Layers at Sunset

Timnath Sunset

Timnath Sunset

Remember life is to be enjoyed, it is a spiritual journey, it is not a competition or a journey towards materialism.

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Feeding Time

Red-winged Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird (Female)

“I believe that Gandhi’s views were the most enlightened of all the political men in our time. We should strive to do things in his spirit: not to use violence in fighting for our cause, but by non-participation in anything you believe is evil.” ― Albert Einstein

If you look close you will see the insects swarming around this female as they gorge themselves on the insects. They were singing happy songs as they feasted.

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Wrangler

Wrangler

Wrangler

“Knowing others is wisdom. Knowing ourselves is enlightenment.” Lao Tzu

Enjoy your weekend!

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Last Nights Concert

Sunset over Timnath Reservoir

Sunset over Timnath Reservoir

Went to the concert at Timnath Reservoir along County Road 13 last night. Performing artists were by the Red-winged Blackbirds, Yellow-headed Blackbirds, meadowlarks, at least two grackles, and  croaking frogs. I pleased to see for the first time a special performance put on by several Western Grebes.

Western Grebes in a rushing courtship

Western Grebes in a “rushing” courtship

I witnessed several pairs of grebes rise in the water and scurry across as in the image above. Excuse the poor image as they were beyond the reach of my lens. This dance was a new experience for me. As it is a mating time I guessed it to be some courtship and had to look it up when I got home. This courtship happens entirely in the water and is known as “rushing,” where two birds turn to one side, lunge forward in synchrony, their bodies completely out of the water, and race across the water side by side with their necks curved gracefully forward. It was awesome and a great way to finish my day.

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Three Amigos

Retired Amigos

Retired Amigos

I find these gentlemen interesting. They come in each morning around 7:30, fill their mugs and sit at the same location in the loft. Each has a paper to read. They read then share the articles they find, always coming up with a solution for our world troubles. Maybe we should listen to them!

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Meadowlark

Meadowlark

Meadowlark

“You cannot be what nature did not intend you to be, the struggles of life come from trying to be something other than you.”

I love Meadowlarks. I think they are a very pretty bird and their song is wonderful. It is so distinct and resonates with the feeling of being happy and joyful. And, I think they are. It could be they are happy because they are living who they are, a meadowlark, and not trying to be a robin. We can learn from them. It looks like this one is working on building a nest or patching one up.

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Something Different

Standing in the Road

Standing in the Road

“It is only through mystery and madness that the soul is revealed.” ― Thomas Moore

We need to try something different every once in a while. So, I did! A few years ago I drove out east and found this lovely sky and empty road. Both called me so I stopped the car, stood in the middle of the empty road and let the scene unfold before me. For some reason I took a series of three images for HDR processing even though the scene was fine without it. Three years later I get back to the image and run it through HDR EFEX Pro. Something different.

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