Look Deep Into Nature

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”  Albert Einstein

Painted Bunting with raindrops on his back.

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When a clematis bloom loses its flower pedals the center is still beautiful.

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“I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.”  Frank Loyd Wright

Fluted and Black Swallowtail Butterflies.

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The small lake near our home has been flooded by recent rains.  Trees are now standing in the water.

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Privet bushes grow wild everywhere and make fantastic hedges (trimmed or untrimmed).  In Spring they are covered with beautiful white flowers.

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“We see God face to face every hour, and know the savor of nature”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rain drops cover the plants and often make them shine like diamonds.

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“The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Water’s Beauty

Thanks to my blogging friend Kris from Panama – showing her trip to the lovely ocean – I had to go to the lake.  Ha

These baby goslings can swim and dive 30 to 40 feet under water when they are one day old.  These goslings will follow anything that moves – dogs, ducks, humans.  The adult Canadian Geese live to be 10 to 25 years old and mate for life.

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Paracelsus

What is Paracelsus you say.  He was an Alchemist  who practiced alchemy.  Alchemy is: The discovery of a universal cure for disease and the discovery of a means of indefinitely prolonging life.  Paracelsus was a medical chemical scientist, physician, and speculative philosopher. He was born in Sweden and lived from 1493 to 1541.  He died at the age of 48, so I know he did not find a way to prolong life.  But he did write the following quote.

“The art of healing comes from Nature and not from the physician.  Therefore the physician must start from Nature with an  open mind.”

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This little Female Wren came along and began singing to her boyfriend, who appeared in less than a minute.

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Poem of Spring

A Prayer In Spring . . .  by Robert Frost

  • OH, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
  • And give us not to think so far away
  • As the uncertain harvest; keep us here.
  • All simply in the springing of the year.
  • Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
  • Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
  • And make us happy in the happy bees,
  • The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.
  • And make us happy in the darting bird
  • That suddenly above the bees is heard.
  • The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
  • And off a blossom in mid air stands still.
  • For this is love and nothing else is love,
  • To which it is reserved for God above
  • To sanctify to what far ends He will,
  • But which it only needs that we fulfill.

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Trumpeter Swans

I was thrilled when someone told me the Trumpeter Swans had finally migrated to the South and were in our state. There is a small private lake 30 miles North of us where about 200 swans call home for the winter.  My husband and I drove up there to see them this morning.  We fed them corn and I took about 100 photos.  Yes, overkill on my part. Lol         I hope you enjoy a few of my photos of these beautiful, noisy swans.  Those with dark heads are juveniles.

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There are a lot of Coots here also as the following photo shows.

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Some of the birds were asleep with their heads laying on their backs.

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A Glorious Sunday

Sunday, January 8 started out very cold at 14 degrees.  The high for the day was 30 degrees.  Despite all of that – this Lord’s day was a glorious day.  The sunrise was spectacular; the sermon at church was inspiring; the day was full of beautiful scenes in nature.  Then the sunset was lovely to behold.

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The cardinal above was being blown around by the wind.  The busy little Titmouse was hard to capture; they never stand still very long.

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The apple tree was constantly full of cardinals and other birds.

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We passed by these apartments on the way to church.  I thought the snow left on each roof made an unusual looking scene.

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Finally the day came to a close with this nice sunset.  Wow, what a glorious , peaceful day.

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Birds Of A Feather

I have been watching the birds a lot lately.  The yard was full of Meadowlarks and Robins this week.  They will always let you know there is a weather change coming – they seem to be smarter than the weatherman. Ha

The little sparrows are such cute little birds.  They are on the carport when it rains.  This little guy is sitting on the shelf where I put my flower pots in the Summer.

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This same little sparrow sat on the roof of the truck, above the windshield, sunning himself for awhile.

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There were at least 50 meadowlarks digging through the leaves in the yard, checking for bugs to eat.  Their brilliant yellow chest is so beautiful.

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The Robins have been here for weeks – hundreds of them.  I have never seen them stay so long before they migrate South.  This Robin had his feathers fluffed up to stay warm.

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The grackles here in the yard checking the leaves out for bugs also.

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We have 50 or 60 cardinals that stay with us year round.  They love eating some of our berries every year.

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