‘‘Tis the Season

It is time to put away the Thanksgiving decorations…

And drag out the many boxes of Christmas decorations.

Let the Christmas Holiday begin!!

I went to a Christmas Tree Lighting in a nearby small town over the weekend. I had never been to a city sponsored Christmas Tree Lighting and found it full of activities, with brightly colored lights streaming along the walkways and tightly wrapped tree branches.

A children’s choir was happily singing all the old favorite Christmas carols as parents gleefully took pictures. Santa was busy with youngsters and photos with the giant Christmas bulbs while teens sold hot chocolate.

It was a beautiful canvas of darkness and twinkling lights. As I walked around each of the trees, I noticed the stillness and silence of the otherwise noisy nighttime birds. I wondered what the birds thought of all this commotion and bright lights in and around their favorite roosting area.

Sometimes we get so caught up in pleasing our own eye, we forget how it may affect others. It gave me the idea to be more mindful when decorating my trees and bushes this season by adding a few holiday treats for my birds along with my Christmas decorations.

I plan to add slices of apples, oranges and perhaps a few berries on a string and hang from the hedges and tree limbs for the birds to enjoy while they have to endure the multicolored twinkling lights and blown-up Santa and Snowman of the neighborhood.

Remembering to think of the birds around your neighborhood during this holiday season by feeding extra treats will fill your heart with gladness and bring a sense of calm to the disruption of the darkness for our beautiful feathered friends.

Happy Birdwatching, my friends.

In A Flicker—(woodpecker that is)

Have you ever had a bird photobomb your photo?

This happened to me several years ago when I lived along a lake and near a nature center wildlife refuge. There were always an abundance of birds at my feeders and this particular day the cardinals were everywhere.

I decided to grab my camera and snap a few shots of their beauty. So many cardinals eating at one time, with their bright red feathers against the silver feeders, made a colorful picture.

Just as I was about to take another picture, this big fellow, a flicker woodpecker, swoops in and flies right in front of the camera.

Of course, the cardinals were startled and flew away in every direction to escape, but the magnificent photo I got by accident was the best ever.

So I would say, the moral of this story is that photobombing is not always a bad thing, especially when it comes to birdwatching.

Happy Birdwatching, my friends.

Not Just A Walk

I took these pictures in the Fall of 2015 while walking along a creek in the woods.

Today, as I look at them, the reflection of the trees in the water reminds me how fast time passes –

And, the floating feather reminds me we should stop once in a while, look up from our busy lives, and give Thanks for the Beauty of Nature.