1. I like my favorite drinks (tea, Pepsi) poured over ice. I'm not so crazy when ice is in the weather forecast but it makes for lovely crystal looking trees.
2. I like always liked the line from The Night Before Christmas that says, "the moon on the breast of the new fallen snow gave a luster of midday to objects below." Have you ever looked out on a moonlight night at the snow covered ground? The shadows are awesome. When the sun comes out after a snowfall I like the shadows on the pristine snow then too. This photo was taken Tuesday. We've had lots of snow melt since then and it's at the ugly muddy stage now.
3. I've been taking photographs seriously for six years. I have finally been able to tell myself I'm a photographer but I still consider myself an amateur. The above shot was an attempt at depth of field and spot focus. I think I should be able to do it without thinking too hard about it. Nope. Took sixteen 'takes' - yep, I went back and counted. Thank goodness for digital. I'd be broke developing film....
4. I feed the birds. The other day my son called while I had stepped out to fill the bird feeders. I called him back and told him I was sorry I had missed him I was out feeding the birds. His reply was, "Feeding the birds?" It was that kind of question that goes up in pitch at the end as if to say why? I told him I feed them and take pictures. In a drawn out voice he said, 'ooooh, ok.' I'm not convinced he gets it.
5. While out feeding the birds I noticed the snow glistening in the sunlight. Those little lights of color made me think of fairy dust. Because snow is made up of ice crystals, the light striking the different surfaces of the crystal is refracted and reflected. It's the same properties that make diamonds glitter. Who knew!!
Today's Song-ography tune over at Kathy's is "Nothing More".
"We are love. We are One.
We are how we treat each other when the day is done.
We are peace. We are war.
We are how we treat each other and nothing more...
See the world with the innocence of children.
Approach the world with the daring of children.
Love the world with the readiness of children.
Heal the world with the purity of children.
Change the world with the wisdom of children.
~Neale Donald Walsch
"We are how we treat each other and nothing more."
~ Alternate Routes
I wonder, Dear Readers, when you looked at the image above what was your first random thought? I took this photo last Friday. Do you see the sky reflected in the hard sand at the beach with sea foam along the shore line? Today I'm sharing five of my favorite random quotes about the beach.
1. "It's hard for me to put into words why I like the beach so much. Everything about it is renewing for me, almost like therapy....Beach Therapy." ~ Amy Dykens
(After this winter I just KNOW all of us could use a little beach therapy about now!) ;)
2. "I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each." ~ T.S. Eliot
(Yes, I DO believe in Mermaids.) ;)
3. "Down by the seashore, where life is a little easier!" ~Unknown
(and, it's always five o'clock somewhere)
4. "The waves of the sea, help me get back to me." ~Jill Davis
(insert huge sigh)
5. "If you want to know how much I love you, count the waves." ~ Unknown
(wish I'd said that one)
By the way, there are no waves anywhere near 'my beach' up there. It's actually the sky reflected in a melting puddle of snow in the grocery store parking lot. Just a random snapshot and some very wishful thinking.
I've been happy to see a Mockingbird at my feeders all winter. I have no idea if he has friends or if he is by himself. I have only seen one at any given time. Hopefully he has a partner hanging out nearby.
Here he hangs out in the wisteria vines waiting for his turn at the suet.
I'm not sure if that tongue sticking out is in anticipation of the taste or if he's attempting to give me the raspberry!
As he flew back up and settled on the wisteria vine again I think this time he was just trying to get that smidgen left on his beak.
The above capture was one of those yes, it's a gray and overcast rainy late evening kind of day and the window is awfully dirty but we have to do what we have to do to record the first robin of spring.
YES, they're back!!! Spring must be on its way even though as I type this I can see a light covering of snowflakes on my deck. I should have guessed. On Sunday afternoon when I took this my backyard was full of robins. I haven't seen one since. Maybe they were mocking winter. Winter may linger but a robin sighting gives me hope!