that animals and the natural world have value
only insofar as they can be converted into revenue.
That nature is a commodity.
And that the American dream is one of unlimited consumption.
There are many of us, on the other hand,
who believe that animals and the natural world
have value by virtue of being alive.
That Nature is a community to which we belong
and to which we owe our lives.
And that the deeper American dream is one of unlimited compassion.
~John Robbins, "The Food Revolution"